Dr. Nadia Din and Dr. Nicole Kaiser - NYCPM Class of 2006
NYCPM graduates of 2006, Dr. Nadia Din and Dr. Nicole Kaiser's friendship formed in medical school ten years ago. Their friendship evolved into a business partnership, when they exercised their entrepreneurial skills by opening, Kadin Foot & Ankle, a little over a year- and- a -half ago in Delran, NJ. Symbolic of their partnership, the name of their practice, Kadin, comes from a compilation of both of their last names.
Drs. Din and Kaiser spent their formative years growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey. Dr. Din attended The College of New Jersey and double majored in Biology and Women and Gender Studies with a Chemistry minor, while Dr. Kaiser attended college in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.S. in Biology, and with Minors in Latin and Biostatistics from Ursinus College.
Similarly, they both share an affinity for New York City, which encouraged their decision to attend NYCPM. Both Drs. Din and Kaiser's passion for medicine started at a young age; as Dr. Kaiser aptly put it, "...since my days of playing doctor and digging for dinosaur bones in the creek by my house". However, each of them has a specific family member that sparked their interest in podiatric medicine; Dr. Kaiser was always familiar with podiatry since the days of visiting her grandmother's podiatric doctor, and Dr. Din's parents were cared for by DPMs to manage diabetes.
Their paths geographically diverged for residency, and at the start of their budding careers. Dr. Din completed residency training in 2009 at the Kessler Memorial Hospital and South Jersey Healthcare, where she received specialized training in foot and ankle surgery, and diabetic wound care and limb salvage. Following her residency training she completed the Columbia University Advanced Preceptorship in Wound Healing. Dr. Din also completed the AO North America basic and advanced Podiatric courses, as well as an AO Felllowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at Clinical Moncucco Luganese in Lugano, Switzerland.
Dr. Kaiser completed her residency program at Drexel/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where she served as Chief Resident. She completed specialized training in Foot and Ankle reconstructive surgery and limb salvage. She completed the AO North America basic and advanced podiatric courses.
All doctors know what a pivotal time residency can be. Dr. Din offers a unique glimpse. "View this period in your career as a playground. Never again will you be able to "play" freely and learn as much as possible before entering the "real" world.
After residency, both spent the next few years in the real world, working in separate private/group practices until they opened Kadin Foot & Ankle Center. Admittedly, Dr. Kaiser says, "It was a ton of work to open a practice, but it was worth every minute". Both of them agree that they love having a practice of their own, and watching as it grows. Dr. Kaiser uses the words of Confucius when summing up her career, as well as sharing wisdom with others by saying, "choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."