West Central Ohio Podiatry

Meet the Doctors of West Central Ohio Podiatry

shawn_wardShawn C. Ward, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Ward is an advanced Podiatric Surgeon who has practiced in the Lima area since 1999. Prior to settling in Lima he did his residency training at the Dayton VA medical Center, Wright Patterson Air force base, and VA outpatient clinic in Columbus. Dr. Ward has had solid training in all surgical and non-surgical podiatric medical problems. He has also had advanced training in Wound Care Medicine and Limb Salvage Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Trauma , and Ilizarov external fixation techniques. This allows Dr. Ward to treat a wide array of deformities and trauma of the Foot and Ankle.

Dr. Ward has had opportunity and experience in deformity correction and trauma that has been used in Medical Missions. He has worked as a consultant for, “Children’s Medical Mission”, correcting simple and complex cases brought to Lima from around the world. Some of the corrective procedures performed have been; equinus, severe contractures, and club foot correction. He has used and trained other providers domestically and internationally in the Non-surgical Ponseti casting technique for club foot correction. He has also had the opportunity to travel to other countries to bring his gifts of wound care and surgical reconstructive to people in their own homeland. Mission work has been a large passion with Dr. Ward. He desires God to use him by showing Christ’s Love to physically hurting people and in turn have the opportunity to introduce spiritual healing through Christ Jesus.

Dr. Ward is currently Board Certified in Wound Care for Diabetics that has been able to lead him to be a vital part of the SRMC wound clinic where he serves as a staff physician to treat all types of wounds involving the lower extremity. He is also Board certified by American Board of Podiatric Surgery in Foot Surgery. He has served on various committees and has been in the past Chief of Podiatry surgical section for both St. Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Hospital. Currently, Dr. Ward holds privileges at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima Memorial Hospital, Kindred Hospital, and Van Wert County Hospital.

Dr. Ward’s professional accomplishments and various other endeavors, including corporate disclosures, are listed on his Curriculum Vitae. Dr. Ward resides in Elida with his wife Liz and 3 sons; Jarod, Rylan & Seth.


Alison R. Niemeyer, DPM, AACFAS

Dr. Niemeyer joined West Central Ohio Podiatry in July 2011.  She began her education at the University of Detroit Mercy and completed medical school and The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. She completed her residency in Lima at the St. Rita's Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program.

While in her residency, Dr. Niemeyer has had extensive training in surgery of all aspects of the foot and ankle, including reconstructive surgery and diabetic limb salvage. Dr. Niemeyer is Board Qualified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is currently on staff at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Van Wert County Hospital, Kindred Hospital, and is the Division Chief of Podiatry at Lima Memorial Hospital. She serves as an attending physician for the St. Rita’s Medical Center Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency Program.

Dr. Niemeyer resides in Kalida with her husband Andy and their daughter, Camryn.


Heather M. Gray, DPM

Dr. Gray is an Ohio native. She received her Bachelor's of Science from The Ohio State University. After college, she attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland. She completed a three year foot and ankle surgical residency at St. Rita's Medical Center.

Dr. Gray enjoys treating all ailments of the foot and ankle. She has office hours in both Lima and Kenton. She also serves as a staff physician at St. Rita's Wound Care Clinic. Dr Gray holds privileges at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima Memorial Hospital, Van Wert County Hospital and Hardin Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gray is an avid OSU fan and enjoys running and camping. She lives in Sidney with her husband, Eric and their chocolate lab, Carmen.


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  • Lima Office Tel:  419-225-2726
  • Clinical Staff Tel: 567-825-2024
  • St. Rita's Wound Clinic:  419-226-9037
  • Email: wcop@embarqmail.com

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Business Hours

Lima Office

Mon.  7:30 AM - 5 PM
Tues. 8 AM - 5 PM
Wed.  8 AM - 5 PM
Thur.  8 AM - 4 PM
Fri.      8 AM - 4 PM
Sat. - Sun.   Closed

Glandorf Office

Mon.  8 AM - 4 PM
Kenton Office

Tues. 1 PM - 5:00 PM
Every other week

Van Wert Office

Van Wert Heath Center Clinic

140 Fox Road, Suite 209 ● Van Wert, OH 45891

419-238-­-8621 to schedule an appointment

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