DES MOINES, Iowa - Ashley Mychak of Thomas Road, Elysburg, was awarded a Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine by Des Moines University on Saturday, May 25.

While at the university, she received the Scott Alter DPM Memorial Scholarship from the Podiatry Foundation of Pittsburgh as well as the University Scholarship from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. She also was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for physical diagnosis.

Dr. Mychak attended Mount Carmel Area schools and graduated from Southern Columbia Area High School. She completed her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her studies at Des Moines University, she was a mathematics and science teacher in Pittsburgh Public School District.

In July, she will begin a four-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency with reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.

Dr. Mychak is a daughter of Michael and Joyce Mychak, of Elysburg. She is a granddaughter of Bill and Sylvia Otto, of Elysburg, and the late Sam and Irene Mychak, of Mount Carmel.