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Jeannette podiatrist passionate for fly fishing

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
Dr. Lou Izzo recently moved his practice to Eighth Street in Jeannette. An avid fly fisherman, Izzo is on the board of directors for the Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Fly-fishing is a passion for Lou Izzo of Paruco Park.

Izzo is a past president of Forbes Trail Trout Unlimited, a nationwide conservation initiative founded in 1959, to preserve cold water fisheries and watersheds. While he is no longer president, Izzo is still on the board of directors of the local nonprofit chapter.

“Trout Unlimited does environmental work, stream improvements and teaches kids to fly-fish,” he said.

“We do a lot of work in Ligonier, Linn Run, Loyalhanna and Mill Creek, and work with the Loyalhanna Watershed,” said Izzo, who bills himself as an ‘avid fly fisherman.'

“I try to fish once a week. I have fished State College and Spruce Creek.”

For Izzo, fishing is a family affair. He is married to Maribeth Fanala Izzo of West Newton, who also fly-fishes. The Izzos have two children, Hunter, 4, and Josh , who is 1 year old.

“Hunter is learning to fish,” said Izzo. “He caught his first fish this year on his spinning rod. We may do a vacation this year to fish at Bald Eagle State Park.”

A lifelong resident of Jeannette, Izzo is a graduate of Jeannette High School. After high school, he attended college locally at St. Vincent where he majored in biology.

He continued his education receiving an advanced degree in molecular biology at Duquesne and then attended Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine.

Izzo completed his residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.

After all the traveling for his education, Izzo returned home and has been practicing podiatry since 2000. Izzo has an office in Jeannette and also has offices in Harrison City and West Newton.

Most recently, Izzo moved his Jeannette office to Eighth Street, closer to the downtown corridor. In addition to being close to downtown, the office also has a dedicated parking lot behind the building and is easily accessible.

Just like fly-fishing, Izzo's medical practice is also a family affair. Maribeth does the billing and is the officer manager, said Izzo.

“She is also a registered nurse.”

Izzo's mother, Ann, also works at the office during the week. Both of Izzo's parents live in Jeannette — his father, Lou, is retired from the municipal authority.

Izzo deals with a lot of sports injuries in his practice as well as treating people with plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot issues and other foot and ankle conditions.

“One of the things that I think sets us apart, is that our records have been digital since our start in 2000,” said Izzo. “We work from an IPAD in the office and can order prescriptions and other things electronically.”

Having electronic charting meant that Izzo's practice was already prepared for the Affordable Care Act, when it took effect.

“I felt this coming when I started into practice,” said Izzo. “So, we just did it from the beginning.”

Anyone interested in fly-fishing, digital record keeping, or foot care should get to know neighbor Lou Izzo.

Editor's note: Meet Your Neighbors is a recurring feature in The Jeannette Spirit. If you know of a neighbor with an interesting life story to tell, someone who deserves some recognition for volunteer work, a resident with a special talent or an avid collector who would like to be featured, call the Spirit at 724-838-5154 or send an email to

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.