CENTRAL JERSEY HEALTH & LIFE John Mostafa, DPM, FACFAS

John Mostafa, DPM, FACFAS 

PODIATRIC SURGEON A SERIOUS ANKLE INJURY IN HIGH SCHOOL SCUTTLED

a real chance for John Mostafa, DPM, FACFAS, to play college basketball. But he used that experience to adapt his dreams for his future, and ultimately merged a lifelong love of sports with a longtime interest in surgery. Today, the Bordentown resident—who graduated from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Massachusetts—is a reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon at Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

“I love working with my hands,” says Dr. Mostafa. “As with my doctors who treated my high school injury, my work today helps my patients achieve maximum mobility.” He treats patients for foot and ankle sports injuries and trauma as well as those who need total ankle joint replacement due to arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Though rewarding, it’s intense work. But he’s found a hobby that gives him a unique opportunity to immerse himself in another setting and to be part of another sport.

“My wife’s family owns a farm for standard bred horse racing,” he says. Those are the races where horses pull a light, two-wheeled cart with a driver. “Every weekend, we visit the animals and just enjoy the beauty. It’s our little escape from reality.”

But “little” doesn’t describe the operation. Run by his wife’s family, the Joie de Vie Farm, French for “joy of life,” is a training and breeding facility that covers more than 200 acres in Jobstown in Burlington County. There, more than 100 horses train, breed and board. Notables coming out of the program include national and international champion racers with names like Moni Maker, Credit Winner and Dog Gone Lucky.

“It’s an oasis that allows us to nurture the horses, plus care for dozens of cats and dogs,” he says. “It really takes your breath away.”

Besides the beautiful setting, another huge draw is the chance to spend time at the farm with family, he says. Dr. Mostafa and his wife, Gina, love bringing their toddler, Cozette, who’s just over one year old, to visit her grandmother, uncles and aunts. They enjoy regular family dinners on the property almost every weekend.

“I’m a family guy,” Dr. Mostafa says, “so during my free time, this farm is where we come to relax, to be with our family. It’s our place to slow down and focus on the present, to enjoy each other.”