Meet Our Doctors

Dr. John DeCato, DPM

Dr. DeCato established his practice in September 1991. He attended Podiatric Medical School in Des Moines, Iowa and completed his surgical residency in Toledo, Ohio. At that time the doctor rotated through all departments in the hospital. Any spare time was spent training with the plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons.

Since that time Dr. DeCato has expanded the practice to include two other practitioners, one of which is his wife, Dr. Lori Herpen. They were married in Philadelphia in October 1992. Together they have three lovely daughters – Reilly, Natale, and Giana. Of course, with children come pets – a golden retriever, two cats, two fish, and one guinea pig!

When time allows, Dr. DeCato enjoys working outdoors, gardening and cooking. He has also enjoyed scuba diving, hunting, and golf.

Dr. DeCato has been active in the Ashtabula Rotary, Ashtabula Arts Center board, and the American Cancer Society board. He has also served on multiple committees with the Ashtabula County Medical Center including a longtime member of the medical executive committee and one time president of the board.

Dr. Lori Herpen, DPM

Dr. Herpen is a 1991 graduate of Temple School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia.  She relocated to Ashtabula, Ohio in 1992.  She is married to Dr. John DeCato and has 3 daughters. 

Dr. Herpen has a special interest in sports medicine and health and wellness with a focus on preventative care.  She partners with local high school athletic departments and Club Ashtabula Volleyball to assist with injury prevention and treatment.

Dr. Herpen is actively involved in the community and is currently the President of the Civic Development Corporation Board of Trustees and a board member for St. John School. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and hiking at the local Metroparks.  

Dr. Susan Orabovic, DPM

Dr. Orabovic has been a member of the staff at Dr. DeCato and Associates since 2010.  She recieved her undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in 2003 with a bachelor of science in chemistry and a minor in biochemistry.  Dr. Orabovic matriculated at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, earning her doctor of podiatric medicine degree in 2007.  Dr. Orabovic arrived in Ashtabula following a three-year residency in Cleveland, Ohio where she completed a 36-month podiatric medical and surgical residency program based out of the University Hospital System.

In 2020, Dr. Orabovic earned certification from the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. This certification signifies Dr. Orabovic’s dedication and commitment to providing quality podiatric care. She also has training in elective surgical procedures.  She has a special interest in the treatment of sports-related injuries , dermatological conditions and diabetic preventive care.

Dr. Orabovic, her husband, and 3 children, Aiden, Ashton and Alivia like to go on camping trips and enjoy the beach in their time off.

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