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Mission – We exist to protect and improve the podiatric health and welfare of the public.

The American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry was organized in 1986 by podiatrists for the purpose of granting board certification to office-based or ambulatory surgeons. Incorporated in 1986 as the American Institute of Foot Medicine (AIFM), the name was changed in 1992 to better reflect its mission.

The Board now offers certification to qualified podiatrists in four areas of practice:

  • Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds
  • Limb Preservation and Salvage

The California Board of Podiatric Medicine has authorized diplomates of the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry to advertise their certification from the Board in the State of California. Also, the Board’s certification examinations have been approved for reimbursement by the VA as an educational benefit for eligible veterans.

The American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry is the only podiatric certification program accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the ISO International Standards ANSI/ISO/IEC/17024:2003 for Accreditation for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons. We are also the only podiatric certification board accredited by URAC (former Utilization Review Accreditation Commission), which is the body that accredits certification verification organizations and insurance companies, according to the highest standards of operation.

Statement of Impartiality – The ABMSP understands the importance of maintaining impartiality in all of its decision making and certification activities. The ABMSP Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that the organization carry out is activities in an impartial manner, managing real or perceived conflicts of interest, and ensuring objectivity in its decision making processes.

Earl R. Horowitz, DPM


Dr. Horowitz attended the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he earned his DPM. After residencies at St. Luke’s Children’s and Medical Center and Philadelphia General Hospital he set up private practice in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to holding all three certifications offered by the ABMSP, Dr. Horowitz is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot Orthopedics, of the American Hospital of Podiatrists, of the American Academy of Podiatry Administration, of the American Academy of Podiatric Non-invasive Vascular Testing, and of the American College of Ambulatory Foot Surgeons. He is a Diplomat of the International College of Ambulatory Foot Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Sclerotherapy, Inc. He currently serves at the President of the ABMSP.
2550 Park Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
phone (904) 387-0433
fax (904) 387-3668

Michael Salter, DPM

Vice President

A native Detroiter, Dr. Salter has been providing primary and surgical care of the foot and ankle in the greater Detroit area for over four decades. After receiving his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1971 he completed a surgical residency at The Clement Kern Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Salter has participated in teaching programs in the diabetic clinics of Harper Hospital, and residency training programs for new podiatric physicians at several Detroit area hospitals.

Dr. Salter has received numerous certifications including completing Primary Care, Surgery, Diabetic Foot Wounds & Limb Salvage from the American Board of Multiple Specialties, and appointed to many leadership positions. A brief list includes Chairman of the Michigan Foot Health Foundation, Michigan Board of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Department of Health Professions, Licensing and Regulation as board member and President of the board from 1999-2002. Dr. Salter has served on the Michigan Department of Health Professions, Licensing and Regulation Board of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Salter has served as chairman of the Podiatry section of North Detroit General Hospital and as chairman of the Podiatry section of Almont Community Hospital. Dr. Salter was instrumental in aiding in the creation of Podiatry residency programs at North Detroit General and Pontiac Osteopathic hospitals.

Dr. Salter, a cancer survivor, an avid University of Michigan sports fan, the proud father of three exceptional sons and an outstanding daughter-in-law. He is the loving husband to an extraordinary teacher for almost forty years. In his spare time, Dr. Salter serves as an active Board Member for the Hospice of Michigan, a past president of Great Lakes Yacht club, and still has time to enjoy sailing his boat SummerSalter III.

1460 Walton Boulevard, Suite 60
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309
phone (248) 651-0653
fax (248) 651-3697

Kenneth Rehm, DPM


Dr. Rehm graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California, followed by a residency at Jacksonville General Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in High Risk, Insensitive and Diabetic Foot Care with Emphasis on Prevention of Lower Extremity Amputations from the U.S. Public Health Service and California College of Podiatric Medicine and participated in the Master’s Degree program in Medical Education, also at the California College of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Rehm is a highly regarded speaker and author of numerous articles on topics related to podiatry and diabetic foot wounds. He currently works at the Diabetic Foot & Wound Treatment Center in San Marcos and El Centro, California as Medical Director and C.E.O. He is board certified by the ABMSP in Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds.
1553 Grand Avenue, Suite B
San Marcos, CA 92078
phone (760) 744-6226
fax (760) 744-6277

Theodore Varoz, DPM


Dr. Varoz earned his podiatric degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, California, followed by residencies at Broad Street Hospital & Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Varoz is currently in private practice in Albuquerque, with emphasis on the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot and ankle wounds. He has staff privileges at Heart Hospital of New Mexico and Kindred Hospital of New Mexico.

Dr. Varoz is a Fellow of the Academy of Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Surgery and in 2007 he was voted one of the “Top Ten Podiatrists in New Mexico” by his peers. He has earned all three certifications offered by the ABMSP, serves on its Board of Directors as its Secretary, and is currently the editor of the ABMSP newsletter.
1204 Candelaria Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
phone (505) 345-8529
fax (505) 345-6410

Beth Pearce, DPM


Dr. Beth Pearce was graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982 and after her residency remained in northeast Florida. Her professional interests include risk management through communication, woman's foot and lower extremity ailments, as well as in biomechanical resolution of podiatric concerns.

She also acts as a consultant for many areas of podiatric medicine and practice management. She has provided expertise in product development and market analysis for a major supplier of foot and ankle braces. She has served as a governor appointed member of the Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine since 1999. Dr Pearce was first certified by APMSB (foot surgery and primary medicine) in June 1989, since then she also became board certified in the prevention and treatment of diabetic foot wounds through the American Medical Specialties Board in February of 1998. She acted as the special liason between APMSB and the APWCA from 2001-2004. She is presently board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and is in practice in St. Augustine, Florida with a large Orthopedic practice.

"I am very proud to have been chosen for the board. I am committed to furthering the goals of the APMSB and expect that I can bring enthusiasm. I hope that I can bring a valuable perspective and add to the impressive list of colleagues that I join."
520 Sea Lake Lane
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32086
phone (904) 825-0540
fax (904) 209-1057

Caroline Tiglio, DPM


Dr. Tiglio earned her podiatric degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she was active in student leadership activities. Prior to attending Temple, she earned both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Her post graduate training was at Loyola University Medical Center, Edward J. Hines Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, both in Illinois, and at Doctors Hospital in Boston, TX.

Dr. Tiglio is licensed to practice podiatry in both New York and Connecticut and is certified in Primary Care by the ABMSP. She has been published with articles with a variety of magazines and journals. As member of the Board of Directors she wishes to bring an enthusiastic and fresh perspective to ABMSP.
176 Grand Street
White Plains, New York 10601
phone (914) 328-6080

John J Coleman, DPM


Dr. John Coleman Graduated from Ohio College Podiatric Medicine in 1984. He completed his residency at St Mary Hospital in Philadelphia PA.

Dr Coleman currently practices in Macclenny, Florida where he has practiced since 1986. He has earned his board certifications in Foot and Ankle Surgery, Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine, and Diabetic Foot Wounds and Footwear with the American Board of Medical specialties in Podiatry.

Dr. Coleman is presently Vice President, Medical Staff Ed Fraser Hospital Macclenny, Florida.
159 North 3rd Street
MacClenny, FL 32063
phone (904) 259-5277

Victor Quijano, DPM


Dr. Quijano earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University, in Philadelphia. While he was a student, he participated in research and the colleges Council on Academic and Professional Standards. Prior to attending medical school, he received his PhD in molecular endocrinology and reproductive physiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his residency at Temple Hospital/Temple Children's Hospital he was the clinical coordinator for many clinical trials.

Dr. Quijano is currently licensed in New Hampshire. He is board certified in primary care and foot and ankle surgery through ABMSP. He is additionally certified in lower extremity medicine and comprehensive surgery, including rearfoot and reconstructive surgery through ABLES, a fellow of the American College of Lower Extremity Surgery and Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing. He enjoys lecturing locally and nationally, and professional interests include trauma and pediatrics.

"I am honored to be part of such an enthusiastic board, who are progressing the profession and individual Physicians to higher standards."

Stephen Permison, M.D.

Public Member

Dr. Stephen Permison is the Principal of Standards Based Programs (SBP), participating developer of the American National Standards Institute Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee and multiple product and personnel certification programs and accredited standards development organizations. He is the founder of the Federal Credentialing Program (FCP), the government-wide initiative to consolidate federal credentialing data into a standardized set of policies, practices and procedures for credentialing and their incorporation into a web-based credentialing system known as VetPro.

He is also the immediate past Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), one of the most comprehensive electronic healthcare personnel data systems in the United States. He has over 25 years of Government service in the Public Health Service forging strong relationships across government departments and outside entities. He has worked directly with such eminent leaders as C. Everett Koop and top standards organizations such as the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Most recently he has focused on the role of personnel and product certification and accreditation standards for biomaterials, national healthcare, homeland security, and emergency response.
15012 Carry Back Drive
North Potomac, MD 20878
phone (301) 537-7019
fax (301) 330-4785

Samuel Liebson, DPM

Examination Officer

Dr. Samuel Liebson is a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He practiced briefly in New York and Boston prior to relocating to Ohio, where he has been in private practice for over 25 years. He holds all 4 ABMSP certifications, and has been active with the ABMSP board for over 20 years.

Dr. Liebson is also active with the AAFAS, currently serving as a both a board member and an instructor of minimal incision surgery at the Academy's cadaver surgery seminars.
2010 Wayland Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45212
phone (513) 544-8877
fax (513) 631-2166

A. James Fisher III, DPM

Legislative Advisor

Dr. Fisher graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Physics. Subsequent to that he attended the University of California at Irvine, earning a PhD before attending the California College Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco where he was awarded his DPM degree.

In addition to the three certifications he holds from the ABMSP he is a Fellow in the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, a Fellow in the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthotics and Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics, a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, a member of the California Podiatric Medical Association, and a member of the Council for Nail Disorders.
817 Harris Street
Eureka, CA 95503
phone (707) 445-5493
fax (707) 445-3552

To contact the ABMSP staff please email or call the number below.

George Emershaw, Counsel
120 East Mill Street, 437 Quaker Square
Akron, OH 44308
phone (330) 376-5756
fax (330) 762-5980

American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry
1350 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018
phone (212) 356-0690
fax (212) 356-0678
toll free (888) 852-1442