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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 multiple areas of practice:

  • Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine*
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery*
  • Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds*
  • Limb Preservation and Salvage*
  • Lower Extremity Geriatric Medicine
  • Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
*ANSI accredited

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 board to have its Primary Care, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds, and Limb Preservation and Salvage examinations accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the ISO International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC/17024.

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.

Kenneth Rehm, DPM

Vice President and Acting President

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.

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.

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."

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."

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.

Maggie U. Solimeo, DPM


Dr. Solimeo is a board certified podiatrist and owner of Feet First Podiatry. The practice has two locations in Hellertown, PA, in the Lehigh Valley and Lansdale, PA, in Montgomery County. Her practice's goal is to provide state of the art conservative and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle with empathy focused to each patient as an individual. She enjoys a broad clinical practice treating children to adults for foot and ankle problems including geriatric foot care, delayed and non-healing wounds, peripheral artery disease, diabetic foot care, bunions, hammertoes, orthotics, sprains and fractures.

Dr. Solimeo is a graduate of Cornell University where she received her bachelor’s degree. She then completed post-Baccalaureate studies at Harvard University prior to completing her Podiatric Medical degree at Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Solimeo completed her surgical training at Aria Health in Philadelphia, PA, and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, NY, where she was Chief Resident. After working for other offices, she started her own practice, Feet First Podiatry, in 2012.

Recognition of Dr. Solimeo’s dedication to her craft has not come just directly from patients. She was voted Lehigh Valley’s 2015 Best Doctor by the readers of Lehigh Valley Happening, she was a finalist in the Physician of the Year category for the 2015 Lehigh Valley Business’ Healthcare Heroes awards program and Feet First Podiatry was a 2015 finalist For Emerging Business of the Year by Lehigh Valley Business and was selected as to Lehigh Valley Business' Forty Under 40 in 2016.

Dr. Solimeo is on staff at several hospitals including Suburban Community Hospital, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Abington- Lansdale Hospital, and St. Luke’s University Health System. She loves to educate the public on different podiatric issues and has performed several community lectures.

Dr. Solimeo is happily married with a 10-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son.

Mark Bruce Spal, DPM, RPh


After earning my podiatry degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, in Des Moines, Iowa in 1991, I entered the podiatric medical profession to explore my passion for helping people and representing the podiatric community in an exceptional way. Dr. Spal completed his residency program at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey, where he trained under the tutelage of Drs. Herman Tax and Joseph Greene. Currently, Dr. Spal is a self-employed podiatric physician who focuses on providing podiatric services to those who are non-ambulatory.

During Dr. Spal’s hiatus from podiatry school, he volunteered his services with the United States Public Health Services and traveled to Barrow, Alaska where he worked in the pharmacy and was able to speak with the native Americans about basic foot care at their various clinics throughout Alaska. 

Dr. Spal also did a one- month externship at the Gillis W. Long Hansen’s Disease Center, Carville, Louisiana where he assisted the surgeons in providing care to the Leprosy patients who had foot care issues. It was there, that Dr. Spal also met the then Surgeon General of the United States, C. Everett Koop who was there expressing his gratitude for the services provided by the podiatric surgeons to the Leprosy patients at the Hillis W. Long Hansen’s Disease Center. 

Dr. Mark Bruce Spal is an established and highly skilled podiatric physician with over twenty-five years of experience in primary podiatric care, and is Board Certified in Diabetic Foot Wounds and Therapeutic Footwear since 1998 as well as holding Board Certification in Primary Podiatric Care since 1996. Dr. Spal currently is a case reviewer for the ABMSP for all graduating podiatry students who wish to join the board. Dr. Spal is also a member of the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society and the American Podiatric Medical Association. 

He is well regarded throughout the northern New Jersey community, earning numerous accolades for his quality and patient-centered care. In 2016, Dr. Spal was selected as an honored member of Trademark Who’s Who Top Doctors Honor’s Edition, “FOR HE HAD A DREAM AND SET OUT TO ACHIEVE IT AND SUCCEEDED”.

Dr. Spal is very honored and proud of his new appointment as a Board of Director member of the ABMSP. He takes this opportunity very seriously and hopes to continue the boards inspiration and dedication of a podiatric profession that will flourish and obtain the respect and support that the ABMSP deserves.

Theodore Varoz, DPM

Director and Immediate Past President

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.

Earl R. Horowitz, DPM

President Emeritus (deceased December 2019)

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.

Region 1

Maria Galimidi, DPM

Maria Galimidi was born in Uruguay, S.A. She is a graduate of Florida International University where she received a Batchelor’s Science Degree in Biology. She obtained her podiatric medical degree at Barry University, and completed her residency in foot and ankle surgery at Parkway Regional Medical Center (Jackson Medical Center) in North Miami, Fl which had extensive training in limb salvage and lower extremity trauma, as well as, other lower extremity issues.

Dr. Galimidi has 18 years' experience with foot and ankle surgery. Her clinical interests are limb salvage, and trauma. She has also, enjoyed teaching students and residents throughout the years as an attending at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Fl, and Jackson North Medical Center.

Dr. Galimidi is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, and is currently practicing in St. Lawrence County, NY at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

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Region 2

Paul Kesselman, DPM

Dr. Kesselman has more than 35 years of clinical experience and is retired from clinical practice. He has been providing consulting services to medical manufacturers for over thirty years and is the CEO of Park DPM Consulting, LLC.

He also has partnered with Alan Bass DPM CPC to form PARE Compliance Services provide a myriad of consulting services to a wide variety of medical practices.

He is well known for his extensive writing and lectures on the use of Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Cellular Tissue Products. His monthly column appearing in Podiatry Management is primarily dedicated to coding and compliance issues. He is well versed in advanced bio-mechanical and manufacturing issues as they relate to all types of lower extremity orthotics.

He has been an expert panelist to Codingline. Com since its inception a contributing columnist to Podiatry Management for almost two decades and to other medical publications.

He is board certified by American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a founding member and Fellow of APWH. He has been twice been distinguished by Podiatry Management as one of the top 300 most influential podiatrists in the U.S. The New York State Podiatric Medical Association has previously named him the Podiatrist of the Year.

Dr. Kesselman served on the APMA Coding Committee for several years and now chairs APMA’s DME Workgroup and is a special expert on DME issues for the APMA Health Policy Committee. He also is active on all DME MAC Jurisdictional Councils interacting with other DME professionals and the DME MAC carrier medical director. He also is the DME Consultant to PICA often serving as an expert witness advocating for podiatrists against third party payers.

Dr. Kesselman is a sought after speaker at many local, national and international conferences.

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Region 3

Gina M. Freeman, DPM

Dr. Freeman completed Biology and Pre-Medicine undergraduate studies in 1977 at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she began a career in the research sciences.

A research assistant in the Spinal Trauma Division at the A.I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, DE for 14 years, Dr. Freeman has contributed to a number of publications and abstracts and holds several awards, honors, and patents.

In 1994, Dr. Freeman returned to school. She graduated and received her medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Her post-graduate residency training was completed at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Freeman established her practice in 1999 and has a special interest in the geriatric and special needs populations, as well as preventative care and management of the diabetic foot.

Board Certified, ABMSP, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and Diabetic Footwear

Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Program Participant

Member of the Delaware Health Care Network

Serving Delaware Since 1999

Nikki Marie Miracle, DPM

Dr. Miracle is a 2002 graduate of Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. After college, she chose to pursue a career in podiatric medicine and attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating in 2006. Dr. Miracle completed a 3 year residency program with Heritage Valley Beaver Podiatric Surgery Residency Program. Upon graduating, Dr. Miracle joined College Hill Podiatry, a group practice in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, which she now owns and operates with her husband. Dr. Miracle would describe her practice as well rounded, known for treating patients like family. She has also continued teaching and training residents, as part of the teaching staff at Heritage Valley Beaver. Dr. Miracle performs her surgical procedures at Edgewood Surgical Hospital and Lawrence County Surgery Center of Edgewood Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, especially her husband and son Aden. She also enjoys being outdoors, vacationing, hiking, camping, kayaking, swimming, skiing, and loving life!

Michangelo D Scruggs, DPM

Dr. Scruggs is a native of both University City, Missouri (a small suburb just outside St. Louis) and East St. Louis, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a member of the world- renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. In 2002, Dr. Scruggs received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Scruggs completed a Podiatric Orthopedic Residency and a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency at Howard University Hospital. While there he served as Chief Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Resident, and in his final year became Howard's first resident Podiatric physician to be elected House Staff Association President.

Dr. Scruggs is the Podiatrist/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Footprint Podiatry Consultants, LLC and has surgical and admitting privileges at United Medical Center, Howard University Hospital, and Sibley Memorial Hospital (Johns Hopkins affiliate), all in Washington, DC. Dr. Scruggs is the former radio talk show host of RealTalk Medicine with Dr. Mich, a weekly 30-minute segment focusing on all aspects of healthcare.

Dr. Scruggs currently serves as a Commissioner on the DC Board of Podiatry, the state regulatory body for the governance of Podiatry Licensees in the District of Columbia. He serves on the Credentialing Committee for United Medical Center in Washington, DC, as well as the Quality Medical Executive and Credentialing Committees for Carefirst Community Health Plan in Washington, DC. Dr. Scruggs is an Assistant Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine.

In his spare time. Dr. Scruggs travels the globe searching for new and innovative ways to improve upon podiatric care. Most recently, in March 2020, Dr. Scruggs presented a podiatry presentation “A Podiatrist’s Role in Today’s Global Medical Practice” on the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. Dr. Scruggs also works tirelessly in various communities and is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Scruggs is board-certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry.

Dr. Scruggs has been named America’s Top Podiatrist by the Consumer Research Council of America from 2014-2017, and most recently, Footprint Podiatry Consultants, LLC was recognized as “Best in Washington 2021” in the Podiatrist Category.

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Region 4

Annette Joyce, DPM

Dr. Joyce is a key opinion leader in the dermatology focused areas of nail disorders, onychomycosis, biofilm, laser technology, practice management, and PCR. She believes nail disorders are some of the most challenging dermatological conditions of our profession.

She was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for the Council for Nail Disorders, a non-profit international organization founded in 1995, the first in the industry to support education and research in the clinical, surgical, and pathological aspects of nail disease. Dr. Joyce was voted “one of the most influential podiatrists in America” by her peers in Podiatry Management magazine. Dr. Joyce was a co-founder of Dermfoot, the first conference to spotlight lower extremity podiatric dermatology with international recognition and participation worldwide. She is a pioneer in nail and skin education and participates in peer review for the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA) and the Foot and Ankle Quarterly journal. She is a CAC Representative for the APMA and SCPMA.

Dr. Joyce is a Regional Medical Director and staff podiatrist for 360Care, a company that focuses on geriatric medicine and mobile podiatry services nationwide. Her vision is to increase awareness of dermatological disorders of the lower extremity and improve skin and nail cancer recognition skills for today’s foot and ankle specialists. Her family lives in Pawleys Island, where she enjoys a work life balance in the beautiful coastal low country region of South Carolina.


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, Pennsylvania.

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.

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Region 6

Ryan Tingle, DPM

Ryan Tingle, DPM has practiced podiatry since 2000, graduating from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, in San Francisco, CA. He completed a three year surgical residency at the Scripps-Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Sacramento, California. He has practiced podiatry over the last 20 years in an array of positions and geographies including his current position with one of the largest hospital systems in New Mexico, Presbyterian Hospital. He currently serves multiple rural communities in Northern New Mexico. Dr. Tingle is board certified with the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in foot and ankle surgery and primary care in podiatric medicine. He is also certified with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery in both foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot/ ankle surgery. Dr. Tingle is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico and enjoys hiking and camping with this wife, Kim and Australian Shepard mix, Kira.


Ashley Meusa, DPM

Dr. Ashley Meusa is a native of Dallas, TX. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, from Texas A&M University, College Station. In 2004, she earned her Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University, located in North Chicago, IL.

After obtaining her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, she completed residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. She received both a certificate of Rotating Podiatric Resident (RPR), and Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Resident (PM&S-24).

After returning to Dallas she began working with patients in clinical, facility, and housecall settings. She later joined Foremost Family Health Centers in 2016 as a staff Podiatrist, where she currently serves as an Associate Medical Director.

Dr. Meusa has a passion for diabetic patients, and is board certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry in the Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear.

Dr. Meusa enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and family. She also enjoys volunteering with the youth and healthcare ministries at her church.


Jeffrey Lux, DPM

Originally from Detroit Michigan, Dr. Lux graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1988 and then completed a surgical residency program at Doctor’s Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia. After setting up his private practice in North Louisiana, Dr. Lux pursued further advancement into the profession, certifying in three sections of The American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. He is also certified in advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine and has participated as an attendee in wound care clinics and teaching hospitals. In his spare time, Dr. Lux enjoys spending time with his wife gardening, playing musical instruments and raising their rescue pets.

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Region 7

Charles H. Allison, DPM, DABMSP

I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the Air Force. I was accepted into the Army ROTC program and attended college. I was commissioned and served 21 years in service. I attended the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa and graduated in 1995. I have been in both private and multi-specialty practice for over 24 years. I am board certified in Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery, and Diabetic Foot Wounds & Footwear. I have served on the board of the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society. I have been the Surgery Committee Chair and Vice President of Medical Staff in Bluffton, Indiana. I am currently in private solo practice in Clinton, Iowa.

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Region 8

Edward N Behen, DPM

Dr. Behen received his undergraduate degree in Biology, from Loyola University of Chicago. He then graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine, now the Dr. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Behen completed his surgical residency training at St. Bernard Hospital in Chicago.

In 1976 he established his practice in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1993 he became board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in Podiatry in Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Medicine.

Over the years Dr. Behen has established podiatry privileges at two hospitals and obtained full medical active staff privileges for podiatrist. He also served on the Colorado Board of Podiatry, serving as president of the board for nine years and during that time the practice act for the state of Colorado for podiatry was brought up to date.

For several years he was an adjunct clinical professor, for the Illinois College of podiatric medicine providing fourth-year students with office practice experience.

Dr. Behen and his wife Kathy, have five children and four grandchildren. He has also served as the president of a local PPO. He is active in the Civil Air Patrol as a Mission Pilot, Incident Commander, and Deputy group commander.


Karana M. Pierre, DPM

Dr. Karana M. Pierre is a native of Loreauville, Louisiana, and has been practicing for 20 years in Podiatry. She received her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, with a major in Biology Pre-Med, and a double minor in Chemistry and French. In 2001, Dr. Pierre received her Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from The New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. She then went on to complete her residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where she obtained Rotating Podiatric (RPR) and Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (PM&S-24) Certificates. Most recently, Dr. Pierre completed a certification program in Healthcare Change and Executive Healthcare Leadership, at Cornell University.

After completing her residency, Dr. Pierre relocated to Connecticut, where she served as a Podiatrist/Clinical Coordinator and Infection Control Chairperson at Optimus Healthcare, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT, for 13 years. Dr. Pierre consulted in Podiatry for 11 years with The Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, serving the Norwalk, Stratford, Torrington, and Southbury Sites. She also served as a Science Teacher at Wilby High School, with the Waterbury School District for one year. Dr. Pierre also served as a Medical Officer Podiatrist with Tohono O’odham Nation Healthcare in Southern Arizona. She is currently serving as a Medical Officer Podiatrist at the Kyle Health Center on The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Because of her vast patient base that began to develop while practicing in Connecticut, which presented multiple cases of diabetic foot diseases and wounds, her interest began to grow in this area. In 2008, she was designated as a member of the speaker bureau with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and as a Regional Speaker for Pfizer in 2010, in diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Dr. Pierre enjoys a daily fast paced environment with challenging cases. She is known to have a straightforward, thorough, kind, and compassionate bedside manner. She enjoys working and collaborating with colleagues, support staff, and patients.

Dr. Pierre is currently board certified with ABMSP in Primary Care and in Diabetic Foot Wounds and Footwear.

When Dr. Pierre is not practicing Podiatry, she continues with her invested interest in organizing community health events and partnering with educational organizations in STEM and healthcare careers for high school students.

Dr. Pierre enjoys spending time with her family and friends, international and domestic travel, gardening, enjoying different types of world cuisines, surrounding herself with nature, dancing, and playing the piano and flute. Regularly engaging in these activities, helps her to restore and revive, in order, to maintain balance as a healthcare provider. Self-preservation is vital in maintaining the capacity to continue serving others.

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Region 9

Tim Dutra, DPM, MS, MS-HCA

Dr. Tim Dutra is an Assistant Professor at the California School of Podiatric Medicine in Biomechanics & Sports Medicine. He serves as podiatric consultant for Intercollegiate Athletics at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Dutra is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice/ Podiatric Medicine Academy. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, American Professional Wound Care Association, and National Academies of Practice/ Podiatric Medicine Academy. He is board certified in: podiatric sports medicine, podiatric medicine, pain management, wound care, and disability analysis. He has served on many physician panels for college student organizations, as well as served as lead podiatrist for running and athletic events supervising podiatric medical students and residents. Dr. Dutra is Clinical Director for Healthy Athletes Fit Feet Program, Northern California Special Olympics. He was previously in solo private practice in San Leandro for 20 years. He serves as a pool podiatrist for Kaiser East Bay. He has many years of coaching experience in youth soccer, basketball, baseball, and high school boys and girls tennis teams. He was is a former athletic trainer for De La Salle High School in Concord, University of California at Davis, and California State University, East Bay. Areas of research include podiatric sports medicine/ biomechanics and diabetic wound care. Dr. Dutra served as Associate Director of Student Health Services at CSU East Bay. He is a national lecturer in sports medicine and biomechanics.

Professional Awards

  • 2017 Podiatry Management V.I.P. Award: America’s Most Influential Podiatrists,Best of 2012-2017
  • 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award, California Podiatric Medical Association, for volunteer work with the Special Olympics Healthy Athlete Fit Feet Program as Clinical Director
  • 2014 Gary Bianchi, DPM Award by the Alumni & Associates of the California School of Podiatric Medicine for outstanding dedication to CSPM, its students, graduates and friends.
  • 2014 Dr. Milton Wolfson Memorial Scholar of the Year Award for outstanding contributions to primary care podiatric medicine.
  • 2012 National Academies of Practice/Academy of Podiatric Medicine, inducted as a distinguished practitioner in podiatric medicine and surgery.
  • 2012 Podiatry Management V.I.P. Award: America’s Most Influential Podiatrists, Best of 2007-2012
  • 2011 American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Robert Barnes, DPM, Distinguished Service Award, for promoting the importance of podiatric sports medicine and many years of dedication to AAPSM.
  • 2006 Podiatry Management V.I.P. Award: America’s Most Influential Podiatrists, Best of 2000-2006
  • Education

  • Master of Science in Health Care Administration, Management & Change in Health Care Option, California State University, East Bay, 2009
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, California College of Podiatric Medicine, 1985
  • Bachelor of Medical Science, California College of Podiatric Medicine, 1983
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology, Sports Medicine & Exercise Physiology Option, California State University, Hayward, 1980
  • Special (Adaptive) Physical Education Certification, California State University, Hayward, 1980
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychobiology at University of California at Davis, 1978
  • Leadership

  • Vice Chair, Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (2020-2023)
  • Past President, Faculty Organization, Samuel Merritt University (2018-2019)
  • Past President, Alameda-Contra Costa Podiatric Medical Association (2012-2014)
  • Past President, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (2006-2007)
  • Past President, Alameda-Contra Costa Podiatric Medical Association (1995-1997)
  • Past President, Fairmont Hospital Foundation (1994-1996)
  • Past President, San Leandro Chamber of Commerce (1993)
  • Past President, San Leandro Kiwanis Club (1989-1990)
  • Board of Directors Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (2014-2017 & 2018-2021)
  • Board of Directors, Alumni & Associates, California College of Podiatric Medicine (1993-2008)
  • Board of Directors, Eden Medical Center Foundation (1998-2001)
  • Delegate, Alameda- Contra Costa Podiatric Medical Association to CPMA House of Delegates (1992-2020)
  • Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management
  • Senior Disability Analyst and Diplomate, American Board of Disability Analysis
  • Board Certified Wound Specialist, American Academy of Wound Management
  • Diplomate, Podiatric Sports Medicine, American Board Multiple Specialties in Podiatry
  • Fellow

  • American College of Podiatric Medicine
  • American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
  • American Professional Wound Care Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Academies of Practice, Podiatric Medicine Academy
  • Howard F. Liebeskind, DPM, DABMSP, FAAPSM

    Howard Liebeskind, DPM holds an American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry Board Certification in Podiatric Sports Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

    With an extensive career in sports medicine he has served various athletic teams and organizations providing foot and ankle care to recreational, intercollegiate and professional athletes.

    Dr. Liebeskind is nationally and internationally recognized within the medical community as one of podiatric sports medicine’s most experienced and respected practitioners.

    Howard was recently granted MD-Affiliate status in the nearly 4,000 member American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is the only DPM to achieve this status and first podiatric sports medicine specialist to be so honored.*

    His career in athletic medicine began in earnest when he became team podiatrist for the Los Angeles Clippers and Pepperdine University in 1984.

    Throughout his career in sports medicine, Dr. Liebeskind has worked with intercollegiate, professional and international sports teams with various positions and affiliations, including team podiatrist to the Los Angeles Kings, the UCLA Athletic Department, Chivas USA (MLS), Los Angeles Sol (WPS), Los Angeles Riptide (MLL), Los Angeles Avengers (AFL) and USA Men’s Field Hockey. In addition to these positions, Dr. Liebeskind has also consulted for other professional associations including the Los Angeles Ballet and Cirque du Soleil.

    Among this list of high-caliber teams and associations that Liebeskind has worked with include the International Champions Cup, in which he acted as a Podiatric Consultant and Liaison for Chelsea F.C., F.C. Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid F.C. and Manchester United F.C. during their respective pre-season North American tours from 2005 through 2018.

    As a result of his longtime participation in professional and international football/soccer, Dr. Liebeskind is considered by many as the world’s longest tenured “football podiatrist” having formally served the football/soccer community continuously for almost four decades.

    Currently, Dr. Liebeskind simultaneously serves as the team podiatrist to the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Football Club, Los Angeles Galaxy and Pepperdine University Athletic Department, as well as the United States Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams, having worked continuously with the United States Soccer Federation for more than twenty-five years. He has also served on the Medical Advisory Board of the US Soccer Federation

    With a detailed understanding of the biodynamics of athletic footwear and innovative usage of biometric data acquisition systems to enhance athletic performance, Dr. Liebeskind uses his expertise in this area to speak at national and international conferences on these topics, as well as to professional and industrial organizations.

    Dr. Liebeskind’s list of speaking engagements have included presentations before and sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Federacion Internacional de Football Associations (FIFA), FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC), FIFA Medical Center of Excellence, Santa Monica, California, US Soccer Federation, ESPN, UCLA Athletic Department, Pepperdine University Department of Athletics and Nike Global Football (Beaverton, OR).

    Additionally, Dr. Liebeskind has been utilized as a sports medicine expert for stories in trade and sports-related media publications and was one of podiatry’s earliest consultants to Runner’s World Magazine and Tennis Magazine. He has also authored a chapter for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s textbook: “International Soccer and Football Medicine: Caring for the Soccer Athlete Worldwide.”

    Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Liebeskind is a sought lecturer in both Europe and the Americas. Most notably, he was keynote speaker at both the II Congreso Internacional De Podologia Y Biomechanica En El Futbol at the invitation of Podoactiva and the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol held at the Ciudad de Futbol de Las Rozas in Spain and at the 10th Congreso Orthopod in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Dr. Liebeskind graduated from Syracuse University and the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where he received BA, BS and DPM degrees respectively, in addition to completing a residency program in Podiatric Surgery at Van Nuys Community Hospital, Van Nuys, California.

    He has also served as the director of a podiatric surgical residency program (PSR-24).

    *MD-Affiliate members are: U.S. or Canadian citizens who are non-orthopaedic physicians and surgeons who are interested in contributing knowledge to the sports medicine community.

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    Region 10

    Charles C. Edwards, DPM

    Charles C. Edwards was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. After high school he served a volunteer two-year mission in Guatemala, there discovering his love and empathy for impoverished and under-served people. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Utah with a B.A. in Spanish, then travelled to the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain for a summer of intensive Masters’ level Spanish. While there he was able to study medieval and Renaissance Europe and Spanish, which topics he remains passionate about even now. His plans were always to pursue a medical degree with aspirations of working on behalf of under-served populations, so upon returning to Utah he completed his pre-medical studies. During this time he choose Podiatry as his path after encountering several Podiatrists who seemed to have each found an exemplary balance between professional and personal lives. He enrolled at Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, and along with his class became the first to graduate with the DPM degree from the re-established Temple School of Podiatric Medicine. He was honored to have been selected for the four-year surgical training program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia where he trained under and alongside many individuals whom he respects and reflects upon to this day. After completion of that training, he and his wife agreed to try and find an area of the country where Podiatry, and therefore the population, was under-represented. Alaska was calling, and he answered the call. Just one year into his professional career there - the Alaska Native Medical Center was seeking its first Podiatrist for its medical house staff in an effort to stem the rising tide of diabetic foot complications in that population, and this seemed to be the opportunity Dr. Edwards had hoped for all along. He applied and was accepted for that role in 2004, and has since developed it from very humble beginnings to a fully operational service of three Podiatrists serving the entire State’s Alaskan Native and American Indians living in Alaska. While he would be the first to admit many of his patients are far more educated and financially secure than he will ever be, many of his clients live in rural, remote communities with scant access to the normal comforts, services and healthcare the majority of the U.S. population enjoys. His works takes him around the state in all seasons, screening and caring for individuals in larger hub villages, while those patients from smaller, more isolated surrounding villages travel in to his clinics by jet, boat, bush plane, snow machines, ATV’s, and occasionally by dog team. This has been the most fulfilling job and role he could ever have hoped for, and it is his desire to remain where he currently serves for the entirety of his career. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife of 27 years, and has a 15 year old son attending a distinguished college preparatory boarding school in New England. His favorite pastimes are reading and writing in Spanish and English, learning Alaskan Native culture, nature and wildlife, listening to all music - but especially jazz, following baseball, and following ancient through modern art - especially cubism.


    Timothy R. Black, DPM



    • Utah State University, Logan, Utah
    • Dates of Attendance: October 1990-December 1990, January 1992-June 1996
    • Bachelor of Science: Major-Biology, Minor-Chemistry


    • California College of Podiatric Medicine, San Francisco, California
    • Dates of Attendance: August 1996-May 2000
    • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree obtained May 25, 2000


    • Jerry L. Pettis VA Medical Center-Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
    • Dates of Attendance: July 2000-June 2002

    Private Practice

    • Founded Mountain Crest Foot and Ankle, P.A. 8/2002-Present
    • Mountain View Wound Care and Hyperbarics, 12/06-Present


  • American Society of Podiatric Dermatology, President, 1998-99
  • American Podiatric Writer’s Association, Member, 1998-99
  • Foot and Ankle Review, Associate Editor, 1998-99
  • Pes Anwerinus-Student information desk, August 1997-October 1997
  • Alpha Gamma Kappa, 1996-98
  • Honors

  • 1st Place-American Podiatric Medical Writer’s Association 11th Annual Student
  • Writing Competition, 1998
  • CCPM Honors list, 1997-98
  • CCPM Honors list, 1996-97
  • Work History

  • June 1990-Sept 1990 Bonneville County Weed Control
  • Utah State for College(see above) 1990-96
  • LDS Mission Jan 1991-Dec 1992
  • June 1993-Sept 1993 Utah State Weed Control
  • Work during College in the summer of 94,95,96 as Intern at INL CCPM for Podiatry School 1996-2000(see above)
  • June2000-June 2002 Residency Working at Jerry L. Pettis VAMC, Loma Linda(see above)
  • August 2002-Present Private Practice Mountain Crest foot and Ankle Idaho Falls, ID
  • Consulting Physician Mountain View Hospital Dec 2006-Present
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    Region 11

    Dr. Darren Woodruff, DPM

    Dr. Woodruff founded Central Alberta Podiatry in 2019 to provide the absolute best in foot and ankle care. He is rated the #1 Podiatrist in Red Deer and central Alberta.

    Dr. Darren Woodruff DPM received degrees in Linguistics and Biology at the University of Calgary prior to his Doctorate degree at Midwestern University. Following graduation Darren completed a 3 year surgical residency at the Ohio State University Medical Center. While at OSU he completed hundreds of surgical procedures and received extensive training in wound care. During his training he completed rotations in trauma surgery, vascular surgery, internal medicine, rheumatology, endocrinology, radiology, pathology, dermatology, infectious disease, plastic surgery and emergency medicine. Dr. Woodruff has published articles on diabetic limb salvage and osteomylitis. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry. He serves as a board member for the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association. He is also fluent in both Thai and Laotian.

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