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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.

Michael Salter, DPM


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.

Kenneth Rehm, DPM

Vice 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.

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."

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.

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 liaison 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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry
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