2022 Conference Chairs
Gabriel J Halperin, DPMPresident and Medical Director
New Hope Podiatry Group
Los Angeles, CA
Gabriel J Halperin, DPM, FACFS, DABFAS is the president and medical director of New Hope Podiatry Group located in Los Angeles, California. Dr Halperin graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine and went on to do his residency at Western Medical Center. He is the past president of the Los Angeles Podiatric Medical Association and the Los Angeles County Podiatric Medical Society.
Robert K Lee, DPMChief of Podiatry
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
Santa Monica, California
Robert K Lee, DPM is a board-certified podiatric surgeon who offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for ailments affecting the foot and ankle. He has performed over a thousand surgical foot and ankle procedures, including common foot conditions such as bunions, neuromas, and hammertoes, as well as specializing in diabetic limb salvage, Charcot foot reconstruction, tendon repairs, foot and ankle arthritis, and ankle arthroscopy. He is also the current Chief of Podiatric Surgery at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Dr Lee graduated with honors from California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He continued his training at a three-year surgical residency in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia before completing his training with a Lower Extremity Diabetic Limb Salvage Fellowship at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington DC. Dr Lee is currently Assistant Clinical Faculty within the David Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine and has been involved with the training of residents and fellows at UCLA Medical Center. He has also lectured for various conferences and seminars on multiple topics. In addition to being a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr Lee has also attained the highest level of board certification offered by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. This certification in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery has been awarded to less than five percent of podiatrists nationally.
Harold Schoenhaus, DPMSurgical Editor for PRESENT e-Learning
Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center
Harold Schoenhaus, DPM is a board-certified foot, rearfoot, and reconstructive ankle surgeon by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a past president and current fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff appointments and operating privileges at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital and Chestnut Hill hospital. Dr Schoenhaus' research and clinical interests are in biomechanics, pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery, including joint replacement surgery and pediatric podiatric surgery. Moreover, Dr Schoenhaus is the surgical editor for PRESENT e-Learning Systems, an online medical education and networking resource dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals throughout the world. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and pioneer in the field of lower extremity pathomechanics and reconstructive surgery. Dr Schoenhaus has authored several landmark articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. In 2015 Dr Schoenhaus was the recipient of the Gallery of Success Award from the Temple University.
Jonathan Arnold, MDMedical Director
The Healing Center
Mercy Medical Center
Cedar Rapids, IA
Jonathan Arnold, MD, ABPM-UHM, CWS-P obtained his medical degree in 1997 from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at Great Plains Family Practice Residency Program, Oklahoma City, OK. Dr Arnold has practiced medicine in the state of Iowa for 20 years. During this time he has served as medical director of two nursing homes. From 2005 to 2007 he practiced wound care and hyperbaric medicie part time. He also served as Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center at Ft Madison Community Hospital in Ft Madison, IA. From 2007 to 2018, he served as Medical Director for Great River Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic in Burlington, IA. Since 2018 he has served as the Medical Director of The Healing Center at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA where Dr Arnold practices wound care and hyperbaric medicine full-time. Dr Arnold is board certified in Family Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is also credentialed by the American Board of Wound Management as a Certified Wound Specialist Physician.
Dylan M Bach, MD, MBAFounder and President
Clinical Pathology Director
Santa Ana, CA
Dylan Bach, MD, MBA is a board-certified Clinical Pathologist and has extensive experience in the clinical laboratory. He received his Medical Doctorate at University of California San Diego and completed his residency in clinical and anatomical pathology at University of California Irvine. He went on to complete his clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He was the Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry, Pathology Informatics and Toxicology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. Dr Bach is the current clinical pathology director at Bach Diagnostics. He is well known for his work in clinical pathology and received the Warren L. Bostick Award for Excellence and the John Budd Golden Scope Award.
Alan Bass, DPM, FACPM, CPC, RPhFounder and Medical Director
Central Jersey Foot & Ankle Care
PARE Coding and Compliance
Alan Bass, DPM, FACPM, CPC, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and has been in private practice in Manalapan, New Jersey for over 25 years. Dr Bass is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Over his entire career, Dr Bass has been involved with business and practice management, having previously served as Medical Director and Senior Consultant for NEMO Health. Realizing the needs of podiatrists nationwide Dr Bass left NEMO Health at the end 2018 and in January 2019, he began his own consulting firm JARALL Medical Management Consulting, providing practice management services practice valuations, reputation management services and much more. In January 2020, Dr Bass, along with Dr Paul Kesselman formed PARE Coding and Compliance Consulting, a firm dedicated to assisting doctors with coding, auditing, and compliance issues. Dr Bass is also a past-president of the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society. He also is active with the American Podiatric Medical Association, currently serving on the Communication committee and having served on the Resolutions committee.
Marc A Benard, DPMAssistant Director, American Board of Podiatric Medicine
Co-Director and President, Baja Project for Crippled Children
Hermosa Beach, CA
Marc Benard, DPM is the Assistant Director of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is formerly the organization’s Executive Director and Examination Chair. Dr Benard is also Co-Director and President of the Baja Project for Crippled Children/Operation Footprint, an organization which, over the past 40 years, has had over 30,000 patient visits and performed over 3,000 foot and ankle surgeries on children with congenital and acquired neuromuscular conditions. The “project” has trained several hundred residents in the process. Dr Benard is the former Chair for the Committee on Disaster Relief of Rotary International District 5280. He is certified with both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and lectures nationally in the areas of pediatric and adult biomechanics and surgery.
Devin Bland, DPMPrestige Medical Care
Devin Bland, DPM graduated from Midwestern University School of Podiatric Medicine in 2013. After graduation, he completed his surgical residency in 2016 at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He furthered his surgical training by completing one of the premier surgical reconstructive fellowship programs specializing in Diabetic patients, Charcot, Revisional Surgery, and Pediatric Care with the American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research in Alamogordo New Mexico. Dr Bland is board qualified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He practices in the private sector centrally located in Phoenix Arizona at Prestige Medical Care, a multispecialty group. Dr Bland has received many awards and special recognition for his surgical ability in treating advanced foot and ankle pathology. He has authored textbook chapters relating to bone grafting, served as a residency director, and continues to teach at Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona.
Fred Ferlic, MDChief Medical Officer
South Bend, IN
Fred Ferlic, MD is a founding member of TayCo External Ankle Brace. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Cornell Medical School, and University of Minnesota Orthopedic Department. In 1977, he started private practice and retired in 2016 at age 70. For 30 of those years he treated the Notre Dame teams. He then started TayCo External because of physician and patient problems with the walking boot and internal AFOs. He presently serves as Chief Medical Officer of TayCo External, a role he is passionate about.
Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPHMedical Director, DM Prevent Clinics Dubai
Robert G Frykberg, DPM, MPH is a graduate of the California College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976. Dr Frykberg went on to complete his residency training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society and a Member of the Board of Registration in Podiatry. From 1992 to 1994, he attended the Harvard School of Public Health and graduated with a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in quantitative methods. After 21 years of private practice, Dr Frykberg accepted the position as Clinical Dean of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery prior to moving to Phoenix. After 15 years of dedicated service to our Veterans, Dr Frykberg has decided to retire from his role as Chief of Podiatry at the Phoenix VA Medical Center and as Director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center Podiatric Residency Program. He continues to hold the academic rank of Professor, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University Program in Podiatric Medicine. His research and writing interests have included all facets of lower extremity disorders, but are specifically focused on diabetic foot ulcers, infections, Charcot foot, and wound care. The author of nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, he has also been the Editor of two textbooks: The High Risk Foot in Diabetes Mellitus (1991) and the Diabetic Charcot Foot (2010). His expertise in the Diabetic Foot translated into hundreds of speaking invitations nationally and internationally with numerous lecture engagements in China, India, Russia, South America, the UK, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, and across Europe.
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWSCertified Nurse Practitioner
Emily Greenstein, APRN, CNP, CWON, FACCWS is a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. She received her BSN from Jamestown College and her MSN from Maryville University. She is certified as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has been certified in wound and ostomy care through the WOCNCB for the past 8 years. At Sanford, she oversees the outpatient wound care program, serves as chair for the SVAT committee and is involved in many different research projects. She is an active member of the AAWC and currently serves as co-chair for the Research Task Force and Membership Committee. She is also a working member of the AAWC International Consolidated Diabetic Ulcer Guidelines Task Force. She has been involved with other wound organizations and currently serves as the Professional Practice Chair for the North Central Region Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Society. Emily has served as an expert reviewer for the WOCN Society and the Journal for WOCN. She is a blogger for Wound Source. Her main career focus is on the advancement of wound care through evidence-based research.
Daniel Hall, IV, DPMCo-Founder and Owner
Louisiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, LLC
Lake Charles, LA
Chief of Surgery/Department Chairman of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
Chief of Podiatric Surgery and Wound Healing Moss Memorial Clinics and Hospital
Adjunct Faculty Louisiana State University Family Medicine Residency Program
Daniel T Hall, IV, was raised in Newburgh, Indiana, a small town in rural Southern Indiana where compassion and care for one's community were ingrained in his beliefs from a young age. He excelled in the classroom graduating from Castle High School with honors. He shined on the soccer field but chose to pursue a career in medicine. Dr Hall attended Indiana University on a pre-medical scholarship and graduated with distinction earning a bachelors degree in chemistry. Following completion of his undergraduate work, he secured a merit scholarship to attend the William M Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University where he earned his doctorate and graduated in the top 20% of his class. He completed his residency training at the nationally recognized South Miami Hospital of Baptist Health in Miami, Florida where he served as chief resident and performed over 2,000 procedures. Dr Hall is trained in numerous surgical techniques with an emphasis on reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, including diabetic limb salvage with internal/external fixation and cosmetic foot surgery. Additionally, he learned various skin closure and skin grafting techniques to minimize scar visibility and accelerate wound healing under the direction of renowned plastic surgeons at South Miami Hospital. Dr Hall has developed a keen interest in diabetic foot care and limb salvage, and he has co-authored multiple publications in Podiatry Today and Podiatry Management on reconstructive foot and ankle surgery techniques and post-operative care in the diabetic population. He also served as a volunteer participant in the Yucatan Crippled Children's Project (YCCP) co-sponsored by Barry University and the International Foot and Ankle Foundation in Merida, Mexico during which he earned valuable experience in pediatric foot and ankle deformity treatment and surgical correction. Dr Hall also served as a surgical clinical course leader for the Miami-Dade College Physician Assistant program, discussing common foot and ankle injuries and participating in multiple suture workshops. After the completion of his residency training, Dr. Hall co-founded Louisiana Foot and Ankle Specialists in Lake Charles, Louisiana with his wife, Dr Mallory Przybylski. He is Board Qualified in foot and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is an active member of multiple podiatric societies and is dedicated to continuing education and keeping up with the most innovative treatments available. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, cooking, sporting events and spending time with his family, friends and four rescue dogs. He is proud to be a part of the Lake Charles community and is a compassionate, kind physician who is fully invested in providing the highest quality of patient care.
Paul Kesselman, DPM, DABFASCEO
PARE Coding & Compliance Services
Paul Kesselman, DPM, DABFAS has been in private practice for over 35 years in NYC and LI. He has been consulting for medical manufacturers and for a myriad of medical specialties in the areas of DME and wound care regulations for over 20 years. He is the leader for the APMA DME Workgroup, meets regularly with Medicare officials, and has formed liaisons with other orthotic professionals and lectured nationwide. His monthly column appearing in Podiatry Management is primarily dedicated to coding and compliance issues and has been a contributing author to Practical Endocrinology and other medical publications and is an expert panelist to Codingline.com.
Guido LaPorta, DPM, MSDirector, Podiatric Medical Education
Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital
Guido A LaPorta, DPM, MS, FACFAS, FACFOAM is Director, Podiatric Medical Education Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY. He is Director Emeritus, Podiatric Medical Education Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA and Professor of Surgery: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dr LaPorta is also the President, Pennsylvania Foot and Ankle Society
Jonathan Labovitz, DPMProfessor / Associate Dean Clinical Education
Western University of Health Scinces
College of Podiatric Medicine
John Lantis, II, MDVice Chairman of the Department of Surgery
Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Director of Surgical Clinical Research
Mount Sinai West
New York City, NY
John C Lantis, II, MD is the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai West and St Luke's Roosevelt Hospitals in New York City, where he is also the Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. He holds the academic title of Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr Lantis' clinical practice spans the fields of Vascular/Endovascular Surgery, and lower extremity wound healing. He directs a clinical/basic science research program in the field of lower extremity wound healing and tissue repair and is published extensively. He is a founding member of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery. He currently sits on the editorial board of WOUNDS and the Journal of Wound Care. In addition, he is a reviewer for half a dozen other journals. To date, he is/or has been the principal investigator on more than 55 multicenter and single center chronic wound and vascular surgery trials.
Jeffrey D Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC, CPMAA Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Center
Fort Collins, CO
Jeffrey D Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC, CPMA, recently named one of America's Most Influential Podiatrists, is in private practice Fort Collins, CO. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a Master by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and an Expert Panelist on Codingline. In his role as a Consultant to the APMA Health Policy and Practice Department, Dr Lehrman serves as an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force. Dr Lehrman sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons. He is an adjunct clinical professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS and is a consulting editor for Podiatry Management magazine.
Bret M Ribotsky, DPM
Dr Ribotsky was born and raised in Miami Beach. He attended The University of South Florida where he graduated with a degree in Biology. He attended Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine and was Class President. He completed two separate residencies: one in orthopedics in Philadelphia and a second & third year in Advanced Surgery in Salt Lake City. He was a fellow of both the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (now called ABPM). Additionally, Dr Ribotsky is a Past President of the American College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr Ribotsky was inducted into the National Academy of Practice as a Distinguished Practitioner. Podiatry Management Magazine has chosen Dr Ribotsky as one of the top VIP DPM’s for fifteen straight years. In 2016, the entire profession voted to add Dr Ribotsky to the professions Hall of Fame granting him a lifetime achievement award. In addition to often being a national and international speaker & researcher he was on the editorial boards of many publications. Prior to entering Private Practice in Boca Raton, Dr Ribotsky practiced at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, department of Orthopedics. For over two decades, Dr Ribotsky has shared the stage with, studied, or partnered with internationally known peak performance superstars such as: Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziggler, Les Brown, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dr John Gray, Depak Chopra, Jay Abraham, and many more... In 2009 Dr Ribotsky founded “Meet the Masters” sharing the unique distinctions of the Podiatric Masters, Interviews with over 417 luminaries were distributed to over 100 countries all for Free. In 2015 while volunteering with the United States Coast Guard, Dr Ribotsky was injured and left with a career ending disability. His love for his profession remains as he continues to strive to teach his colleges. He founded DermFoot in 2017 and he continues to teach his positive attitude principles and success techniques to all.
Kathleen D Schaum & Associates, Inc.
Lake Worth, FL
Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, FACFAS, FACPMAssociate Professor, College of Podiatric Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
Associate Editor PRESENT Podiatry Online
Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, FACFAS, FACPM, FFPM RCPS (Glas) is a Board-Certified podiatric foot and ankle physician and surgeon who has been in practice for over 10 years. He is also a fellow with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Diplomat of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Shapiro has worked for Western University for the past 8 years. Prior to that he was in private practice in various aspects of patient care, including multi-specialty hospital-based practice, several wound care clinics, and individual proprietor private practice. Dr Shapiro's training includes a 3-year foot and ankle residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan after graduating from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA in 2003. After completing his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the California College of Podiatric Medicine, he did his 3-year postgraduate training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan from 2003 - 2006. He is also the Editor of PRESENT's Practice Perfect.
James Stiehl, MD, MBAFounder
Stiehl Tech LLC
After 36 years, Jim retired from active orthopaedic surgery practice to focus on building a medical device company. While in practice, Jim specialized in total joint replacement and traumatology. He was an academic orthopedist for several years, publishing 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, 4 textbooks and 35 textbook chapters. For the past 10 years, Jim participated in several medical startups, including Traumis, LLC, Blue Ortho SAS, Surgivisio SAS, and Explorer Surgical, Inc, as an early investor and consultant. Jim's most recent efforts have exploited work regarding surgical suction/irrigation systems, of which several concepts have been patented. Jim holds an MD with Honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and received the Gold Cord with his MBA from the University of Illinois College of Business.
Michael Troiano, DPMCenter for Foot and Ankle Disorders
University of Pennsylvania - Penn Wound Care
Adjunct Clinical Professor, TUSPM
Michael Troiano, DPM is a 2004 graduate Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed residency at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is in private practice at the Center for Foot and Ankle Disorders in Philadelphia. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in the Department of Surgery, he teaches Biomechanics, and MRI reading. Dr Troiano is a board certified in foot, rear foot, and reconstructive ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He holds staff and teaching appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Penn Wound Care Center, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital and the Foot and Ankle Specialty Center. He takes foot and ankle trauma call at Temple University Hospital and Penn- Presbyterian Medical Center, is a director of the Penn Wound Care Center and is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer. He has authored and co-authored several journals, articles, and chapters published in various peer reviewed journals and books.
Marie L Williams, DPM, DABPS, DHLDirector, Podiatric Medical Education
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Marie Williams, DPM, DABPS, DHL, is board certified in foot and ankle surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr Williams was the first clinical dean at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Professor for the school. Dr Williams has been in private practice since 1984. She is currently the Chairman of the Department of Podiatry at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. She has been involved in residency training since 1986 and a Program Director in Podiatric Surgery and Medicine since 1988. Dr Williams is a speaker in the field of foot and ankle surgery as well as limb salvage. She has published several articles on the healing of complex wounds and limb salvage, while also authoring a chapter: Bone Infections in "Foot and Ankle Radiology". In August 2014, Dr Williams was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts along with her teammates from Immaculata College. Their team, the Mighty Macs, captured three consecutive Championships. They were considered trailblazers for women sports, and in the 70s they help bring about Title 9 and equality for women in sports. In June 2015 they received the trailblazer award in the women’s basketball hall of fame. Dr Williams was recently requested to be a Keynote Speaker for Immaculata University and received the Doctor of Humane Letters for her humanitarian efforts in May 2018.