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The ACPM is made up of outstanding leaders in our profession. Regularly we strive to showcase Fellows who have demonstrated dedication to both the organization and the podiatric profession as a whole. Below are some of our most recent Spotlight recipients.
Stephanie Hook, DPM, FACPM
While her passion is patient care in all aspects of podiatry including diabetic foot care, sports medicine and trauma care, biomechanics, and pediatrics, Dr. Hook also devotes herself to working to advance the profession. Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, she is honored to assist the ABPM Marketing Committee as the Diplomate Newsletter sub-chair/editor and as a member of the social media subcommittee. She also works with the Marketing and Membership committees of the ACPM. Dr. Hook is a Trustee of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. There, she is a member of the Bylaws and Insurance and Health Policy committees and chairs the Public and Population Health Task Force. She is also the APMA CAC Representative for New York. She is active with the American Association for Women Podiatrists, directing social media and serving as the Second Vice President. Dr. Hook is also a regular contributor to Podiatry Today magazine.
Michael Casteel, DPM, FACPM, FAPWHc
Dr. Casteel grew up in Northern Kentucky and completed his undergraduate education at Thomas More University. He went on to complete his graduate-level training at the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (class of 2015), followed by a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency at Western Reserve Health Education in Youngstown, Ohio.
Dr. Casteel is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and holds additional wound healing certifications from the American Board of Wound Healing and Council for Medical Education and Testing.
Dr. Casteel’s professional interests include podiatric dermatology, wound healing, biomechanics and rheumatologic diseases. He is also a peer-reviewer for multiple medical journals including Foot and Ankle Surgery: Techniques, Reports and Cases (FASTRAC), Advances in Skin and Wound Care and the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Dr. Casteel has contributed two lectures to the ACPM e-Learning POD (scroll down to preview). He was also a faculty member for ACPM Presents…Updates in Biomechanics – Practical Pearls; a 4-CECH online seminar which took place on November 11, 2021. Dr. Casteel presented “Bracing Outside the Box,” which provided up-to-date methods for AFO diagnostics and casting.He is also a member of the ACPM Education Committee.
Dr. Casteel has spearheaded a Lower Extremity Journal Review section of the ACPM website. This is a monthly collection of condensed literature reviews from a variety of medical journals which encompass all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery. Click here to learn more.
Dyane E. Tower, DPM, MPH, MS, DABPM, FACPM, DABFAS, FACFAS
Dr. Dyane E. Tower earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Dr. Tower was introduced to her college golf team’s orthopedic physician and then worked with him in both the clinical and surgical settings. It was this orthopedic spine surgeon who introduced Dr. Tower to the field of podiatry.
Dr. Tower went on to earn Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degrees from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. She was involved in research and many student clubs while in podiatric medical college. Dr. Tower went on to complete her residency training in Greeley, Colorado at the North Colorado Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Tower continued her education at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice as the APMA Public Health Fellow where she earned her Master of Public Health degree.
Javier Cavazos, DPM, FACPM, FFPM RCPS(Glasg.) and Newly Inducted ACPM President
Dr. G. Javier Cavazos, Jr. was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame (1990) and his Doctor in Podiatric Medicine from the D r. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University (1994). Dr. Cavazos completed his residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he received specialized training in the management and treatment of the Diabetic Foot. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Podiatric Medicine (ACPM). In 2020, Dr. Cavazos was inducted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) and in 2022, he became the first Mexican American podiatrist to serve as President for the American College of Podiatric Medicine.
Steven L. Goldman, DPM, FACPM, FACFAS, MBA
Dr. Goldman, is a graduate of NYCPM Class of 1982. Along with his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, he also has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Dr. Goldman has a 30-year career as the Chief of Podiatry at a number of Veterans Administration medical centers concurrent with a 20+-year career in the US Air Force Reserves where he retired as a Lt. Col. in the capacity of a Reserve Surgical Operations Squadron Commander.
Nicole DeLauro, DPM, FACPM, DABFAS, FFPM RCPS (Glasg.)
Dr. Nicole M. DeLauro is currently the Treasurer of the Executive Board of the ABPM Board of Directors, and the Chair of the ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Dr. DeLauro is also a member of the Marketing Committee, and is a representative for both ABPM and ABFAS for CPME residency on-site evaluations.
Marshall G. Solomon, DPM, FACPM, FACFAS, DABPM, DABFAS
I was born and raised in the Detroit, Michigan area and graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and minor in Biology and Chemistry in 1969. I attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine) and graduated in 1973. I completed my podiatric residency training at Warren Memorial Hospital in Warren Michigan and went into clinical practice with my partner Charles Young, DPM in 1975.
John Tassone, DPM, FACPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg.)
Dr. Tassone is board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine , serving on their exam writing committee and MOC committee. He is board certified with the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement (APCA) in diagnostic ultrasound and certified in wound care by the American Board of Wound Care Specialists. Dr. Tassone is a fellow and serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Podiatric Medicine and is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Surgeons In Glasgow. He is editor of an international selling textbook on Ultrasound of the Foot and Ankle, has contributed chapters to several textbooks, and is a national speaker. Dr Tassone has been involved in research for over 10 years.
Jarrod Shapiro, DPM, FACPM
Dr. Shapiro is an ACPM board member, clinical podiatrist, teacher, residency program director of the Chino Valley Medical Center program, and writer who practices in the Pomona, California area as an associate professor at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Lee C. Rogers, DPM, FACPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg.)
Dr. Lee C. Rogers is president-elect of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM). His hometown is Gallatin, a small town in northwest Missouri. He attended Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and completed a podiatric medicine and surgery residency at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York, NY. He completed a fellowship in limb salvage and research under Prof. David Armstrong at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He is a clinical assistant professor at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Rogers was selected as Fellow Faculty in Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. He is board certified by the ABPM and holds a CAQ in Amputation Prevention and Wound Care.
Kamran Farahani, DPM, MPH, FACPM
Dr. Kamran Farahani was raised in Scottsdale, AZ. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. Dr. Farahani received his Master’s in Public Health from Kirksville, MO. Furthermore, attended medical school at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He went on to complete his residency in Podiatric Medicine & Surgery at North Shore LIJ- Forest Hills Hospital-New York. He also served as the Chief Resident at Forest Hills Hospital. Dr. Farahani has experience with a wide range of patients, including those with physical disabilities. His special interests are in diabetic limb salvage surgery, wound care, diabetic foot ulcers. His interest in geriatrics stems from his sense of fulfillment in caring for the older adult population along with the desire to further understand how the aging process leads to chronic disease and frailty. Given his background in public health, he hopes to further research and impact how health outcomes and health care delivery can be improved for our elderly population.
Rosemay Michel, DPM, FACPM
Dr. Michel graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1996, and completed her residency training at the Denver VA Medical Center. She then completed a Fellowship in Podopediatrics and Surgery at North General Hospital in New York City, and a Diabetic Foot/Limb Salvage Fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is Board Certified by ABPM and ABFAS and currently practices at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center in North Carolina. The value of service was instilled in Dr Michel by her parents., who always encourage her to give back, professionally and socially. Dr. Michel was involved with the Denver Boys and Girls Club and served on medical missions to Mexico during her training years. She also served on a medical mission trip to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. This experience had a particularly profound effect on her, as she is of Haitian descent. She was grateful to be able to serve in a variety of ways, from helping establish temporary medical camps to working at the local hospital in patient care and surgical procedures.
Luke Vetti, DPM, FACPM
I have been around podiatry my entire life. My father, sister, and wife are all podiatrists. From the age of twelve until I was in college, I worked in my father’s podiatry practice every summer in Delaware County, PA outside of Philadelphia and started my education both on various pathologies of the foot and ankle as well as the management of a medical practice. After earning a BA in History at the University of Richmond in VA, I attended the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine and then residency at Crozer Keystone Health System. My father had to retire for health reasons just as I was graduating podiatry school and I had always wanted to run my own practice back in Richmond, VA where I had gone to college. Immediately after residency I became board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, which was key to being able to open our podiatry practice as board certification is required for this. As thanks I led a successful initiative to get ABPM added to the Virginia statute..
Ejiro Isiorho, DPM, FACPM, CWSP, AACFAS, PC
I grew up in the Midwest where I completed my undergraduate education at Indiana University in Bloomington. My medical training took place at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago followed by a three-year medical and surgical residency program at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center/Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. My residency curriculum included presenting lectures at state meetings, regional, and national conferences as well as poster presentations. The titles and content of the lectures presented derived from my primary podiatric interests; Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair / Sports Medicine, Surgical Reconstruction of Charcot Neuroarthropathy / Rear-foot Reconstruction and Successful Healing of Traumatic Wound with Use of a Human Fibroblast Derived Dermal Substitute / Wound Care.
K. Kyle Ballew, DPM, FACPM
Dr. Ballew, a Waco, Texas native, has served Central Texas for 33 years. After selling his large group practice, he returned to solo practice in his hometown. He attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he was a member of the football and track teams. Dr. Ballew, a graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, completed two residency programs and is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Ballew has served for more than two decades as a board member, as well as President, of both the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, and the Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation. Nationally, he has represented Texas podiatrists to the American Podiatric Medical Association in their House of Delegates since 2000. His service won him the prestigious Texas Podiatric Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Citation in 2012. His work was instrumental in starting two indigent clinics in Mexico. He continues to serve on many committees within podiatry.
Tara Deaver, DPM, FACPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg.)
Dr. Tara Deaver a podiatric physician and surgeon. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa, Texas. She is on staff at Medical Center Hospital and Odessa Regional Medical Center. Dr. Deaver treats patients in the outpatient wound care clinic and the Diabetes Center. Dr. Deaver lectures on lower extremity pathology to the community, Texas Tech Residents and Fellows. Dr. Deaver is currently involved in research on toenail onychomycosis with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and 3-D printing of pediatric orthotics. She has recently published a case study and is serving a second-term on the Odessa College Board of Trustees. Dr. Deaver received Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama and Bioengineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She received her DPM from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she served as Chief Resident. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Bryce Paschold, DPM, FACPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg.)
Dr. Paschold is a 2014 Diplomate of ABPM and is board qualified by ABFAS since 2015. He is currently in private practice within an orthopedic group of physicians in Bloomington, Illinois, and serves as the team podiatrist for Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University athletics. Dr. Paschold lectures locally and has volunteered his services to the local health care clinic since 2015. Dr. Paschold graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 2011 and completed a 3-year foot and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgical residency at Loyola University Medical Center/Hines VA in Maywood, Illinois, where he served as chief resident in 2014.