Welcome to the St. Vincent Podiatry residency training program. The first resident began training here in 2006. St. Vincent has a long tradition of educating medical residents. Their reputation is second to none when it comes to education. It is an honor for podiatry to be part of the excellent opportunity that St. Vincent affords its residents. We are dedicated to teaching and have an excellent faculty of both podiatrists and other medical and surgical specialty physicians that are interested in teaching. The residents also have the opportunity to teach the fourth year podiatry students during their rotations at St. Vincent. We have a wide variety of patients to draw upon for learning. This includes the primary care center where the residents have a clinic, inpatients, surgery center, wound center, and private offices.
Being part of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic healthcare network in the country, our program abides by the core values of St. Vincent: integrity, wisdom, creativity, reverence, dedication, and service to the poor. We instill in our residents these values when treating patients. It is through these qualities that we feel we can train the future podiatrists here at St. Vincent.
We are a strong program with twelve residents training here for three years. Our residents work closely with a core group of attending podiatrists and there is ample opportunity for research opportunities with these attending podiatrists. Our program is very friendly and our residents work very well together and with the other services. The program has a vast array of services at our disposal. We work closely with all of the medical and surgical specialties. This is particularly true of infectious disease, vascular surgery and internal medicine. There is a high inpatient volume that affords a wealth of learning opportunities of the critically ill patient. On the outpatient side, the resident will be exposed to a number of different podiatrists both in their offices, surgery centers, and other local hospitals. This allows a great breadth of experience and will allow the resident to ultimately form their own opinions as to how they will eventually wish to practice.
Thank you for your interest in our program. As you are considering residency programs in podiatry please keep in mind that each program is unique and has its own strengths. The program here at St. Vincent has many strengths and that comes from our residents and faculty who are committed to education and foster an environment which is conducive to learning. We wish you success in your search for a residency program.
The St. Vincent graduate training program offers a Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency (PMSR) which is a three-year program. It is CPME (Council on Podiatric Medical Education) certified as a PMSR with added certification in rear-foot and reconstructive ankle surgery. We have CPME approval for 3 residents per year for a total of 9 residents. We have one designated chief resident during their PGY-3 year. Clinical experience is drawn from approximately 40 active podiatric attending physicians.
Our residents rotate on surgical services with general surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, and orthopedic oncology. There is an on-campus outpatient podiatry clinic run by the residents and staffed by attending podiatrists. The residents also participate in the wound care center at the hospital which sees a high volume of diabetic foot and lower extremity wounds.
The program has formal required rotations in podiatric medicine, podiatric surgery, wound care, anesthesiology, internal medicine, orthopedics, infectious disease, pathology, neurology, general surgery, plastic surgery, dermatology, geriatrics, orthopedic surgery, orthopedic oncology, and vascular surgery. There are elective rotations available in pediatric orthopedics, private podiatry office, sports medicine, pain management, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
The podiatric surgical training will occur at the main campus of St. Vincent 86th St. Additional training in podiatric surgery occurs at approximately 10-12 outside surgery centers and other local hospitals. This will allow the resident to see a wide variety of both inpatient and outpatient podiatric cases. This will also expose them to a wide variety of different techniques as performed by a number of different podiatrists.
Academic knowledge is gained from weekly podiatric academic meetings, including morbidity and mortality presentations, radiology rounds, resident debates, ACFAS scientific literature reviews, and student case presentations. There is also an ongoing online journal club with questions for each article. Monthly podiatric lectures and case presentations also occur with local podiatrists who are active in teaching.
Additionally, we have a formal board review series once a month combined with a cadaver lab at the nearby Nasser Simulation Center. Other academic offerings include cadaver dissections and surgical skills workshops organized at various times throughout the year, and a quarterly lecture symposium with nationally recognized speakers. Our residents also gain academic knowledge from the use of the APMA sponsored Residency Resource Education Center online teaching program.
We have an active clerkship program that accepts both third and fourth year podiatric medical students from all nine podiatric medical schools. A research project is required that is suitable for publication and should be ready for submission by the end of the third year. Daily grand rounds occur in the hospital are available to our residents and we occasionally will present at these lectures.
Podiatry residents will gain an extensive array of experiences working on cases which provide a comprehensive scope of the foot and ankle. The cases will include forefoot, rear-foot, reconstructive and ankle procedures. The resident will also be exposed to a high volume of wounds and directly participate in wound care in the inpatient and outpatient setting. They are involved with limb salvage and are a critical part of the multi-disciplinary team when treating the diabetic foot. There is a high volume of inpatients on our service and our residents are actively involved in the care of these patients.
In addition, our residents will be exposed to a variety of different clinical experiences in a private practice setting. The opportunity exists to rotate with various community podiatrists in their private offices.
Our program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR) and attends the Centralized Residency Interview Program (CRIP). Our program leads to certification pathways in podiatric medicine by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine (ABPOPPM), the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) in both forefoot and rearfoot reconstructive/ankle, the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP), wound care certification by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) to become a Certified Wound Specialist-Physician (CWS-P). Our program also leads towards physician wound care certification by the Council for Medical Education and Testing (CMET) as well as the American board of Wound Healing (ABWH) in order to obtain physician certification in wound care.
The three year curriculum will expose the podiatric resident to a wide variety of clinical experiences throughout their time at St. Vincent. The first year will focus on the core rotations in addition to introducing them to the basics of podiatric medicine and surgery. The second year will expand on their knowledge and begin to introduce them to more advanced surgical techniques while increasing their clinical skills. The second year will also allow the resident to participate in other surgical specialties and improve their surgical skills. The third year will focus on more reconstructive surgical procedures as well as fine tuning their surgical and clinical skills and also allowing them the opportunity to rotate at private offices and rotate in sub-specialties
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Undergraduate: University of Central Florida
Podiatry School: Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Since an early age, Dr. Amaro has been passionate about sports and has been involved in swimming, baseball, volleyball, and soccer. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Central Florida, where he received a B.S. in Health Science / Athletic Training track. As a senior student in Athletic Training, he was selected to be part of the sports medicine team for football and they won the school's first C-USA championship in the 2007-2008 season.
After graduating, he went on to work at Orlando Orthopaedic Center as an athletic trainer/physician extender. It was there he learned about Podiatric medicine and became interested in attending Podiatry school.
He attended the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. While in school, Dr. Amaro was part of the sports medicine club. He earned his doctorate degree in 2019.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, traveling, playing sports, and listening to live music. Dr. Amaro is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Hometown: Carver, MN
Undergraduate: Hamline University St. Paul, MN
Podiatry School: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL
Dr. Badell completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science major in biochemistry and minor in history from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She later attended podiatry school and graduated from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL.
In her spare time, Dr. Badell enjoys playing softball, soccer, and basketball.
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Undergraduate: Maryville College in Tennessee
Dr. Kirkland became very intrigued in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries after sustaining several foot and ankle injuries throughout her high school and collegiate-athletic years. Her interest continued as she began shadowing local podiatric doctors and taking medical mission trips to Baja, Mexico.
She went on to attend Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned her doctoral degree. She is excited to continue her medical education at St. Vincent. She chose St. Vincent due to their quality of patient care, the latest in technological medical innovation, and the professionalism and passion of the attending physicians.
Dr. Kirkland is very eager to expand her knowledge and skills in wound care, limb salvage, and the latest in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. Likewise, she is grateful to be a part of a team of physicians that truly love what they do… day in and day out.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, golfing, attending sporting events, reading, and spending time with family.
Hometown: Panama City, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida State University
Podiatry School: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine
Dr. Akram is from Panama City, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Social Work from Florida State University. Dr. Akram had a passion for medicine and service from a young age. She worked with and shadowed physicians in a variety of fields before finalizing podiatry as her career of choice. She went on to earn her doctoral degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago, Illinois where she got the opportunity to participate in research and be a leader in community service organizations.
Dr. Akram is eager to continue her education at Ascension St. Vincent and excited to hone her skills, knowledge, and experience in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery.
In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, traveling, and reading.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergraduate: Florida International University
Podiatry School: Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine- Midwestern University
Dr. Alvarez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He completed his undergraduate studies at Florida International University in his hometown of Miami where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biology.
From an early age, he was always involved in sports and grew up playing lacrosse, football, and soccer. He sustained several injuries over his playing career, which is what naturally sparked his interest in medicine. He then had the opportunity after graduating college to shadow a local podiatrist in Miami, where he began to grow an interest for the podiatric medical field.
Dr. Alvarez went on to attend Midwestern University- Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine in Phoenix, Arizona where he earned his doctoral degree.
Dr. Alvarez is very excited to join the team here at Ascension St. Vincent, where he will be able to receive the best training possible in many different areas of podiatric medicine including wound care and limb salvage, foot and ankle surgery, and clinical practice.
In his spare time, Marc enjoys playing sports, listening to music, being on the water, and of course following his favorite sports teams the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Heat.
Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri
Undergraduate: Missouri Western State University
Podiatry School: Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Sten has always been interested in medicine and grew up in a family made up of healthcare professionals. As early as middle school, he knew he wanted to be a doctor and surgeon.
Dr. Sten graduated undergrad a year early and began working at a large pediatric hospital in Kansas City, MO shortly after. While working in clinical research, he began shadowing in podiatry. He enjoyed the interpersonal aspects of clinic paired with the surgical subspecialty of the profession.
Dr. Sten went on to attend medical school at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa where he served as class president. He completed his doctoral degree in 2020.
Dr. Sten is thrilled to continue his surgical training at Ascension St. Vincent. He is most excited to work closely with the nationally renowned physician faculty members. What Dr. Sten values most about Ascension St. Vincent is the catholic faith-based mission of the organization and how the program puts an emphasis on feeling like a big family.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and their dog. Dr. Sten also enjoys staying active, watching Kansas City sports, and hunting when time allows.
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Undergraduate: Boise State University
Podiatry School: Midwestern University in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Theis became very interested in medicine after sustaining sports injuries of his own, going through the healing process and being amazed at what the doctors did for him. He shadowed different aspects of medicine and it was not until his time with a podiatrist that he found his true interest. He loved the fact that he could practice and be involved with sports medicine, but also so many other avenues of medicine that pertain to the lower extremity.
Dr. Theis earned his BS at Boise State University and went on to attend Midwestern University in Phoenix AZ, where he earned his doctorate degree.
He is very excited to be at Ascension St. Vincent and was immediately drawn here during his time as a student. The residents and attending physicians were very welcoming and passionate about teaching the next generation of surgeons. The patient care and experience as well as state-of-the art medical technology and facilities were all very much a part of his decision to come here. He is excited to begin his journey as a resident in learning about the ever-evolving field of foot and ankle reconstruction surgery as well as diabetic limb salvage.
In his free time, Dr. Theis enjoys spending time golfing, fishing, skiing, hiking or just soaking up some sun outside. He also enjoys sports teams and is very passionate about watching his favorite teams and attending sporting events when he can.
Hometown: Savannah, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Podiatry School: Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Hurst was very fortunate to be exposed to medicine at a young age. During high school, she spent her free time helping out in her father’s podiatric private practice. She loved getting to know patients and experiencing first hand how much of a positive impact podiatry can make in someone's life.
After graduating high school, Dr. Hurst pursued a pre-medical track at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, in hopes of applying to medical school or podiatry school. During her first month at college, she was able to enroll in a class that explored different medical specialties, allowing students to interact with physicians from all backgrounds in the Knoxville area. Through this experience and continued shadowing in podiatry, she easily realized that podiatry was the right choice for her. She was drawn to the hands-on nature of the profession, specialty surgical training, and the close relationships developed with patients.
Dr. Hurst then went on to attend Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery where she graduated in the top ten of her class with a doctorate of podiatric medicine and master of science in anatomy in 2021.
Dr. Hurst is excited to be completing her surgical residency training at Ascension St. Vincent. As a student, she immediately felt at home during her rotation at St. Vincent. She enjoyed the close-knit relationships between residents, the motivational learning atmosphere, and how enthusiastic each attending was to train residents and students. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to train alongside one of the best teams of podiatric physicians the specialty has to offer.
In her free time, Dr. Hurst enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Maya, visiting family and friends in Tennessee, going out on the lake, and watching college football.
Hometown: Centerville, Utah
Undergraduate: Utah State University
Podiatry School: Des Moines University
Dr. Larsen earned a BS at Utah State University before attending the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Des Moines University where he earned his Doctorate degree.
Dr. Larsen grew up the second of four siblings in northern Utah. He made high school honor roll because honor roll students received free ski passes to Park City. He met and married his Wife Adriana in 2015. They have a boy named Everett born in 2020. They enjoy swimming and camping as a family.
Dr. Larsen has worked in a variety of medical fields before entering Podiatric Medical School, including family medicine and cardiology. His interests in podiatry include sports medicine, biomechanics, and limb salvage. He is excited to continue his education at Ascension St. Vincent with attendings and co-residents who are passionate about improving community health, one foot at a time!
Hometown: Crestwood, KY
Undergraduate: University of Louisville
Podiatry School: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Middleton encountered podiatry early in his life as he was born with a clubfoot. Podiatrists helped him participate in normal activities with supportive shoe gear and orthotics.
After exploring different careers in medicine he landed on podiatry because he was drawn to the instant relief he saw from patients in office.
Dr. Middleton attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, and earned a bachelors degree in exercise science. He then earned a doctorate from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Middleton feels at home with Ascension St. Vincent because the culture matches his personality. He is eager to learn over the next 3 years and feels confident he will receive outstanding training.
For fun he enjoys fishing, golf, cooking, and listening to music. He enjoys time with his wife, family, and friends.
Hometown: Atascadero, CA
Undergraduate: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Podiatry School: California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA
Dr. Blake Wallace found his passion for podiatry after undergrad while working as a medical assistant for a podiatrist in Cason City, NV. At the age of 10 he was diagnosed with a fractured tibial sesamoid in his right foot, but was never fully treated for the pain. It wasn’t until he worked for the podiatrist where he was fitted with custom orthotics and finally found pain relief. He was also drawn to the surgical side of podiatry. Being a podiatric physician gives one the opportunity to offer both simple biomechanics treatments as well as surgical reconstruction to treat pathology.
After undergrad, Dr. Wallace fulfilled a lifelong dream of his to live in the mountains to be a skier and outdoorsman. It was while living in South Lake Tahoe, CA that he was introduced to the field of podiatry, fell in love with the profession, and decided to attend podiatric medical school. He went on to attend California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. While at medical school he was active in club leadership, served on the class board, and graduated Valedictorian.
Ascension St Vincent is the perfect program for Dr. Wallace, and he couldn’t be more excited to spend 3 years of his surgical residency training here. The culture of the program and training it provides drew Dr. Wallace to St Vincent. The attending physicians and residents of the program are always warm and welcoming to all, and have a passion for learning and teaching. The patient care is always filled with caring and compassion, felt by all. He is excited to master how to treat and manage foot pathology, from diabetic limb salvage to complex reconstructive surgery.
In his free time, Dr. Wallace enjoys spending time with his significant other, Dr. Rachel Martin, hosting guests in their new home and exploring Indianapolis. They enjoy kayaking, hiking, playing board games, going to the gym, and enjoying local eateries and breweries. Dr. Wallace is excited for his time in Indianapolis and St Vincent, and looks forward to caring for patients and furthering his medical education.