Board of Directors

The ABFAS Directors are elected by the membership. The Directors serve three-year terms and may be re-elected once. The Board of Directors elects the Board Officers.

  • President
    Mindy L. B. Benton, DPM
    St. Paul, MN

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    Mindy L. B. Benton, DPM

    Dr. Benton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, in 1985 and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, in 1991. She completed a two-year surgical residency training program at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.  

    Dr. Benton has been director of Podiatric Medical Education of the Hennepin County Medical Center PMSR/RRA residency program for the past 16 years.  She also is a staff podiatrist at Allina Health in St. Paul. She was certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (dba American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery [ABFAS]) in 1997 and was recertified in 2005.  

    Dr. Benton has served on various committees for ABFAS, including the In-training Item Writing Committee and the Cognitive Examination Committee. She chaired the Board Certification Content Development Committee, which developed the new certification pathway that became effective in 2015. She was an oral examiner for the ABFAS from 2001 to 2014. She also has served as a Surgical Residency Evaluator, representing ABFAS for the Joint Residency Review Committee since 2001.  

    Dr. Benton is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is a past board member and past president of the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. 

  • President-Elect
    Matthew E. Williams, DPM
    Seattle, WA

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    Matthew E. Williams, DPM

    Dr. Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Central Washington University in 1992 and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, in 1998. He completed a three-year surgical residency program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA, in 2001.  

    Dr. Williams was certified in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (dba American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery [ABFAS]) in 2003. He has been a member of the ABFAS Examinations Committee since 2005, and served as chair of the Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Oral Committee. He was an oral examiner for the ABFAS from 2004 to 2014. Dr. Williams is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and is a faculty member for ACFAS surgical skills courses. 

    Dr. Williams served as an attending foot and ankle surgeon for the San Francisco Bay Area Foot and Ankle Residency program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Walnut Creek, CA, until 2006, when he joined Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA, where he currently practices. He actively participates in programs providing charity care for children in both stateside and overseas medical missions.  

  • Past-President
    Christopher D. Lotufo, DPM
    Vancouver, WA

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    Christopher D. Lotufo, DPM

    Dr. Lotufo was certified in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (dba American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery [ABFAS]) in 2004. He has been active in the ABFAS since 2006, participating in field testing of oral examination questions and serving as an oral examiner. He was a member of the Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Oral Committee and currently is a member of the Examinations Committee and the board liaison for the Computer-based Patient Simulation Foot Examination Committee. He also has been a member of the Credentials Committee since 2008.

    Dr. Lotufo was chair of the Name Change Committee, which coordinated the conversion and developed guidelines for use of the new name, the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

    Dr. Lotufo is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). He has been a member of the Surgical Skills Committee since 2009 and currently serves as its chair. He also frequently lectures for the college and participates as a faculty member of the ACFAS Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy Skills Courses.

    Dr. Lotufo is in practice at the Vancouver Clinic, Vancouver, WA. 

  • Secretary/Treasurer
    Danny J. Choung, DPM
    San Rafael, CA

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    Danny J. Choung, DPM

    Dr. Choung received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiological Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995, and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the California School of Podiatric Medicine in 1999. He completed a three-year surgical residency at the Northwest Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in Seattle, in 2002.

    Dr. Choung was certified in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (dba American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery [ABFAS]) in 2004. He has served on several committees, including the In-Training Item Writing Committee, the Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery Oral Examination Committee, and the Credentials Committee. He currently is a member of the Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle CBPS Committee. He was an oral examiner from 2006 to 2014.

    Since completing his residency, Dr. Choung has practiced at Kaiser San Rafael, located north of San Francisco. He serves as chief of the Podiatric Surgery Department and is Site Coordinator of the Kaiser North Bay Consortium Podiatry Surgical Residency Program (PM&S-36), which includes Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Vallejo, Santa Rosa, and San Rafael.

  • ABFAS Director
    William Adams, DPM
    Paducah, KY

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    Dr. Adams practices in Paducah, Kentucky with the Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky. He is on the executive board of directors of Orthopaedic Institute and is president of the board of directors of the Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center. He is also on the board of directors of the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association.

    Dr. Adams attended Western Michigan University and received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1999 from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. In 2002, he completed a rotating podiatric residency and two year podiatric surgical residency at Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in Houston, Texas. He was certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery in 2006 by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Adams is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

    Dr. Adams has been actively involved with ABFAS since 2007. He has served as an oral examiner from 2007 to 2014. He has been on the cognitive examination committee, credentials committee and currently serves on the Foot CBPS Examination Committee.

     
  • ABFAS Director
    Dennis M. Chaney, DPM
    San Antonio, TX

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    Dennis M. Chaney, DPM

    Dr. Chaney obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa in 1992. He graduated from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in 1996. Dr. Chaney completed a two-year Podiatric Surgical Residency at the Harris County, West Houston Podiatric Surgical Residency Program, followed by a one-year Fellowship in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery. 

    Dr. Chaney was board certified in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (dba American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery [ABFAS]) in 2002. He is actively involved in the ABFAS, having served on various committees, including the Foot Surgery Oral Examination Committee, the Cognitive Examination Committee, and the Credentials Committee. He was an oral examiner from 2004 to 2014.

    Dr. Chaney also has been an active committee member for the American College of Foot Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). He served on the ACFAS Surgical Skills Committee and Annual Scientific Conference Committee for several years.  

    Following his residency, Dr. Chaney was in private practice in Kansas City, MO, from 1999 to 2004, and served as Podiatric Surgical Residency Director of the Medical Center of Independence from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Chaney has been in private practice in San Antonio since 2004 and serves as an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

  • ABFAS Director
    Keith Jacobson, DPM
    Denver, CO

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    Dr. Jacobson is board certified in both Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the ABFAS. He specializes in trauma and reconstruction of the foot and ankle in adults and children. He joined Advanced Orthopedics, Denver, in 2011 after spending 10 years in private practice in Houston. He also is an attending physician and committee member of the Highlands-Presbyterian St. Luke’s podiatric surgical residency program in Denver.

    Dr. Jacobson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University. He received a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1997 from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. After a one-year primary podiatric medical residency at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, he completed a two-year foot and ankle surgical residency at the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program, Houston. Dr. Jacobson was an attending and a committee member of the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program from 2000 to 2011.

    Currently, he is chairman of the ABFAS Foot CBPS Examination Committee. He also served on the ACFAS Surgical Skills Committee while participating as a clinical instructor/lecturer for many of the College’s courses. Dr. Jacobson was a consultant for Depuy Orthopaedics for many years until Biomet Trauma acquired Depuy’s trauma division. He continues to design surgical equipment for Biomet Trauma as well as provide continuing medical education.

  • ABFAS Director
    Amberly C. Paradoa, DPM
    Vero Beach, FL

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    Amberly C. Paradoa, DPM, is board certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle
    Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. She is also a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

    Dr. Paradoa is president of Advanced Foot & Ankle of Indian River, a successful group practice in Vero Beach and Sebastian, Florida.

    She presently serves as attending physician at Indian River Medical Center, where she is also section Chief of Podiatric Surgery and a staff physician at the Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center. Dr. Paradoa is also a staff member of Sebastian River Medical Center, serving as a staff physician and member of the Medical Center’s Wound Care Center. 

    Dr. Paradoa was an honors graduate at Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, class of 2001. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at Barry University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Central Florida.  She completed a three-year podiatric surgical residency program, serving as a chief podiatric resident at Palmetto General
    Hospital in Miami, Florida. Dr. Paradoa also completed a fellowship in Ilizarov Traumatology and Reconstructive Surgery in Kurgan, Russia serving with great honor as their first female fellow.

    In her career she has contributed in authoring foot and ankle publications and giving foot and ankle
    lectures around the nation.

    Dr. Paradoa is a member of ABFAS starting in the Cognitive Examination Committee from 2010 to
    present. She has also served as member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Examinations Field Testing, Online Study Guide ad hoc Committee, oral board examiner from 2011 to 2014 and participates in the ABFAS Surgical Case Review Committee.

    Dr. Paradoa has participated in many volunteer services in her career. Starting in her residency in 2001, she served as a physician surgeon for the Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project in Merida, Mexico. She also volunteers for several service and healthcare organizations, including Indian River Medial Society’s We Care Program, The Education
    Foundation of Indian River County, and the Haiti Clinic, Port Au Prince, Haiti.

  • ABFAS Director
    Michael VanPelt, DPM
    Dallas, TX

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    Dr. VanPelt is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He is the Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Service at Parkland Memorial Hospital and is board certified in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He received a DPM degree from the Dr. William H. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University Health Science Center, North Chicago, IL, and received the college’s Dr. Harold Feder Orthopaedic Award.

    Dr. VanPelt completed a PM&S-36 residency training program at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, and a one-year Sports Medicine and Surgery Fellowship at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. After his fellowship, he was recruited to UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and was the department’s first podiatric foot and ankle surgeon with a faculty appointment. He has been a full-time faculty member at UT Southwestern since 2007.

    He was named the Texas Podiatric Medical Association Young Practitioner of the Year and has served on several TPMA committees. He currently is President of the Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society and serves on the TPMA Board of Directors.  He serves on the ABFAS Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle CBPS committee, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery, and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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ABFAS Staff Listings

Podiatry Residency Resource (PRR) Staff

  • April Luna aluna@podiatryrr.net PRR Support Services/Development 415-553-7810
  • Nikki Lewis nlewis@podiatryrr.net PRR Operations 415-553-3082

ABFAS Staff

  • Executive Director Kathy Kreiter kkreiter@abfas.org 415-553-7806
  • Chief Information Officer Haris Cheema hcheema@abfas.org 415-553-3075
  • Reinstatements & Extensions Kathy Kreiter kkreiter@abfas.org 415-553-7803
  • Examinations Administration Kimberly Griffin kgriffin@abfas.org 415-553-3085
  • Credentialing E. Carl Lawrence elawrence@abfas.org 415-553-7804
  • Information Services Karoly Lukacs klukacs@abfas.org 415-553-3086
  • Administrative Services Coordinator Tu’Liisa Miller tmiller@abfas.org 415-553-3080
  • Accounting Christine Nguyen cnguyen@abfas.org 415-553-3083
  • Finance and Administration Tracy O'Hara tohara@abfas.org 415-553-7802
  • General/Verifications Diane Paz dpaz@abfas.org 415-553-3084
  • Examinations Scheduling Kerry Sobota ksobota@abfas.org 415-553-3146
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  • Web & Digital Content Specialist Nina Tamburello ntamburello@abfas.org 415-553-3076
  • Credentialing/Examinations Development John Venson, DPM jvenson@abfas.org 415-553-3073
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  • Governance and Administration Ginnie Yee gyee@abfas.org 415-553-7805

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