Board of Directors

President

Nicole A. Bauerly, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2021–24)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

 
Nicole Bauerly

Dr. Nicole Bauerly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Bauerly became ABFAS Board Certified in Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery, after completing a three-year surgical residency at the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), a Level I Trauma Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Currently, she is the Sr. Director of the Clinics and Specialty Center (CSC), which provides outpatient ambulatory clinics and same-day surgery for the 450-bed hospital, and is the first podiatric surgeon to hold this role. Prior to this role, she was the Area Medical Director for 13 clinics, including surgery, orthopedics, and limb preservations, as well as the Minors Operating Room; and Assistant Program Director for the podiatric surgical residency. She currently is the Division Chief for the Department of Podiatric Surgery.

In addition to her role as ABFAS President (2023–24), Dr. Bauerly serves on the Computer-based Patient Simulation (CBPS) Examination Committee. Previously, she served on the CBPS Foot Examination Committee (2015–19) and the Communications Committee (2014–15). She also reviews cases for ABFAS Board Certification.

Dr. Bauerly is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). She has served on the ACFAS Communications and Young Member Retention Committees and as an exam item writer with the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. Locally, Dr. Bauerly serves on the Minnesota Podiatric Medical Licensing Board (2012–present). She also served on the board of the Minnesota Podiatric Medical Association (2009–12).

 

President-elect

Michelle L. Butterworth, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2022–25)
Kingstree, South Carolina

 

Michelle Butterworth, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFASDr. Michelle Butterworth received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s University and her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed a four-year surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems/Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a practicing foot and ankle surgeon with the Medical University of South Carolina Health in Kingstree, South Carolina.

She is involved with the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery on many levels. In addition to serving as ABFAS President-elect, Dr. Butterworth is Chair of the Communications Committee. She also has served on the Online Study Guide Committee, Credentials Committee, Cognitive Exam Committee, Bylaws Task Force, and Exam Blueprint Task Force.

On the national level, Dr. Butterworth is a Past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and remains active in the College, lecturing and reviewing journal articles. She is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Podiatry Institute and a member of the PICA Medical Advisory Committee.

On the state level, Dr. Butterworth is a Past President of the South Carolina Podiatric Medical Association and chairs the annual conference. She was active on the Legislative Committee, when South Carolina increased their scope of practice and gained ankle privileges. She represents the Kingstree community as mayor pro tem.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Roland S. Ramdass, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2021–24)
Winchester, Virginia

 
Roland Ramdass 2023
Dr. Roland Ramdass received his bachelor’s degree from City University of New York – York College. He graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine with honors and completed his three-year podiatric surgical residency at the New York Presbyterian Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Dr. Ramdass is a practicing foot and ankle surgeon at the Foot and Ankle Center, where he is part of a three-doctor group with multiple locations in northern Virginia and West Virginia, and he is ABFAS Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery. 

Passionate about education and promoting his specialty, Dr. Ramdass is actively involved with the INOVA Fairfax Residency Program, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME), the Council on Podiatric Medical Education, and the Virginia Podiatric Medical Association (VPMA)—in addition to his service on the ABFAS Board of Directors. He has also served as Chairman of the Winchester Medical Center Podiatry Department and President of NBPME, VPMA, and the ACFAS Mid-Atlantic Region. 

Dr. Ramdass has lectured at various seminars nationwide and moderated several foot and ankle instructional courses and labs for foot and ankle surgeons, residents, and students. He has been involved in multiple research projects, which led to publications in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

 

Immediate Past President

Jeffery L. Giesking, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (Ex-Officio)
Menomonie, Wisconsin

 
Jeffery Giesking 2023

Dr. Jeffery Giesking graduated from Luther College in Decorah, IA, in 1995 with a BA in Biology. He attended the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, IA, graduating with a dual DPM / MHA degree in 1999. Dr. Giesking completed his three-year surgical residency in 2002 at St. Johns North Shore Hospital in Harrison Township, MI. He obtained Board Certifications in Foot Surgery and in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery in 2006, with recertification in 2016.

His volunteer work with ABFAS began as a field testing candidate for the oral exams and as an ABFAS representative for the Joint Residency Review Committee in 2007. He then served as an examiner for the foot and the reconstructive rearfoot/ankle oral exams. Dr. Giesking has also served as a Case Reviewer and chairs the Computer-based Patient Simulation (CBPS) committee.

Locally, Dr. Giesking serves on the Wisconsin State Affiliated Podiatry Credentialing Board (2013-present). He has also served as Vice Chief of Staff at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar Medical Center (2013-15). He currently practices at Mayo Clinic Health System-Northwest Region in Eau Claire and Menomonie, WI. Dr. Giesking is a member of the APMA and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

 

ABFAS Director

Michael D. Dujela, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2021–24)
Olympia, Washington

 
Michael Dujela

Dr. Michael Dujela practices at Washington Orthopaedic Center in Olympia, Washington. He received his degree from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2000, and subsequently completed his surgical residency at Southwest General Hospital. He completed multiple fellowships including an A.O. Fellowship in Liestal, Switzerland, visiting fellowship at Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Center in Columbus, Ohio, and a multicenter orthopedic foot and ankle fellowship throughout Germany and Switzerland. 

Since 2012, Dr. Dujela has volunteered on multiple ABFAS committees including: Examination Field Testing, Online Study Guide Task Force, and Computer-based Patient Simulation Examination Committee (2012-present), and is a Case Reviewer.
 
In 2018 the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons inducted Dr. Dujela into its Leadership Hall of Fame. He served for six years on the Education and Scientific Affairs Committee, including two years as chairman. For the past four years he has been on the Annual Scientific Meeting Committee. 
 
He enjoys education and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. Dr. Dujela has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Currently he serves as Section Editor for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery and director for the inaugural Advanced Surgical Reconstruction Fellowship at Washington Orthopaedic Center.

 

ABFAS Director

Dustin L. Kruse, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2022–25)
Evergreen, Colorado

 
Dustin Kruse 2023

Dr. Dustin Kruse attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry and master’s degree in bioethics. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine) and completed his residency at Highland’s/Presbyterian-St. Luke’s PM&S-36 in Denver. He has been in a podiatry group practice since 2011.

Dr. Kruse is an attending at Highlands/Presbyterian-St. Luke’s residency, serving on both the residency and interview committees. He has been ABFAS Board Certified in Foot Surgery and RRA Surgery since 2014 and serves on the Case Review Committee and the CBPS Audit Committee. He is also a Case Reviewer.

Dr. Kruse is on the Colorado Foot and Ankle Society Board of Directors—previously holding the positions of Scientific Chair, Vice President, and President and currently serving as Past President. He has also served as Chair of the Nominating Committee, been appointed as a Carrier Advisory Committee Representative, represented Colorado as a delegate for the APMA House of Delegates, and lectured and presented posters at several national meetings.

 

ABFAS Director

Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, D. ABFAS, FACFAS (2023–26)
Portland, Oregon

 
Tim Mineo 2023Dr. Timothy Mineo earned his bachelor’s degree in applied physiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (formerly Scholl College). He completed his residency at Legacy Health PM&S-36 in Portland, Oregon—where he has been in practice since 2010.

Dr. Mineo's involvement in podiatric education and advocacy spans multiple organizations. Since 2015, he has been actively involved with ABFAS with appointments to the Cognitive Examination and CBPS Audit Committees. He currently serves on the Didactic Review Working Group and as a Case Reviewer. He also served as lecturer and instructor for wet labs and arthroscopy courses, in conjunction with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Mineo remains active in education as a member and lecturer at the Highlands Foot and Ankle Institute, a nonprofit focusing on podiatric education and resident advancement.

 

ABFAS Director

Scott C. Nelson, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2024–26)
Omaha, Nebraska

 

Scott Nelson, DPM, FACFASDr. Scott C. Nelson graduated from Des Moines University with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. He did his first year of residency at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and finished his training with a two-year residency at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Mary’s, Ohio. Dr. Nelson has been ABFAS Board Certified in Foot Surgery and RRA Surgery since 2006 and is a practicing foot and ankle surgeon with Commonspirit Health at Catholic Health Initiatives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Currently a Didactic Examinations Committee member and Case Reviewer, Dr. Nelson previously served ABFAS on the Cognitive Examination Committee, CBPS Foot Surgery Examination Committee, and the Didactic Item Writing Working Group. He is a past president of both the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the Nebraska Podiatric Medical Association and served on the Nebraska Podiatry Board of Health for 12 years.

Dr. Nelson actively lectures on arthroscopy anda variety of topics covered at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. In 2014, he was inducted with an athletic hall of fame honor by Nebraska Wesleyan University and, in 2021, as alumnus of the year for Des Moines University.

 

ABFAS Director

Diana E. Rogers, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2022–25)
Gainesville, Florida

 
Diana Rogers, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS

Dr. Diana Rogers graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine. A collegiate athlete herself, Dr. Rogers enjoyed practicing as an athletic trainer for six years. She graduated from Barry University with a master's degree in biomedical sciences and a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. She then completed a three-year surgical residency at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, Florida.

For the following six years, Dr. Rogers practiced in Hollywood, Florida, and was actively involved with residency training, including serving as research director at Westside Regional Medical Center. She was adjunct faculty at Barry University for nine years and participated as an exam writer for the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners. She also held numerous elected positions with the Florida Podiatric Medical Association, as well as the local county components.

Dr. Rogers is ABFAS Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery and currently serves on the Didactic Review Working Group and as a Case Reviewer. She is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and an active member of the Health Policy Committee .  

Dr. Rogers continues to serve her profession through community volunteer opportunities, as well as student, resident, and fellow mentorship.

 

 

ABFAS Director

Vito Speciale, DPM, D.ABFAS, FACFAS (2023–26)
Ladson, South Carolina

 
Vito Speciale 2023
Dr. Vito Speciale received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and completed residency training at Western Pennsylvania Hospital and the West Houston Medical Center. 

He became ABFAS Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery in 2009 and has been an active volunteer within the organization since, starting with field testing the oral exams and being an oral examiner. He currently serves on the Didactic Review Working Group and as a Case Reviewer.

Dr. Speciale practices in Summerville, South Carolina, where he is active in the hospital community, serving on the Credentials Committee of Trident Medical Center and lecturing to support the continued progression of the podiatric profession. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and former program director of the Kingwood Medical Center Residency Program.