Executive Members


James Hill, DPM, FACFAS

President

James W. Hill is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). He graduated from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago in 1996 and completed his surgical residency training at the Columbia North Houston Medical Center in Houston in 1998. He is a staff podiatrist at the John D Dingell Veterans' Medical Center in Detroit, USA, is registered in Ontario as a chiropodist and practises chiropody at the Foot Care Institute in Windsor, Canada.

James W. Hill is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. In addition to being president of the OPMA, he has also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) as Secretary and Vice-President and is now the CPMA President.

James W. Hill has been a speaker at various events including the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association 2007 Annual Scientific Conference, the Federation Internationale de Podologues 2007 World Congress of Podiatry, the Oakwood Healthcare System Speakers Bureau in 2011 and the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association State Conference and Great Lakes Conference in 2013.

  

Kel Sherkin, DPM

Past President

Kel Sherkin is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) who has immersed himself in the art and science of Podiatry since opening his practice in 1976.  He obtained his degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his surgical residency program at JFK Memorial Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.

Having co-founded the Canadian Podiatric Sports Medicine Academy and a current Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics, the Canadian Podiatric Sports Medicine Academy, and the American Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, he has devoted his career to helping patients of all ages to overcome foot related problems and enjoy a better quality of life. 

He is an international speaker on the subject of Podiatry and in 1987 co-authored The Complete Handbook of Athletic Footwear (Fairchilds Publications). Currently he sits as the Canadian and Ontario Director of the "Fit Feet" Healthy Athlete Screening Program of the Special Olympics; and previously served as Official Team Podiatrist for the Toronto Argonauts.

Robert Chelin, DPM


Vice President

Is a Past President of the International Federation of Podiatrists (FIP) and is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 2016 FIP World Congress of Podiatry. Robert has served as President of both the Canadian and Ontario Podiatric Medical Associations and is a current Board member of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA).  He was the OPMA President from 1993 to 1995.

Robert Chelin, DPM received his DPM degree from the Dr William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (SCPM) in Chicago, Illinois in 1982 and has been providing podiatric services to the residents of Ontario for over 33 years.  

    Martin Brain, DPM

Secretary

Martin R. Brain, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, has practised podiatry in Belleville, Ontario since 1987. After graduating from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Martin Brain returned to his hometown of Belleville, Ontario and took over the practice his father, Dr. Robert R. Brain D.P.M , ran since 1954. Over the years Martin Brain has treated patients from a vast area, given that he is the only Podiatrist from Oshawa to Ottawa.

Martin R. Brain D.P.M received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1980 and received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1987. He took externships at The Atlanta Regional Diabetes Centre and The Hansen’s Disease Centre in Carville, Louisiana.


Martin was a member of the Rotary Club for 20 years and had a particular interest in the Rotary Music Festival where he was the Registrar. He has volunteered his services in numerous nursing homes in the Quinte and Prince Edward area. Martin Brain has volunteered through the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association to perform foot screenings on the athletes for the Special Olympics. He is invited regularly to be a guest on a radio program that allows listeners the opportunity to call in and ask him foot related questions. He was the President of the OPMA from 2007-2008.

 

Peter Higenell, DPM

 Treasurer

Peter Higenell is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and a Surgical and Medical Foot Specialist with over 30 years’ experience offering complete podiatric care to his clients in order to help them regain mobility and end their foot pain. 

He is a proud member of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association, Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and American Podiatric Medical Association.

Board of Directors 2018-2019

Martin Brain, DPM  John Lanthier, DPM

Robert Chelin, DPM Neil Naftolin, DPM

Michelle Gill, DPM Bruce Ramsden, DPM

Peter Higenell, DPM            Kel Sherkin, DPM

James Hill, DPM     Peter Stavropoulos, DPM                        



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