In Memoriam – Dr. David Korfin

July 5, 2023

In Memoriam – Dr. David Korfin

Dr. David H. Korfin, DPM, died on June 9, 2023. He was born on October 21, 1956, in Elizabeth, NJ to parents Alvin and Lee Korfin. When he was 10, the family moved to Allentown, PA. David graduated from William Allen High School in 1974 and then from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978.

After graduating from Pitt, he attended the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia and received his doctorate in 1982. He moved to Houston that year and enrolled in and completed a 2-year surgical residency at the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program. Dr. Korfin was a Board Certified foot and ankle surgeon specializing in reconstructive procedures. Among his many professional affiliations, he was a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, and was Board certified in Wound Care by the American Academy of Wound Management. He was past president and current member of the Harris County Podiatric Medical Society and was a member of both the Texas and American Podiatric Medical Associations. He maintained a private practice in Sugar Land and was affiliated with St. Luke’s Health-Sugarland Hospital, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, River Oaks Surgical Center, and Texas Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Korfin followed in his father’s footsteps and was an avid golfer. He was also a huge Houston Astros fan.

He is pre-deceased by his father Alvin Korfin. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Korfin, and daughter Katherine, daughter Alison Korfin and grandchildren Ethan, Emma, and Ellie, mother Lee Korfin, sister Beverly (Andrea) Korfin, brother Steven (Liz) Korfin, niece Lisa (Andrew) Yanowitz and great niece Riley, niece Ali (Corey) Black and nephew Zach (Sarah) Korfin.

In Memoriam – Dr. Ronald Bruscia

May 17, 2023

In Memoriam – Dr. Ronald Bruscia

Dr. Ronald J. Bruscia was born on April 23, 1947 in Buffalo, New York to Ronald Sr. and Frances Wozniak Bruscia.

He served his country in the US. Army Reserves and received an Honorable Discharge in July of 1970.

On May 29, 1992, he married Kathleen Jane Burke in Worcester, Massachusetts. They are longtime residents of Katy, Texas. He had over three decades in practice caring for patients in Katy and the greater Houston area. Dr. Bruscia attended the Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation, Dr. Bruscia completed an intensive foot and ankle surgical training through the Harris County Podiatric Residency Program in Houston, Texas. He held a board certification through the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry and was a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

He was a former board member at the Katy YMCA and served as a director for the annual YMCA Turkey Dash race for several years. He was a longtime member of the Grace Fellowship Church. He participated in numerous charity Golf events in the greater Houston area and was a member of many professional organizations.

He was a diehard Astros fan and an avid car enthusiast. He loved attending the baseball games with family and friends. You might had seen him often at a local car show with a coffee cup in hand. He enjoyed swimming and the beach. Over the years, he completed 18 marathons and triathlons including the Boston Marathon. He liked inline skating and participated in races all over the country.

Dr. Ronald J. Bruscia passed away on Saturday, February 4, 2023 in Houston, at the age of 75 years.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Bruscia; children, Ronald Bruscia, III of Austin, Rosann Sear of Austin, Ethan Bruscia (Tracy), Austin Bruscia of Katy, Grace Bruscia of Katy and Hannah Bruscia of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Giada Sear of Austin, Alana Bruscia of Katy and another grandchild due in the spring; sister, Janice Morris of Katy; nephews, Kris Morris of Houston and Jon Morris of Austin; as well as numerous relatives in the Buffalo, New York area.

His parents, Ronald James Bruscia and Frances Wozniak, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at the Grace Fellowship Church, in Katy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Everyday Opportunity Building at Our Journey, 5242 E. 3rd St. Katy, Texas 77493 in Ron’s memory.

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In Memoriam – Dr. Thomas F. Eckert

September 28, 2022

In Memoriam – Dr. Thomas F. Eckert

Services for Dr. Thomas Felton Eckert, 78, of Tyler, Texas were held on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at one o’clock at Marvin United Methodist Church with Dr. Doug Baker and Reverend Gerry Giles officiating.

Dr. Eckert passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at Hospice of East Texas with his family by his bedside. He was born in Lubbock, Texas on February 19, 1944, to Floren Dayton and Eloise Lancaster Eckert.

Dr. Eckert practiced podiatry in Tyler for 47 years. He was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church; a graduate of Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois; a graduate of Southern Methodist University where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Fraternity; a graduate of Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine; a Fellow in the American College of Foot Orthopedics and Medicine; Diplomate in the American Board of Podiatric Medicine; Fellow in the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine; 50 year member Texas and American Podiatric Medical Associations; Past President of South Tyler Rotary Club; The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; Bethesda Health Clinic, Chief of Podiatry; Christus Trinity Mother Frances, Chief of Podiatry; served as a high school and collegiate football referee for 37 years through his affiliation with the Tyler Chapter Texas Association of Sports & Officials.

Tom loved well, with his family and close friends being the lucky recipients of this love. But he also shared a passion for the Chicago Cubs, SMU Mustangs and his second home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where he sometimes felt most at peace. So much about Tom will be missed, especially his sweet smile and that special twinkle in his eye he saved for his dearest Mary Ann and family.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Dayton and Eloise Eckert. He is survived by his loving family: wife, Mary Ann; sons, Jeff Eckert (Kimberly) of Dallas and Scott Eckert (Elicia) of Tyler; brother, Pete Eckert (Judy) of Garland; grandchildren, Kiley, Lexie, Dayton, Harley, Sam, Sara, and Ella Eckert; nephew, Randy Eckert; nieces, Holly Eckert, Helen Eckert Roberson, Lindsay Eckert Lewis, and Lauren Eckert.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Black, George Newberry, Dr. Larry Faulkner, Mike McNally, Kevin De Ornellas, Jack Thurmon, Dr. Billy Westbrook, Dr. Tom McCloskey, Dr. David Andreone, Dr. Robert Freeman, and Dr. Carl Solomon.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, 3531 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75701 (; Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701(; or Marvin UMC, 300 West Erwin, Tyler, TX 75702.

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In Memoriam – Dr. Samuel “Mendo” Mendicino

July 29, 2022

In Memoriam – Dr. Samuel “Mendo” Mendicino

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Samuel “Mendo” Mendicino on Sunday, July 24, 2022. He is survived by his children Hannah Mendicino and Sammy Mendicino, his parents Margaret and Sam Mendicino and his brothers John Mendicino and Robert “Bobby” Mendicino. He was a hero to many in the Podiatric profession, especially those who he taught and mentored as both Residency Director and President of the Greater Texas Education Foundation. His passing is a huge loss for our program and the Podiatric community at large. Many people will write their own tributes to Dr. Mendicino and his many accomplishments, but it is his contributions to our program for which all of us owe such a deep gratitude.

After graduating from Scholl School of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL, Dr. Mendicino set his sights on the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency (now the HCA Houston Healthcare, West Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency) in Houston, TX, which, at the time, was one of only a handful of two-year surgical residencies in the country. Here he developed his skills as a surgeon, often working on cases using new reconstructive techniques. Sam served as Chief Resident in his final year and forged many long-lasting relationships with his fellow residents and attendings. After graduating from Harris County in 1985, Dr. Mendicino started his career back in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, opening up a private practice. It was not long before he began a life-long pursuit of giving back to the Podiatric profession and its future practitioners, starting first as a member of the Clinical Teaching Staff at The Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh and later a member of the Surgical Residency Training Committee, among other positions. It is this legacy as a teacher and mentor (he liked to call himself a ‘seed planter’) that will live on in the hearts and minds of the many podiatrists — or as he would correctly say “foot and ankle specialists” — he has taught through his career. When he became the director of the Harris County Podiatric Surgical Residency Program in 1995, it was sponsored by Westbury Hospital with its residents working out of a single patient room. He promptly moved the program, first to Bellaire Hospital and finally to our current home at HCA Houston Healthcare, West (formerly West Houston Medical Center). Over his 25 years term as Residency Director, he worked tirelessly to make the Harris County program one of the top residencies in the country including a focus on increasing residents’ salaries and developing a learning center for the residents with state-of-the-art equipment, including Fluoroscopy, arthroscopy towers and cadaver limbs for each resident at West and our sister program at Kingwood. Much of this was possible, also under Sam’s leadership, by the formation of the Greater Texas Education Foundation to support residency growth and education. Many who have gone on to leadership roles as residency directors, board members and presidents of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, have been taught and mentored by Dr. Mendicino. He did this by example as he himself has been in all of these positions. His energies never seemed to dim when it came to giving back to the profession both locally and nationally, starting with President of the Harris County Podiatric Medical Society, Board member and then President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, board member then President of the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery, Chairman of the Scientific Meeting for the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons among many of his titles. Not only did he serve, but his leadership helped shape changes to policies to improve the profession.

The news of Dr. Mendicino’s passing has shocked his colleagues at the hospital and their tributes and condolences continue to pour into the offices at GTEF and his former clinic. When Dr. Mendicino joined the staff at West Houston Medical Center, he was an instant friend to all, sharing his special brand of wit and humor with colleagues in the doctors’ dining room. Sam served on numerous committees in the hospital including being elected for back-to-back terms as Chairman of the Surgery Department. Under his leadership, he helped establish the delineation of privileges for podiatry at West Houston Hospital and it was also his strong reputation with the medical staff that helped podiatrists obtain H&P privileges.

The true number of the lives Sam Mendicino has influenced through his leadership within the Podiatric profession is impossible to calculate. Certainly the 150+ residents who have come through our program at West owe a huge debt of gratitude to him for the enormous contributions he made to our program, and we continue to benefit from the legacy he has left behind. Indeed, those individuals around the country who can confidently say, “I knew Mendo”, will continue to proudly share that legacy with those they might have the opportunity to teach and mentor, thus solidifying his legacy for future generations. Continuing, as he would say, to “plant the seeds” for Podiatry.

Sam’s wishes were to be cremated, and his ashes be distributed in Western Pennsylvania by the direction of his children. Services for this will be private with his family.

The Greater Texas Education Foundation will be planning an “An Honor of Life” reception for those he was involved with locally and within the State of Texas. In addition, a reception will be held for friends and colleagues honoring Sam at the Annual ACFAS meeting in February of 2023.

In lieu of flowers, we will be setting up a Podiatric Scholarship fund in Sam’s name through the Greater Texas Education Foundation. For donation link and additional information, please visit

Press Release Announcing New TPMA President

July 1, 2022

Lacey Clawson, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Lacey Clawson

Lacey Clawson, DPM, FACFAS, of Abilene, Texas, was installed as president of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA) during the 105th Annual Conference & Business Meeting on June 25, 2022, in Galveston, Texas.

Dr. Clawson practices in an orthopedic group in Abilene, Texas; Abilene Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

Dr. Clawson graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005. She received her doctorate in podiatric medicine in 2009 from Des Moines University and then completed a three-year surgical residency from Scott and White in Temple, Texas in 2012. She is board certified in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Dr. Clawson is married to James Clawson, and they have one daughter, Aspen. Outside of practicing podiatry she enjoys church, traveling with family, golf, photography, cooking, and anything outdoors.

Dr. Clawson has served on the TPMA Board of Directors since 2017 and has held various TPMA committee positions including:

2017-current, CME Committee

2021, Annual Conference Program Chair

2018-2021, Young Physician’s Committee Chair

2018, Nominating Committee

Dr. Clawson has held other professional positions including:

2019-2020, ACFAS Gulf States Treasurer

2020-2022, ACFAS Gulf States President

2021- current, ACFAS Nominating Committee

2021-current, JFAS Reviewer

Dr. Clawson has received the following awards:

2016, Young Physicians Award

2022, Merit Award

Dr. Clawson has attended several leadership conferences where she encouraged fellow podiatric physicians to become active in the association and advocated for the profession at the TPMA biannual Legislative Day. She has shown exceptional professionalism and leadership.

Dr. Clawson priorities for her presidency include increasing awareness on careers in podiatric medicine to undergraduate students, attending regional meetings and visiting with members, and continuing to advocate for her profession to the legislature. 

The Texas Podiatric Medical Association (TPMA) is the state’s leading professional organization for today’s podiatrists.  Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) are qualified by their education, training, and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot and ankle. TPMA represents almost 700 members who are DPMs licensed to practice podiatric medicine in the State of Texas. Our mission is unifying and empowering podiatric physicians in providing excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans. For more information, visit,

In Memoriam – Dr. Max S. Ribald

June 8, 2022

In Memoriam – Dr. Max S. Ribald

1948 – 2022

North Dallas Funeral Home

Max S. Ribald of Dallas Texas, passed away on May 27th, 2022 at the age of 74. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, his devoted friends, and all the wonderful individuals who knew and loved him. Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Employment Opportunities

May 4, 2022

Texas Podiatrist Seeking Full-Time Podiatrist (Downtown Plano, Waxahachie and Kaufman) -Full-time position for house call centered practice with three offices located in downtown Plano, Waxahachie and Kaufman. Guaranteed salary, health insurance, toll road tag, auto allowance. Allowance for CME, medical liability insurance, 9 month production review for following year pay. Hospital and surgery center privileges on acceptance.

Please submit letter of interest, with curriculum vitae & surgical log to or Posted 05.04.22

In Memoriam – Dr. Norbert John Wilcox

May 4, 2022

In Memoriam – Dr. Norbert John Wilcox

Dallas Morning News | May 1, 2022

Dr. Norbert John Wilcox, age 97, of Dallas, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep to be with the Lord on December 22, 2021. Norb was born at home in Chicago on June 6, 1924 to Makary (Mike) and Genowefa Wilkowski. His namesake was St.Norbert because he was born on his feast day.

Norb was a 17 year old senior at Kelly High School in Chicago when the Pearl Harbor attack plunged the country into WWII. Though he was the only child of Polish immigrants, he immediately acted on his patriotic duty to enlist to be a Navy pilot. To his amusement his distraught mother’s advice was to “fly low and fly slow.” After Naval air training he was assigned to VPB-44 “Black Cats” squadron at Green Island, in the Solomon Islands, flying the amphibious Catalina PBY aircraft performing anti-submarine and night patrols in conjunction with PT boats and open sea rescues. He was one of the youngest Navy pilots in the war and obtained the rank of Lieutenant.

Norb met Terree, the love of his life, through a remarkable number of Godly life twists upon return from the Navy to Chicago. They were married in 1950. Norb finished Podiatry training while Terree taught in the Chicago School District. A Chicago snowstorm which buried their car confirmed their decision to move to Texas and start a successful practice and family in 1952.
Over the next half century Norbert came to be regarded as the “Dean of Podiatry in North Texas” and helped many aspiring podiatrists launch their careers. He was respected by his peers statewide and was elected President of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association.

Like Will Rogers, he never met a stranger. He always had a riddle, a joke, or a story to share. He could engage anyone he met in warm conversation even through his 90’s. He also lived his strong Catholic faith and was active in the Knights of Columbus, Civitans, and many other service organizations. He supported his sons in YMCA Indian Guides, Boy Scouts of America, and their sports and academic endeavors. He loved to play golf with his weekly foursome at Tenison golf course and did so for decades. He mentored senior high school students from the DISD in his podiatry practice with several ultimately entering health care as a profession. He was universally regarded as an honest, bright, kind, gregarious, generous professional man of the highest integrity.

Norb was very active raising his family which was his greatest joy to the end of his life. He brought a sense of humor to every situation and Terree and his five sons have many memories laughing around the dinner table until no one could sit straight any longer. He taught his sons the importance of love for God, family, and country as well as education and a strong work ethic. Norb was a remarkable and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

Norb is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Terree Ann, and his cherished grandson Christopher. He is survived by his 5 devoted sons: Dale and his wife Cindy and grandchildren Blake and Meredith; Glenn; Robert and his wife Ashley and grandchildren Melanie, Alex, and Raleigh; Bruce and granddaughter Danielle; Barry and his wife Shana and grandchildren Zoe and Amy.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 In wood Rd., Dallas, Texas on May 14, 2022 at 1:30 PM. The ashes of Norbert and Terree will be interred together at the DFW National Cemetery with military honor for his naval service on May 16, 2022 at 9:00 AM. Contributions in his honor may be made to Dallas or Collin County Meals on Wheels, a favorite charity of Norb’s mother.
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St. Rita Catholic Church
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In Memoriam – Dr. Steve Beito

October 22, 2021

In Memoriam – Steve Beito, DPM

On October 5, 2021, we lost a truly great man and highly respected member of the New Braunfels community. Dr. Steve Beito will be remembered as a son, a husband, a father, a friend, a mentor and a compassionate physician to thousands of patients. As a very dear friend of his said, “I realize that the degree of pain that we feel for the loss of Steve is merely a reflection of the greatness of the man that he was. …The only thing that I can think of that can counter losing Steve is the opportunity to get to know him.” 

Steve was born May 29, 1959 in Flint, MI to Lucille and Rodney Beito. At the age of 10 his father tragically passed, leaving Lu, as we have come to know her, to raise him and his older sister Terry. Three years later Lou married Harry Reisbich who became a central figure in young Steve’s life.  

Steve graduated from Hamady High School and went on to Alma College where he found his interest in podiatry with the onset of foot pain. With this new interest, he attended Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He then moved to Texas for residency at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. This was followed by an internship in New Braunfels and when that practice became available for purchase in 1987, he made his next major move and bought it. A fellow resident, colleague and good friend to this day remembers training with him and often working side by side as they built their individual practices. She said that he, “enjoyed the mechanical nature of what we do. Whether it’s figuring out angles in surgery or getting to the bottom of a bio mechanical problem, he liked reasoning out the etiology and solution.” This passion not only allowed him to start building a very successful practice, but to see joy in his day to day successes with patients.

In that same year, good fortune struck again and he met his wife Colleen on a plane where she served as a flight attendant. They dated for two years and were married on October 7, 1989. Their daughter Allie was born in March of 1993 and their son Mitch was born in February of 1999. For 32 years they worked side by side to build their dreams.  They built a new office in 1995 and their dream house in 2004. During those years Steve continued mentoring several podiatric associates and in 2003 Dr. Jacob Ransom began working with NB Podiatry after completing his surgical residency in Boston at Cambridge Health Alliance.

Dr. Beito and Dr. Ransom worked together for 5 years after which time Steve offered Jake a full partnership. Jake jumped at the chance having learned much from Steve about building a patient base and the business side of a podiatric practice all while observing the consistent and exceptional care that Steve offered. Jake, like others, noted Steve’s true joy and sense of accomplishment in curing even the smallest of foot ailments to greatly improve a patient’s quality of life. Steve and Jake worked together for a total of 18 years having the utmost respect for one another’s strengths, innovations and the daily dedication to the discipline of podiatry and the patients they serve. Dr. Beito also leaves behind an incredibly dedicated office family that have unselfishly served NB Podiatry under Steve’s leadership and continue to strive to maintain the success of the practice in his absence.

His dedication and love for his family wasn’t lip service, it was true that they were his world. He learned unconditional love from his mother Lu and made sure that he demonstrated the same for his own family. Colleen will so miss this love and the simple joys like discovering a new restaurant together. One of his greatest legacies is his respect and love toward Colleen from which the kids could learn and on which they could always rely. 

Steve was beyond proud to walk his precious first born Allie down the aisle in October of 2020. He was the first to see her in to this world and the first to see her in her dress on her wedding day, spilling many tears while feeling the ultimate joy on both days. Her now husband, Stephen, was immediately included in the love Steve gave when he asked for Allie’s hand in marriage. These will remain some of Allie’s most cherished memories.  Allie also had the honor of working alongside her father for the last year as a member of the office staff, having a rare opportunity to see the 28 years of fatherly lessons in action. 

Mitch remembers their adventures together. Hiking Zion National Park, shooting his first buck, fishing, watching football games and the calm of eating a good steak on the ranch while Steve shared his passions and Mitch found his. One of Steve’s greatest thrills was seeing Mitch off to McGovern Medical School this fall. The lessons he learned from his Dad about how to treat others, to be true to your word and an unrivaled work ethic will carry him through school and on to whatever specialty he may choose.  

Steve had many qualities that will be so very missed. He was known to have the answer to every question and if he didn’t know, he would make sure to seek it out for you. The words that family, friends and patients used over and over again to describe Steve were: dedicated, hard-working, loyal, caring, loving, strong sense of conviction, reliable, wise, honest, leader and compassionate. Even the qualities that made him infuriating like his impatience, his need to find only the best and his questionable sense of time were the very things that made him successful. What stood out most about him though was his inquisitiveness about any and every topic. He loved the quote by Albert Einstein “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” The moment we learned of Steve’s passing is the moment we realized that we don’t know exactly how to go on without him.

Steve is survived by his mother Lucille Reisbich, his wife Colleen Trei Beito, son Mitch Beito, his daughter Allie Beito Tarver and her husband Stephen. He is also survived by his sister Terry Munro, his nephew Ryan Munro and wife Stephanie and their children Berkley and Harrison. Steve is preceded in death by his father Rodney Beito and his stepfather Harry Reisbich.

A Celebration of Life for Dr. Steve Beito will be held on Monday, October 11 at McAdoo’s on the back patio at 6:00 pm. and will continue until 8:00 pm. The family asks that you wear something that makes you want to celebrate. This is not a funeral, this is a party to celebrate a life well lived!

Step Into Podiatry

October 22, 2021

We are asking all podiatrists to help to promote podiatry to the next generation.

To help facilitate this process, APMA has created a webpage, Step Into Podiatry, that provides excellent resources for high school and undergraduate students. Included on the website are flyers, videos and a customizable PowerPoint presentation for prospective students, which can be used when speaking with student groups or individuals.