DPMs May Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

April 9, 2021

Under President Biden’s direction, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded the class of medical professionals and health-care students who may serve as vaccinators to include licensed doctors of podiatric medicine, recently retired podiatric physicians, and podiatric medical students. Read full article here, https://www.apma.org/News/NewsDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44262

If you are interested in volunteering to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Texas you can register with the DSHS here, https://www.texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org/index.php.

In Memoriam – Morris Prigoff, DPM

March 5, 2021


Dr. Morris Prigoff passed away on March 4, 2021, after a serious six year illness. He was lovingly cared for at home by his devoted wife Michela, whom he referred to as “my wife for life’”. They were blessed with 19 beautiful years of marriage.

Dr. Prigoff grew up in Syracuse, New York, and was a graduate of the University of Syracuse and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He was a proud member of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association and a sponsor of the March of Dimes and American Heart Association. A podiatrist of 45 years in Oak Cliff and North Dallas, Dr. Prigoff was loved by his patients for his wonderful care and generous, fun-loving spirit.

At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Morris had a bigger-than-life personality and a gentle, generous nature. Also known as “Moe”, he gained fame on the show Storage Wars Texas. He loved travelling, teaching, swimming and basketball, gardening, collecting art and his wife’s excellent cooking. He was the owner of River Regency, a mid-century modern furniture and antique store. He had a knack for buying and recreating special pieces and a great love of art and collectibles.

Morris will also be lovingly remembered by his daughter Gina Leonard, son-in-law Paul, grandsons Gavin and Zachary, sisters Rosella Heumann and Suzanne Achleitner, step-son Chase, and many loving nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as well by fans all over the country, and by his many devoted patients.

Funeral arrangements will be completed by Sparkman-Hillcrest in North Dallas. A memorial service will be held later this year as we gather in person to remember and celebrate Morris’ life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom in Arlington Texas.


Morris Prigoff passed away March 4, 2021. He had practiced in Dallas for 45 years and was loved by his patients.  He was a Past President of TPMA and a Residency Director. He was well known outside of Podiatry from appearing on the television show Storage Wars: Texas. – Chris Bowers, DPM

In Memoriam – Mona Feigenbaum, DPM

January 7, 2021

From the Echovita.com website:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mona Ilene Feigenbaum (Dallas, Texas), who passed away on December 23, 2020, at the age of 62, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.

A graveside service was held on Sunday, December 27th 2020 at the Restland Memorial Park (13005 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75243). 

In Memoriam – Louis Antahades, DPM

December 7, 2020

Louis Michael Antahades, 4/26/32 -11/30/20. Born in Erie, PA where he attended Academy H.S. and Gannon Univ. Matriculated to The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine graduating in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Chaffee where he established a foot clinic for the service personnel. In 1958, he came to Dallas to establish his podiatry practice. He helped in organizing the Great Southwest Hospital in Grand Prairie where he also served for five years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. His surgical experience represents well over 30 years. Dr. Antahades has authored papers in the Journal of American Podiatric Med. Assn. and articles relating to the Biomechanics of Skiing. Among his many services he was President of the Dallas County Podiatry Society, Chaired a Legislative group of Antidiscrimination bill that successfully became law in Texas. Too many rewards to mention but one that he was proud off was Humanitarian and Brotherhood of National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Music was always agreat part of his life beginning in H. S. where he played the Saxophone and Clarinet and later in the 90’s formed the Glen Dorsey Band &Orchestra performing for numerous social functions and for 10 years as the main entertainment for the Military Ball. His love of the mountains and outdoors would find him hiking, camping, skiing and serving as an instructor in Idaho for the Natl.

Forest Service. He also found time to teach Sunday School at several Greek Orthodox Churches and later enjoyed Mass with the sisters and parishioners that attended the Holy Family of Nazareth Convent in Grand Prairie. He is survived by his wife, Judyth, daughters Katina, Anastasia and Michaelina Antahades and son-in-law, Eddy Tann and step children, Macie and Lindsey.

His cremated remains will be placed at the memorial in the National Military Cemetery in Dallas.

There will be no funeral but a celebration of life sometime later. May his memory be eternal.


He was a profound leader of TPMA legislative agenda. His close friend was Congressman Chris Semos.

He was a leader and loyal member of TPMA for MANY years.

Step Into Podiatry

October 19, 2020

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.

In Memoriam – Gilmore E. Guster, DPM

September 17, 2020

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness hearing of the passing of Dr. Gil Guster on September 12, 2020, my peer, my mentor, and especially one of my dearest friends. Gil was one of our unsung leaders of podiatry in the Houston and Clear Lake, NASA community during the ’70s through the ’90s. He never said no to helping or guiding any new podiatrist moving into the area.

He was held in great respect not only by his fellow podiatrists but also with the MD community. He will be missed by many but never forgotten. My condolences to his wife Evie who lives in the San Diego area where they have resided together for the past several years. He is also survived by his two adult children and their families.

RIP Gil.

Michael A Mineo, DPM
Galveston, TX

New Human Trafficking Prevention Training Requirement

July 15, 2020

Pursuant to House Bill 2059, certain health care practitioners are required to complete an approved human trafficking prevention training course in order to renew their license beginning September 1, 2020. The training course must be approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and is required for each license renewal submitted on or after the effective date.

The following TDLR license types are impacted by HB 2059 and will be required to comply with the new training requirement:

· Podiatric Physician
· Podiatric Temporary Residency
· Podiatric Medical Radiological Technician

HHSC has already approved one training course and posted it on their website. Additional courses will be posted as they are approved. You can find more information on HHSC’s Texas Human Trafficking Resource Center webpage.

TPMA Online CECH Series – Webinar #1

June 16, 2020

Zoom Webinar | June 24, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Podiatric Dermatology Essentials
Speaker: Tracey Vlahovic, DPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg)

Register now!

Your Podiatry Practice and COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Dear member,

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Texas Podiatric Medical Association wants to share some important information with you and guidance for your practice during this challenging time. Below are some links that we hope will help you deal with the current situation. 

Many podiatrists are searching for answers about how to address COVID-19 in their practices and personal lives. TPMA/APMA is here to help by directing you to the most authoritative and timely news and tools. These resources are available on APMA’s COVID-19 resource page at www.apma.org/covid19 as well as an FAQ page.

A resource that may be of interest to you are APMA-developed resources on providing telehealth services. You may need to provide Telephone Services and Online Digital Evaluation and Management Services during this time. CMS has announced major changes to services that podiatrists can furnish remotely under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This waiver allows Medicare to pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth. This change means podiatrists can submit CPT 99201–99215 when these services are provided remotely. Watch APMA’s webinar for guidance on coding, compliance, and documentation for these service types. As of today, telehealth can be provided for Medicare Part B (Fee for Service) and Medicare Advantage plans only. Rules and Regulations change from day to day so stay tuned for updates.

Additionally, there may be upcoming issues with patients requiring “covered routine foot care” (RFC) and/or diabetic therapeutic shoes (DTS). With regard to the RFC and DTS it is APMA’s understanding that, “DME CMD’s suggest that CMS is having discussions with all the CMD’s on many of the policy issues given that it is not possible for most folks to get into their PCP offices right now. Priority for ill patients not for those who need to be certified for shoes or routine foot care must be given.

Some coders have also suggested that if possible (based on the patient’s history, physical finding, diagnoses and the Novitas Solution’s LCD on RFG) to use non-asterisk (*) diagnoses as these do not require the patient to be seen by their attending within the past six months. This is just a suggestion and may not be appropriate for every patient’s situation. There is also the possibility that these patients can be scheduled farther out after the virus situation and the social distancing is no longer a problem.

In the coming days and weeks, federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide guidance on how to execute or implement the new requirements. In the meantime, employers and advisors must rely on a good faith interpretation of the act’s text. View the Families First Act









  • TWC webpage has resources and information on actions taken by the commission in response to COVID-19. This page will be continuously updated with answers to questions about operating your business during this time. Please visit https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers.


  • Be aware there are fake emails coming in posing as COVID-19 informationals; these emails/sites direct you to install an applet in order to view “current” data but instead it installs a malicious program. Please be wary of any unfamiliar sites asking you to download or install anything. You can read more about it here.

Stay well and safe,

Melinda Daise
Executive Director

Steven P. Brancheau
Chief Medical Officer

TPMA Chief Medical Officer Announced

December 11, 2019

Steven Brancheau, DPMThe Texas Podiatric Medical Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Brancheau, DPM, as its new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The CMO is a physician leader that will oversee the association medical leadership and legislative activities.

Dr. Brancheau graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980, followed by finishing his 1st year of residency at Doctor’s Hospital in Mesquite, TX and his 2nd year of residency at Waldo General (now Swedish Medical Center) in Seattle, WA in 1982. After his 2 years of residency, Dr. Brancheau continued his training with a 1-year fellowship through American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Brancheau is board certified by American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery as well as the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He is published in several peer reviewed medical journals as well as lectured nationally for many years.

Dr. Brancheau served as the president of TPMA from 2012-2013. He has also served on multiple committees for the association including budget, continuing medical education, and scope of practice. As Director of the Hunt Regional Medical Center Residency Program he is immersed in the education of our future podiatrists. Dr. Brancheau also serves as adjunct clinical professor of podiatric medicine and surgery at many of the colleges of podiatric medicine, including Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, to name a few.

“Dr. Brancheau will be a great addition to our team and I look forward to working with him. I have personally witnessed his long-standing dedication to TPMA. He is an excellent candidate for this position and is committed to fulfilling our mission.” – Melinda Daise

“I’m very excited about this appointment. Dr. Brancheau adds experience, leadership, institutional knowledge and relationships that are immeasurable. He has the full support of our Executive Board and I look forward to working together to achieve all of TPMA’s goals.” – Steven A. Walters, DPM

“I would like to extend a sincere thank you for my appointment as Chief Medical Officer of the TPMA. I will work as a medical representative of TPMA under direction from the Board of Directors, President Steven Walters, DPM, and the Executive Director, Melinda Daise. With a legislative session looming, there is much to be done in the coming year. As your CMO, you have my promise to always represent you the members, in the best interest of the TPMA. Again, my humble and sincere thanks for this appointment. I am excited to begin this journey as your representative!” – Steven Brancheau, DPM

TPMA’s Mission: Unifying and empowering podiatric physicians in providing excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans.