President and Co-founder
Robert M. Palmer, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., F.A.O.F.A.S.
February 23, 1928 - December 26, 2010 - In Honor Of His Dedication To The Sciences And Commitment To Serving Others; please visit the link provided below to learn more about the accomplishments and attributes of his life.
Achievements: Dr. Palmer attained a Master's Degree in Genetics as well as a degree in medicine, specializing in foot and ankle orthopedics. He is credited worldwide for finding the genetic aspects of clubfeet and was both an Emeritus Faculty Member of Indiana University School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons and also a Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He held numerous board positions in the Sertoma Club both locally and nationally.
His vision was to prevent adolescent musculoskeletal malalignment, offering an opportunity for a rewarding and active adult lifestyle.
Visionary Founder - President Elect
Pam Haig, C. Ped.
Achievements: 35+ years of clinical and manufacturing pedorthic experience. Opened the first pedorthic medical clinic in Indianapolis in 1984 - Foot One, Inc. and is the only pedorthic clinic affiliated with a manufacturing lab in Indiana accredited with BAPFOL. She is past co-owner of OSI Labs Inc., Indianapolis where she developed a work-flow analysis creating a one week production time for feet orthoses and past co-owner of Southwest Labs, Houston, Texas. Ms. Haig has served on the Oklahoma State University Health and Environmental Technology Advisory Board since 1996 and was voted Chairman of the Board for the year 2004. She was founding and past Treasurer for The International Alliance For Pedorthic Education And Advancement (The Alliance). She has lectured as an adjunct faculty member of Ball State University, Anderson University, at the 2005 PFA National Symposium and internationally on Advanced Posting Techniques For Complex Foot And Ankle Deformities. She is the visionary founder of The Robert M. Palmer, M.D., Institute Of Biomechanics, Inc., a not-for-profit pedorthic biomechanics school and leads an international pediatric campaign with an emphasis on pediatric education and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries, obesity and juvenile diabetes. She also serves as the Co-Principal of the Asian Pedorthic School offered at the Sun-yen Sat University and the Asian Pedorthic School Manufacturing Lab in Canton, China. She returned to Beijing in 2010 at the Grand Opening of the Rehabiliation Hospital; promoting pedorthic education. She is presently an adjunct faculty member of the IU School of Medicine, residency training department. She spends much of her time devoted to clinical applications of pedorthic biomechanics as well as sharing her expertise as a corporate educator to many international foot wear and foot care companies.
Board Of Directors
Theodore H. Morden, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.F., F.A.C.F.A.S.
December 21, 1953 - January 26, 2013 - In Honor Of His Dedication To The Sciences And Commitment To Education, Proficiency In Academics and Language. Dr. Morden was well admired for his mastery of human anatomy, foot and ankle biomechanics and compensation and his ability to articulate these complex topics to colleagues as well as those aspiring to enter the healthcare profession. He is a physician known for his photographic memory of textbooks and ability to recite topics verbatum - a walking encyclopedia of knowledge.
The Theodore H. Morden, DPM Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 for Zionsville Athletes desiring to attend college
The Theodore H. Morden, DPM Biomechanics Lab was established in 2005 as an inspiration to those desiring to master complex lower extremity biomechanics and compensation with a focus on foot and ankle anatomy.
Achievements: Graduated from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1977 and served a one year Podiatric Residency at Lakeview Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Morden is the Past Chairman of Winona Hospital Podiatry Staff, Administrator of Indiana Arthoroscopic Association and Resident Instructor from 1978 through 2001. During his years in private practice, he developed a Pedorthic Internship Program in which he served many years as Program Director. He is a Board Member, Consultant, and Scientific Committee Advisor of The Robert M. Palmer, M.D., Institute of Biomechanics, a 501(c)(3) School. He has also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member of Oklahoma State University – Okmulgee. Dr. Morden continues to contribute to the educational endeavors of individuals through The Theodore H. Morden, D.P.M. Scholarship Fund. For his many years of service to the medical profession, the RMPI proudly named their biomechanics department The Theodore H. Morden Biomechanics Laboratory.
Vice President of Operations, Co-founder
Joe Haig, O.S.T., C.Ped.
Achievements: Along with two physicians, Mr. Haig founded OSI Labs, Indianapolis and Southwest Labs, Houston, managing a 36 employee manufacturing facility; accredited to manufacture orthoses by BAPFOL standards. Mr. Haig began his career in the late 1970's by attending the Ball State University Orthopedic Shoe Technician program. Currently, Mr. Haig manages Foot One’s manufacturing lab and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma State University. He also serves as consultant to numerous labs internationally and is Co-Principal of the Asian Pedorthic School founded at the Sun-yen Sat University and the Asian Pedorthic School Manufacturing Lab in Canton, China. He returned to Beijing in 2010 to promote pedorthic education as lead speaker on pedorthic products and services and foot casting techniques. Joe spends much of his time sharing his expertise in podiatric and orthopedic manufacturing theories and techniques in the design and production of foot and ankle orthoses. Mr. Haig, along with several physicians began Uni.Lab; a podiatric manufacturing lab housed within the RMPI as a revenue stream to ensure the longevity of the vision of the RMPI. His goal is to ensure that students learn the highest industry standards in manufacturing and designing prescription feet orthoses under BAPFOL accredited standards.
Executive Director of Business Development and Operations
Kenneth Krueger, D.P.M.
Achievements: Dr. Krueger has over 30 years experience meeting the foot care needs of his patients. He has served as Past President of the Indiana State Podiatry Association. He began his practice in Indianapolis in 1977. His goal has always been to provide the best possible education to his patients and their loved ones. He strongly believes that once those involved are informed of their Podiatric condition regarding the conditions cause, progression, as well as all treatment alternatives at that time, selection of the best treatment plan becomes an easy decision. Dr. Krueger has traveled to Asia to promote foot health and educational opportunities to allied health professions, focusing on pedorthic educational opportunities.
Executive Director of Academics and Research
Richard O. Lundeen, D.P.M.
July 29, 1951 - September 3, 2011 - In honor of his commitment to academia, surgical excellence in theory and techniques.
The RMPI Awards The Richard Ostenso Lundeen, DPM, Scientific Scholarship to those with a scientific commitment for improving patient outcomes and mastering the science of applied biomechanics of the foot and ankle. This Scholarship honors the lifetime of service of Dr. Lundeen and his contribution to the sciences as a biomechanial genius, outstanding surgeon and educator.
Achievements: Diplomate, American Board of Podiatric Surgery, American Board of Foot Orthopaedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. Author, lecturer, inventor. Patented the Triaxial Posting Technique. Founder OSI Labs, Indianapolis and Houston. Head of the Winona Podiatric Residency Program and while in practice, offered his residents to assist with the Institute in lectures, curriculum, instruction, etc. He has traveled internationally as guest lecturer on his expertise in surgery and biomechanics; traveling with the RMPI to Asia on several occasions as lead biomechanical lecturer.
Medical Director and Vice President for Education
Franklin D. Nash, M.D.
Achievements: Principal, Disability & Impairment Medicine (http://web.mac.com/wisenash) Professor (Ret.) of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics and Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine & Medical Center. Associate Director (Ret.), NIH NHLBI Specialized Center of Research in Hypertension. Senior Medical Director (Ret.), The Golden Rule Insurance Company.
Director of Clinics & Scholarships
Julie Haig, CNA, M.T., C.Ped., AAS
Achievements: Associate of Science in Business Communication, Certified Nursing Assistant, Certified Massage Therapist, and Board Certified Pedorthist. She has been working in the Pedorthic profession since 1999 as well as volunteering with the RMPI both nationally and internationally by sharing it's vision of pedorthic education and prevention. Ms. Haig also spends her time volunteering for the National Cancer Society, Women's Prison Outreach Program and various political parties while continuing her medical degree. She is the President of Foot One Mechanix, a pedorthic clinic seeing patients in Indianapolis, Elwood, Anderson, Indiana and Springfield, Ohio as well as nursing homes within the state of Indiana and Ohio.
Director Of Orthopedic Residency & International Education
Manuel Sison, M.D.
Achievements: In 2009, the RMPI was contacted by Dr. Manual Sison, an orthopedic surgeon from Manilla, Philippines. As a seasoned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sison acknowledged the importance of treating diabetic patients proactively and preventatively. His desire was to increase his knowledge of lower extremity biomechanics and then return to his country with this knowledge; developing a orthopedic residency program within his local university. Dr. Sison then accepted the invitation to sit on the RMPI Orthopedic Advisory Board and serve as the Director of Orthopedic Residency Internships within Indiana and his own country, traveling between both locations to offer other physicians an opportunity to increase their own knowledge of the applied science of biomechanics to the lower extremities. Dr. Sison also traveled as guest lecturer on Applied Foot Anatomy, Biomechanics and Axes in Beijing, China in 2010 along with the RMPI traveling lecturing team.
Brian Bartley, P.T., D.C.
Achievements: Director of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation of Pain Management Specialists of Indianapolis - A Spine Rehabilitation Center. Adjunct Professor at the University of Indianapolis. Educator and lecturer. Dr. Bartley travels with the RMPI as lead anatomy instructor and offers his clinic as an internship site for pedorthists attending the RMPI.
Academic Director - Advisor
Jerry Wilson, M.Ed.
Achievements: Information Forthcoming: Past Program Director Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee. Developed the first Associates Degree Program in Pedorthics within the USA.
Executive Director Administration
Marsha Renihan, B.S.
Achievements: Bachelors Science in Business, etc. She is the Executive Director of administration and legal department of the RMPI. She is currently participating in an internship program with the RMPI to further her education and knowledge level of pedorthics.
Orthopedic Medical Consultant - Clinical Trials On Advanced Biomechanical Posting
Steven A. Herbst, M.D., F.A.B.O.S., F.A.A.O.S.
Achievements: Dr. Herbst received his BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. A graduate of the Indiana School of Medicine, he went on to complete his orthopedic residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He then completed a foot and ankle fellowship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Herbst is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and a member of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship. He is the author of four major foot and ankle chapters for orthopaedic textbooks. He is co-designer, with patents pending on an Internal Total Ankle Joint Prosthesis. He also has multiple publications and presentations in the fields of total joint replacement and foot and ankle.
Dr. Herbst refers his patients to the RMPI Pedorthist's, allowing clinical trials and research to be performed; improving patient outcomes to his patients as well as future generations. The patients under Dr. Herbst and the RMPI Pedorthists are observed by interns during their educational experience at the RMPI.
Business Advisor And Business Strategist
Scott Toussiant, PhD
Dr. Toussiant's educational credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in Chicago, as well as three Masters degrees and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Heritage Baptist Seminary in Greenwood, Indiana. He also has a Ph.D. in Communications and Leadership, with Emphasis on Team Dynamics and Growth, from Louisiana Baptist University. An ordained minister, Scott received a Doctor of Theology degree in May 2008, also from Louisiana Baptist University.
He has served on a number of Boards, including Conner Prairie, a living history museum in suburban Indianapolis, and the Humane Society of Hamilton County (IN). He is Past President of the Indiana Search and Staffing Association (ISSA).
Dr. Toussaint is the author of the blog "Transitions By The Book".
Guest Speaker(s) - To Be Announced
The Institute is currently inviting Orthopedic Physicians (M.D.) and Podiatric Doctors (D.P.M) to participate in an ongoing lecture series that will be a part of the school’s pre-certification and advanced curriculum.
Past / Present Adjunct Faculty:
Lela June Stoner, Ph.D. Biomechanics
J. Michael Miller, D.P.M.
Stephen Offutt, D.P.M.
Phi Van, D.P.M.
Shane Hayes, C.Ped. - Past President PFA
Jeff Gray, C.Ped. - Superfeet Worldwide LLC
Raymond Ng, CPO - Dr. Kong Footcare
Bill Burns - Tekscan
Ed Cael, C.Ped. - MacPherson Leather
Candi Moran, C.Ped. - Euro International
Christy Fancher, P.T.
Dharma DeFrese, D.O.
Emily Slavens, P.T.
Angela Jarrett, D.P.T.
Mitzi Hazard, P.T.
Roberta Nole P.T., C.Ped. - Instride Orthotics / Quad 24 Patentee
Joe Coletta, C.Ped.
James Clough, D.P.M.