Florida Podiatric Medical Society (FPMS)


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The following loan programs are available for victims of Hurricane Ian:

  1. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) currently has a disaster loan available for survivors of Hurricane Ian. Homeowners, renters, business owners, and certain nonprofits may be eligible. You may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. Paper applications may be requested by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. There is no cost to apply for an SBA disaster loan, but it is important that hurricane victims submit the loan application as soon as possible.
  2. Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program. The program, administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), provides short-term, zero-interest loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury or physical damage due to Hurricane Ian. Interested applicants can apply now through December 2, 2022, or until all funds are expended. To learn more about the program, as well as view the lending guidelines and required documentation to complete an application, go to www.FloridaJobs.org/EBL

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, there has been an outpouring of concern and support shown by an overwhelming number of FPMA members, who have asked how they might lend a hand to fellow members located in counties affected by the hurricane. FPMS, the philanthropic arm of FPMA, has mobilized to assist and establish a Disaster Relief Fund. If you wish to make a donation, click HERE to access the FPMS Relief & Recovery Donation page.


What is FPMS?

The Florida Podiatric Medical Society (FPMS) was formed in 1927 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Florida Podiatric Medical Association (FPMA). While it is separate from FPMA, the Society was formed by and for Association membership to assist in procuring new sources of funding, which are used for scholarships, academic awards, research projects, public and professional education, disaster relief, and podiatric care for homeless and other medically underserved populations. Every member of FPMA is automatically a member of FPMS.


FPMS Mission Statement

The FPMS Mission Statement is to encourage, solicit, and administer gifts and bequests for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, all for the advancement of educational objectives in the field of Podiatric Medicine.

FPMS is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made to the Society may be charitable contributions and may be fully deductible (check with your accountant).


What Does FPMS Do?

Over the years, FPMS fundraising efforts have aided FPMA with public education, philanthropy, and the establishment of scholarships for worthwhile students in pursuit of a podiatric medical career. The FPMS motto is "Giving Back to the Future of Podiatry".




FPMS Scholarships

FPMS offers a variety of scholarships, including:

  • Dr. Mark Lambert Scholarship - This scholarship is to be awarded to a student doctor who has demonstrated acumen in surgical areas of study or research. The annual award amount of $2,000 will be provided to a graduating student in the School of Podiatric Medicine and presented at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine commencement.
  • FPMA Past President's Scholarship - This scholarship is given to a graduating podiatric student of the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine, located in Miami Shores, Florida. This scholarship provides $1,000 to a new graduate to help begin residency training. It is fully funded by Past Presidents of FPMA, who recognize the importance of fostering and nurturing a new career.
  • Dr. Harvey Kopelman Scholarship - This is presented at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine White Coat Ceremony. It provides $1,000.00 to a second year podiatric student who has exhibited leadership among his/her colleagues. This scholarship was established by FPMS and Audrey Kopelman, widow of the late Dr. Harvey Kopelman. Dr. Kopelman served as FPMA President and dedicated more than 50 years of his medical practice to providing the best care possible to each of his patients, while promoting the podiatric profession.
  • Dr. Irving and Muriel Block Scholarship - This is presented at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine's graduation ceremony and provides $250.00 to the top graduating Podiatric Radiology student.
2022 Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine FPMS Scholarship Recipients
Recipient of Dr. Harvey Kopelman Scholarship
Dr. Nikil Ravishankar was presented with the Dr. Harvey Kopelman Scholarship
by FPMS Vice President Dr. Dennis Frisch on Friday, August 26, 2022
during the BUSPM Rite of Passage ceremony
Recipient of Dr. Mark Lambert Scholarship
Dr. Karissa Badillo was presented with the new Dr. Mark Lambert Scholarship
by Dr. Cary Zinkin, FPMA President, and Karen Lambert, FPMA Executive Director,
on Saturday, April 30, 2022 during the BUSPM Commencement ceremony
Dr. Irving and Muriel Block Radiology Award Recipient
Dr. Alexandra Sieloff was presented with the Dr. Irving and Muriel Block Scholarship
by Dr. Cary Zinkin, FPMA President, and Karen Lambert, FPMA Executive Director,
on Saturday, April 30, 2022 during the BUSPM Commencement ceremony
Past President's Scholarship Recipient
Dr. Ali Khazaal was presented with the FPMA Past President's Scholarship by Karen Lambert,
FPMA Executive Director, on Saturday, April 30, 2022 during the BUSPM Commencement ceremony

FPMS Altruistic Activities

The Society has demonstrated "effective altruism" through its projects with:

FPMS has also taken the lead role in sponsoring the annual Florida ADA Step Out Walk campaign. "Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes" is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. This event, which takes place in various cities throughout the U.S., has been taking place for over 25 years and has raised millions of dollars to stop diabetes. Various FPMA Components form walk teams, raise money, and man tables during the events.

FPMS has also provided many one-time charitable contributions to other worthwhile charities in the state of Florida. FPMS provided a grant to the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic in Tampa to aid Dr. Martin Port, an FPMA member and volunteer at the Clinic for several years, in supplying needy children with orthotics.

FPMS continues to be a supportive organization to FPMA in its efforts to educate the citizens of Florida about the benefits of podiatric care and the many advantages of seeking foot and ankle care from a Podiatric Physician member of FPMA.


How You Can Help

  1. FPMA members can include a contribution to FPMS when they are making their annual dues payment (a voluntary contribution amount of $25.00 is listed on the dues invoice and can be included with the dues payment).
  2. To make an annual donation to the Dr. Mark Lambert Scholarship, click HERE.
  3. You can donate to the FPMS Educational Foundation Campaign by clicking HERE.
  4. For those who have reached their life-long goals and are looking to give back to the podiatric profession, a trust donation can also be made to the Society. Click HERE to name the FPMS Educational Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary in your estate plan.
  5. Additional information about making an FPMS contribution can be found in the FPMS Brochure (click on the link below).
  6. If you are aware of a needy charity that the Society could partner with, feel free to contact Dr. Terence D. McDonald, FPMS President. The FPMA Board will review the organization and the event. FPMS is always striving to increase its presence and impact across Florida.

Additional Information


FPMS Officers

Appointed in 2021 (Expire in 2023)
John E. Baker, DPM
Robert Frimmel, DPM
Andrew M. Belis, DPM
Mark S. Block, DPM

Members per Bylaws (in 2021)
Alissa B. Zdancewicz, DPM
Cary M. Zinkin, DPM
John P. Goggin, DPM
Larissa M. Schmidt, DPM

Elected in 2022 (Expire in 2024)
Dennis R. Frisch, DPM
Robert A. Iannacone, DPM
John P. Goggin, DPM
Terence D. McDonald, DPM
Samir S. Vakil, DPM
Andre M. Williams, DPM

Terence D. McDonald, DPM (President)
Dennis R. Frisch, DPM (Vice President)
Andre M. Williams, DPM (Secretary)
David M. Schweibish, DPM (FPMA Treasurer)