The Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation

TPMF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting medical missions, charitable outreach and medical education that
enhance the quality of life for underserved populations. The Foundation provides mentoring, training, and networking for
post-graduate podiatric students and others, which increase access to patient care for the indigent and those in need of treatment
for diabetic complications, deformities, birth defects, injuries and other untreated medical issues.


Help Us Save Soles

Donations Make A Difference!

All donations are appreciated and support Foundation projects. You help us serve, educate and support foot & ankle care. Over 600 indigent patients provided clinic and surgical care in 2023! 15 residency grants and case awards given in 2023!

How Can I Help? (Choose One Option)

  • Click on the DONATE button above
  • Use donation form (Sole Supporter, Memorials included)
  • Mail
  • Contact Executive Director Krista Richter by email at or by text at 512-626-3674

Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation Outreach Programs Include:

  • Medical missions
  • Indigent care programs and diabetic shoe support
  • Post-graduate residency mission grants and case awards
  • Support and job networking of Texas podiatric residency training programs
  • Scholarships and education support for the UTRGV Texas School of Podiatric Medicine for future doctors
Donations for UTRGV scholarships may be made in two ways: 1) directly to the UTRGV Podiatry for Future scholarship fund through this link OR 2) made to TPMF (noted for UTRGV) and included in annual dispursement used for scholarships.

Renew Your Sole Supporter Donation - Thank You to All of Our Sole Supporter Annual Donors!

Click on the DONATE button above and note 'Sole Supporter' in the description OR send in a donor form.

All Donations Are Much Appreciated!

The TPMF is a 501C3 non-profit charitable entity, and donations are eligible for tax deductions. _________________________________________________________________________________

Featured Events

Bandera 2024 Meeting - Join Us on the Ranch!
Casual CME & Networking! 15 CME Contact Hours with 2 Hours, Ethics!


Enjoy unique and rustic accommodations at the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, TX


  • Live mock trial and litigation/malpractice tips at the historic Bandera County Courthouse (sponsored by PICA)

  • Texas resident case competition - audience votes!

  • New: UTRGV podiatric student poster contest

  • Registration includes 2 nights lodging, all meals, CME and activities!

    GREAT PACKAGE! GREAT TIME! *Space is limited. Register now!

    Click here to register and for additional event details OR contact Krista Richter at for invoicing or questions.

    Specialty Events

    Click here
    for other past and upcoming events

    Texas Hosts Students for Largest CRIP

    Reception Ever! Over 200 Attend!


    Click here
    to learn more _________________________________________________________________________________

    2023 Mission Takes Largest Team Ever!

    A huge thank you to the 40 volunteers who worked the 2023 mission
    August 25-30 in San Miguel de Allende!


    This was the largest team ever - and with many logistical and government challenges, we appreciated every single volunteer's dedication and time. It was also a special trip as Dr. Don & Nelda Falknor were able to return to San Miguel after a long fight with medical challenges. Dr. Chris Browning, Dr. Javier Lafontaine, Dr. Jim & Liz Kutchback and Dr. Steve Brancheau, along with Dr. Maria Buitrago, Dr. Paul Brancheau and Dr. Dale Lane, have stepped in to help lead and keep the mission efforts going. Dr. Browning took on a huge role this year to head up coordination, scheduling and logistics with Krista Richter. THANK YOU TO ALL!

    We were able to sponsor 13 residents to attend with the help of generous mission travel sponsors - Sagis DX, Your Total Footcare Specialists (Katy, TX), Dr. Jason Miller and Richie's Specialty Pharmacy. We also thank Bill Harris & Howard Hayes for their continued support to provide a beautiful volunteer dinner and also donate proceeds from their jewelry boutique for the mission.

    This year, we were able to treat 520 patients in clinic, provide 28 corrective surgeries, provide over 500 orthotics thanks to Forward Motion partners and provide shoes and medical screening for 2 orphanages. Thank you to our Mexico partners: Dr. Roberto Maxwell, DIF, San Miguel Mayor's office and Hospital Joya. Special thanks to Crossroads Extremity, Andy Ruggles & Dr. Patrick Briggs for sponsoring the much-needed additions for surgical equipment. Thank you to Hunt Regional, West Houston & Kingwood Residency Programs for loaning their surgical power equipment. The residents worked very hard, and their comments include:

    "This was a trip of a lifetime."

    "We were so happy to be able to go and have this experience."

    "I never imagined how many patients we would see or different pathologies. It is a great experience to learn from many attendees."

    "I hope to be able to come back and help support this great charity effort in the future."

    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for helping make a difference to these people in need!

    Click here for a 2022 mission video made by Dr. Michelle Hurless, a Texas resident alumni now practicing in Ohio

    Click here
    to learn more about medical missions

    Mission 2024

    The month of August is pending with Mexico government date approvals. To donate unexpired supplies, power equipment, sponsor a resident, sponsor shoes for the orphanages OR make financial donations, please email

    UTRGV Texas School of Podiatric Medicine

    Scholarship Information

    Congratulations to all 2023 scholarship winners:

    Madeleine Mehaffey
    Nicholas Obias
    Peter Elvin
    Tristan Cavazos
    Sharmin Bootwala
    Denae Cantu
    Vivian Etugbo
    Natali Gutierrez
    James Hughes
    Serena Markose
    Oyinkansola Mudasiru
    Mireille Nkamsi
    Isabella Strash
    Brittney White
    Ali Ahmad

    Click here for more information about the scholarship program

    For any additional questions, email Krista Richter, TPMF Director at

    UTRGV Texas School of Podiatric Medicine

    Inaugural Year Donations

    Thank you to all inaugural year scholarship donors!

    As of August 2023, TPMA & TPMF have partnered to set up a direct donor fund with UTRGV. Donations, memorials and gifts can be directly processed online to the school using this fund link.

    This direct scholarship fund will be given out annually by the school to deserving students. Watch for fundraisers to increase our fund scholarships!

    For personal larger endowment gifts, contact the UTRGV development office at or contact TPMF as a resource at

    Click here to learn more about the inaugural donor program


    2022-2023 Supporters


    Sagis DX
    view website

    Richie's Specialty Pharmacy

    The Microsurgery & Pain Institute

    JM Orthotics/Forward Motion
    view website

    Texas Podiatric Medical Association
    view website

    Dr. Patrick Briggs & Helene Harding

    Website Sponsor: Physician WebPages
    view website


    view website

    Tetra Corporation
    view website

    view website

    Empire Extremity | Andy Ruggles
    view website

    Mile High Orthotics Lab
    view website


    Dr. Tim Abigail
    Dr. Julio Alaniz
    Gail Berkowitz
    Maria Buitrago, DPM
    Maureen Caldwell, DPM
    Leslie Campbell, DPM
    Joe Caporusso, DPM
    Liz Dietz & Ed Lopez - San Miguel
    Linda Hill - San Miguel
    Drs. Michelle Hurless & Jacqueline Donovan
    Dr. & Mrs. James Kutchback
    Mr. & Mrs. Michael O'Leary
    Scott Margolis, DPM
    Jason Miller, DPM
    Dr.Tom Garrison


    Vascular Institute

    Sagis DX

    Tetra Corporation

    Empire Extremity

    Katy Foot Care

    Jason Miller, DPM

    Tissue Regenix/DermaPure

    3M - Wound Div., Woodlands, TX

    Dr. Comfort
    view website

    JM Orthotics/Forward Motion
    view website