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

Donate for Foundation projects at the Donate button or arrange a donation through mail by contacting directly.

Texas Podiatric Medical Foundation outreach programs include:

  • Medical missions
  • Indigent care programs & shoe drives
  • Post-graduate residency mission grants
  • Support and job networking of Texas podiatric residency training programs
Become a Sole Supporter or Renew Now!
Click on the DONATE button above and note "Sole Supporter" in the description. You can also download this form or contact Krista Richter via email at or by text at 512-626-3674. _________________________________________________________________________________

Year-End Donations Much Appreciated!

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!

Please consider making year-end donations to the TPMF. Every dollar supports the mission, projects, student scholarships and residency grants.

You can make a difference for those less fortunate and for the future of podiatric care. *If preferred, you can note that your donation is to be used for "missions/projects" or for "UTRGV scholarships".

The TPMF is a 501C3 non-profit charitable entity and donations are eligible for tax deductions. Click tne "DONATE" button above for online donations OR email, text or mail donations to TPMF at

For DIRECT donations to the UTRGV Podiatry for Future Scholarship fund, you can also donate directly through the UTRGV link HERE, and it will be kept in our designated fund to disperse each year.

CRIP 2024 - January 11, 2024 - Texas

Programs Highlighted at National Interviews


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

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 orphanges OR make financial donations, please email

Featured Events

Bandera Meeting 2024 - April 26-28, 2024 - Mayan Ranch
Registration coming soon! Click here for more information

Specialty Events
Click here for past and upcoming events

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 our NEW 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
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Richie's Specialty Pharmacy

The Microsurgery & Pain Institute

JM Orthotics/Forward Motion
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Texas Podiatric Medical Association
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Dr. Patrick Briggs & Helene Harding

Website Sponsor: Physician WebPages
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Tetra Corporation
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Empire Extremity | Andy Ruggles
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Mile High Orthotics Lab
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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


Vascular Institute

Sagis DX

Tetra Corporation

Empire Extremity

Katy Foot Care

Jason Miller, DPM

Tissue Regenix/DermaPure

3M - Wound Div., Woodlands, TX

Dr. Comfort
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JM Orthotics/Forward Motion
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