Meet Our Physicians

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Our philosophy for patient care involves a conservative and preventative approach. Our practice provides a dedicated practitioner who uses latest medical techniques to ensure the best individualized care. An initial office visit will address specific complaints, and use diagnostic, radiological, and gait analysis tests for examination. Preventive care is a big part of practice especially for diabetic population. Most of the problems we see can be treated with conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, foot orthoses, and modification of activity. We also perform foot and ankle surgery when needed. Treatment is individualized based on diagnosis, and personal situation. The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our physician's training, professional credentials, and work experience.

 

Syed Ahmed, DPM, 2021 Medical Director

Syed Ahmed, D.P.M.

Medical Education:
Barry University, Miami Shores FL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2003

Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology, 1998

Residency:

36-MONTH RESIDENCY
Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.
Edward J. Hines Veterans Administration Medical Center, Surgical Service, Podiatry Section.
Maywood, Illinois.

12-MONTH RESIDENCY
Mercy Hospital/Barry University, Miami FL
Primary Podiatric Medical Residency (PPMR), Certificate of Residency June 2004

Dr. Ahmed attended Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology. He then attended medical school at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. He attended both a 36-month residency as well as an additional 12-month residency program. He has wound care privileges at Baptist Health Floyd in addition to his podiatric privileges.

Dr. Ahmed is described by patients as having a great bedside manner, sweet, and kind-hearted. We are fortunate to have him acting as our 2021 Medical Director. Job Duties of the Medical Director position include mentoring/training physicians, working with Human Resources to ensure staff are properly trained, among others. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling, at times. Dr. Ahmed’s hobbies include doing anything his six-year-old daughter tells him to do, cooking, reading, and drawing.


Dr. Kamran Akhtar, M.D., Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Kamran Akhtar M.D

Medical Education:
Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
Residency:John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL

Fellowship:
University of Louisville Fellowship in Infectious Disease, Louisville, KY

Dr. Akhtar has been practicing medicine for over twenty years and has dealt with infectious diseases of all types and in all organs. The type of infections that Dr. Akhtar specializes in are infections that are difficult to diagnose or unresponsive to treatments, such as airborne infections. He provides long-term, comprehensive wound care in the office and hospitals, managing the care of patients of all ages: pediatrics, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. He works in conjunction with the patient’s other health care providers to provide the most appropriate care for that patient.

 


Dr. William R. Brown, DPM

Dr. William R. Brown, DPM

Medical Education:
Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine), Cleveland, OH
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 1994

Residency Education:
Post Graduate Year 1: Podiatric Surgical Residency (1st Year)
Richmond Heights General Hospital, Richmond Heights, OH
June 1994 – June 1995

Post Graduate Year 2: Podiatric Surgical Residency (2nd Year)
Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Hayward, CA
June 1995 – July 1996

Board Certification:
Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®

Certified in Foot Surgery
Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery

Dr. Brown attended The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, now Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, and obtained his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1994. He completed his first year of podiatric surgical residency at Richmond Heights General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995 before transferring to Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Hayward, California where he completed his second year of training in 1996. After graduation he moved to Louisville, KY where he was a member of a podiatric group practice for 16 years. In November 2012 he moved to Inverness, FL to join his brother, a vascular surgeon, as part of a hospital based limb salvage team. He moved back to the Louisville area to start his own practice in 2014 with offices in the east end and LaGrange. He joined Kentucky Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists in March 2021.

Dr. Brown is certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. While Dr. Brown treats patients of all ages and foot and ankle conditions he has particular interest in diabetic foot complication prevention-treatment and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. He looks at patient care as a partnership and takes an experience and evidence based approach to finding a practical solution for each patient’s individual circumstance. He lives in LaGrange and performs surgery at Baptist Health – LaGrange.
 


Dr. Amanda Denzik (formerly Dr. Amanda Ray) , DPM

Amanda L. Ray, DPM

Medical Education:
Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science-Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine: North Chicago, IL

Residency:
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center: Hartford, CT

Dr. Denzik was born in Indiana and grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana. She attended Butler University for undergraduate education where she played saxophone for the Wind Ensemble and Arthur Jordan Saxophone Quartet. She obtained her degree in Biology and then went on to complete her medical education at the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Denzik earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 2011, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She then completed her three-year surgical residency training at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

While at St. Francis, she served as co-chief resident and co-authored several publications. During her residency, Dr. Denzik completed a two-month rotation at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics in Baltimore, Maryland where she was exposed to pediatric cases and complex deformity correction.

She has extensive training in bunion surgery, diabetic wound care, foot deformities, cosmetic foot issues, and sports medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cheering on the Butler Bulldogs!

 

Dr. Angela Didyk, DPM

Dr. Angela Didyk, DPM

Medical Education:
William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, IL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2004

Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY, and Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, May 2000

Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY
Resurrection Healthcare, Chicago, IL

Dr. Didyks’ approach to treating patients:
“My philosophy for patient care is to treat each person for his or her specific needs, taking into account lifestyle and overall medical and physical abilities. I enjoy being able to tailor a treatment plan that fits into each patient's personal needs. I work closely with primary care providers to ensure continuity of care. An initial office visit will address specific complaints, and use diagnostic, radiological, and gait analysis tests for examination. We then work together to determine whether surgical or conservative care is most appropriate. Ultimately, I respect that a patient is in charge of his or her healthcare.“

Dr. Didyk has a particular interest in addressing diabetic preventative care, sports medicine, and pediatric issues. She especially enjoys working with people who have special needs of all types.

Outside of the office, Dr. Didyk enjoys spending time with her loved ones, especially outdoors. She is always on the lookout for a great book as well!

Medical Interests:

  • Pediatric treatment of sports injuries, skin and nail issues, orthotic evaluations
  • Preventative care for patients who have diabetes and peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation)
  • Sports medicine issues such as heel pain, sprains, fractures, and ankle instability
  • Deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, cysts
  • Skin and nail issues (thick nails, warts, unexplained changes to texture, etc.)
 

Jennifer Benge-Emery, DPM

Jennifer Benge-Emery, DPM

Medical Education:
Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science,- Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago, IL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology

Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Dr. Benge is a Kentucky native and was raised in Harrodsburg, KY. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her podiatric degree from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her 36-month residency program at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Benge enjoys educating patients about their foot problems so that they can become an active part of their own treatment, and her philosophy in patient care involves a conservative approach to treatment before considering surgical corrections. In her spare time, she is a big UK fan and loves spending time with her husband, Daniel, and her twin boys.

Medical Interests:

  • Forefoot deformities
  • Biomechanics
  • Orthotics fabrication
  • Sports injuries
  • Diabetic foot care
 

Nicholas P. Ferro, DPM

Nicholas P. Ferro, DPM

Hometown:  Anderson, Indiana
Undergraduate:  Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Podiatry School:  Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine

Residency:
St. Vincent Residency Podiatry Program.

Dr. Ferro was born in Indiana and grew up in Anderson and South Bend Indiana. He attended the University of Ball State for undergraduate education, where he played football for the Cardinals. He also worked at St. John’s hospital ICU part of the St.Vincent health system, while completing his undergraduate education. He then went to The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland.

Nick chose St. Vincent’s Podiatry program because of his past work experience with the St. Vincent health system and diverse center of education and training. Nick has a strong interest in foot/ankle surgery and diabetic wound care as well as the future of diabetic wound care. In his spare time Dr. Ferro enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren and his children, as well as running half-marathons with his wife, cooking, walking his dog, Rocco and enjoying quality time at Churchill Downs.

 

Syed A. Khader, DPM

Syed A. Khader D.P.M

Medical Education:
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Residency:
Loyola University Medical Center Maywood, IL.

My approach to treating patients:
My philosophy for patient care involves a conservative and preventative approach. Our practice provides a dedicated practitioner who uses latest medical techniques to ensure the best individualized care. An initial office visit will address specific complaints, and use diagnostic, radiological, and gait analysis tests for examination. Preventive care is a big part of practice especially for diabetic population. Most of the problems I see can be treated with conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, foot orthoses, and modification of activity. I also perform foot and ankle surgery when needed. Treatment is individualized based on diagnosis, and personal situation.

Medical Interests:

  • Forefoot Reconstructive Surgery:
    Bunions, hammertoes and other deformities.
  • Diabetic Foot Disorders:
    Prevention and treatment including care for ulceration and infection.
  • Foot Injuries:
    Foot fractures, sprains, and dislocations; open, crushing and penetrating injuries of the foot.
  • Arthritis of the Foot:
    Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the foot, heel pain and tendonitis.
 

Paul J. Klutts, DPM

Paul J. Klutts, DPM

Medical Education:
Barry University, Miami Shores FL
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2007L
Barry University, Miami Shores FL
Master of Science, May 2005
Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, May 2003

Residency:
36-MONTH RESIDENCY University of Louisville/Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

Board Certifications:
Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot /Ankle Surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®

Professional Memberships:
Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Klutts is originally from Louisiana and has been practicing in the Louisville, Kentucky area for over 10 years, moving to the area after completing a 3-year surgical residency at the University of Louisville/Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. While in residency, Dr. Klutts served as Chief Resident as well as the Young Member Liaison for the state of Kentucky for the American Podiatric Medical Association. He is a lifelong member of Pi Delta Podiatric Honor Society.

Dr. Klutts has a particular interest in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and has numerous journal publications and has even lectured abroad on the subject. He is also passionate about teaching and giving back to his profession which lead to him becoming the Fellowship Director of the Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship program at KYINFAS. In his role as Fellowship Director, he shares his knowledge and expertise with new surgeons that are wanting to hone their surgical skills. In his spare time, Dr. Klutts enjoys working out, reading, hiking, and spending time with his family.

Medical Interests:

  • Forefoot Reconstructive Surgery:
  • Bunions, hammertoes and other deformities.
  • Diabetic Foot Disorders: Prevention and treatment including care for ulceration and infection.
  • Foot trauma, fractures, sprains, and dislocations; open, crush, and penetrating injuries of the foot.
  • Arthritis of the Foot: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the foot, heel pain and tendonitis.
 

Jasmine N. Neal, DPM, MBA

Jasmine N. Neal, DPM

Medical Education:
California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University Oakland, CA

Residency Training:
Dekalb Medical Center Decatur, GA

Fellowship Training:
Kentucky/ Indiana Foot & Ankle Specialists
Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Surgery

Graduate Degree:
University of Louisville College of Business Master of Business Administration

Dr. Neal was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed her medical education at California School of Podiatric Medicine.

She completed her three-year surgical resident training at Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, GA. Dr. Neal served as Chief resident and was acknowledged as Resident of the Year during her senior year. While in residency, Dr. Neal lectured as a resident member of The Podiatry Institute of which she is now a faculty member.

Dr. Neal completed her fellowship at Kentucky/Indiana Foot & Ankle Specialists specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction.

Recently, Dr. Neal earned her MBA degree at University of Louisville.
Dr. Neal hopes to continue enhancing her knowledge base and preparing for the rapidly shifting state of healthcare both in the U.S. and globally.


Christopher C. Saccone, DPM

Christopher C. Saccone, DPM

Medical Education: 
Western University of Health Sciences 

Residency Training: 
University of Louisville School of Medicine 

Fellowship Training: 
Dermato-pathology

My Approach to Treating Patients: 
Dr. Christopher Saccone is a foot and ankle surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky at the offices of Kentucky Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics at Sonoma State University, where he graduated Magnum Cum Laude, class valedictorian, Dean’s list member, an NCAA academic All-American in collegiate golf, and a Presidential Scholar, he attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California (one of only ten colleges that specializes exclusively in the treatment of Foot and Ankle disorders). Dr. Saccone graduated first in his medical school class, attaining the honor of Magnum Cum Laude, served as class President, along with being inducted into the distinguished national honor society, Phi Delta, for graduating in the top 10% of his medical class.

Dr. Saccone then completed an intensive 3-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification in Louisville at Kentucky One Health and associated University of Louisville Hospitals. He served as Chief Resident Surgeon in his final year of training. During his surgical residency training, Dr. Saccone completed additional advanced training in dermato-pathology. Dr. Saccone has published scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as presented his publication and lectured in Belgium at the International Orthopedic Trauma Association conference.

Dr. Saccone serves as an attending physician and surgeon for the fellowship program for the medical group Kentucky Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Saccone specializes in all aspects of foot and ankle trauma, diabetic limb salvage, elective cosmetic and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery as well as advanced micro-vascular surgical techniques. Dr. Saccone also has expertise in dermato-pathologic conditions affecting the lower extremity as well as being highly surgically trained in minimally invasive procedures of the foot and ankle including arthroscopic and endoscopic techniques and interventions. Dr. Saccone is looking forward to the privilege and honor to serve his local community in all lower extremity ailments.

 

Mehvish Seyal, DPM

Mehvish Seyal, DPM

Medical Education:
New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York NY
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, May 2016

Bellarmine University, Louisville KY
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2011

Residency:
48-MONTH RESIDENCY
Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Podiatry New York, NY

Dr. Seyal is a Kentucky native who grew up in Louisville. She completed Bachelor of Science from Bellarmine University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and had opportunity to work with a local brewery to do research on identifying different species of microbes involved in making bourbon and rum from sour mash. She obtained her degree in podiatric medicine from New York college of podiatric medicine in New York.

She completed her extensive 4-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency with Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Certification in New York by attending Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She served as chief resident in the last two years of her residency and had comprehensive training in Charcot and wound care as well as trauma. The primary focus during her residency was Charcot reconstruction using external fixators as well local wound care on diabetic and Charcot patients.

Dr. Seyal stays up to date with the latest treatment options that are evidence based. In her spare time, she loves to travel internationally as well as spending time with her family and cooking/baking.

Medical Interests:

  • Charcot management with conservative and surgical techniques
  • Forefoot Reconstructive Surgery: Bunions, hammertoes, and other deformities.
  • Diabetic Foot Disorders: Prevention and treatment including care for ulceration and infection.
  • Trauma: Foot fractures, ankle sprains, and dislocations; open, crushing, and penetrating injuries of the foot.
  • Arthritis of the Foot: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the foot, heel pain and tendonitis.
 

Jillian Teslow Rickertsen, DPM

Mehvish Seyal, DPM

Medical School:
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, IA

Undergraduate School:
Luther College, Decorah, IA

Residency:
Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Warren, MI

Dr. Jillian Teslow is an Iowa native and was raised in Decorah, Iowa. She completed her undergraduate degree at Luther College where she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and also played collegiate soccer. After college, she spent a year as a phlebotomist before attending Podiatry School at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Iowa. She completed her surgical residency at Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan.

Dr. Teslow has extensive training in elective foot and ankle surgery, reconstructive operations, and diabetic wounds with special interest in forefoot reconstructive surgery, sports injuries and diabetic prevention and treatment. She focuses on creating an individual treatment plan for her patients, taking their personal needs and goals into consideration including conservative and surgical options. Dr. Teslow’s treatments focus on getting patients back on their feet quickly and safely.

Dr. Teslow resides in Cross Plaines, TN with her husband who is also a practicing Podiatrist in Nashville, TN. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Walter and Francine. Their family enjoys an active lifestyle including running, kayaking and hiking.

 

Daniel E. Whitney, DPM

Daniel E. Whitney, D.P.M.

A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Dr. Whitney completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. He received his doctorate in podiatric medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and served his podiatric residency in Youngstown, Ohio.

 

 


 

Administrative Team

administrative team photo

Misty Kurz

Misty Kurz
HR Manager

Misty was born and raised in Southern Indiana. Originally a dialysis tech, Misty was searching for a lifelong career when she discovered podiatry. She joined KYINFAS in 2012 and has worked many positions in the company, making her a well-rounded leader here at KYINFAS. She started as a Medical Assistant, then worked as an Office Manager, followed by our Marketing Manager. Now Misty is our HR Manager, which she became certified for in 2017.

Misty and her husband, Mike, are foster parents. Together they have fostered 23 children, two of which they adopted to give life-long homes. She is a Lay Leader at her local church and her faith is very important to her. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Misty is a certified in phlebotomy and human resources, has a Podiatry Medical Assistant Certification and a Limited Xray License.

 

Christa Nall

Christa Nall
Accounts Payable

Christa grew up in New Albany, Indiana, and moved to the Bardstown area as a young adult. She gained years of office management experience working for a local doctor’s office for 12 years. She has managed the Bardstown Medical Arts building for 13 years. She joined our Administrative team in April 2019 as our Accounts Payable.

Christa and her husband, Roy, enjoy vacationing together and visiting Disney. They have two daughters, one a social worker and one a hair stylist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time on her pool deck, hiking, and tending her animals.

 

Melissa Cambron

Melissa Cambron
Manager of Billing Operations

Minnie is a Kentucky native that grew up in Fairfield. She attended University of Bellarmine where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications, and also played basketball. She has worked in Medical Billing and Coding for over 12 years.  In January 2018 she started our in-house billing department as Manager of Billing Operations, after having worked our accounts for years prior through a third-party billing company.

Minnie is a wife to Brad and mother of three children- two boys and one girl.  She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She is a huge fan of UK basketball and has a great sense of humor.

Minnie is a Certified Professional Coder and a member of AAPC. 


Robyne Hinkley
Administrative Assistant & Fellowship CoordinatorRobyne Hinkley

Robyne grew up in a small town in Northern Maine and moved to Kentucky as a young adult. She worked as a CPS investigative unit secretary for 5.5 years before joining KYINFAS as a receptionist in 2016. Since joining the practice, Robyne has worked as a surgical coordinator, surgery department manager, and office manager before becoming our first Fellowship Coordinator. She joined our Administrative Team in June 2020 as our Practice Administrative Assistant.

Robyne and her fiancé, Austin, enjoy spending time with their two daughters, Payten and Sophia, and like to make cooking dinner a family event so they can all spend time together. In her free time, Robyne can be found reading a book or listening to true crime podcasts.

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