Meet Our Physicians

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The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our physician's training, professional credentials and work experience.

Syed Ahmed, DPM

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

Certifications:
Board Certified in Wound Care.

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.

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

Residency:
John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County/Illinois Masonic Medical Center: Chicago, IL

Certifications:
Board Certified - American Board of Podiatric Medicine

Dr. Benge is a Kentucky native and was raised in Harrodsburg, KY. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Kentucky where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She received her podiatric degree from Dr. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Then, she completed a 3 year surgical residency 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. Also, her philosophy in patient care involves a conservative approach to treatment before considering surgical corrections. Dr. Benge has a strong interest in forefoot deformities, biomechanics, orthotics fabrication, sports injuries and diabetic foot care. In her spare time, she is a big UK fan and loves spending time with her husband, Daniel and taking walks with her dog, Hudson


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.

Certifications:
Board Certified in Wound Care.

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.

Certifications:
Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery.

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.

Caroline R. Kiser, DPM

Caroline R. Kiser, DPM

Medical Education:
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science- Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine

Residency Training:
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare- St. Joseph, Milwaukee, WI

Certifications:
Board Qualified in Forefoot Surgery
Board Qualified in Rearfoot Reconstruction and Ankle Surgery

My approach to treating patients:
My practice centers on the diagnosis and management of both simple and complex conditions affecting the foot and ankle. I take pride in being a patient advocate by providing quality and compassionate care, while utilizing the most state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatments available for all conditions, from bunion and hammer toe surgery to complex foot and ankle reconstructions. Patient education is essential to both appropriate expectations and successful outcomes, and it is my goal to ensure that every patient understands their condition to their satisfaction. While clinical patient care is my priority, I believe remaining active in the academic community allows me to recommend and implement evidence-based treatments to ensure my patients receive the best care.

Medical Interests

  • Forefoot Reconstruction: Bunions and Hammertoes
  • Arthritic Conditions of the Foot and Ankle
  • Flatfeet: Pediatric and Adult
  • Ankle Pain and Instability
  • Athletic Injuries and Trauma
  • Revisional Surgery and Second Opinions

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 Jewish Hospital and University of
Louisville, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Louisville, Kentucky

Certifications:
American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) in both Forefoot and
Rearfoot Reconstructive and Ankle Surgery.

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.

Dr. Klutts is a member of Pi Delta Podiatric Honor Society. He completed 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. 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. In his spare time, Dr. Klutts enjoys working out, reading, beekeeping, motorcycling, and hiking.

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

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

Certifications:
Board Qualified in Foot and Ankle Surgery


Dr. Neal was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology in 2010. She then completed her medical education at California School of Podiatric Medicine in 2014.

She completed her three-year surgical resident training at Dekalb Medical Center in Decatur, GA in June of 2017. 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 has completed her fellowship at Kentucky/Indiana Foot & Ankle Specialists, and has officially joined the team as a physician. While in fellowship, Dr. Neal hopes to continue enhancing her knowledge base. She also plans to continue lecturing with The Podiatry Institute.


Amanda L. 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

Certifications:
Board Qualified in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Board Certified in Wound Care

Dr. Ray 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. Ray 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. Ray 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.

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


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 

Certifications: 
Board Qualified in Foot and Ankle Surgery 

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.


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. Currently, he is an attending physician for the Kentucky Podiatric Residency program, Jewish Hospital, and Kentucky One Health Podiatric Residency Fellowship program.

Dr. Whitney is certified in foot and ankle surgery as a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons as well as the American College of Ambulatory of Foot Surgeons. He is a member of the American, Kentucky, and Jefferson County Podiatric Medical Associations.


Fellowship Program

Amanda M. Lutter, DPM

Christopher C. Saccone, DPM

Medical Education: 
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
Independence, OH

Residency Training: 
Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center
Toledo, OH

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

Certifications: 
Board Qualified in Foot and Ankle Surgery

Dr. Lutter grew up in Dayton, OH where she graduated from Wright State University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. She next earned her doctorate at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2015. Dr. Lutter completed a three-year surgical residency at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, OH in June 2018. During residency, Dr. Lutter lectured at regional conferences and played USTA tennis. Dr. Lutter is now the second fellow to join Kentucky/Indiana Foot & Ankle Specialists specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction. She is dedicated to lifelong learning and serving patients with compassion and expertise. In her free time, Dr. Lutter is involved in community service and enjoys tennis, reading, backpacking, and painting pottery.


Administrative Team

  • Emily Heart

    Emily Heart- Chief Executive Officer

  • Kayla Boddy

    Kayla Boddy- Chief Operating Officer

  • Misty Kurz

    Misty Kurz - Human Resources / Community Outreach Manager

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