Meet Our Team

Meet Our Podiatry Clinic Director

Crystal Holmes, DPM
Crystal Holmes, DPM

If you are looking to learn from a group of dynamic, caring, professional clinicians and researchers, at a world-renowned facility, then you have found the right place to apply. Our Podiatry team is passionate about helping their patients in the area of Limb Preservation, Wound Care, and Diabetes Related Lower Extremity Complications. Our fellowship program is housed in an off-campus, high-volume clinic, where we offer and guide our fellows in both clinical practice and research projects.

I graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2002, completed my residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and joined the University of Michigan in 2006. I was honored with being named President of the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) and served from 2016 - 2018. In 2019, I received the Jeffrey Fredrick, DPM President's Award from the MPMA. I am also chairwoman of the Health Care Disparities subcommittee for the American Podiatric Medical Association. In addition, I am board certified with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and a Certified Wound Specialist with the American Board of Wound Management.

Over the years, I have committed myself to building a highly professional team of doctors here at Michigan Medicine. We are all passionate about our patients, and more importantly, willing to share and guide our fellows. I have experience in all aspects of podiatric medicine with a special interest in the management of the diabetic foot and wound care. I have a family connection to my passion which is what drives me to want to save as many limbs as I can from the complications of diabetes and knew when I entered medical school that I wanted to specialize in this area.

Should we get the pleasure of meeting, I look forward to getting to know you and collaborating as professionals. I am certain you will not be sorry that you have considered our program and taken the time to apply.

Best Regards,

Crystal Murray Holmes, DPM, CWSP
Director, Podiatry Clinic
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes

Meet Our Fellowship Program Director

Michael Munson, DPM
Michael Munson, DPM

If your goal is to start an academic career in podiatry, specifically in the area of Limb Preservation, Wound Care, and Diabetes Related Lower Extremity Complications and conduct research in these areas and others, then you have found the right place to apply. Michigan Medicine, the Podiatry Department, and myself are committed to working with high-quality fellows who will benefit from training at the top public university for research in the country and gain valuable experience and help us grow. Our program is designed to further train podiatrists interested in a career in research, teaching, clinical medicine, and surgery.

As a fellow, you will work with leading professionals in their area of expertise and learn to plan and conduct research opportunities. The educational opportunities in this program are quite rare. You will learn from not only patients with diabetes, but a full spectrum of lower extremity pathology. Our clinic is a general and surgical podiatry clinic that also specializes in limb preservation and wound care. Fellows will also have the unique opportunity to learn from the world’s leading experts in neuropathy; with the hope you will become an expert among Podiatrists in the field of peripheral neuropathy.

In the area of limb salvage, our fellows work with experts in vascular medicine, Infectious disease, and pedorthists/orthotists fabricating and adjusting braces and orthotic devices. Fellows will have 6 months of dedicated, protected time to write and conduct research. They will work with international experts who understand the mechanisms of diabetic complications, particularly in the area of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and lower extremity complications. There will always be something new to learn and experience in our program. Our fellows are also involved in cases that come from sports medicine, trauma, and palliative care. You will be regularly exposed to surgery and biomechanics. This emphasis of this program is the multidisciplinary specialty of wound care and limb preservation.

I graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1999 and did my residency training at the Cleveland Clinic. I joined the University of Michigan in 2012. My clinical interests include diabetic foot care and wound care, sports medicine of the foot and ankle, common foot and ankle conditions, and bringing evidence-based medicine into our common treatment practices. Research-wise, I am interested in diabetic foot complications, wound care, and treatment of peripheral neuropathy and diabetic foot complications. My desire to help bring podiatry into the forefront of academic medicine has led me to developing this unique fellowship program.

Should you apply to our program, I will be in touch about the interview process and answer any of your questions.

Sincerely,

Michael Munson, DPM 
Director, Podiatry Research Fellowship Training Program
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes

Meet Our Fellowship Associate Program Director

Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDCES, CWS
Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDCES, CWS

We recognize that fellowships are not required to practice podiatry. Considering fellowship training should add something unique and different from residency training and prepare you in a specialized way for your future career. At Michigan Medicine, there is certainly that opportunity and we are proud of the accomplishments and the growth the program has seen since it’s inception in 2015. Our podiatric and non-podiatric faculty are committed educators who strive to support our fellows’ success in terms of clinical practice, academic pursuit of teaching, and evidence-based research focused on limb preservation and complication prevention among people living with diabetes. Our fellows have the opportunity to design and execute their own research as well as collaborate on local or nationally funded faculty grants and research projects.  Spending two years on our thriving campus is an investment in yourself establishing the foundation to become a prominent leader and strong contributor to our profession.

My personal journey with podiatry began at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1993. In my first semester, I attended an evening lecture where a guest speaker, Larry Harkless, DPM, spoke about diabetes-related foot complications and shared information about the benefits of training at a major teaching hospital. My first externship as a third year podiatry student was at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where I spent a month with Dr. Harkless and other faculty leaders in the diabetic foot space. I was fortunate to have been selected and spend three years at UT as a resident and experience mentorship and skilled training in medical and surgical management of lower extremity complications among diverse patient populations. It is from my own training that I found the passion and skills that I bring to the clinic every day to be the best clinician, teacher, and mentor that I can be for our patients and trainees. My colleagues here at Michigan Medicine are very like-minded and share similar experience and philosophy.

After four years of private practice and over ten years in the VA system, I was thrilled to join the Michigan Medicine Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes in 2015. My personal research interests include technology and lower extremity complication prevention as well as the intersection of mental illness and foot-related complications. I enjoy serving our profession and community through committee work with JDRF, ADA, CPME, and ABPM. Having built a strong web of colleagues and research collaborators, my career has been extremely fruitful and rewarding. I am most proud of the significant work and contributions that many of my mentees have made to our profession over the years.

The building blocks are in place at the Michigan Medicine Podiatry Fellowship Program and we appreciate your interest in the program. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions. 

Sincerely,

Gary M. Rothenberg, DPM, CDCES, CWS
Associate Director, Podiatry Research Fellowship Training Program
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes

Meet Our Fellowship Program Administrator

Martha Rhodes
Martha Rhodes

Welcome to our Podiatry Fellowship Training Program. Hopefully, as you are searching for a fellowship program, you are looking for program that is the ‘right match’ for you. I have spent the vast majority of my past 19 years in education, from K-collegiate, and know that finding the right match in a program is essential and will be one of the biggest indicators of success. We hope that the Michigan Medicine Limb Preservation, Wound Care, and Diabetic Lower Extremity Complications training program is right for you and that you apply. We have a one-of-kind program and a state-of-the-art clinic that exposes fellows to a wide range of cases. In addition, you get to work side by side with progressive doctors and researchers, who care deeply about their patients and their profession.

Being the fellowship coordinator means you and I are going to work closely on all the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the administrative details. I will be here to guide you through the application, interview, on-boarding and off-boarding process – plus any other process in between. It is my greatest professional accomplishment to be administrative support for the wonderful, professional doctors who I work with. I look forward to you being a part of our program and providing support to you as well.

Sincerely,

Martha Rhodes
Program Administrator, Podiatry Research Fellowship Training Program