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About Foot and Ankle Specialists

Our Promise

Our goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive, evidence-based and state-of-the-art care for foot and ankle disorders. We at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Cincinnati offer our services to children, athletes, diabetics and geriatrics, we strive to remain at the forefront of foot and ankle diagnostic treatments with our rigorous and comprehensive medical  and surgical training. Every physician in the Foot & Ankle Specialists group holds a teaching or directorship position in a surgical residency training program; we take pride in educating tomorrow’s foot and ankle surgeons in the most advanced and proven surgical techniques available. Many of our patients are referred to us by Foot & Ankle Specialists from other specialties and from other podiatric physicians around the tri-state for complex adult, pediatric, diabetic and infectious foot and ankle disorders and deformities. Our mission is to provide you with prompt, comfortable and friendly foot and ankle care in order for you to return to your active lifestyle.

Meet Our Doctors


Dominic Angelo Rizzo

Dominic Angelo Rizzo


Renee Ash


Todd C. Loftus

Gary Glynn

Gary Glynn

Dominic DiPierro, DPM

Dominic DiPierro


Mark Elliott Petre


Elizabeth Brown


Cary L. Copeland


Dominic Angelo Rizzo, DPM

Undergraduate: Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Kentucky
Medical school: The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Surgical residency: Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Podiatric Medical & Surgical Residency, Cincinnati, Ohio
•ABPS Board certified foot surgery
•Fellow, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Special interests:
•Lower extremity Reconstruction – Orthoplastic and neurologic approaches
•Diabetic limb deformity correction
•Elective adult deformity correction
•Wound Care
•Podiatric Surgery
Joining the Foot and Ankle Specialists in 2002, Dr. Rizzo has helped to cultivate a strong hospital-based and a surgical based approach to the treatment of the lower extremity. In addition, Dr. Rizzo currently serves as a Partner of Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Rizzo is also Co-Founder and Chairman of the American Orthoplastic Microsurgical Society (AMOS). This surgical society is responsible for national and international collaboration and development in the field of limb reconstructive surgery. Dr. Rizzo is also the Founder and Director of the Cincinnati Lower Extremity Reconstructive Institute which collaborates with local, regional and national medical professionals to advance limb salvage and reconstruction. Dr. Rizzo currently serves as Research Director of the TriHealth Foot and Ankle Surgical Residency. Dr Rizzo is active in his local Professional Podiatric Academy, serving as past President and current treasurer and secretary. Dr. Rizzo is very active with the podiatric surgical residency community, serving as surgical attending for podiatric surgical residents within the Mercy Hospital system and the TriHealth Hospital System. Dr. Rizzo has been actively involved in the national and international lecturing circuit for his surgical development and research. Additionally, Dr. Rizzo has long been involved with research and development of orthopedic devices and hardware. 
Dr. Rizzo enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, boating and the Automotive World. 

Renee Ash, DPM

Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Undergraduate: Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania
Medical school: The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Surgical residency: Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Podiatric Medical & Surgical Residency, Cincinnati, Ohio
Certification: ABPS Board Certified Foot, Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery
Special Interests:
•Lower extremity wounds and infectious disease
•Elective adult deformity correction
•Lower extremity sports, occupational and traumatic disorders
Joining the Foot and Ankle specialists’ team in 2006, Dr. Ash serves the Blue Ash and Cheviot offices in addition to the Christ Hospital Wound Care Center. She teaches as faculty for the Jewish Hospital Podiatric Medical/Surgical residency program. She enjoys spending time with family, the culinary arts and literature in her free time.

Todd C. Loftus, DPM

Dr. Todd Loftus is an Ohio native, having completed his education at Miami University, Ohio State University and Podiatry training in Cleveland with a three year Surgical residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. He serves as the immediate past President of the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association.
Dr. Todd as he likes to be called, brings 12 years of wound care and injury prevention experience to Foot and Ankle Specialists with special interests in Diabetic Wound Prevention, Fall Prevention, and Sports Injury. He sees patients in our Blue Ash, Cheviot and Middletown offices.
Dr. Todd enjoys home remodeling, antique refinishing, home audio and theater and spending time with family.
Gary Glynn

Gary Glynn, DPM

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate: Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania
Medical school: Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Surgical residency: The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Podiatric Medical & Surgical Residency, Cincinnati, Ohio
Certification: American Board of Podiatric Surgery
Special Interests:

•Plantar Fasciitis
•Heel Pain
•Ingrown Nails
•Sprains and Strains
•Fungal Nails

Dr. Glynn brings his expertise to Foot and Ankle Specialists team after having practiced podiatric medicine in Cincinnati for nearly 30 years. Dr. Glynn enjoys time with family, coaching youth sports and playing tennis and basketball.

Dominic DiPierro

Dominic DiPierro, DPM

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Undergraduate: Cleveland State University, Cleveland Ohio

Medical School: The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio

Surgical Residency: Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Podiatric Medical & Surgical Residency, Cincinnati, Ohio


  • Orthoplastic Microsurgical Limb Reconstruction & Deformity Correction Fellowship, the Chicago Foot & Ankle Deformity Correction Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • Masters Course Fellowship in External Fixation, The Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Kurgan Russia 

Certification: ABPS Board Certified in Foot, Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery 

Special Interests:

  • Wound Care
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve Surgery
  • Diabetic Foot and Ankle Infection and Vascular Disease
  • Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Adult Elective and Diabetic Deformity Correction
  • Trauma and Post-traumatic Lower Extremity Disorders
  • Reconstructive Lower Extremity Surgery

Dr. DiPierro joined Foot and Ankle Specialists servicing Middletown and it’s surrounding communities. Since graduating his surgical residency in 2007, he gained subspecialty fellowship training and experience while practicing as an active member of the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, American Microsurgical and Orthoplastic Society, and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He has extensive hospital and office based experience treating acute and chronic conditions of the foot and ankle. Dr. DiPierro offers a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach to the lower extremity with compassion. He strives to deliver positive results using up-to-date medial and surgical techniques when appropriate for his patients. Dr. DiPierro enjoys spending time with his family, indoor and outdoor sports, and playing the guitar and piano.

Mark Elliott Petre, DPM

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergrad: University of Cincinnati

Medical school: Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois

Residency: Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Podiatric Medical & Surgical Residency, Cincinnati Ohio

Certification: ABFAS Certified Foot Surgery

Active Member: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

American Microsurgical and Orthoplastic Society

Special Interests: 

  • Lower extremity Reconstruction and limb salvage
  • Diabetic limb deformity correction
  • Elective adult foot deformities
  • Wound care
  • Podiatric surgery

Joining the Foot and Ankle specialists’ team in 2013, Dr. Petre serves the Blue Ash and Cheviot offices. He is on staff at several local hospitals with a majority of that time at Mercy West hospital where he sees patients both inpatient and at the West wound care center. In addition to these responsibilities he is a member of the faculty for two area residency programs working with the residents of The Jewish Hospital and the Tri-health Podiatric residency programs. In his free time Dr. Petre enjoys spending his time with his wife and 2 boys hiking, biking and exploring all the other outdoor activities around the greater Cincinnati area.


Elizabeth Brown, DPM

Hometown: Lafayette, Indiana
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical school: The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence, Ohio
Surgical residency: The Christ Hospital of Cincinnati; Chief Podiatric Surgery Resident
Certification: ABPS Board Qualified Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery
•Ohio Podiatric Medical Association
Professional Organizations and Affiliations
•American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)
•Ohio Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA)
Volunteer Experience
•Guatemala Mission Trip
•Ronald McDonald House
•Christ Hospital Mission Trip Harlan, KY
•Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure”
•American Red Cross Blood Drive
•NEOAPM Super Saver Seminar

Cary L. Copeland, DPM

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Medical School: The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Surgical Residency: Kern Podiatric Medical/Surgical Residency, Detroit Michigan
Certification: ABPS Board Certified Foot & Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery

Dr. Cary Copeland is the founding member of Foot and Ankle Specialists. Dr. Copeland’s vision has always been to bring together highly skilled podiatric surgeons, who share a commitment to educating the next generation of surgeons into one group to provide the best foot and ankle care in the tri-state region. Dr. Copeland founded the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Department at the University of Cincinnati in 2007 and the Medical/Surgical Residency Program in 2010. During this time, Dr. Copeland served as the Department Director for Podiatric Medicine and Surgery from 2007 until 2017 and served as the Residency Director since its inception of 2010 until 2017. Dr. Copeland also served as the Residency Director of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati from 1994-2014. For over two decades, Dr. Copeland has trained the next generation of podiatric surgeons. In semi-retirement, Dr. Copeland enjoys boating, working out and plays the saxophone in three local jazz ensembles.

Thank you for choosing our podiatric team at Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our staff holds customer service in the highest regard, and will ensure your trip to the doctor goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible.