Members of the Executive 2016-2017

James Hill, DPM, FACFAS


James W. Hill is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). He graduated from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago in 1996 and completed his surgical residency training at the Columbia North Houston Medical Center in Houston in 1998.

James W. Hill is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. In addition to his position at the OPMA, he has also served on the board of the Canadian Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) as Secretary and Vice-President.

James W. Hill has been a speaker at various events including the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association 2007 Annual Scientific Conference, the Federation Internationale de Podologues 2007 World Congress of Podiatry, the Oakwood Healthcare System Speakers Bureau in 2011 and the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association State Conference and Great Lakes Conference in 2013. 

  Kel Sherkin, DPM               Past President

Kel Sherkin is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) who has immersed himself in the art and science of Podiatry since opening his practice in 1976.  He obtained his degree as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his surgical residency program at JFK Memorial Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey.

Having co-founded the Canadian Podiatric Sports Medicine Academy and a current Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics, the Canadian Podiatric Sports Medicine Academy, and the American Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, he has devoted his career to helping patients of all ages to overcome foot related problems and enjoy a better quality of life. 

He is an international speaker on the subject of Podiatry and in 1987 co-authored The Complete Handbook of Athletic Footwear (Fairchilds Publications). Currently he sits as the Canadian and Ontario Director of the "Fit Feet" Healthy Athlete Screening Program of the Special Olympics; and previously served as Official Team Podiatrist for the Toronto Argonauts.

Tej Sahota, DPM                Vice-President

Born in BC and raised in Alberta, Tej Sahota moved to Brampton, Ontario in 1991 and went to complete a 4 year B.Sc degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto.  He obtained a 4 year medical degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine). 

He interned at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and did a 3 year advanced surgical residency at the Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Akron, Ohio where he trained to perform advanced traumatic reconstruction of the foot and ankle, correction of pediatric deformities (clubfoot) and open fixation of fractures and tendon procedures.  His extensive training earned Tej an Associate status with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).

Previously, he has served two wound care clinics, specializing in diabetic limb salvage.  Tej is a certified chiropodist with the College of Chiropodists of Ontario, he has served on the OPMA Board for several years and was part of the medical team for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
   Sheldon Freelan, DPM

Vice President

Sheldon Freelan is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) who has been practising Podiatry since 1971, after graduating from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine that same year.  

He is served on the Boards/Committes of organizations such as Canadian Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA); Ontario Podiatric Medical Association (OPMA); and College of Chiropodists of Ontario.  He also a Partner at Podiatry Associates and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, the Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the OPMA and CPMA.

  Martin Brain, DPM               Secretary

Martin R. Brain, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, has practised podiatry in Belleville, Ontario since 1987. After graduating from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine Martin Brain returned to his hometown of Belleville, Ontario and took over the practice his father, Dr. Robert R. Brain D.P.M , ran since 1954. Over the years Martin Brain has treated patients from a vast area, given that he is the only Podiatrist from Oshawa to Ottawa.

Martin R. Brain D.P.M received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1980 and received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1987. He took externships at The Atlanta Regional Diabetes Centre and The Hansen’s Disease Centre in Carville, Louisiana.

Martin was a member of the Rotary Club for 20 years and had a particular interest in the Rotary Music Festival where he was the Registrar. He has volunteered his services in numerous nursing homes in the Quinte and Prince Edward area. Martin Brain has volunteered through the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association to perform foot screenings on the athletes for the Special Olympics. He is invited regularly to be a guest on a radio program that allows listeners the opportunity to call in and ask him foot related questions. He was the President of the OPMA from 2007-2008.

 Peter Higenell, DPM        Treasurer

Peter Higenell is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) and a Surgical and Medical Foot Specialist with over 30 years’ experience offering complete podiatric care to his clients in orer to help them regain mobility and end their foot pain. 

He is a proud member of the Ontario Podiatric Medical Association, Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and American Podiatric Medical Association.

Board of Directors

Martin Brain, DPM  James Hill, DPM

Robert Chelin, DPM Neil Naftolin, DPM

Sheldon Freelan, DPM Bruce Ramsden, DPM

David Greenberg, DPM Tej Sahota, DPM

Robert Goldberg, DPM Kel Sherkin, DPM

Peter Higenell, DPM

About OPMA

The OPMA is a voluntary professional association established 

to protect and advance the interests of our members 

and of the podiatry profession in Ontario.The principal 

objective of the OPMA is to have Ontario adopt a full scope podiatry model reflecting the podiatry models that exist in 

nearly all North American jurisdictions so that podiatrists

may practise to their full competencies to thebenefit of our patients and to Ontario's healthcare delivery system.

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