Richard Darly Phillips – My father was a podiatrist, who was the first podiatrist in that city to ever do a surgery. My father, due to prejudice by the hospital staffs not to allow him to practice in a hospital, developed a great love for biomechanics, and had hundreds of hou rs of audio tape of biomechanics experts such as John Weed. I entered podiatry because I developed an interest in biomechanics. I was fortunate in undergraduate school to develop a friendship with a mechanical engineer, Milt Wille, who later contributed to Mert Root’s book Normal and Abnormal Function of the Foot. As Dr. Wille use to tell me in those years, “you podiatrists practice a biomechanics that is all bio and no mechanics.” I took that to heart and have spent my career in trying to prove Dr. Wille wrong. After podiatry school I practiced for 5 years in Great Falls, with my father, where we ran a large children’s and sports medicine practice. I then moved to Vernal, Utah for 3 years in my own practice. I was then offered a teaching position at Des Moines University where I taught for 10 years. Afterward I went to work for the VA system, spending 9 years in Coatesville, PA, where I was residency director, then taking a position in Orlando, FL, where I’ve been for 6.5 years. I still emphasize biomechanics practice, and my colleagues know that I’m willing to take on some of the most challenging cases. I find that one of the hardest things I do is building a good pair of orthotics. I’m currently very interested in diabetic biomechanics and have helped in design of a new diabetic full contact orthotic as well as design of a TMA orthotic. I’m currently teaching in the family residency program, and will also be teaching 4th year medical students in principles of wound care this next year.