Knowledgeable. Accomplished. Dedicated.

Our Bako Diagnostics Clinical Consultant Team is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable, accomplished, and dedicated podiatrists within the profession. They serve as valuable members of our organization to represent us at various local, state, and national medical conferences providing educational seminars and workshops. Please take a moment to read about our Clinical Consultants and you will discover why we feel privileged to partner with this fine group of podiatric physicians who enhance and improve our educational endeavors with their respective talent and expertise in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery.

Javan S. Bass, DPM
Lithonia, Georgia

Javan Bass, DPM, has lectured around the country on topics such as proper antibiosis for skin and soft tissue infections, reconstruction for complicated lower extremity deformity, diabetic limb salvage and trauma considerations.

Dr. Bass is an attending physician for the Dekalb Medical Residency Program in Atlanta. He received his medical education from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.  He attained his post-graduate medicine and surgical training at Dekalb Medical Center. Dr. Bass received extensive training in reconstruction of the foot and ankle as well as diabetic limb salvage. He went on to complete one year of advanced trauma surgical training at Aria Health Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where training was centered on the reconstruction of complex foot and leg fractures. Dr. Bass practices with Metro Foot and Ankle Centers in Atlanta.

As a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Dr. Bass is board certified in reconstruction of the foot and ankle. He serves as a board member of the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association and is Chair of the Scientific Committee, as well as its American Podiatric Medical Association Political Action Committee coordinator.

Andrew H. Cohen, DPM
Saginaw, Michigan

Andrew H. Cohen, DPM, is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Academy of Wound Management. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. In addition, he’s an Associate of the American College of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the American Podiatric Medical Association and past Scientific Chairman for the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association.

He has authored publication articles and continues to be active in research and education, serving as the Program Director for the Podiatric Medicine and Surgical Residency program at Central Michigan University. Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor and active Clinical instructor at the CMU College of Medicine.

Dr. Cohen is an active hospital staff member at Covenant HealthCare, St. Mary’s Health System and McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center, where he has maintained full surgical, consulting and admitting privileges since 1994. He has served on the board for several speakers’ bureaus and has presented lectures throughout the U.S. on various podiatric surgical topics, including wound care and diabetic limb preservation. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Podiatry Section, McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center as well as Chairman and board member of the Mackinaw Surgery Center.

Dr. Cohen was an original faculty member at Wound Healing Center, Covenant HealthCare, where he helped establish wound care protocols as an active member of the limb salvage team.

Allen M. Jacobs, DPM
Saint Louis, Missouri

Allen M. Jacobs, DPM, who was elected physician of the year in 2018 by the Association of Physicians in Wound Healing, is board certified in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. Dr. Jacobs, a 1973 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He completed his residency at Monsignor Clement Kern Hospital in Warren, Michigan.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Jacobs has guided the profession as a podiatric residency training director, as a contributing editor to a variety of podiatric publications, as a renowned speaker and a respected educator. He has served as Chairman of the scientific program for the annual meeting of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Missouri Podiatric Medical Association, and on the Journal Management Committee of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Dr. Jacobs was voted a Lifetime Achievement Award to the Podiatry Hall of Fame, and has received numerous award from the APMA and ACFAS for his dedication to podiatry and podiatric education, as well as recognition from the governors of Missouri, Arkansas and Massachusetts. In 2015, he received the status of Fellow from Temple University.

Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, DPM
Carrollton, Texas

Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, DPM, is a board certified, surgically-trained foot and ankle specialist focusing on pediatric and diabetic foot care, sports injuries, as well as acute and chronic conditions of the foot and ankle. She is a physician-owner of Carrollton Foot Center in Carrollton, Texas.

Dr. Khavari completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas. She then attended Barry University School of Podiatric medicine in Miami, Fla. At Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren, Mich., Dr. Khavari completed three years of extensive surgical training in foot and ankle surgery and served as chief resident at the Kern Medical residency program.

Dr. Khavari is a Fellow at the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Texas Podiatric Medical Association, American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, American Association for Women Podiatrists and the Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development.

Her training includes pediatric foot care, wound prevention and wound care, diabetic limb preservation, as well as surgical and non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle conditions, sports medicine, trauma management, and reconstruction of complex foot and ankle deformities. Her areas of interest include pediatrics, forefoot surgical correction, wound care, as well as sports medicine.

Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM
Fort Collins, Colorado

Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM,

recently named one of America’s Most Influential Podiatrists, is in private practice in Fort Collins, CO.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and is recognized as a “Master” by the American Professional Wound Care Association. He is a Gold Star Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management and is an Expert Panelist on Codingline.  Dr Lehrman is a Certified Professional Coder, and in his role as a Consultant to the APMA Health Policy & Practice Department, serves as an advisor to the APMA Coding Committee and the APMA MACRA Task Force.  He also sits on the board of directors of both the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.

He is an adjunct clinical professor at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and is a member of the DPM Mentors Network. Dr. Lehrman is also on the editorial advisory board of the journal WOUNDS and is a consulting editor for Podiatry Management magazine.

William P. Scherer, DPM, MS
Delray Beach, Florida

William Scherer, DPM, MS, is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine.  He has maintained a private practice in South Florida since 1991, and has served 17 years as an Adjunct Professor at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine.

Dr. Scherer has published several peer reviewed articles on onychomycosis, of which three were honored with an APMA William J. Stickel Award for outstanding research in Podiatric Medicine. He completed a PSR-24 residence in California, and since has been an innovator with medical and educational computer technology, created the Keystone Board Examination Software for Podiatric Surgery and Podiatric Medicine that has been used by thousands of physicians to prepare for their board examinations, and has created dozens of computerized educational software learning programs used by thousands of K-12 public schools in Florida and California.

Dr. Scherer has been active in social media, real estate investing, snow skiing, Disneyana, and been an invited speaker at dozens of educational conferences across the country.

Lauren A. Schwartz, DPM
Manhasset, New York

Lauren A. Schwartz, DPM, practices podiatric medicine and surgery in Manhasset and Floral Park, NY, and is an attending physician in the Northwell Hospital System. Dr. Schwartz is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Dr. Schwartz is the Immediate Past President of the Nassau Division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. She has spent 13 years working on the Medical Staff at Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities and serves on the Board of Directors of the Vincent Smith School in Port Washington, NY.

Dr. Schwartz received her Bachelor of Science at the State University of New York at Albany. She received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree with honors at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. She did her resident training in podiatric medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident.

Mary Olszewski, DPM, MA
Chicago, Illinois

Mary Olszewski, DPM, MA, is double board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics. She is a graduate of the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her surgical residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Dr. Olszewski has practiced in the Chicago metropolitan area for more than 29 years, with extensive experience in all aspects of podiatry and a specialty in wound and diabetic care. Dr. Olszewski is on staff at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL, and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Skokie, IL. In addition, she has taught and lectured students and residents at NorthShore University, The Presbyterian Homes, and Luther Village. Her podiatric practice, Dr. Mary Olszewski & Associates, is located in Arlington Heights, IL.

Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tracey C. Vlahovic, DPM, is a Clinical Professor and J. Stanley and Pearl Landau Faculty Fellow at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (TUSPM) in Philadelphia. Dr. Vlahovic, board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, is also a member of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).

Dr. Vlahovic graduated from Yale University with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and received her podiatric medical degree from TUSPM. After finishing her surgical residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Allentown, PA, she was the first podiatrist in the U.S. to complete a fellowship in podiatric dermatology under the supervision of Stephen Schleicher, MD.

Dr. Vlahovic teaches Fundamentals of Dermatology at TUSPM, and has received numerous teaching awards. She has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is involved in multiple clinical research trials for various dermatological therapies and devices. Dr. Vlahovic is the author of Skin Disease of the Lower Extremities: A Photographic Guide (HMP Communications) and Onychomycosis: An Illustrated Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment along with Antonella Tosti, MD, and Roberto Arenas, MD (Springer).

Daniel L. Waldman, DPM
Asheville, North Carolina

Daniel L. Waldman, DPM, brings a private practitioner perspective and understands the challenges of direct patient care and third-party payers.

Dr. Waldman has been in private practice in Asheville, NC for over 25 years. He is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a Fellow of the Academy Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery, and is a member of the Council of Nail Disorders. Dr. Waldman graduated from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine cum laude in 1991 and did his surgical residency in Loma Linda, CA.  Dr. Waldman has lectured nationally and internationally to advance the skills of his fellow podiatrists.

He is Medical Director at Blue Ridge Foot Centers, providing in-office and hospital foot care as well as conservative and surgical methods.