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Student Transatlantic Education in Podiatric Surgery

The First step is right here.

The core program within the CMC Foundation is S.T.E.P.S.

  • Our Mission
  • Our Vision
  • Our Impact

The goal of S.T.E.P.S. is to provide podiatry students and residents receive a more complete education. S.T.E.P.S. offers lectures and seminars both virtually and in person as well as training and labs to give students real, hands-on experience. 

Students can't always get all the hands-on training they need in school. S.T.E.P.S. is an opportunity to enhance the educational experience of podiatry students and residents which in turn enhances the field and level of medical service provided to the general public. We give students real case studies to learn from, the chance to learn virtually without worrying about testing, and we focus on all aspects of podiatry.

We invite students and residents from all backgrounds to apply for S.T.E.P.S. because we believe that diversity and inclusion enhance the experience of all our students. S.T.E.P.S. comes at no cost to participants thanks to the CMC Foundation’s generous benefactors.

Support the CMC Foundation

S.T.E.P.S. is made possible thanks to our generous benefactors.

Make a Donation

Make a donation toward a S.T.E.P.S. student, our events, and more.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsor one of our virtual or in-person events, a training lab, and more.

Monthly Virtual Events

Our monthly events focus on learning in a communal setting. This includes students walking through real X-rays together and discussing medical journals from around the world.

Quarterly Labs

The best way to learn is with real, hands-on experience which we provide to our S.T.E.P.S. students with quarterly labs using cadavers or other specimens.

One Step Ahead

Our annual One Step Ahead conference is a chance for orthopedic and podiatry students to come together for a series of lectures, labs, career advice, and more.

Study Plans & Tips

As part of S.T.E.P.S., you'll get advice on putting together a solid study plan and learn how to take the best notes putting you in the best position to succeed.

Watch S.T.E.P.S. In Action

Visit the CMC YouTube page and find numerous helpful videos covering many of the same topics and exercises we cover in our S.T.E.P.S. series.

What Videos Do You Want To See?

S.T.E.P.S. is all about our students and we want to make the videos you find most helpful. So let us know what you want to see on our YouTube next!

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S.T.E.P.S. Board


Brennan Reardon, President

Dr. Reardon grew up in Fremont, Ohio. She attended The Ohio State University for college and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences. She graduated from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in 2021 where she served as Pi Delta President. Currently, Brennan is a second-year resident at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Zack Hill, Vice President

Dr. Hill is a third-year resident at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He currently serves as the incoming chief resident. Zack went to college at Walsh University where he graduated with his biology/pre-medicine degree. He went to Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine. Zack looks to complete a one-year foot and ankle fellowship after graduating from residency.

Sarah Messina, Event Chair

Dr. Messina attended college at the University of Michigan where she majored in Biological Anthropology. She is a graduate of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine where she served as the Ohio Podiatric Medical Student Association Secretary. She spent her first two years of residency at Detroit Medical Center is currently in her third year at Ascension St Johns, in Detroit.

Preston Carr, Marketing Chair

Preston Carr attended the University of Cincinnati where he received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics. He is a graduate of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine where he was president of OPMSA and a sitting APMSA delegate. He is a PGY-2 at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.

Nate LeSueur, Treasurer

Nate LeSueur earned his Bachelor’s of Biological Sciences at Arizona State. He earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine where he received multiple merit-based scholarships and was a member of the Pi Delta Honor Society. He is a resident at Intermountain Medical Center In Salt Lake City.

Anna Grace Mauro, Fundraising

Anna Grace Mauro was born and raised in Detroit with plans to work in her father's podiatry practice, Warren Podiatry. She absolutely loves to travel and explore different cities and is Sicilian, so a love for food is at her core. When not working with the STEPS program, she is out trying a new restaurant.

Thomas George Jr, Recruitment

Thomas George Jr is a PGY2 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University and had the opportunity to go to Kenya on a Medical Mission Trip which solidified his pursuit for Podiatry. He attended Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine.

Andrew Regal, Recrutiment

Andrew Regal, DPM completed his undergraduate degree at the UNC Chapel Hill where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. He is a graduate of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and served as president of the Kappa Tau Epsilon educational fraternity. He has a love for teaching and working with younger peers. Andrew is a second year resident at Ascension SE Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Trenton Leo, Recruitment

Trenton graduated from KUSCPM in 2021 where he served as the director of social affairs for the Ohio Podiatric Medical School Association. He moved to Virginia Beach to complete his residency pursuing interests in limb salvage and reconstruction primarily. He takes great pride in advancing education for current and prospective students and advancing the field through research and politics.

S.T.E.P.S. Scholarship

We know that a medical education is costly, and we’re passionate about helping students get the knowledge they need. We offer scholarships to help students cover tuition and textbooks as well as travel expenses to our conferences. 

We’re able to provide these scholarships thanks to generous donations from the community. 




Anna Grace Mauro

November 13, 2023

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Stryker Sports Medicine Lorusso/Ransom

October 25, 2023

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Mark Razzante

April 24, 2023

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Clarity Creative

March 30, 2023

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Clarity Creative

March 30, 2023

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