Prof. David Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Armstrong holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He is founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 480 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 80 book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition.

Armstrong was appointed Deputy Director of Arizona’s Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices.

Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame. He was the first surgeon to be appointed University Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona. He was the first podiatric surgeon to become a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the first US podiatric surgeon named fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow. He is the 2010 and youngest ever recipient of the ADA’s Roger Pecoraro Award, the highest award given in the field.

Dr. Armstrong is past Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee and is the US appointed delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.


Dean Murinik

Dean survived a Tsunami which left him with Life Lessons to share. He invites you to join him on a journey through his pain, adversity, and subsequent discovery of inner strength, leading to the triumph of the human spirit.

Dean has appeared on many South African platforms, including Cape Talk Radio, Radio 2000, E-TV News, SABC 3 News, Marie Claire Magazine, and more. Locally, Dean has spoken infront of industry leaders such as Integr8 IT, Investec and Liberty Life. He has also delivered talks to the Lions and Stormers Super Rugnyteams. Further abroad, he has delivered talks to Fortune 150 Companies in the USA namely; UBS, Aflac, and audiences in Australia, regularly receiving standing ovations.

I have been in the financial services industry for 23 years. Through my life experiences I firmly believe that I have learnt many things that will impact your team. Persistence and perseverance - it shouldn't take a tragedy or a world catastrophe to help you attain your day to day goals. To do a sale is far easier than fighting for your life. Acceptance - there are so many things in your life that you have no control over. Stop over thinking. You are valued! Choices - I can tell you how to overcome your work and every day fears by getting out of your comfort zone and making positive choices that lead to a life that is worth fighting for. Leveling the playing fields -no more fear of rejection! It does not matter if you are the street sweeper or the CEO. We all fight to stay alive and thrive. The playing fields are equal. Gratitude - live your life with an attitude of gratitude! Stay in the moment, we are still breathing!


Nadia Dembskey

Nadia obtained both her B. Tech. Podiatry and M. Tech. Podiatry Degrees at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. With her private practice situated in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, she has a passion for all aspects of pain management and is a Member of Pain SA. Other passions include trauma, surgery, wound healing, laser therapy and Diabetology.

Under the guidance of Prof Heidi Abrahamse at the University of Johannesburg Laser Research Centre, Nadia has published an article in Clinical Research on the Foot and Ankle on “Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Onychomycosis: Best Evidence Based Practice or Not?” in 2016. Her Masters research publication is pending.

Nadia has been part of the Podiatry Association of South Africa National Executive Committee from 2011 - current serving first as Northern Branch Chairperson and later as National Executive Secretary. In 2017 she was one of the first Podiatrists to receive recognition from her peers and obtained Level 3A PASA Accreditation.

Future aspirations include starting her PhD in 2019, pursuing Post Doctorate studies as well as further development of Podiatry in the trauma and surgical fields.



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