Criag Nimick - Chief Resident
Dr. Craig Nimick grew up in Freehold, New Jersey and graduated from Drew University in 2006. While at Drew University he majored in biology and played four years of varsity soccer for the Drew Rangers. After graduating from Drew, he attended the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. During his four years at Temple University he was the recipient of numerous academic scholarships and became a member of the Pi Delta National Honor Society. Dr. Nimick has also co-authored several research projects which received numerous grants and awards. In 2009, he received an APMSA Corporate Advisory Board Research Grant. In 2008, 2009, and 2010 he presented research at the annual American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) conference where he was awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the ACFAS student poster contest. During residency he has multiple works in progress including a case series on the influence of ankle syndesmosis fixation orientation and authored a case report published in the Podiatry Institute Update. In his spare time, Dr. Nimick’s enjoys soccer, surfing, fishing, running, and most outdoor activities.
Ruth Peace - Chief Resident
Dr. Ruth Peace was born and raised in Seal Beach, California. She attended The George Washington University on a Division I volleyball scholarship. Involvement in athletics, where the importance of foot and ankle health is essential, led her to pursue a career in Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Peace served as Class Liaison while attending Midwestern University and participated in several community service projects, including a medical mission to Eritrea, Africa. Having recently been published in the Clinics in Podiatry Medicine and Surgery, Dr. Peace continues efforts in Podiatric research. Currently, research is being conducted by Dr. Peace surrounding early weight-bearing in the diabetic ankle fracture and radiographic analysis of the STAR total ankle. A member of the Pi Delta National Honors Society, Dr. Peace has earned several awards for academic achievement and demonstrated outstanding professional conduct. In her leisure time, Dr. Peace enjoys an active lifestyle outdoors, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
David Wang - Chief Resident
Dr. David Wang grew up in Southern California and earned his Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA in 2005. He received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Temple University. At TUSPM, he was the recipient of numerous academic scholarships and was the Vice President of the Sterling Harford Diprimio Honorary Anatomical Society and the Sports Medicine Club. Dr. Wang is a member of the Pi Delta National Honor Society. His research interest include effect of obesity on elective foot and ankle surgery and effect of time to reduction of ankle fractures. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing the guitar, reading, watching movies and hiking.
Annie Nguyentat - PGY2
Dr. Annie Nguyentat grew up in Carmichael, California. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College where she played women’s basketball and earned her B.A. in Neuroscience. During her four years, she also received a scholarship to spend one summer studying biomechanics in Hamilton, New Zealand, which supplemented her senior research Thesis on “Improving gait stability amongst the elderly using noise perturbations.” It was her collegiate athletic and international experiences that sparked her interest in the complexities of the foot and ankle. Dr. Nguyentat then went on to the California School of Podiatric Medicine where she served as Student Body President and received several academic and community service awards. Dr. Nguyentat is a member of the Pi Delta National Honor Society. She recently traveled to Vietnam for a surgical mission at the Da Nang Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital in July 2012, as part of The Kaiser Permanente Global Health Program. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, training for half marathons, and yoga.
James Maskill- PGY2
Dr. James Maskill is from West Michigan. He went to Grand Valley State University from undergraduate schooling where he earned a bachelors in science. Then, he attended Rosalind Franklin University Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago where he obtained his doctorate degree in Podiatric Medicine. He is now in his second year of training in Podiatric surgery at Kaiser San Francisco Bay Area Foot and Ankle. He plans on moving back to practice foot and ankle in Michigan to work with his brother who is also foot and ankle trained.
Zackary Gangwer- PGY2
Dr. Zackary Gangwer was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He grew up playing various sports, and played football at Dixie Junior College prior to serving a 2 year religious mission in Fortaleza Brasil. While in Brasil, Dr. Gangwer translated for podiatrists on a medical mission, and knew he wanted to pursue a medical specialty that would allow him to do such work. Upon returning stateside, he graduated from Weber State University in 2007 Cum Laude with a B.S. in Microbiology with a Chemistry minor. He next attended Midwestern University to study podiatric medicine and surgery. While at Midwestern, he became a member of the Pi Delta National Honor Society. He was elected National President of the American Podiatric Medical Students Association. He was the recipient of various academic scholarships and awards, including the Samuel Mason DPM Pioneering Service Award, PICA scholarship, multiple APMA scholarships, and twice the Bright Lights Shining Stars award for community service. He served 2 medical missions to Guatemala and served at local homeless shelters and for special olympics in the Phoenix Area. Dr. Gangwer graduated in 2011 Magna Cum Laude as the Salutatorian of his class with his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Gangwer is currently involved in research related to the incidence of traumatic osteoarthritis after ankle fractures as well as research comparing fixation techniques in fragility fractures. When afforded any free time, Dr. Gangwer enjoys the outdoors, playing and watching sports, especially college football and European soccer. He plays some guitar, and is learning the ukulele. He and his family love the Bay area and enjoy trying the various activities it affords them.
Jonathan DeTommaso - PGY1
Jonathan DeTommaso was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received my bachelor’s degree in Biology at Indiana University and spent four years at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. During my time throughout podiatry school, he was fortunate to have earned several scholarships and accolades such as The North Central Academy of Podiatric Medicine and APMA Educational Foundation Scholarships. He has also held several leadership roles, and he was a member of many professional organizations throughout his time in podiatry school. Although his family resides in the Midwest, he looks forward to the opportunity that awaits him here in California at Kaiser Permanente. Outside of medicine, he enjoys trying new cuisine and spending time with family and friends. He takes pleasure in traveling, the outdoors, and playing and watching sports. He is also an avid animal lover.
David Farnen - PGY1
Dr. David Farnen grew up in Southern California and earned his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UCI in 2008. He received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Scholl College in Chicago, IL. At SCPM, David was involved in many organizations and sat on the board of the RFUMS Golf club. He was very involved in research and was part of the initiating class of the NIH Summer Research Fellowship with his project entitled, “Reduced Insulin Signaling Does Not Account For A Tissue Regeneration Deficit Observed in Diabetic Zebrafish.” In his spare time he enjoys playing, watching and going to any and all sporting events. He loves to play golf, work out and spend time with friends and family.
Nicholas Drbal - PGY1
Dr. Drbal was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up in a bilingual home, speaking both English and German, and as a child he was fortunate to make annual visits to my relatives in Austria and the Czech Republic. He attended UCLA on a National Merit Scholarship and graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2008. He received my Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the Scholl College at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago. He was a member of multiple professional organizations, participated in intramural sports, and worked part-time as a podiatric medical assistant. In his free time, he like playing golf, basketball, football, and tennis. He also is an avid snowboarder and SCUBA diver, and he enjoys traveling the world and taking in new experiences.