Pomona Podiatric Physician and Surgeon Elected CPMA President

Pomona Podiatric Physician and Surgeon Elected CPMA President

Rebecca A. Moellmer, DPM, FACFAS, took the presidential reins of the California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) at the close of the organization's annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting this past June in Anaheim, California. Dr. Moellmer will serve as president of the 1,050 member medical specialty Association until June 2017. She was also elected to once again be a member of the California Delegation to the American Podiatric Medical Association's annual House of Delegates.

Addressing the group of more than 100 podiatric physicians and guests, Dr. Moellmer noted the importance of nurturing the next generation of podiatric physicians and surgeons and urged her colleagues to become mentors. She also challenged them not to sit passively on the sidelines, but to be proactive in both their chosen profession and local communities.

A Fellow of both the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM) Dr. Moellmer has been actively involved in podiatric medicine at the local, state and national levels for many years. She is a past president of the Inland Empire Podiatric Medical Society, for which she received CPMA's Society President of the Year Award. Having served on numerous CPMA committees, she was elected to CPMA Board of Directors in 2009 as a Director-at-Large. She soon rose to the officer positions of Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President-Elect before stepping up to the presidency.

A native of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Moellmer received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine and her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Moellmer completed her primary podiatric medical residency at Gardena’s Community Hospital. Her podiatric medicine residency was augmented with bimonthly visits to the Red Cross Hospital in Mexicali, Mexico to treat pediatric clubfoot and other complex rear foot disorders. She completed her surgical residency at Coast Plaza Doctor’s Hospital in Norwalk, California, where she focused on forefoot deformities and diabetic wounds and limb salvage. Dr. Moellmer completed a podiatric rear foot and ankle surgical residency at Rancho Specialty Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga, California, which is affiliated with Camp Pendleton Marine Base. She followed-up her surgical residencies with a one-year sports medicine fellowship at Irvine Multi-Specialty Surgical Care in Irvine, California.

An Assistant Professor of podiatric medicine, surgery and biomechanics at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Podiatric Medicine in Pomona, California, Dr. Moellmer regularly volunteers her time at local community outreach programs and sporting events like the Special Olympics. In her downtime she enjoys DIY projects, reading and traveling with her husband and young son.