July 6, 2022

New York, NY, July 6, 2022 – U.S. Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC (“USFAS”), a portfolio company of NMS Capital (“NMS”), announced today that it has acquired Foot and Ankle Specialists, which operates three practices in the Cincinnati area.

Founded by Dr. Cary Copeland, who will be retiring from the practice, Foot and Ankle Specialists has locations in Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and Franklin, and serves patients from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana tri-state area. The practice offers treatment and care options for patients experiencing foot injuries, arch pain, sports injuries, bunions and other common podiatric ailments, along with foot and ankle surgeries. It also provides pediatric foot care services to treat flat feet, in- toeing, out-toeing and more, as well as treatment options geared toward geriatric and diabetic patients.

The physicians at Foot and Ankle Specialists are committed to providing comprehensive foot care, and remain at the cutting edge of treatment of foot and ankle disorders and injuries. Dr. Dominic Rizzo, who joined the practice in 2002, is a Board-Certified foot surgeon and works with podiatric surgical residents in the Mercy Hospital and TriHealth Hospital systems. Dr. Renee Ash is a Board-Certified surgeon who joined the practice in 2006 and teaches in The Jewish Hospital- Mercy Health Podiatric Medical/Surgical residency program. Dr. Todd C. Loftus is the immediate past president of the Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association and specializes in diabetic wound prevention, fall prevention and sports injury treatment. In addition to providing care at Foot and Ankle Specialists, he also works with patients at The Jewish Hospital- Mercy Health. Dr. Mark Elliott Petre is a Board-Certified foot surgeon who joined the practice in 2013 and is a faculty member working with residents at Jewish Hospital and in the TriHealth Hospital system. Dr. Elizabeth Brown is a Board- Qualified physician specializing in reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.

“All of us at Foot and Ankle Specialists are pleased to be joining USFAS, and excited about having the opportunity to benefit from being part of this group,” said Dr. Rizzo. “Our practice has always been dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of care, and partnering with USFAS will allow us to continue our mission of offering treatment options and approaches that are at the absolute forefront of podiatry.”

“We’re proud to welcome Foot and Ankle Specialists to the USFAS network,” said Cotton Hawes, Chief Executive Officer at USFAS. “For decades, these doctors have delivered on their promise to provide state-of-the-art clinical care. Now, the doctors will focus solely on patients by relying on USFAS for business support. We’re also very excited to be expanding our presence in the Ohio market and will continue to look to grow our footprint in the region.”

With this partnership, Foot and Ankle Specialists will benefit from USFAS’ extensive administrative and support services, which include top-of-the-line information technology, a dedicated clinical compliance team, electronic medical records, payor credentialing and contracting, revenue cycle management, human resources, finance and accounting, and business development.

About U.S. Foot & Ankle Specialists

USFAS is a leading provider of podiatric services providing a full range of specialty services for the advanced treatment of foot and lower extremity conditions. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, USFAS provides services through a growing network of nearly 100 offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., and over 100 Board Certified and Board Qualified podiatrists. USFAS is an affiliate of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic and NMS Capital, with plans to expand nationally. For additional information on USFAS, visit the company’s website at  www.footandankle-usa.com.

About NMS Capital

Founded in 2010, NMS Capital is an experienced private equity firm managing assets in excess of $1.4 billion. Since inception, NMS has partnered with management teams in over 100 investments and follow-on acquisitions across defined investment themes within the Business Services and Healthcare Services industries. The firm’s principal strategy is to create long-term value by providing strategic and operational resources to growth-oriented companies led by founders or experienced management teams. NMS has a track record of successfully building industry leading lower middle market companies in defensible and scalable end markets by accelerating organic and acquisition-driven growth. For additional information on NMS, please visit the firm’s website at www.nms-capital.com. Follow NMS Capital on www.linkedin.com/company/nms-capital.

For Further Information

Brett Richey
Executive Chairman
US Foot & Ankle Specialists
(434) 373-0720