About Us

The Hope of Healing Foundation® was founded in 2007 after three independent Cincinnati physicians, each using their own area of expertise began working cooperatively to prevent amputations and heal wounds that previously may have led to amputation. Their commitment to preventing limb amputations inspired them to create a foundation with the mission of reducing limb amputations through:

  1. Community outreach to promote foot health and simple testing to detect amputation risk.
  2. Educating the medical community about foot health and the importance of early detection.
  3. Promoting innovative wound care strategies to reduce amputations.

Our board of directors is a diverse group of physicians, wound care specialists, and patients who have had limbs saved.



Board of Directors

Aletha W. Tippett, M.D.
- President
Family physician in solo practice, with specialty in wound care and limb salvage. Published author and international lecturer on wound care. Founder of the Hope of Healing Foundation; also a long-time community volunteer.

Dominic A. Rizzo, DPM, FACFAS, Foot and Ankle Specialists – Treasurer
Foot and ankle surgeon, with specialty in difficult cases and limb salvage. A premier surgeon who collaborates with other physicians, including Drs. Tippett and Hunter, in a team effort for limb salvage.

William L. Tyler – Secretary
Diabetic who had a foot ulcer with threatened amputation. He is a limb salvage patient, treated with innovative therapies, now strongly committed to amputation prevention for diabetics.

Oscar M. Alvarez, Ph.D., Center for Curative & Palliative Wound Care – Member
Director of a hospital wound center with strong research and support of innovative wound care. Published author and respected international lecturer and teacher in the wound care field. His Hispanic heritage makes him a powerful advocate for this at risk population.

Monica Hunter, MD, The Ohio Heart & Vascular Center – Member
Interventional cardiologist and vascular surgeon who specializes in limb salvage. She collaborates frequently with Drs. Tippett and Rizzo for limb salvage, as an inter-disciplinary team effort.

James Spahn, MD - Member
Retired ENT surgeon and now CEO of EHOB, the company he founded. He is dedicated to the prevention and healing of wounds, and is an award-winning humanitarian and community developer.