About

Arche Healthcare is the leading population health management (PHM) provider for diabetic foot health. Our guiding paradigm is prevention and through our unique comprehensive solution we are able to provide timely interventions that greatly reduce diabetes-related lower extremity wounds and amputations.

As the proud creators of the Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE) and the recipients of the Validation Institute award, we have established ourselves as trusted leaders within the diabetic food health industry. This has allowed us to build a community of leading healthcare providers across the country to address and prevent debilitating wounds and amputations, and ultimately improve people’s lives.

Arche Healthcare’s mission is for every person with diabetes to have an annual Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam to help prevent diabetic foot ulcers and amputations.

Only a small percentage of patients today are receiving a truly comprehensive diabetic foot examination.

Arche Healthcare Team

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

Scott Kantro, DPM

CEO and Founder

Dr. Kantro is the Founder and CEO of Arche Healthcare. Dr. Kantro graduated from Colorado State University and from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. Scott is privileged to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York.

Scott Kantro, DPM

CEO and Founder

Think bigger. Live larger. Serve greater.
Darren Hardy

Joanne Russell, RN, BSN

COO

Ms. Russell is the COO for Arche Healthcare. A seasoned clinician and business leader, Joanne’s career has centered on innovations in telehealth and remote patient monitoring. She was also part of the team that developed and implemented the first diabetes disease management program in the United States. 

Joanne Russell, RN, BSN

COO

Robert Shangraw

CFO

Mr. Shangraw is the CFO for Arche Healthcare. Bob is a financial executive with broad cross-functional experience in the wholesale, distribution and manufacturing industries. His expertise in turn-around situations and operational leadership has helped entrepreneurs significantly improve performance and return on their investment.

Robert Shangraw

CFO

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: WE DID IT OURSELVES.”
Lao Tzu

J. Christopher Farmer, MD

CMO 

Dr. Farmer is the CMO for Arche Healthcare. A celebrated expert in the area of critical care medicine, Dr. Farmer is Emeritus Professor and Chair, Mayo Clinic and Past-President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is also the founder of several ‘game changer’ global programs for the US Military.

J. Christopher Farmer, MD

CMO

Rajeev Polepalli

CTO

Mr. Polepalli is the CTO for Arche Healthcare. An experienced technology professional, Rajeev’s expertise spans software development, architecture, database management, application development, business intelligence, SDLC and systems administration.

Rajeev Polepalli

CTO

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world. “
Gandhi

Tanya Travers

Director of Marketing

Ms. Travers is the Director of Marketing for Arche Healthcare. A seasoned marketing executive, Tanya is experienced across all disciplines, with a focus on strategy development, campaign execution and analytics. Working with established for profit and non-profit companies, as well as startups, her experience in both agency and client environments across various industries helps companies discover what makes them unique and succeed in highly competitive markets.

Tanya Travers

Director of Marketing

“Branding wins the heart, Marketing the soul, Creative content the eye to challenge the mind.

Jerome Reicher

Creative Director

Mr. Reicher is the Creative Director for Arche Healthcare. Jerry specializes in utilizing multichannel media that clients leverage to establish and maintain market leadership. He also provides business strategy, market analysis and advertising and design services focused on clinical and chronic care medical markets.

Jerome Reicher

Creative Director

Kamen Kostov

Software Developer

Mr. Kostov’s expertise in hardware and software management, combined with his software development experience in aerospace, communications and real estate markets, has been essential to the success of Arche Healthcare and many companies nationwide.

Kamen Kostov

Sofware Developer

“Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we just might catch excellence. “
Vince Lombardi

Stu Wittner

Director of Sales

Mr. Wittner is the Director of Sales for Arche Healthcare. Stu is an accomplished sales executive in the healthcare industry whose career has included roles at Orthotic Holdings, Inc (OHI), as well as Aetrex Worldwide. A sports enthusiast, Stu has held sales and management positions at Converse and other shoe giants and was the Head Basketball Coach at Pace University. 

Stu Wittner

Director of Sales

“Every success I have ever had, was preceded by a risk I was willing to take.”
Jason Kraus

Jason Kraus

Business Development

Mr. Kraus heads up business development for Arche Healthcare. Jason has held executive management positions in the healthcare industry in publicly traded, private equity-owned, and start-up environments. Most recently, he served as Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer and Director of OHI, a private equity-owned business in the medical device industry. 

Jason Kraus

Business Development

“If you change nothing; nothing changes.”

Doran Edwards, MD

Director of Governmental Affairs

Dr. Edwards is director of governmental affairs for Arche Healthcare. Following a successful 25-year practice as a General Surgeon in his native Tennessee, Dr. Edwards joined a Medicare contractor in the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) sector. In the next two decades, he served in all aspects of coverage, coding, payment and appeals. He was known in the industry for providing a level playing field for the diverse manufacturers of over 8000 DMEPOS HCPCS Level II codes.

Doran Edwards, MD

Director of Governmental Affairs

Medical Advisory Board

“Pain is God’s greatest gift to mankind – a gift that is only realized when it has been lost.”
Dr Paul Brand

Andrew J.M. Boulton, MD, FRCP

Dr. Boulton is a leading international expert on diabetes, diabetic neuropathy and diabetic foot disease with more than 550 peer-reviewed publications. He is the Founding Chair of the Diabetic Foot Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Dr. Boulton is the recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Harold Rifkin Award for distinguished international service in the field of diabetes. He is currently the President of the International Diabetes Federation.

Andrew J.M. Boulton, MD, FRCP

Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc

Dr. Wu is the Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics; Professor, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine; and Director, Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR) for the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She is also a leading expert with more than 150 book chapters and peer-reviewed publications and served as Principal Investigator in more than 40 clinical research trials.

Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Oscar Wilde

Loretta Vileikyte, MD, PhD

Loretta Vileikyte, M.D., Ph.D. has been active in clinical research of diabetic foot complications for over 25 years, pioneering studies of the interplay between the biomedical and psychosocial aspects of diabetic neuropathy and foot ulceration. She led several NIH/NIDDK and Diabetes UK grant projects that developed neuropathy/foot ulcer-specific measures for the assessment of quality of life and of psychological factors shaping foot selfcare. Recently, in collaboration with her UK/US colleagues, she conducted an NIH funded study examining the mechanisms by which psychological stress affects diabetic foot ulcer healing. Currently, her research focuses on patient perceived psychosocial barriers to and benefits of the use of smart technologies to prevent foot ulceration. 

Loretta Vileikyte, MD, PhD

Desmond Bell, DPM

Dr. Bell is the Founder and President of the “Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, a multi-disciplinary non- profit organization dedicated to the reduction in lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through education, evidence-based methodology and community outreach. He was awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award by Specialty Hospital Jacksonville for 2009 and Memorial Hospital Jacksonville in 2018.

Desmond Bell, DPM

Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH

Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Frykberg is a leading international expert on diabetes, diabetic neuropathy and diabetic foot disease with numerous peer-reviewed publications. He is the Former Chair of the Foot Care Council of the ADA and a past President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH

Advisory Board Chair

Kendrick Whitney, DPM

Dr. Whitney is a leading international expert on biomechanics, orthotic devices and off-loading therapies and has numerous publications in these areas and lower extremity gait-related research. He is Associate Professor, Department of Podiatric Orthopedics at Temple University, and a founding member of the American Podiatric Wound Care Association.

Kendrick Whitney, DPM

“It must not be that way with you. But whoever wants to be great among you, let him care for you.”
Matthew 20:26

James McGuire, DPM, PT, LPed, FAPWHc

Dr. McGuire is the Director of the Leonard Abrams Center for Advanced Wound Healing and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Biomechanics at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He is a Fellow and founding member of the American Professional Wound Care Association and a Board member of the Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing and Clinical Editor of “Wounds” Journal.

James McGuire, DPM, PT, LPed, FAPWHc

Arche OPTYX

Do you have a system that helps you automate documentation, improve patient outcomes and increase reimbursements simultaneously? The Arche LEAP Collaborative has developed the Arche OPTYX system which supports processes and protocols that will enable you transform into an insights-driven organization that has successfully turned evidence-based medicine into evidence-based practice while seamlessly meeting Medicare documentation requirements.

Our analytics capability leverages disparate data sources that enables you to monitor your progress toward targets and offers you information on your performance compared to the rest of the Arche LEAP Collaborative. As a result, you will be able to transform your practice into an insights-driven organization.

Arche LEAP Collaborative (ALC) Practice Registration

Let’s begin. The first step is to register and enroll in the Arche LEAP Collaborative. You can do this through the Take the LEAP link at archehealthcare.com. You will need an access code. If you don’t have one, you can let us know about your interest through the "Let’s Talk" link at archehealthcare.com or by speaking to the person who told you about the Arche LEAP Collaborative.

Populate and Update Practice Dashboard and Diabetes Patient Registry

When you join the Arche LEAP Collaborative, we will gather information from your EHR system through an automated process to create a registry of patients with diabetes. Arche OPTYX will identify patients who should have an Arche CDFE (Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam), patients who have or have had wounds and amputations and it will also help you manage therapeutic footwear and insole prescriptions.

Training for Arche LEAP Captain

Training is essential to success and having a designated Arche LEAP Captain is an essential element of a successful program. The Arche LEAP Captain is the owner of the Arche LEAP Collaborative program in your practice. Arche LEAP Captains go through extensive training where they learn about the impact of diabetes on the lower extremities, techniques to educate patients on how to care for their feet and the protocols and processes of the Arche LEAP Collaborative program. To ensure LEAP Captains have effectively completed the necessary training, an evaluation of their proficiency as a Therapeutic Footwear Specialist is required at the conclusion of the training program.

Schedule CDFE Appointment

Once identified, patients who need an Arche CDFE should be scheduled for an appointment. All patients with diabetes should have one Arche CDFE per year.

Arche CDFE

We think of the Arche CDFE as more than just a clinical exam. For us, the CDFE should be a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Experience! Using our tools and processes turns a clinical examination into an experience that improves your patient’s health literacy by illustrating their personal risk and in response, teaching them best practices for self-care. This proactive approach leads to the prevention of ulcers and amputations.

Rx Documentation Procurement and Review

We make documentation easy! From the patient’s signature on a Release of Information authorization to the final Dispensing Package, the entire CDFE exam and process is managed through the Arche OPTYX program.

As documents are gathered, an ongoing review is conducted to ensure that all CMS requirements for completeness are met. We follow-up with the MD/DO managing the patient’s diabetes up to eight (8) times in an effort to assemble a complete documentation packet that will pass an audit. When all of the documentation is gathered and found to be satisfactory, the prescription is sent to be filled.

If there is an audit, all of the required documentation will be available in one place so that you can easily print or upload it to the requestor.

Rx Dispensed

All of the required documents for the fitting and dispensing appointment reside in Arche OPTYX.

During the appointment, the Arche LEAP Captain uses their training to ensure proper footwear and insole fit and introduces home monitoring to the patient.

When the appointment is completed, all of the documentation is reviewed by the Documentation Team for thoroughness and accuracy. When correct and complete, the Dispensing Packet will be added to the rest of the documentation, and the prescription procurement packet will be complete.

Home Temperature and Moisture Monitoring

Arche Healthcare offers you the opportunity to provide your patients with an easy to use device to measure their Skin Moisture Index and an FDA approved at-home plantar temperature monitoring device that enables them to engage in their own self-care.

Patient Follow-up calls and texts

You are the front line for the care of the lower extremities of your patients with diabetes, and we want to ensure that they come back when they need to!

OPTYX will remind the ALC to call patients two weeks after they have had their therapeutic footwear and insole prescription dispensed. It will also text those that choose to participate in the ReCare program to remind them to come in for their annual CDFE, and for those that are eligible, to come in for their at-risk foot care appointments. Your ALC will also be provided with a list of patients to call who have not had a CDFE in the past year or longer so that your team can call and schedule them for their appointment.

Manage your outcomes

OPTYX equips healthcare providers and relevant healthcare stakeholders with the necessary tools to systematically identify and stratify patients with diabetes to reduce their risk for developing life-threatening diabetic foot complications. It is a patient and prescription management system that tracks and calculates adherence to protocols by each physician, each practice and the entire ALC.

When your registry of patient with diabetes is created, their prior history of wounds, amputations and footwear prescriptions is gathered. Outcomes are measured by comparing a two-year pre-program baseline with the incidence of wounds and amputations going forward. We will also track CDFE’s, at-risk foot care and footwear and insole prescriptions.