Big West Region

Alberta, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming

Big West Region Officers

Kelly M. Pirozzi, DPM, FACFAS
Vice President
Scottsdale, AZ
(602) 753-9403

Jeffrey McAlister, DPM, FACFAS
Phoenix, AZ
(673) 241-8747

Big West Region Residency Director Mentors

Amram Dahukey, DPM, FACFAS
Tucson Medical Center/Midwestern
Tuscon, AZ
(520) 326-6766

Contact the Mentors

Michael D. Vaardahl, DPM, FACFAS
North Colorado Medical Center
Greeley, CO
(970) 351-0900

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

ACFAS Big West Region Meeting Outcomes

ACFAS Membership Meeting - Big West Region: (Alberta, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming)

The Big West Region held a membership meeting on Thursday, February 14 during ACFAS 2019 in New Orleans. More than 30 members attended the event. Several topics were discussed:

  • Holding a Complications series of seminars
  • Interest of members in holding future ACFAS On the Road courses in other cities
  • Promotion of Fellows/Residents
  • Holding possible Regional meetings via a webinar
  • Continued promotion of research opportunities

The Region meeting raffle prize of a $100 Amazon gift card winner was Greg Still, DPM, FACFAS a Fellow member from Wheat Ridge, CO.

2019 Big West Raffle Winner-Still

Pictured are Jeffrey McAlister, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region Secretary/Treasurer, Kelly M. Pirozzi, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region Vice President, Greg Still, DPM, FACFAS, and Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President.

Region President Visit to Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine

AzPOD Student Club Leaders 2018-2019 pose for a photo after a lecture given by ACFAS Big West Region President, Dr. Frederick Mechanik, DPM. Dr. Mechanik gave a lesson in dissection as well as how to prepare for externships to students at Midwestern University. 

AzPOD Club Leaders Photo

Pictured are Ross Groeschl, ACFAS Student Club President-Elect; Sarah Hagley, ACFAS Student Club Treasurer; Sydney Beals, ACFAS Student Club Secretary; Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President; and Kyleigh Pierson, ACFAS Student Club President.

ACFAS Big West Region Supports Student Scholar to the Annual Scientific Conference

ACFAS Region Scholars are funded by the ACFAS Region Presidents Council, specifically their home Regions, and are usually the president-elect of their local ACFAS Student Club. Their local Regions honor them as future leaders of the profession. The 2019 ACFAS Region Scholar from the Big West Region is Ross Groeschl from AZPod.

2019 Region Scholar - Big West

Pictured are Ross Groeschl and Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region president. Congratulations to Ross on being chosen as an ACFAS 2019 Region Scholar!

ACFAS Big West Region Funds Resident Poster Research at the 2019 Annual Scientific Conference

In an effort to support research activities the ACFAS Big West Region provided funding to the following residents as poster presenters at the 2019 Annual Scientific Conference in New Orleans:

The Region also supported the following manuscript presenter:

  • A Comparison of Outcomes of Revision Surgical Options for the Treatment of Failed Bulk Talar Allograft Transfer: A Systematic Review
    Post Graduate Fellow Presenter:Christopher, A, Juels, DPM, AACFAS; The CORE Institute Foot & Ankle Fellowship

Congratulations to these resident and post graduate fellow authors on their research efforts!

Region Goals for First Half of 2019

  • Attend the ACFAS Region Presidents Council (RPC) meeting on February 13, 2019 - New Orleans.
  • Host ACFAS Big West Region meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 1-2 pm in Expo Hall - New Orleans.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support of Resident & Post-Grad Fellow poster/manuscript presenters for ACFAS Scientific Conference on February 14-16, 2019 - New Orleans.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support for current and future residents.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support of ACFAS On the Road and Complications courses in the Region and other ACFAS educational events.


A portion of ACFAS member dues is allocated for Region activities. Regions use these funds to further the goals of ACFAS at the state and local level and to promote the superior care of foot and ankle surgical patients through education, research and promotion of the highest professional standards. Regions also work on outreach to students and residents, helping to give them a successful start in their careers as foot and ankle surgeons.

Regions are affiliate organizations of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. They are granted a charter and license to use the ACFAS name and logo, are mandated by their own articles of incorporation and bylaws, and remain separate entities from the parent organization.

For more information about Region activities, please contact Michelle Kennedy, ACFAS Director of Membership and Post Graduate Affairs.

ACFAS Regions

ACFAS Regions
Contact the ACFAS Region Presidents Council Chair:

 Harry P. Schneider, DPM, FACFAS

Harry P. Schneider, DPM, FACFAS
Cambridge, MA  02139

(617) 665-2555