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

Big West Region State Liaisons

The Big West Region has appointed the following members of ACFAS to serve as liaisons from the following states:

Recent Activity and Upcoming Events

Big West Region Officers

The 2020 - 2021 Officers of the Big West Region (left to right): Kelly Pirozzi, DPM, FACFAS, Vice President, Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, President, and Jeffrey McAlister, DPM, FACFAS, Secretary/Treasurer.


2020 Big West Region Officers

ACFAS Big West Region Meeting Outcomes

The ACFAS Big West Region met on Friday, February 21 at ACFAS 2020 in San Antonio with 37 members in attendance. Fred Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President, led the meeting. The Region discussions included:

  • ACFAS Big West Region State liaisons to assist in Region communication
  • ACFAS Big West Region holding a complications seminar in May/June 2020
  • ACFAS Big West Region holding additional Region meetings by video/Skype
  • ACFAS Big West Region promotion of ACFAS eBooks
  • ACFAS Big West Region continued poster/manuscript support for Post Graduate Fellows/Residents and students
  • ACFAS Big West Region hosting ACFAS On the Road in Fall of 2020.

The Region Raffle prize winner of a $100 Amazon gift card was Tonda Silva, DPM, AACFAS from Peoria, AZ. (Pictured: Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President and Tonda Silva, DPM, AACFAS.)

 2020 Big West Prize Winner

The recipient of the Michael L. Stone, DPM Award for Outstanding Processional Conduct from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery (ABFAS) was Matthew Greenblatt, Class of 2020, Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program Midwestern University - Glendale. Pictured: Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President and Matthew Greenblatt.)

2020 Big West ABFAS Award

Members of the Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program Midwestern University - Glendale Class of 2021 participated in the Podiatric College Poster presentation. Poster title: Resection, ORIF or Both? Chronic Navicular Stress Fracture in the Setting of a Calcaneonavicular Coalition
(Pictured, left to right: Sahil Handa, Joe Galvan, Jacob Ivery, Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President.)

2020 Big West AZPOD '21 Poster

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 2020 ACFAS Region Scholar from the Big West Region is Kayla Weber from AZPod.

2020 Region Scholar Big West_Kayla Weber

Pictured are Kayla Weber and Frederick Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region president. Congratulations to Kayle on being chosen as an ACFAS 2020 Region Scholar!

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 Funds Resident Poster Research at the 2020 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 ACFAS 2020:

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

Region Goals for Second Half of 2020

  • Big West Region is planning for a future Complications course to be held in Denver/Northern Colorado.
  • Big West Region is planning for holding an ACFAS webinar.


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:


Alan A. MacGill, DPM, FACFAS
Coral Springs, FL  33071

Phone: (561) 549-9090