Big West Region
Alberta, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming
Big West Region State Liaisons
The Big West Region has appointed the following members of ACFAS to serve as liaisons from the following states:
- Arizona: Vanousheh Ghandhari, DPM, AACFAS (480) 895-0276
- Idaho: Randal Wraalstad, DPM, FACFAS (208) 814-7150
- Kansas: David Laha, DPM, FACFAS (913) 338-4440
- Montana: Ronald Ray, DPM, FACFAS (406) 761-2222
- New Mexico: Riley Rampton, DPM, AACFAS (575) 434-0639
- North Dakota: Rachael Renschlet, DPM, AACFAS (701) 952-4878
- Wyoming: Monica Schweinberger, DPM, FACFAS (307) 778-7550 x7234
Recent Activity and Upcoming Events
ACFAS Big West Region Funds Poster Research at the 2021 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 2021 in Las Vegas:
Congratulations to these resident and post graduate fellow authors on their research!
ACFAS Big West Region 2021 Meeting Outcomes
Fred Mechanik, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President, led a virtual meeting of Region members on May 25, the week after the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. The meeting provided an opportunity for members to meet Region officers and hear about our support and plans for the upcoming year including:
- Region support of members during the pandemic
- Region support of poster/manuscript presenters
- Recognition of Region Scholars
- Region Learning Programs for 2021-2022 with the Big West Region scheduled April 1-2, 2022 in Denver.
- Support of ACFAS Student Clubs at AzPod
- Region open officer position
Attendees were entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card. The winners were Bryan Raymond, DPM and Daniel Peterson, DPM, AACFAS.
ACFAS Big West Region Supports Student Scholar
ACFAS Region Scholars are funded by the ACFAS Region Presidents Council, specifically their home Region, and are usually the president-elect or an officer of the their local ACFAS Student Club. Their local ACFAS Regions honor them as future leaders of the profession. Pictured below is Shadi Mattar, the 2021 Region Scholar from the Midwestern University Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine.
Congratulations to Shadi for being chosen as an ACFAS 2021 Region Scholar!
Save the Date: New Region Learning Programs
Big West Region
Are you looking forward to getting back to in-person meetings and educational offerings? It's almost time to get back to normal!
The College is launching a new pilot educational Region Learning Program. These two-day courses will combine case presentations, lightning lectures and hands-on labs, enabling attendees to gain insight into the depth and breadth of your current foot and ankle knowledge. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of contributing factors associated with foot and ankle surgery complications and will be able to apply new skills to help you maximize function and restore structure.
The College has scheduled courses in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest Region for Fall 2021, and courses will be held in the Big West, Tri-State and Southeast Regions in Spring 2022.
Please watch your email for more information to come!
Big West Region Officers
The 2021 - 2022 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.
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.