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

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

Date: Friday, February 21
: 1-2pm
: Exhibit Hall (lunch meeting)

Your Region will be holding a meeting of its members in conjunction with the ACFAS Scientific Conference in San Antonio. We hope that you can join us to meet and network with your Region officers and have a hand in the plans for the Region for the upcoming year.   

Attend to Learn, Plan and Win! All ACFAS members who attend their Region meetings will be placed in a Region drawing to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. Your raffle ticket will be distributed at your Region meeting.

See you in San Antonio!

Need Money for ACFAS 2020?

Local ACFAS Regions Have Funds to Support Your Research Efforts

Are you a resident or post-graduate fellow presenting a poster or manuscript at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in February? Could you use some extra money to apply toward your travel costs? The ACFAS Regions can help!

If you've submitted a poster or manuscript that is accepted for presentation at the conference and you are interested in receiving funding from your local Region, complete an application for support. Poster submitters are potentially eligible for $250, and manuscript presenters are potentially eligible for $500. Complete rules for acceptance and provision of funds can be found on the application form.

Please submit the completed form directly to your Region's President (names and email addresses are available on the form) by Friday, January 31, 2020. Each Region will determine the number of awards they can provide based on the number of submissions received and will contact you directly with next steps.

The ACFAS Regions are excited to be able to support the next generation of researchers in their parts of the country.

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 2020

  • Attend the ACFAS Region Presidents Council (RPC) meeting on February 18, 2020 -San Antonio.
  • Host ACFAS Big West Region meeting on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 1-2 pm in Expo Hall -San Antonio.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support of Resident & Post-Grad Fellow poster/manuscript presenters for ACFAS Scientific Conference on February 19-21, 2020 -San Antonio.
  • ACFAS Big West Region support for current and future residents.
  • ACFAS Big West Region Complications course development.
  • ACFAS Big West Region webinar development.


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