ACFAS Regions

Big West Region

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

Big West Region President

Kelly PirozziKelly Pirozzi, DPM, FACFAS
Scottsdale, AZ
(602) 753-9403
Contact the Big West Region

Big West Region Officers

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

Austin Matthews, DPM, FACFAS
Torrington, WY
(307) 532-8758

Director of Education
Lincoln, NE
(402) 483-4485

Big West Region Residency Director Mentors

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

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

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

ACFAS Big West Region Funds Poster Research at the 2022 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 2022 in Austin:


  • A Novel Low Opioid Postoperative Protocol for Foot and Ankle Surgery    

    Thomas M. Ehlers, DPM

  • Efficacy of a dual continuous compression construct in first tarsometatarsal arthrodesis, a Preliminary Results of a Retrospective Study 
    Bryan Raymond, DPM; Laura Adler, DPM

  • Use of Flowable Calcium Phosphate for Treatment of Bone Marrow Lesions Associated with Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis
    Steven R. Cooperman, DPM; Tyler Tewiliager, DPM, AACFAS

  • Fibular Inlay Graft for Segmental Bone Defect of Metatarsal Following Gunshot Wound to Foot
    Joshua B. Millward, DPM; Chad Smith, DPM

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

ACFAS Big West Region 2022 Meeting Outcomes

The Big West Region held their annual meeting with ACFAS 2022 in Austin, TX on February 26. Jeffrey McAlister, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region Vice President, led the discussion.  The meeting provided an opportunity for members to meet Region officers and hear about our support and plans for the upcoming year including: 

  • Big West Region support of Regional Learning Programs 

  • Big West Region educational opportunities 

  • Officers of the Big West Region were announced 

  • Big West Region state updates on activities 

Attendees were entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon Gift Card.  David Waters, DPM, FACFAS was selected as the winner. 

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 their local ACFAS Student Club. Their local ACFAS Regions honor them as future leaders of the profession. Pictured below is Dylan Mariano, ’24, the 2022 Region Scholar from Midwestern University Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine, along with Kelly Pirozzi, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President. 

Dylan Mariano, ’24, the 2022 Region Scholar from Midwestern University Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine, along with Kelly Pirozzi, DPM, FACFAS, Big West Region President.

Congratulations to Dylan for being chosen as an ACFAS 2022 Region Scholar! 

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.

Region Goals for First Half of 2022

  • Attend Region Presidents Council Meeting held during the Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, TX.
  • Host ACFAS Big West Region Meeting held during the Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, TX
  • ACFAS Big West Region support of posters and manuscripts presented at the Annual Scientific Conference in Austin, TX
  • ACFAS Big West Region onboarding of new officers.
  • Plan an ACFAS Big West Region Complications course/Zoom meeting.


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.

Contact the ACFAS Region Presidents Council Chair

Gregory P. Still, DPM, FACFAS
Wheat Ridge, CO
Phone: (303) 422-6043