Our Staff

All professionals at BIG FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.

Gregory P Rowe, DPM

Dr. Rowe was raised in S.L.C., UT as the youngest of six children. He led an active life playing multiple sports. He developed a good work ethic by working along side his parents and older siblings. He graduated from the University of Utah in 2006, with a BS in Exercise Physiology.

He attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in NYC, NY, and graduated in 2011. He completed a 3-year foot and ankle reconstructive surgical residency in Upstate NY, where he was elected as the Chief resident during his third year.

Dr. Rowe was chosen to do an additional year of rigorous fellowship training in southern NM. The American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research is an ACFAS recognized foot and ankle surgery & reconstructive fellowship, and one of the best lower extremity surgical fellowships in the nation. He was trained extensively in reconstructive foot, ankle and leg surgical correction, with emphasis in ankle arthroscopy, total ankle replacements, diabetic Charcot reconstruction, and traumatic injuries of the lower extremity. He was given the Top Surgeon award from the American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research in 2015.

After his fellowship was completed in 2015, he practiced with a podiatry group in Northern NM for a year and a half. 

Dr. Rowe has worked hard towards his dream of owning his own practice. He was able to accomplish this dream in 2017, when he purchased AACI Foot, Leg and Ankle Care Centers. He changed the name in Oct. of 2018 to BIG FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE.

He is very dedicated to his profession and education. He has presented multiple times at national conferences. He has co-authored published research studies and articles on various topics. He continues to strive to better his profession and those around him.

Dr. Rowe is a triathlete. In 2010, he designed and completed an Ironman length triathlon in Bear Lake, UT. He and His wife designed and completed a half-Ironman length triathlon in the summer of 2016 in Bear Lake, UT. He continues to enter triathlons, cycling and running races, and enjoys motivating his patients, through his example, to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

He is happily married, with four lovely daughters and a wonderful son. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.



Ellie Thornton - Receptionist

Ellie was born and raised in Mesa, AZ. She was a cheerleader at Mountain View High School and graduated in 2016. As a cheerleader, during her junior year, her and 3 other teammates won a USA National title in Anaheim, California for their four-man stunt group.

After high school, she attended school at Mesa Community College to attain pre-requisite courses for a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ultrasound). She is currently attending ultrasound school in AZ part-time.