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Melissa Galli, DPM

Specialties

Foot & Ankle

Languages

American Sign Language, English
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Services & Specialties

Foot & Ankle

Languages

American Sign Language, English

Office Information

North Phoenix Clinic

18444 N. 25th Ave. 
Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85023
Main Number: 866.974.2673
Fax: 866.939.2673

Office Information

Biography

Melissa M. Galli, DPM, MHA is a board qualified and dual fellowship-trained reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon specializing in sports medicine, external (frame) fixation, trauma, total ankle replacement and reconstruction of the forefoot, hindfoot and ankle. She is certified in various total ankle replacement systems.

Dr. Galli completed her fellowship at Coordinated Health in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she received comprehensive reconstructive training, including primary and revision ankle joint replacement. In addition, she studied abroad for a 5-week international external fixation fellowship in limb deformity correction with Dr. Alexander Kirienko in Milan, Italy. Prior to obtaining her fellowship training, Dr. Galli completed her podiatric surgical residency in the Department of Orthopedics at Wexner Medical Center. During her residency, Dr. Galli received extensive training in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, emergency and internal medicines, infectious disease, diabetic limb salvage and endocrinology. Her medical involvement extended into the community where she served on a local diabetes organization’s Medical Board allowing diabetic children the access to a summer camp experience. In addition, she assisted in the founding of their Young Professionals’ Board, YPGluco.

Dr. Galli received her medical degree from Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery and simultaneously completed her Master of Health Care Administration from the College of Health Sciences. Her medical business knowledge was utilized by Chicagoland’s Advocate health system during an internship. After election as Class President by her medical colleagues, her leadership skills were rendered on the IPMSA Executive Council and Des Moines University’s Council of Presidents. Dr. Galli obtained her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University graduating cum laude and with honors with distinction. During her undergraduate schooling, she received numerous research grants to study the implications of environmental and public health policies as it pertained to diseases harbored in large African mammals.

Melissa M. Galli, DPM, MHA is a board qualified and dual fellowship-trained reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon specializing in sports medicine, external (frame) fixation, trauma, total ankle replacement and reconstruction of the forefoot, hindfoot and ankle. She is certified in various total ankle replacement systems.

Dr. Galli completed her fellowship at Coordinated Health in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she received comprehensive reconstructive training, including primary and revision ankle joint replacement. In addition, she studied abroad for a 5-week international external fixation fellowship in limb deformity correction with Dr. Alexander Kirienko in Milan, Italy. Prior to obtaining her fellowship training, Dr. Galli completed her podiatric surgical residency in the Department of Orthopedics at Wexner Medical Center. During her residency, Dr. Galli received extensive training in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery, emergency and internal medicines, infectious disease, diabetic limb salvage and endocrinology. Her medical involvement extended into the community where she served on a local diabetes organization’s Medical Board allowing diabetic children the access to a summer camp experience. In addition, she assisted in the founding of their Young Professionals’ Board, YPGluco.

Dr. Galli received her medical degree from Des Moines University’s College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery and simultaneously completed her Master of Health Care Administration from the College of Health Sciences. Her medical business knowledge was utilized by Chicagoland’s Advocate health system during an internship. After election as Class President by her medical colleagues, her leadership skills were rendered on the IPMSA Executive Council and Des Moines University’s Council of Presidents. Dr. Galli obtained her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University graduating cum laude and with honors with distinction. During her undergraduate schooling, she received numerous research grants to study the implications of environmental and public health policies as it pertained to diseases harbored in large African mammals.

Dr. Galli continually challenges her knowledge base through research and collaboration. She continues to educated patients through research and advanced her profession by means of publications and lecturing. She is an active member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), Arizona Podiatric Medical Association (AzPMA) and is an ongoing trauma section editor for its Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Dr. Galli believes in educating and empowering the next generation and serves as a Miami University Class Agent encouraging educational endowments.

Procedures & Areas of Interest

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopy of the Foot & Ankle
  • Bursitis
  • Diabetic Charcot Correction
  • Diabetic Foot Infections
  • Extensive Reconstruction of the Forefoot & Hindfoot
  • External Fixation
  • Foot & Ankle Trauma
  • Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Correction
  • Lesser Toe Deformities
  • Lower Leg Deformity Correction
  • Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Revision Joint Replacement Surgery of the Ankle
  • Sports Injures
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Total Joint Replacement Surgery of the Ankle

Fellowship

Coordinated Health

Residency

The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center

Doctoral

Des Moines University

Undergraduate

College of Health Sciences

Board Certification

Board Certified

Accolades

  • 2012 - Two Honorable Mentions for Research Manuscript at ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference
  • 2011 - 3rd Place at 7th International External Fixation Symposium for most challenging resident case
  • 2009 - College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Award for Clinical Proficiency
  • 2009 - ACFAS Michael L. Stone Award & Honorarium for Professional Conduct

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Overall 4.7 out of 5

Explained Understandably 4.8
Listened Carefully 4.8
Gave Understandable Answers 4.8
Knew Medical History 4.6
Showed Respect 4.8
Spent Enough Time 4.7

Research and Experience

Publications

Galli MM, Scott RT. Supramalleolar Osteotomies: An Algorithm for the Deformed Ankle. Clin Podiatr Med Surg. 2015 Jul;32(3):435-44. doi:10.1016/j.cpm.2015.03.005. Review. PubMed PMID: 26117577.

Brigido SA, Wobst GM, Galli MM, Protzman NM. Evaluating Component Migration: Comparing Two Generations of the INBONE(®) Total Ankle Replacement. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 Sep-Oct;54(5):892-5. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2015.03.004. Epub 2015 May 29. PubMed PMID: 26033824.

Galli MM, Protzman NM, Mandelker EM, Malhotra AD, Schwartz E, Brigido SA. An examination of anatomic variants and incidental peroneal tendon pathologic features: a comprehensive MRI review of asymptomatic lateral ankles. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 Mar-Apr;54(2):164-72. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.11.005. Epub 2015 Jan 22. PubMed PMID: 25619812.

Philbin TM, Hofbauer M, Deol PP, Galli M, Brigido SA, Smith WB, Brigido SA. Understanding the basics of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and the associated flatfoot: conservative and surgical thoughts. Foot Ankle Spec. 2015 Feb;8(1):36-41. doi: 10.1177/1938640014565329. PubMed PMID: 25588756.

Berlet GC, Hyer CF, Scott RT, Galli MM. Medial double arthrodesis with lateral column sparing and arthrodiastasis: a radiographic and medical record review. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 May-Jun;54(3):441-4. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.10.012. Epub 2014 Dec 2. PubMed PMID: 25488190.

Galli MM, Protzman NM, Brigido SA. Arthrodiastasis of the lateral column with  medial fusion: a retrospective examination of medial double and Lapidus arthrodeses. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 May-Jun;54(3):412-6. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.09.013. Epub 2014 Dec 4. PubMed PMID: 25481723.

Galli MM, McAlister JE, Berlet GC, Hyer CF. Enhanced Lapidus arthrodesis: crossed screw technique with middle cuneiform fixation further reduces sagittal mobility. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 May-Jun;54(3):437-40. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.10.008. Epub 2014 Nov 21. PubMed PMID: 25456344.

Brigido SA, Wobst GM, Galli MM, Bleazey ST, Protzman NM. Evaluating component migration after modular stem fixed-bearing total ankle replacement. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 May-Jun;54(3):326-31. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.06.028. Epub 2014 Sep 17. PubMed PMID: 25241041.

Galli MM, Protzman NM, Bleazey ST, Brigido SA. Role of Demineralized Allograft Subchondral Bone in the Treatment of Shoulder Lesions of the Talus: Clinical Results With Two-Year Follow-Up. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2015 Jul-Aug;54(4):717-22. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.05.008. Epub 2014 Jul 9. PubMed PMID: 25022615.

Galli MM, Protzman NM, Mandelker EM, Malhotra A, Schwartz E, Brigido SA. Comparing tendinous and ligamentous ankle pathology in atraumatic overweight and nonoverweight patients: a comprehensive MRI review. Foot Ankle Spec. 2014 Dec;7(6):449-56. doi: 10.1177/1938640014539805. Epub 2014 Jul 7. PubMed PMID: 25005703.

Galli MM, Protzman NM, Mandelker EM, Malhotra AD, Wobst GM, Schwartz E, Brigido SA. Examining the Relationship Between Pathologies of the Peroneal, Achilles, and Posterior Tibial Tendons: An MRI Review in an Asymptomatic Lateral Ankle Population. Foot Ankle Spec. 2014 Jul 7;7(4):277-285. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25005701.

Brigido SA, Galli MM, Bleazey ST, Protzman NM. Modular stem fixed-bearing total ankle replacement: prospective results of 23 consecutive cases with 3-year follow-up. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Nov-Dec;53(6):692-9. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.04.001. Epub 2014 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 24891091.

Galli MM, Protzman NM, Mandelker EM, Malhotra AD, Schwartz E, Brigido SA. Examining the relation of osteochondral lesions of the talus to ligamentous and lateral ankle tendinous pathologic features: a comprehensive MRI review in an asymptomatic lateral ankle population. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Jul-Aug;53(4):429-33. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.03.014. Epub 2014 May 3. PubMed PMID: 24796886.

Brigido SA, Protzman NM, Galli MM, Bleazey ST. The role of demineralized allograft subchondral bone in the treatment of talar cystic OCD lesions that have failed microfracture. Foot Ankle Spec. 2014 Oct;7(5):377-86. doi: 10.1177/1938640014531984. Epub 2014 Apr 29. PubMed PMID: 24781454.

Protzman NM, Galli MM, Bleazey ST, Brigido SA. Biologic augmentation of foot and ankle arthrodeses with an allogeneic cancellous sponge. Orthopedics. 2014 Mar;37(3):e230-6. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20140225-54. PubMed PMID: 24762149.

Galli MM, Scott RT, Bussewitz B, Hatic S 2nd, Hyer CF. Structures at risk with medial double hindfoot fusion: a cadaveric study. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Sep-Oct;53(5):598-600. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2014.03.001. Epub 2014 Apr 18. PubMed PMID: 24751588.

Wertz J, Galli M, Borchers JR. Achilles tendon rupture: risk assessment for aerial and ground athletes. Sports Health. 2013 Sep;5(5):407-9. doi: 10.1177/1941738112472165. PubMed PMID: 24427410; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3752187.

Galli MM, Scott RT, Bussewitz BW, Hyer CF. A retrospective comparison of cost and efficiency of the medial double and dual incision triple arthrodeses. Foot Ankle Spec. 2014 Feb;7(1):32-6. doi: 10.1177/1938640013509669. Epub 2013 Dec 16. PubMed PMID: 24346838.

Galli MM, Protzman NM, Brigido SA. Utilization of silver hydrogel sheet dressing on postsurgical incisions: a pilot study in foot and ankle surgery. Foot Ankle Spec. 2013 Dec;6(6):422-33. doi: 10.1177/1938640013507108. Epub 2013 Oct 23. PubMed PMID: 24154992.

Hyer CF, Galli MM, Scott RT, Bussewitz B, Berlet GC. Ankle valgus after hindfoot arthrodesis: a radiographic and chart comparison of the medial double and triple arthrodeses. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Jan-Feb;53(1):55-8. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2013.02.018. Epub 2013 Jul 31. PubMed PMID: 23910739.

 

Oral Presentations

The role of allograft subchondral bone in treatment of shoulder lesions of the talus: clinical results with two-year follow up. Galli MM, DPM, MHAProtzman NM, MS; Bleazey ST, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.

The relationship between BMI and tendinous & ligamentous ankle pathology: a comprehensive review of MRIs in the atraumatic, asymptomatic lateral ankle population. Galli MM, DPM, MHAProtzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.

Evaluating component migration following modular stem-fixed bearing total ankle replacement. Wobst G, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.

Examining the relation of osteochondral lesions of the talus to ligamentous and lateral ankle tendinous pathology: a comprehensive MRI review in an asymptomatic lateral ankle population. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.

Hindfoot arthrodeses: outcomes & lessons from taking a “˜less is more’ approach. Nov 2013. Solothurn, Switzerland.

That’s a flat foot so now what?! Examining the deformity through the ages. Coordinated Health CME Lecture, Spring 2013. Bethlehem, PA.

Surgical efficiency of medical double arthrodesis versus standard triple arthrodesis. Hyer CF, DPM, MS; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Bussewitz B, DPM. 2012 AOFAS Annual Scientific Conference. San Diego, CA.

Ankle valgus after hindfoot arthrodesis: a comparison of the medial double & triple arthrodesis. Hyer CF, DPM, MS; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Berlet GC, MD. Awarded Honorable Mention at 2012 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. San Antonio, TX.

The medial double arthrodesis with lateral column sparing & arthrodiastasis. Berlet GC, MD; Hyer CF, DPM, MS; Scott RT, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA. Awarded Honorable Mention at 2012 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Resident competition: my most challenging case. Awarded 3rd Place at the 7th International External Fixation Symposium, Dec 2011. San Antonio, TX.

Poster Presentations

Examining the relationship between pathologies of the peroneal, Achilles, and posterior tibial tendons: A comprehensive MRI review in an asymptomatic lateral ankle population. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.

Evaluating component migration: comparing stemmed and non-stemmed fixed bearing total ankle replacements. Wobst GM, DPM; Protzman NM, MS; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.

An examination of anatomic variants & incidental peroneal tendon pathology: a comprehensive MRI review. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS; Mandelker EM, MD; Malhotra A, MD; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM. 2014 ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference. Orlando, FL.

Utilization of silver hydrogel sheet dressings on post-surgical wounds: a pilot study in foot & ankle surgery. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.

An examination of incidental peroneal tendon pathology: a comprehensive multi-center review of ankle MRIs. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Schwartz E, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.

The enhanced Lapidus arthrodesis: crossed screw technique with middle cuneiform fixation further reduces sagittal mobility. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; McAlister JE, DPM; Berlet GC, MD; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.

Arthrodiastasis of the lateral column with medial column fusion: a retrospective examination of the medial double, Lapidus & talonavicular arthrodeses. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013. E-poster at the AOFAS Annual Scientific Meeting, Hollywood, FL, July 17-20, 2013.

A retrospective comparison of cost & efficiency of the medial double and dual incision triple arthrodesis. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Bussewitz BW, DPM; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Anatomic description of the naviculocuneiform articulation.McAlister JE, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Allogenic, cancellous sponge improves fusion, pain & function: a prospective case series of 45 foot & ankle arthrodeses compared to the literature. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Mid-term follow-up using demineralized allograft subchondral bone in the treatment of shoulder lesions of the talus. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Pseudoaneurysm of the posterior tibial artery following manipulation under anesthesia of a total ankle replacement: a case report. Bleazey ST, DPM; Brigido SA, DPM; Oskin TC, MD; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Modular stem-fixed bearing total ankle replacement: a three-year follow up of 21 cases. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Pinning across the MTP joint with hammertoe correction: what’s the damage to the metatarsal articular surface? Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Digital arthrodesis using a 2-Piece intra-medullar locking implant. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Structures at risk with medial double hindfoot fusion: a cadaveric study. Bussewitz B, DPM; Hatic S, DO; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 70th Annual Scientific Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2012.

A torus fracture of the 1st metatarsal. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Atway S, DPM. The OSU Medical Center Research Day, 2010.

Internal fixation of osteoporotic bone: a case of staged procedures. Frerichs J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA. CPMS Research Day, Des Moines, IA, 2009. 

Wave form analysis’ efficacy for the determination of severity & course of PAD. Bennett J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Comstock K, DPM, MS. Heartland Conference, Des Moines, IA, 2009. 

Pinning across the MTP joint with hammertoe correction: what’s the damage to the metatarsal articular surface? Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013.

Digital arthrodesis using a 2-piece intra-medullar locking implant. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Brigido SA, DPM; Protzman NM, MS. ACFAS 71st Annual Scientific Conference, Las Vegas, NV, February 11-14, 2013. 

Structures at risk with medial double hindfoot fusion: a cadaveric study. Bussewitz B, DPM; Hatic S, DO; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Scott RT, DPM; Hyer CF, DPM, MS. ACFAS 70th Annual Scientific Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2012.

A torus fracture of the 1st metatarsal. Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Atway S, DPM. The Ohio State University Medical Center Research Day, 2010.

Internal fixation of osteoporotic bone: a case of staged procedures. Frerichs J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA. CPMS Research Day, Des Moines, IA, 2009.

Wave form analysis’ efficacy for the determination of severity & course of PAD. Bennett J, DPM; Galli MM, DPM, MHA; Comstock K, DPM, MS. Heartland Conference, Des Moines, IA, 2009.

Leadership Roles

  • Elected CPMS ’09 Class President by her medical peers [2006 to 2009]
  • Member of IPMSA Executive Council [2006 to 2009]
  • Served on Des Moines University’s Council of Presidents [2006 to 2009]
  • Audio Visual Supervisor
  • Des Moines University Physical Diagnosis Teaching Assistant

Community Involvement

Physician representative on Central Ohio Diabetes Association’s Medical Advisory Committee & Camp Hamwi board providing diabetic children an outdoor summer camp experience [2009 to 2012].

Proud founding member & VP of Advocacy for YPGluco, the young professionals’ board of CODA.

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