Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Dr. Michael Vaardahl is a highly skilled podiatric physician and surgeon who has owned and operated his own private practice, Foot & Ankle Center of Northern Colorado, since 2001. He serves as the residency director at North Colorado Medical Center, and holds membership in the American Professional Wound Care Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. His podiatric interests include diabetic foot management and wound care, and forefoot and rearfoot surgery.
Dr. Vaardahl is an active member of his community and continues to give back in many ways. As residency director at North Colorado Medical Center, he volunteers with his residents to provide podiatric care and education to the medically underserved and indigent population at community health fairs and clinics, including the Sunrise Community Health Center in Greeley, Colorado.
He also has his residents participate in Barry University’s Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project, where they provide corrective surgery for crippled children in the Yucatan Peninsula. The hospital does not cover the residents’ expenses to fly to Mexico, so Dr. Vaardahl covers the costs himself. (Dr. Vaardahl participated in these mercy mission flights as a Barry student.) He is also a volunteer preceptor for Barry’s podiatric medical students, providing clinical rotations at his Colorado practice. A member of the Rotary Club, Dr. Vaardahl helps to raise funds for college scholarships.
Dr. Vaardahl earned his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in 1998, where he won the Excellence in Community Podiatric Medicine Award and the Excellence in Clinical Science Award. He earned a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Barry in 1995.