All our professionals at Foot and Ankle Associates of Wisconsin maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in podiatry.


Dr. Thomas Pietrocarlo
Dr. Pietrocarlo was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of Canisius College and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He and his wife, Jackie, relocated to Milwaukee where he completed his surgical residency.

He has been in practice in the Waukesha and Milwaukee area for 30 years.

Professional credentials include:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Member of the American College of Sports Medicine and Clinical Instructor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Hospital affiliations are:

  • Waukesha Memorial
  • St. Francis
  • West Allis Memorial as well as several surgery centers.

His areas of professional interest are foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, and biomechanics. Over the years he has authored numerous professional articles for books and journals.

Both in 2012 and 2008, Dr. Pietrocarlo was named one of the "Top 250 Doctors" in the Milwaukee area by Milwaukee Magazine.

The Pietrocarlos are parents of 2 adult daughters. Dr. Pietrocarlo enjoys reading, collector cars, golf, and fishing in his spare time.


Dr. James Vavra
Dr. Vavra is an Illinois native who graduated from Carroll College, Waukesha, WI and the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.

As the father of 4 children he has a strong interest in pediatric podiatric care and sports medicine He works with pediatricians at the WMH Pro-Health Clinics to improve their patient's foot health and treat any congenital deformities. Also, he has worked with area high school athletic trainers to prevent injuries and treat problems that arise during training.

Professional credentials include:

  • Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Hospital affiliations are:

  • Waukesha Memorial Hospital
  • Elmbrook Memorial Hospital
  • Moreland Surgery Center

Dr. Vavra served as the Director of the Podiatric Residency Program of Greater Milwaukee from 1997-2001.

Dr. Vavra resides in Mukwonago with his wife Denise and his son and daughters. He enjoys playing hockey, coaching, boating, golf, and water skiing.


Dr. Shawn Sanicola
Dr. Shawn Sanicola is a Wisconsin native who was born and raised in Milwaukee. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he went on to receive his degree in Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. Upon graduation he completed a three-year surgical residency program at the Denver Veterans Administration Hospital and the United States Air Force Academy.

Dr. Sanicola has extensive training and experience in limb salvage surgery and sports medicine. Being a former college athlete and a foot and ankle doctor for the USAFA he understands the mindset of the athlete and focuses on returning the patient to full activity as efficiently as possible.

Dr. Sanicola continues to be active in research and brings cutting edge knowledge and technology directly to his patients in an effort to maximize their care. He prides himself on compassionate care and believes in tailoring treatment to each individual patients need. Dr. Sanicola is Board Certified in foot surgery.



Dr. Amy Galati

Dr. Galati graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

Professional Credentials Include:

  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Board certified in Foot Surgery.

Hospital Affiliations

  • Waukesha Memorial Hospital
  • Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
  • Aurora Summit
  • Moreland Surgery Center
  • Life Care Hospital

Dr. Galati is a Wisconsin native and now resides in the Lake Country Area with her husband and 2 daughters.

Dr. Galati's professional interests are: foot and ankle surgery, pediatric care, geriatric care, sports medicine, and limb salvage.   Her personal interests include: golf, running, yoga and gardening.

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Now Welcoming Dr. Anton J. Sella, DPM!

Dr. Sella graduated from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed a surgical residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where he served as chief resident. Before relocating to the Lake Country area he was a faculty attending for the Rush University Medical Center podiatric residency program as well as an assistant faculty attending for the University of Chicago/NorthShore University HealthSystem family medicine residency program. He has a special emphasis in diabetic limb salvage and sports medicine.

Dr. Sella grew up in Menomonee Falls and attended the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse on a full academic scholarship. While in La Crosse he competed four years in Cross Country and Track and Field and was a member of six NCAA Championship Teams. He is a USA Track and Field level 1 certified coach specializing in endurance events. He lectures on sports injuries and prevention and has served on the medical staff of the Chicago Marathon elite athlete program and Chicago Triathlon.

Outside of the office he enjoys the outdoors and is a competitive cyclist and long distance runner. He has finished in the Top-100 of the Chicago Marathon and the Top-150 of the Boston Marathon.

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