Our Team

Our Specialists

Our Administrative Team

Anita Gonzales

surgery coordinator

My name is Anita M. Gonzales, I was raised in Glorieta, NM. I have 2 daughters who are my life and a grandson whom I love with all my heart and soul. I love camping and spending time with my family, listening to NM Spanish music and country of course, and having BBQ’s. I have 3 horses and 1 dog.

I’m the surgical coordinator for Rio Grande Foot & Ankle Specialists. I’ve been in the podiatry field for 10 years. I went to college for billing and coding. Making sure our patients are well taken care of during the scheduling process is the most important thing for me. I love what I do and enjoy working with the team we have.

Marlene Sanchez

insurance specialist

Hello, my name is Marlene Sanchez, I do the Insurance verifications for both the Santa Fe and Taos offices. I am grateful that I get to work from home, especially now with Covid, and I get to be home while my son is doing school from home as well. I do miss talking to our patients though. I have 4 beautiful children. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. I also look forward to the days that I can get away and go to the office to see my work family.

Louie Vita

Office Manager

My name is Louie Vita, and I’m the office manager here at Rio Grande Foot & Ankle Specialists. I moved to New Mexico from Vermont in 2018 with my wife and our three pets. We have one dog, Pickle, and two cats, Lentil and Tuba, who keep us busy off the clock! I enjoy painting birdhouses, tending to my office plants, and kicking back in a hammock! I love working with the amazing staff and incredible providers here, and can’t wait to meet you at your next appointment!

Our Taos Team

Ray Gutierrez

medical assistant

Ray enjoys helping people in any way that he can. He always welcomes patients and treats them like family. Outside of work he enjoys fishing while drinking a Fresca and riding his motorcycle or RZR. Football is his favorite sport to watch and talk about (Go Patriots). If you have any problems with your ankles, toes or feet come visit us we’d love to talk about it.

Estrellita (Star) Castro

medical assistant

Hi, my name is Estrellita aka Star I am a medical assistant at the Taos office. I was born and raised in The Mile High City (Denver) where I spent the first half of my life. I moved to Taos when I was eighteen. I am a mother of four, ages 17, 15, 5, and 3. Two girls and two boys. As a family we enjoy road trips, hunting, live entertainment, and much more. We have three dogs, a cat, fish and a duck. We also have horses on our family ranch in San Luis, Colorado. There is never a dull moment in my home. I am a busy mama, but the best of me is still to come.

Zac Romero

Front Desk Liaison • Medical Assistant

Hi I’m Zac! I am a front desk liaison/medical assistant in all three of our offices. I’m a zac-of-all-trades!I was born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Taos. When I’m not in our office assisting with patients I am usually spending time with family and friends! My hobbies include exploring new places, eating every kind of food there is, and working out. I look forward to being a helping hand with any issues regarding your feet, ankles, and toes!

Vanessa Valdez

Front Desk Liaison

Hello! My name is Vanessa and I am a receptionist at our Taos office. I was born and raised in Taos and now have the pleasure of raising my two sons here as well. When I’m not in the office I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and binge watching my favorite shows with my husband. I also love my pets, gardening, and crafting! I am so thankful for my RGFAS family and hope you have as great of an experience as I do when you enter our office! I look forward to welcoming you to your next appointment!

Our Santa Fe Team

Andrea Miera-Macias

medical assistant

Hello! My name is Andrea. I have been a certified medical assistant working in the podiatry field going on 6 years. I enjoy getting to know all of my patients and exchanging fun and interesting stories. I am not a shy person. I am very outgoing. I love to chit chat, joke, and laugh a lot. I am originally from Albuquerque, NM, but I have been residing in Santa Fe for 8 years. I have been married to my other half for 6 years. We have the cutest fur babies named Perla (our dog) and Pixie (our cat). If it was up to me we would have a farm. I love animals! When I am not at work I enjoy the outdoors, long drives, cooking, baking, and yes, the casino at times. I grew up playing soccer since the age of 4. I enjoyed traveling for tournaments and loved seeing so many historic sites and exciting amusement parks. I would like to coach kids soccer someday. I look forward to meeting all of you and making your visit “Footastic”!

Isaac Jiron

medical assistant

My name is Isaac Lee Jiron. I am born and raised in Santa Fe NM. I am married and have three beautiful children, two daughters and a son. I like to hang out with my wife and kids, I like to take them bike riding and do a lot of adventurous things. I help my kids tend to our pet chickens, turtle (Turbo) and dog (Timmy) and our cats (Marvin and Mavis). I really enjoy what I do at work and I enjoy working with our entire staff.

Cynthia Alvarez

medical assistant

Hello! My name is Cynthia Alvarez. I’m currently working as a Medical Assistant at Rio Grande Foot and Ankle Specialists. I’ve been here for a month now and I love it.

A little bit about myself: I was born and raised here in Santa Fe, NM and been living here my whole life. I absolutely love living here! I have two kids, a 9 year old and a 3 year old. I graduated in 2018 from SFCC as a Medical Assistant and started my first semester at UNM in Fall of 2018. I love spending time with my family. I’m a very family oriented person we love getting together and keep our traditions going. I also have a cat named Chloe and a dog named Rambo – I love my pets! What I like to do for fun is go out hiking, watching my son play soccer every Sunday, and having BBQ’s, I also love learning new things and I love cooking, (Baking not too much). I am really looking forward to meeting and being a great Medical Assistant to all our patients!

Perla Granillo

Front Desk Liaison • Medical Assistant

Hello my name is Perla Granillo , I am a receptionist at the Santa Fe location.  I was born and raised in Santa Fe NM, I’m outspoken, outgoing, and easy to communicate with. Mother of a wonderful 3 year old daughter Mia. We enjoy spending our evenings painting, going to the park, and painting our nails.

Kamisha Beard

Front Desk Liaison

Hello, my name is Kamisha I moved to Santa Fe from a small town in the Rocky Mountains called Kremmling, CO. in October 2003.  I love being a Santa Fean, there’s not a lot of traffic here and we have Zozobra! and the Balloon Fiesta!

One of my favorite things to do is make dinner on the grill and cook with my family.  I have a daughter (23) and son (14).  We enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and going to my son’s baseball games.

Our Los Alamos Team

Kelly Shutt

Front Desk Liaison

Hello!  My name is Kelly Shutt. My husband & I have been blessed to be in New Mexico for 3 years. I’m a receptionist at the front desk and very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful team, along with the fantastic people that come through our doors every day. I’m fond of walking, reading and talking with people. Come be a part of our family & leave with happy feet!

Our Billing Team

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