Stephen L. Knecht, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Foot and Ankle, Orthopaedic Trauma

Dr. Knecht is the only board certified orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon in Northern Arizona. Highly regarded as one of the best, Dr. Knecht has additional, specialized training in foot and ankle disorders. These may include problems of the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, and skin. He uses medical, physical and rehabilitative methods, as well as surgery, to treat patients of all ages and walks of life – from world-class athletes and developmentally disabled children, to your neighbor next door.

Working in tandem with Dr. Knecht is physician assistant Mary Anne Persons, PA-C. Mary Anne, a licensed medical provider, is highly skilled in the foot and ankle field of medicine. She has had extensive training and experience in how to examine, diagnose, prescribe medications, treat and assist in surgery. Together, the two providers form a team that seeks to not only treat, but also personalize the care experience at the Foot and Ankle Center.

Common conditions treated by Dr. Knecht and his team in the Foot and Ankle Center:

  • Running injuries
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Impingement of the ankle
  • Bunions and hammer toes
  • Stress fractures
  • Trauma of the foot or ankle
  • Pediatric developmental foot issues
  • General orthopaedic problems in the foot and ankle

With two fellowships, Dr. Knecht specializes in the evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle problems and musculoskeletal trauma. Dr. Knecht joined Northern Arizona Orthopaedics in 2004 upon completion of his fellowships in Foot and Ankle, as well as Orthopaedic Trauma.

In their free time, he and his wife, Kristi, enjoy mountain biking, surfing, skiing, hiking and exploring the backcountry of Northern Arizona and Colorado. They are also both actively involved in annual orthopaedic mission trips to Central America, treating lower leg deformities, and hip and knee arthritis in areas of need.


  • Foot and Ankle Fellowship Sydney, Australia
  • Trauma Fellowship Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Orthopaedic Residency University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Doctorate of Medicine New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society

Personal Quote

“My passion is medicine and the people it helps. I focus on spending time with my patients, getting to know them and creating positive relationships with them. People are more at ease when they know you.”

Patient Testimonials

”He informed me the way I treated my rehabilitation would be as important to him as it
would be for me. And that we both needed for me to do my part if my surgery was going to be
successful. He was honest about my procedure's success rate.“

George H.

”He sits down and looks you right in the eye to talk with you and answers all of your questions.“

Alice S.

”He (Dr. Stephen L. Knecht) had a good bedside manner, made great eye contact, and was very

Glenna C.

”He (Dr. Stephen L. Knecht at Northern Arizona Orthopaedics) spent time discussing my

Ben M