A: I found out about the O&P field through a friend in Asheville who worked at an O&P lab. I spent time shadowing and doing technical work in the lab then had the opportunity to go to Guatemala and Belize to work for non-profit prosthetic organizations.
Q: What do you like most about being a practitioner?
A: I enjoy being a practitioner because it gives me an opportunity to have a positive impact on people's lives each day.
Q: How have you grown and changed as a practitioner over the past few years?
A: An area where I have grown and changed as a practitioner is in my ability to connect with patients and quickly identify areas where I can improve their independence and quality of life.
Q: How much has the profession changed over the past few years?
A: The profession has changed dramatically over the past few years. The industry is just now catching up in terms of utilizing the technology that is available. This new technology is exciting because now we have so many options and can choose Prosthetic and Orthotic devices which suit each individual’s needs.
Q: What technological advances in the profession excite you the most?
A: The advances which excite me the most are those in myoelectrics and microprocessor controlled components as well as materials and fitting techniques. These advances have helped us to make all of our devices more functional, lifelike and comfortable for our patients.
Q: Tell me about one of your favorite accomplishments as a practitioner?
A: One of my favorite accomplishments as a practitioner was being able to play a part in fitting one of our patient’s with a shoulder disarticulation prosthesis which he used for mountain biking. This device allowed him to take part in an activity that he had always enjoyed before his amputation. That experience was extremely rewarding for me and I will never forget it. Each day I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to make a real difference and provide people with improved mobility and a sense of independence.