Summer Fun, Losses, and Transitions

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I recently returned from the 2012 Annual Scientific Symposium of the Florida Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists (FAOP) and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FCAAOP) in Marco Island, Florida. The O&P EDGE  was the exclusive media provider for the event. The meeting was a huge success, largely due to the time and effort Dino Scanio, CO, LO; Lisa Scanio; and their cohorts spent planning and executing it. Attendees had a great selection of educational sessions to go to, and the exhibit hall was packed with more than 70 exhibitors. A highlight of the meeting was a luau-themed banquet complete with a roasted pig and all the trimmings. The youngsters were treated to more kid-friendly offerings like hot dogs, hamburgers, Rice Krispy treats, and popsicles. Dan Strzempka, CPO, who helped develop a prosthetic tail for Winter, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin that inspired the 2011 movie Dolphin Tale —gave a brief introduction. Wallace Faraday and Josh Culler provided music.

One attendee asked why I was at a state meeting. In addition to being the exclusive media provider for this event, I was also promoting our new division, EDGE  Custom Publications. If you're looking for a fresh way to market your O &P facility to your referral sources, EDGE  Custom Publications is the perfect solution.

To learn more about how to effectively market and position your facility as the top O&P patient care provider in your area or region, be sure to come to our product preview theater presentation during the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) National Assembly on Friday, September 7, at 2 p.m.

On a personal note, I am sad to report that our dog, Jake, who I have written about in previous Viewpoint articles, passed away June 17. He had a rough year and his heart just gave out. We will forever have wonderful memories of the 12-plus years he was part of our family. But this month, the Randolph household has started a new chapter. Our oldest daughter, Ashley, is going away to college, our other daughter, Casey, is starting high school, and we just got a new puppy. I will keep you posted as these changes take hold...

I look forward to seeing you at The O&P EDGE  booth #1000 during the AOPA National Assembly in Boston, Massachusetts. Stop by to say hello. We will have great giveaways!

— Tonja Randolph