SBRHA Names Nobbe Orthopedics Provider of Month

Nobbe Orthopedics Inc., with locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California, has been named Provider of the Month at Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority (SBRHA), the local manager of Medical services, announced Sharadi L. Nobbe, BSN, RN, cranial/medical services coordinator for Nobbe Orthopedics.

The SBRHA noted that Nobbe Orthopedics has provided nearly 50 years of service to the Santa Barbara County community and has been an SBRHA provider since November 1997. "They combine established, traditional values with new technological advancements to benefit SBRHA members," SBRHA said on its website, "They provide the highest quality control and the capability for true custom fabrication of all prosthetic and orthotics devices. Their website,, provides direct resources for patients. It offers downloads such as device-specific instruction sheets, copies of their newsletter, [and] routinely updated product information.... In addition, they pair new patients with established similar patients to provide and encourage 'peer support.'"

SBRHA continued, "Nobbe Orthopedics is also available to provide in-service education to local hospital, therapy, and physician office staff. Training staff in the proper donning, care, and use of devices helps ensure patient outcomes, compliance, and satisfaction...."

SBRHA noted several products developed by Nobbe Orthopedics to meet specific clinical applications, including its recent Post-Amputation Limb Guard designed to help protect the recent amputation site. "Nobbe staff was also selected to perform clinical trials of BracelinkTM, a direct-to-CAD measurement-based brace design system," SBRHA said. "They continue to be at the forefront of stance-control orthotics designs and were invitees to participate in the first educational program for the microprocessor-controlled orthotic knee hinge systems. Microprocessor controls continue to be at the center of orthotics and prosthetic developments."

The staff includes Ralph W. Nobbe, CPO, president; Eric Baron, CPO; Richard Feldman, CPO; Bret Laurent, CP; and Sharadi L. Nobbe, BSN, RN, among others.