Setting Yourself Apart - April 2007

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Setting Yourself Apart: Is a Niche O&P Business for You?
By Miki Fairley


The O&P EDGE talked to successful professionals in O&P and pedorthic practices, consulting businesses, and manufacturing facilities about why they chose to develop a niche business and how they went about doing so. Their experiences and advice...

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Feature

Managing a Practice: In Search of the Perfect Size
By Judith Philipps Otto


It's a universal problem that applies not only to the size and level of development of an O&P practice, but to almost every facet of life where creativity allows expansion and exploration. How far? How big?

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Feature

The Road to Parity
By Morgan Sheets


What happens when a national organization steps forward and takes a risk in order to meet the needs of its constituents? With the formation of a new campaign, the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is helping to shape healthcare policy one state a...

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Feature

Tim Jeffers: Defined by Determination
By Louis Givens, CPO


In May 2006, an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Iraq, leaving 22-year old Marine Corporal Tim Jeffers with severe wounds to two-thirds of his body. Today, through sheer determination to regain his former life at the Department of Vet...

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Perspective

A Letter to All Orthotists...
By Peggy Pascal


Back in 1954, when I was only three, my orthotists worked out of a very small cottage about a mile from my childhood home. The waiting room walls were filled with framed certificates and colored drawings made my Mr. Sabold's little clients especia...

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Industry Review

Reaching Beyond Our Borders 2007 ‘Exceeds Expectations’
By Tonja Randolph


Rob Kistenberg, CPO, FAAOP, U.S. ISPO chair introduces Marlo Ortiz, CP (M). U.S.

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Industry Leader

Mel Stills: Catalyst for Progress
By Miki Fairley


Mel Stills, CO(E), HFISPO, has been a catalyst, a mover and a shaker, a man who makes things happen. Not that he would tell you that. However, after talking with friends and colleagues who have worked alongside Stills over the years, it's clear th...

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Industry Leader

How P&O Professionals Can Make a Difference
By Miki Fairley


"There's much more to the P&O profession than the 'cookbook' approaches that are often taught. If you want to be really challenged, just take a look at some of the cases they are seeing in Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Angola." Thus says Mel...

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Stepping Out

Treating Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Although there are many lower-extremity diagnoses presented to O&P for consideration and treatment, few are as common as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD). This condition is more prevalent than ever, due to factors such as an increasingly...

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Outside In

Can Case Managers Make Your Life Easier?
By Miki Fairley


In today's fragmented healthcare environment, a case manager can play a pivotal role-one that affects you, the orthotist/prosthetist. But what exactly is the role of a case manager? For whom does a case manager work?

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Invention & Innovation

Teen’s Invention to Help Amputees in Ghana
By Miki Fairley


Amputees in Ghana, Africa-and perhaps in other developing countries-will benefit from the creativity and compassion of a teenage inventor. Jim McElhiney, CPO, provided Grayson with expert guidance so that Grayson's idea could become a reality. Gra...

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Education Update

Life’s Interruptions and Course Changes
By Chelan M. Pedrow


From left: Second-year MSPO student Ron Roiz, Chelan Pedrow, and first-year MSPO student Missy Malkush on Chelan's last night in Georgia. I would often sit atop the loft bed in my spacious dorm room at Georgia Tech studying late into the night....

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Sports

Sports


USOC Expands Military Program to Support Disabled Vets The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recently announced the Veterans Paralympic Performance Program (VP3), an expanded military program, which will provide elite-level sports program...

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Creature Care

Back in the Swim of Things
By Miki Fairley


Prosthetic Fin Helps Dolphin Swim, Jump A female bottlenose dolphin named Fuji can now swim and jump again like other dolphins-thanks to an artificial fin. Fuji had lost 75 percent of her flukes due to an unknown disease. In 2002 symptoms of the...

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Progress on Parity

New States Join the Fight for Prosthetic Parity
By Morgan Sheets


The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is pleased to have two new state partners in its national campaign to advance parity legislation. Missouri and Indiana are both working to build committees in order to introduce bills in 2008. A group of p...

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Having  trouble keeping up with the new Medicare 2007 rules andregulations? Overwhelmed by the numerous code changes? Count on"Got FAQs" to help you understand the full aspect of billingguidelines and procedures, which will effectively increase y...

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Viewpoint

Being Different Isn’t Just Good, It’s Essential
By Karen Henry


Growing up , most kids just want to fit in with the other kids. As they get older, they find that being different isn't so bad. If you're a business owner, being different is essential.

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