<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2006-05_06\/Izak,-John-CPO.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nJohn Izak is an orthotist\/prosthetist with Orthologix in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The practice is heavily focused on pediatrics with 95 percent of its orthotics work for pediatric patients. Orthologix specializes in difficult cases and doesn't do anything off-the-shelf. In addition to his patient work, Izak also is working with a few orthotic manufacturers on product innovations, is a Variety Club volunteer, and has participated in humanitarian work in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.\r\n\r\n<i><b>Why did you decide to go into the O&P\r\nprofession?<\/b><\/i>\r\n\r\nI was a therapist in a rehabilitation hospital, which I enjoyed.\r\nBut I wanted to do more with my hands to help people. This\r\nprofession allows you to do both. I also found it very interesting\r\nthat a person's will and desire along with a well-fitting\r\nprosthesis really can help an amputee overcome his or her physical\r\nlimitations.\r\n\r\n<i><b>What is your most memorable\/rewarding work\r\nexperience?<\/b><\/i>\r\n\r\nIt is difficult for me to respond to the "most" part of the\r\nquestion. I get the same thrill in helping to effect changes in\r\npeople's lives on a daily basis. To see the happiness and joy that\r\na person or loved one displays when the patient walks, runs, or\r\ndoes just about anything better then they had done in the past, is\r\na wonderful experience. I thrive on the progress they make.\r\n\r\n<i><b>What is the biggest challenge facing the O&P\r\nindustry in the next two years?<\/b><\/i>\r\n\r\nPassion, enthusiasm, and expertise. We need to have all three in\r\norder to understand our specialized scope of service. Passion to\r\ncare for the people, enthusiasm to carry out the task at hand and\r\nmagnify the fact that we are the ones skilled to do it. But most\r\nimportantly, expertise. We have a very diverse field with many\r\nareas of care. It is my opinion that we should all strive for some\r\nlevel of expertise in at least one aspect of our care.\r\n\r\n<i><b>What single change would benefit the O&P\r\nprofession the most?<\/b><\/i>\r\n\r\nContinuing with education and research. Hear the needs of the\r\npeople we care for and match their needs with technology. That\r\nshould be our passion and vision. We are the chosen profession to\r\nbridge that gap.\r\n\r\n<i><b>In your view, what are the most\r\nimpactful\/significant innovations in pediatric O&P in recent\r\nyears?<\/b><\/i>\r\n\r\nThe use of plastics and joints to mimic, support, or assist the\r\nhuman biomechanical movement. As we apply these innovations, we are\r\nenabling joints to move that have been frozen or blocked in\r\nolder-style devices. Research and gait analysis opportunities will\r\nbe plentiful. Children and parents that had no hope now can see\r\nmore opportunities for normal development.