|Pam Lupo teaching clubfoot casting in Ghana, West Africa|
Pam Lupo grew up around O&P.
The daughter of Eugene “Gene” Filippis, CPO, Lupos first job was sweeping the floors of “the shop” at Wright & Filippis, Rochester Hills, Michigan. However, she says she didnt plan on pursuing a career in O&P. “There were only four women in the state of Michigan in either discipline in the late 70s,” says Lupo. “It was not a field for women back then.” She went to Michigan State University in East Lansing to pursue a degree in hotel and restaurant management. While there, she worked part-time at a Wright & Filippis branch location, where, she says, “Ken Woodward, CPO, and then branch manager, introduced me to orthotics, and I was hooked!”