<img class="" style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2005-02_14\/Fairley-Miki.jpg" width="230" height="217" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nAmputees as well as the O&P profession lost a dedicated friend when Nancy Carroll, editor of the ACA's <i>inMotion<\/i> and <i>First Step<\/i>, died recently. Nancy was truly an inspired and inspiring editor and writer and a warm and compassionate person who will be deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing her.\r\n<h4><i>The EDGE<\/i>\u00a0 Welcomes New Staff Member<\/h4>\r\nWestern Media welcomes another new member to our team. Rachel\r\nMonserrate joins <i>The O&P EDGE<\/i> as our new advertising\r\nsales\/production assistant. Rachel is a graduate of the Colorado\r\nState University (CSU) Technical Journalism program and also holds\r\na minor in Spanish. She has worked in the journalism field since\r\ngraduating from high school. She was a reporter\/editor for the\r\n<i>Julesburg Advocate,<\/i> Julesburg, Colorado, where she earned\r\nthree Colorado Press Association nominations. Throughout college,\r\nRachel produced her own newsletter, <i>Keeping in Touch<\/i>, for\r\nCSU's international housing community. For the past two years, she\r\nalso has been a freelance producer on the Emmy Award-winning\r\ntelevision show <i>Colorado State of Mind,<\/i> which airs on\r\nRocky Mountain PBS.\r\n<table class="clsTableCaption" style="float: right; width: 22.923%;">\r\n<tbody>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td style="width: 100%;"><img src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2005-02_14\/Monserrate-rachel.jpg" alt="Rachel Monserrate" \/><\/td>\r\n<\/tr>\r\n<tr>\r\n<td style="width: 100%;">Rachel Monserrate<\/td>\r\n<\/tr>\r\n<\/tbody>\r\n<\/table>\r\nIn her spare time, Rachel enjoys reading and writing. She follows basketball and is a diehard Denver Nuggets fan.\r\n\r\nRachel is very excited to be a part of the Western Media team and looks forward to learning more about the O&P industry and building relationships with our colleagues.\r\n<h4>Inspiration and Information<\/h4>\r\nImagine living to 107 years and still going strong and enjoying\r\nmobility - despite having an amputation at 102! Read about a\r\nremarkable man, Jonas Dennis, in <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-02_11.asp">Today's\r\nConsumer<\/a>.\r\n\r\nCompetition and encroachment on O&P practice is coming from\r\ndirections that may be unexpected by many in the profession. The <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-02_04.asp">Leading\r\nEDGE article<\/a> by healthcare attorney John Latsko may be a\r\nwake-up call.\r\n\r\nO&P practitioners and business owners work too hard to let\r\nreimbursement dollars just leak away. Yet this is what could be\r\nhappening to you! The feature article, "<a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-02_01.asp">Maximizing Collections for Cash Flow<\/a>," includes\r\nhelpful information on managing accounts receivable and collections\r\nto maximize your reimbursements.\r\n\r\nFor over a decade Children of the Americas (COTA) has been\r\nsending medical teams to Guatemala, where about 75 percent of the\r\npeople live in poverty. Since 2003, prosthetists and orthotists\r\nhave been added to the teams. Children there suffer amputations\r\nfrom causes rare in the US, including burns from live electrical\r\nwires lying around and falls into water boiling over open fires.\r\nYou can read about COTA's work in our Salute article "<a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-02_10.asp">Bringing\r\nHelp and Hope to Guatemala<\/a>".\r\n\r\nWe hope you will enjoy this issue of <i>The EDGE<\/i> and\r\ngetting to know our new staff member, Rachel Monserrate, in the\r\nmonths ahead.