<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2006-03_12\/12a.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nNew directions are beckoning both <i>The O&P EDGE<\/i> and myself.\r\n\r\nAn ending is always a new beginning. With this, my last issue as editor of <i>The O&P EDGE<\/i>, another chapter of my life opens as I move toward retirement. However, I'm not riding off into the sunset yet. I'll still be writing for <i>The O&P EDGE <\/i>and look forward to staying in touch with this great profession, which helps others to discover the "ability" in "disability." It has been truly a joy to report on a profession and industry that does so much for so many--helping to rebuild lives as well as limbs.\r\n\r\n<i>The O&P EDGE<\/i> will be in the capable hands of Tina\r\nEichner, previously managing editor. Tina has many new features and\r\nenhancements planned as <i>The O&P EDGE<\/i> goes into its\r\nfifth year and she looks forward to meeting with and talking to\r\nyou, our constituents. If you don't catch up with her at the\r\nAcademy show, drop Tina an e-mail at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org<\/a>\r\nto say hello.\r\n\r\n"Musicians don't retire; they stop when there's no more music in\r\nthem," said jazz great Louis Armstrong. For all of us, may our\r\ninner music never stop!\r\n<h4>Creative Technology<\/h4>\r\nDespite the obstacles of legislative and reimbursement issues,\r\ninnovation and creativity continue to forge ahead, both in\r\nsoon-to-be available technology and some creations that almost seem\r\nin the realm of science fiction. The feature article "<a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2006-03_01.asp">New\r\nDiscoveries, New Directions for O&P<\/a>," by Judith Philipps\r\nOtto, explores what's on the horizon in the world of O&P\r\ntechnology.\r\n<h4>PTs: Foes or Colleagues?<\/h4>\r\nThe pot continues to boil as orthotists\/prosthetists and\r\nphysical therapists square off in the political arena. However, in\r\nthe real, working world, the picture is quite different. What's\r\nreally happening, and why? Find out more in "<a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2006-03_02.asp">PTs:\r\nColleagues or Combatants<\/a>."\r\n<h4>Helping Youngsters, Families<\/h4>\r\nHow does a parent cope who has a child with cerebral palsy,\r\nspina bifida, or other serious orthopedic or neurological\r\nconditions who does not live near a metro area with specialized\r\nhealthcare? It can be difficult considering the high costs of\r\nlodging, food, gas and other travel expenses. In Minnesota, a\r\nunique program offered by Gillette Specialty Healthcare--its Mobile\r\nOutreach Clinic--saves patients time and expense while providing\r\nstate-of-the-art healthcare. <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2006-03_05.asp">Read\r\nmore about this program<\/a>, which celebrated its 20th anniversary\r\nin 2005, in this issue.\r\n\r\n<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2006-03_12\/12b.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nAgain, my thanks to all of you for making my\r\ntenure as editor so exciting, challenging, and fulfilling!