Kootenai Prosthetics & Orthotics (KPO), Post Falls, Idaho, has changed ownership after Robert Miller, CPO, retired from clinical practice, according to the Spokane Journal. Dan Daley, CPO, and Stephen Blas, CPO, purchased the facility. Daley has worked at the KPO since 2016, and Blas since 2020. The transaction was completed January 31.
Conversations with Miller about buying the business began in earnest about two years ago, Blas told the newspaper. Delayed in part due to COVID-19 concerns, the acquisition took longer to complete than initially anticipated.
“Once we felt that things had settled down a bit, and we saw that patients were comfortable coming back to the clinic, then we really buckled down and finished the (purchase),” Daley said.
Daley has worked in private practice and as a research prosthetist for the Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering. Blas has worked for the VA Puget Sound and Portland VA healthcare systems.
Miller acquired KPO in 1998 from the clinic’s original founder, Doug Potter, who launched the business in the early 1980s.
The KPO staff of nine includes Daley and Blas, a prosthetic resident, two lab technicians and four support staff, Daley says.