While she was a sophomore in high school, Kelsey Wagner, BOCPD, knew she wanted to become an O&P practitioner. The following year she took extra classes so she could graduate a year early and get started as soon as possible. She says that despite her school principal’s skepticism that she could complete all the coursework in time, she left Tonganoxie, Kansas, with her diploma in hand to attend the O&P technician program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT), Okmulgee, in what would have been her senior year in high school. Her interest in the profession started much earlier, however, thanks to a family history in orthotics. Her grandparents and an uncle each started fabrication labs, and her parents currently own Mid Star Lab, Edwardsville, Kansas, where her sister and brother-in-law, also pedorthists, work. Wagner said that she always had a desire to help people, and working in her parents’ business made her realize how much she would enjoy O&P.