Eastern Michigan University (EMU) College of Health and Human Services recently named John Sytniak its Orthotic and Prosthetic Student of the Year.
According to EMU, Syntiak received a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and psychology from Michigan State University (MSU). After graduation, he worked as an educator, carpenter, and supervisor in both the corporate and private sectors. In 2007, he moved on to something that would used his acquired skills, challenge him in new ways, and enable him to impact people’s lives in a more direct and positive way. While pursuing his graduate degree in O&P at EMU, Syntiak worked as a graduate assistant at the Halle Library while completing clinical affiliations at Wolverine Orthotics, Novi, Michigan; ASC Orthotics and Prosthetics, Jackson, Michigan; and The University of Michigan Orthotic and Prosthetic Center, Ann Arbor. Syntiak graduated in April and will continue his education during his orthotic residency at Wolverine Orthotics in July. He currently lives in Ann Arbor with his wife.