Northwestern University Prosthetics‐Orthotics Center (NUPOC), Chicago, Illinois, has announced the addition of two new full‐time faculty members, John Brinkmann, MA, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, and Nydia Marzán‐Harding, CPO, LPO, who bring a combined 30 years of clinical experience to the NUPOC team. Brinkmann and Marzán‐Harding join NUPOC as core members of the new faculty for the inaugural master’s in prosthetics and orthotics (MPO) program slated to begin in July 2013. During NUPOC’s remaining post‐graduate certificate programs, they will provide classroom and laboratory instruction in O&P.
Brinkmann earned his undergraduate degree in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern), Dallas, in 1990, and a master of arts degree in 2007. He currently chairs the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) Gait Society. In addition to directing a residency program in Peoria, Illinois, Brinkmann has lectured widely and published a series of literature reviews on contemporary clinical topics. His interests include advanced upper-limb and lower-limb rehabilitation, O&P practice management, business development, and the translation of O&P research to clinical practice.
Marzán‐Harding has a bachelor of science degree from Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne. She began her career as a mechanical engineer and became a prosthetic technician in 2005 prior to graduating from NUPOC’s prosthetic-orthotic program. Her clinical interests include orthotic management of adolescent scoliosis and pediatric plagiocephaly, the application of electrical stimulation to reduce gait deficits after central nervous system disorders, and combining computer‐aided design (CAD) and microprocessor‐controlled knee mechanisms to enhance prosthetic rehabilitation.