Growing up in a military family and living in several countries has given Shane Ryley, BOCPO, an exceptional ability to adapt to different environments and be open to new ideas as well as honing his communication skills. He puts these abilities, along with clinical skills, to good use as an area practice manager for three Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. offices in the Los Angeles, California, area.
Born in Leicester, England, Ryley has dual American and British citizenship. He earned an international fitness and sports therapy diploma at the Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge, England, and a BSc (Hons) degree in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Salford, Manchester, England. After employment in several British P&O facilities, he joined Hanger in 2005. Ryley also is active in professional associations as a board member of the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) and as a member of the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO).
Ryley looks forward to continuing advancements in materials and technologies as more emphasis is being placed on research and development along with advancing evidence-based practice. Regarding education, the move to master’s degree programs hopefully will enhance the standing of O&P as an allied healthcare profession, he says. “But my concerns would be that fewer candidates will want to spend the extra two years in pursuit of the degree. This could be problematic as it is already difficult to recruit in many areas of the country.” He sees legislative issues and state and national budget concerns as the biggest challenges. “We may experience further benefit cuts or reductions.”
Ryley is enthusiastic about the value of volunteering. “Volunteering is a good way to give back to the community, develop relationships with patients, and often have a great time.” Volunteering has public relations impact and “brings much-needed attention to our profession.”
He advises new graduates, “Gain as much experience in residency as possible. Be flexible and open-minded about where to seek employment. Differentiate yourself in your resumé or interview.”