FINDING A PROSTHETIST

Finding a Prosthetist

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By far the best general information about how to find a qualified prosthetist is contained in the article "An Introduction to the Consumer Guide for Amputees" published by the ACA. "In Motion" Jan/Feb 1998. In the authors opinion this should be required reading for all new amputees no matter what level.  Or visit the following site on "How to select a prosthetist":

usinter.net/wasa/contents9g.html

It is extremely important to learn what is available and appropriate for our particular level. Talk to as many people as you can who have the same type of amputation. Contact others through the Support Network List and check with your local amputee support groups or the ACA for references. Personally visit as many facilities as possible within an reasonable driving distance and ask about their experience. We have fewer choices simply because we are so uncommon. There are relatively few prosthetists who have the knowledge and experience to deal with our level of amputation. Not all CPís are willing to take the time or effort it may take to satisfy us for personal and financial reasons.

Making a leg can be a very time consuming process requiring many visits, so if at all possible try to remain with a local facility. Depending on where you live it may be necessary to travel some distance requiring extra expense. Only you can decide what will work best for your personal needs and financial resources.

Ask for a free initial consultation. Understand what will be involved as far as fitting, socket materials, and possible components. How long do they estimate for completion? What assurances are offered if the first socket doesnít fit right? Will they make another? Will you be charged? What is the warranty in new devices? What about adjustments, repairs or follow up service? Do not be afraid to discuss financial considerations and be sure that the CP will accept your insurance or HMO coverage. In our brave new world of managed care, not all providers will be accepted by your plan and visa versa.

Perhaps the most important qualification to look for in a prosthetist is the ability to communicate, a good rapport. The relationship you form with your CP will become extremely important. The author has used several different prosthetists over a period of 37 years because Iíve moved around the country and I prefer a local CP for convenience sake. In all honesty, only one has been a recognized "expert."

Each one had experience with fitting one or two other clients of a similar level which is about average for most CPís. What set these practioners apart was their solid basic prosthetic knowledge and talents, and willingness to work with me to provide the services I needed. They were willing to take the time and effort required, no matter how long it took. They were patient and understanding as to my particular needs, lifestyle and priorities, and listened to me. Each kept up with the latest advancements in the field and offered me the best technology that was available at the time. They would take the time to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each new component or prosthetic advancement, allowing me to make an informed decision to accept or reject it. They were honest enough to admit they didnít know all the answers to all my questions, but would try to find out. As first a student and later a professional, they would always accommodate my busy schedule. Lastly, I wasnít nickeled and dimed to death for every minor repair, strap or screw. Financial considerations were handled reasonably and honestly.

SYMBOL52.gif (1065 bytes)BEWARE THE HYPE AND ADVERTISING!

Prosthetics is a business.  Donít expect miracles and have realistic expectations. Do your "legwork", educate yourself, and make informed decisions that suit your needs. If at first you donít succeed, I urge to you try and try again.

The following is a partial list of those prosthetists (organized by region) who have experience and will give you an opportunity to talk to other satisfied clients. Only prosthetists who have been specifically recommended by you, the hip-disartics and hemipelvectomies who are wearing their legs are listed. I sincerely hope this list will become longer with your input. They are arranged alphabetically 
(Note: Novacare Prosthetics has recently been acquired by Hanger Orthopedic.  Some facilities names have changed, and some are now independant.  The Sabolich Prosthetic Center is not affiliated with Hanger or Novacare.)

USA - EASTERN REGION

Matthew Bailey, CPO
Florida O&P Services, Inc.
Jacksonville, Orange Park and St. Augustine, Florida
(904) 737-7755
mabailey@attbi.com

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Thomas M. Bremer, CP
Bremer Prosthetics, Inc.
5310 Hampton Place
Saginaw, Michigan 48604
(517) 249-9400
bremerpros@aol.com

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Bulow Biotech Prosthetics
100 Kenner Avenue
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 712-7261
(866) 520-0244
www.bulowbiotech.com
Note:  Also locations in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas & Colorado

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John Clark CP
Hanger Prosthetics
115 S. Mac Dill Ave
Tampa, FL
(813) 251-1590

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Bill Copeland CP
Copeland Prosthetics & Orthotics
2817 W. Virginia St.
Tampa Fl. 33607 
(866) 330-5300 (Toll-Free)
(813) 875-3216
bcoplegman@aol.com
www.Copelandprosthetics.com

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Mike Corcoran, CPO
Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics
2421 Linden Ln, Silver Spring, MD 20910
301.585.5347
contact@mcopro.com
mcopro.com/specialties/hip-disarticulation-hemi-pelvectomy/

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Peter Couture CP
Next Step O&P
9 Cedarwood Dr. Unit #8
Bedford, New Hampshire 03110
(800) 572-7938
www.nextstepoandp.com

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Dino Cozzarelli CPO
(formerly from Thoms Rehab Hospital, Asheville, North Carolina
has moved his practice to Costa Rica.  See below for contact information)

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Alan Finnieston CPO LOP
Adam R. Finnieston, CPO LPO
8353 S.W. 124th St.
Suite 102
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 233-9195
alan@finnieston.com
extremeprosthetics.com

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David M. Harning CPO
c/o Ryder Orthopaedics
1500 Royal Palms Square Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 939-0009
dmharning@earthlink.net

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Michael Joyce CP
Advanced Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc.
50 Maple Place
Manhasset, NY 11030-1927
(516) 365-7225

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Ron Junttonen, C.P.
Prosthetic Center
1200 S Washington Avenue
Lansing MI 48910
(517) 372-7007
Fax: (517) 372-0261
pclimb@juno.com

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Jeff Keuhn CP
Swanson Regional Orthotic and Prosthetic Research Center
3102 Sylvania Ave.
Toledo, Ohio 43613
(419) 472-8910

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Dave Knauff CP
Hanger Prosthetics
4030 Monroeville Blvd.
Monroeville, PA 15146
(800) 589-5081
valenciaknauff@yahoo.com

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Stan Patterson CP
Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates
3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd.
Suite 34
Orlando, Florida 32806
(407) 245-7770
www.poacfl.com

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Jim Price, CPO, PhD
1025 Concord Parkway North
P.O. Box 792
Concord, North Carolina 28026
(800) 680-5218
jim.price@mindspring.com

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Paul Prusakowski, CPO
O&P Clinical Technologies
6830 NW 11th Place, Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 331-4221
paulcpo@oandp.com
www.oandp.com/clinic

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John Rheinstein, CP, FAAOP
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics
1049 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(917) 589-1015
jrheinstein@nyc.rr.com

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Eric Schaeffer CP
17 W. John St.
Hicksville, New York 11801
(516) 681-3484
astep.ahead@verizon.net

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Timothy K. Shriel, CP
Scoville Prosthetics Inc.
197 New Britain Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 247-3209 or (800) 932-0971
TShrielsenior@aol.com

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Stephen A. Schulte, CP LP
Procare
3675 Lawrenceville - Suwanee Rd.
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 271-5581
sschulte@procareprosthetics.com
www.procareprosthetics.com

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Stokosa Prosthetic Clinic
2145 University Park Drive.
  Suite 100
Okemos, Michigan 48864
(517) 349-3130
(888) 786-5672
info@stokosa.com

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Jerry Vilminot, C.P., Executive Director
Institute for the Advancement of Prosthetics (IAP)/Hanger
424 South Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910-5695
(800) 427-3442
info@theiap.com
http://www.theiap.com

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Judy Wagner, PT, CP
Harmarville Orthotics and Prosthetics
P.O. Box 11460
Guys Run Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 826-2727
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Dan Zenas, C.P.
1947 Briarwood Court
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 873-3725
Fax: (404) 873-3724
www.georgiaprosthetics.com

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USA - CENTRAL REGION

Bulow Biotech Prosthetics
(See Eastern Region)
(866) 520-0244
www.bulowbiotech.com

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Kevin Carroll CP
Hanger Prosthetics
4301 North Classen
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(800) 522-4428

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Scott Sabolich
Prosthetic & Research Center
9801 N. Broadway Ext.
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
1-87-SABOLICH
ksabolich@aol.com
www.scottsabolich.com

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Jim Kaiser and John Angelico
Scheck & Siress
Advanced Orthotics & Prosthetics
Central Office
One S. 376 Summit Ave. Court E
Oakbrook Terrace, IL. 60181
(630) 424-0467
www.scheckandsiress.com
(They have 6 facilities located in and around the Chicago area and are also affiliated with the Shriners)

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Mike Gozola C.P.
Prosthetic Laboratories of Rochester
121 23rd Avenue S.W.
Rochester, MN 55902
(888) 281-5250

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Al Ingersoll C.P.
Winkley Orthotics & Prosthetics
740 Douglas Drive North
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 546-1177
aingersoll@winkley.com
www.winkley.com

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Robyn Skogman C.P.
The Amputee & Prosthetic Center
1000 South Loop W, Ste. 150
Houston, TX  77054
(713) 747-7647 or (713) 669-1800
rskogman@tmcortho.com
www.myamputee.com

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Jake R. Wood C. P., President (and co-owner)
Orthotics and Prosthetics Associates, Inc.
10101 Innovation Dr., Suite 500
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-2727 
KWOODK@aol.com

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USA - ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION

 

Scott E. Allen C.P.
50 South 900 East #1
Salt Lake City UT, 84102
(801) 364-3100
scott@fit-well.com
www.fit-well.com

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Lane Ferrin
1675 N. 200 W.
Building 12-C
Provo, Utah  84604
(801) 377-3433
http://northwestoandp.com

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Noberto Graf, BSOP, BOCP
Braulia ďJudyĒ White, CPO
Center for Prosthetic and Orthotic Design
1600 University Blvd. NE, Suite B.
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 244-0404
Fax: (505) 244-0708
cpodglot@aol.com
www.centerforpandodesign.com
 

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Zach Harvey C.P.O
Bulow Biotech Prosthetics
1601 E. 19th Ave. Suite 5200
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-6326
(866) 520-0244
www.bulowbiotech.com
 

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Kimberly Hoyt, C.P.
Christopher Hoyt, C.P.
BioDesign Inc.
2460 W. 26th Ave.
Suite 175-C
Denver, Colorado 80211
(303) 477-7044
bdi@ecentral.com

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Danette Larson, CP
Hanger Prosthetics
5669 N. Oracle Road #2102
Tucson AZ 85704-3855
(520) 888-4757
FAX (520) 888-5267

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Kevin Kohler, C.P.
Michael Pack, C.P.
Artificial Limb Specialists
2916 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 58012
(877) 216-5016
(602) 745-2080
mike@limbspecialists.com
www.limbspecialists.com

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USA - WEST COAST REGION


 

Steve Alpert, CP
Lerman & Son
8710 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 659-2290

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Michael Clapp CPO
Scope Orthotics & Prosthetics
1920 E. Katella, Suite I
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 639-7422

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Howard Davis, CPO
Howard Orthopedics, Inc.
2970 Hilltop Mall Road, Suite 104
Richmond, CA 94806
(510) 222-1282
Fax: (510) 222-1284
www.howardorthopedics.com

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John Hattingh CP, LPO, CPO (SA)
600 Broadway
Suite 190
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-4040
Johnhattingh@nwpoc.com
http://nwpoc.com

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David Littig, CP
Ventura Prosthetic & Orthotic
1645 Donlon Street
Suite 112
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 339-0670
FAX (805) 339-0493

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Ralph W. Nobbe, CPO
Nobbe Orthopedics, Inc.
3010 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 687-7508
(805) 687-6251 fax
info@nobbeorthopedics.com
www.nobbeorthopedics.com

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RGP Prosthetic Research Center
6147 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92115
(800) 5451932
www.rgp.com

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Carlos Sambrano BOC
Life-Like Prosthetics, LLC
1319 W. Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-5777
lifelike1@earthlink.net
www.lifelikeprosthetics.com

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CANADA
 

John Girling CP
Girling Prosthetic Clinic
1812 Cook St
Victoria, BC,  Canada V8T 3P6
(205) 384-4312

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David Home CP(c)
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
10230 111 Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta
T5G 0B7
DavidHome@cha.ab.ca

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David Nielen RTPO, CPO
Royal Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8M2
(613) 737-7350 Ext. 5314
dnielen@Ottawahospital.on.ca

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Tony van der Waarde CP
AWARD Prosthetics
112-3823 Henning Dr
Burnaby, British Columbia
V5C 6P3 Canada
(604) 298-0236
tony@awardprosthetics.com
http://www.awardprosthetics.com
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United Kingdom 

Steve Taylor, Prosthetic Clinical Specialist
Nottingham Rehabilitation Centre
City Hospital
 Hucknall Road
Nottingham
NG5 1PJ
United Kingdom
0115 9606048
Prosthetists.nottingham@Rehab.co.uk

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GERMANY 

Olaf Gawron
Orthopaedie Technik Heidelberg
Stiftung Orthopaedische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg
Schlierbacher Landstr.
200a
69118 Heidelberg
tel. 06221-966401
olaf.gawron@ok.uni-heidelberg.de

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COSTA RICA

Dino Cozzarelli CPO
La Garita, Alajuela
Costa Rica
(506) 487-4317
Cellphone: (506) 821-3246
http://www.protesisavanzadas.com

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