That's one happy baby! So Fiona Weber is almost one year old. Jimmy Weber introduced us to this little bundle of joy last year when he first brought her home from the hospital. Thanks for the recent picture Jimmy. It looks like you're doing a great job!
You know her, but you may not recognize her. You speak with Leticia Lopez just about everytime you call Townsend Design. She is the friendly receptionist that thanks you for calling and connects you with whomever you are trying to reach in regards to your knee braces.
Leticia recently finished the Tinkerbell half marathon along with 12,000 of her closest friends at Disney. They ran to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And what a success! They raised over $200,000!
The Long Island Lightning is looking for players and support. Through basketball, this team teaches physically disabled youth, ages 7 to 21, to become as enabled as possible. This is a fun, structured, and easy-to-learn atmosphere for kids to meet friends and learn team work. The hard work they put into this team is intended to build charachter and teach perserverance.
Gerry Fleming a CPO from Westchester volunteers as a coach, mentor, and role model. "This a great team, with great kids", he said. "I'm proud to be their coach." Gerry is a 34 year veteran of the sport. "It's a lot fun and a great experience travelling with the players."
Gerry's teams have travelled all over the country to compete. They've played in cities like Baltimore, Richmond, Houston, Seattle, and Denver. In 2005 the Long Island Lightning went to San Jose, California to be crowned National Champions!
The Long Island Lightning has a "Varsity" and "Prep" team. Christopher Bacon, President of the Greater Long Island Wheelchair Athletic Club explains, "We will work as a team to prepare all the children in the club to play at the next level. For our prep kids, we will prepare them for the faster game at the varsity level, and for our varsity kids, prepare them for the college experience. Our expectation is that all the kids in this program attend college, the opportunities are in place, we will help guide them there.
The Greater Long Island Wheelchair Athletic Club is currently looking for players, volunteers and support. Please contact: President - Christopher Bacon firstname.lastname@example.org
Just when you think babies can't get any cuter, here comes Fiona jean. She is the granddaughter to a very proud Jim Weber, and daughter to an even prouder Jimmy Weber. Mama and baby are healthy, happy, and at home. Congratulations Webers!
JIm Cavanagh is at Albany, where are you? And don't say Leipzig. Today started the annual meeting for the 2012 New York State Chapter of American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Cybertech Medical and Heritage Medical Equipment are excited to announce the release of the new Protege L-0637 back brace.
"It's a new L-0637 PDAC approved LSO. This brace is completely modular," explained Cavanagh, "it takes you from pre-op, initial post-op, to a rehab progression step down system." WOW!
This brace has removeable anterior, posterior and lateral panels.
"it is a complete continuum of care for the patient." Cavanagh said. "This a great brace for a great meeting."
The practitioners at All Pro Medical Supplies keep up with their continuing education requirements. This week they participated in Heritage Medical Equipment's on-site seminar "Bracing the Arthritic Knee". The ABC and BOC approved this course for 2.5 CEUs.
All Pro Medical Supplies, Inc. is a full service orthotic facility with offices in Plainview and Patchogue - Long Island NY. Their staff is available all day, every day no matter what time. Leonard Butler, CO has been fitting patients with unloader knee braces for over 15 years.
"The course was great! Even though we fit knee braces for arthritis everyday there's always new information and science coming out," Butler said after completing the 2 hour in-service. "It's important to learn all that you can."
Dean Barrett, CPO and manager of a Hanger facility in Grass Valley, CA doanted his time, expertise, and ingenituity to help Carmen, the little lamb pictured above. This new patient will be with Barrett for years to come. Though the prosthesis is designed to accommodate for growth, like humans, she will need multiple legs until she reaches adulthood.
Carmen broke her leg only days after being born. The leg didn't heal and eventually became infected. She hobbled around for weeks until being taken to UC Davis where she received two surgeries and rehabilitation. The leg could not be saved and that is when Barrett offered his assitance.
Carmen is now residing at Animal Place, a sanctuary for farm animals located in northern California. Great job Dean and everyone at UC Davis and Animal Place! The world needs more people like you in it.
Glen Honcharik and Joseph Evans of Somerset Prosthetics & Orthotics recently participated in Heritage Medical Equipment's "Bracing the Arthritic Knee" course. We discussed the importance of knee braces as treatment options for patients suffering with knee osteoarthritis.
Somerset P&O is a full service orthotic and prosthetic facility located in Bound Brook, NJ. They accept most insurances. Their new website is coming soon!
This week we are writing live from the New England Orthotic & Prosthetic Society annual meeting in Warwick, RI. Here we find new-comers to the O&P field who present with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Caitlin Ludemann and Bethany Gaffney are athletic trainers who work with Ferraro & Forbes.
"We have been representing Townsend in New England for 21 years," explained Sally Forbes, owner of Ferraro & Forbes. "Patients with knee osteoarthritis deserve a conservative solution for their joint pain. Not everyone needs medications, injections, or surgery. Bethany and Caitlin are doing a fantastic job getting our message to the people who need to hear it."
"We talk to doctors regularly to explain the benefits of bracing the arthritic knee." Forbes said. "But it's difficult to be heard with the glut of information the drug companies flood the market with."
Sally added, "We love to work with our O&P partners to generate awareness at local physician practices and clinics. We are not the competition, the drug companies are."