2006-2007 Updates

August 2007

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP was featured in the September 1, 2007 issue of the O&P Business News in a article on his work in creating and managing a prosthetics clinic in Belize entitled. The article was entitled, “O&P Overseas: Lessons Learned Working Abroad”.

The Georgia Tech MSPO Program was represented at the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 12th World Congress held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada July 29-August 3. Students Missy Malkush and Kristin Carnahan (MSPO class of 2008), alumni Andrew Allison and Lee Childers (MSPO class of 2007) and faculty Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP and Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP all attended.

Lee Childers presented his research entitled, “Pedaling asymmetry in unilateral transtibial amputee cyclists and the effect of prosthetic foot stiffness.”

Christopher Hovorka worked with faculty and administrators from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and representatives from the prosthetics and orthotics profession of several Canadian provinces in leading a discussion on considerations in the transition of schools to offering the entry level master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics.

Robert Kistenberg delivered two presentations entitled, “Results from a formative evaluation towards establishing a sustainable prosthetic and orthotic industry in Belize” and “Amputation prevention strategies in developing nations: a study of Belize”. Serving as chair of the United States national member society of the ISPO, Mr. Kistenberg also led the meeting of all U.S. delegates.

July 2007

The American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists recently announced that its O&P Career Awareness video, The Sky’s The Limit, is now available on YouTube. The video has received a very positive response and the Georgia Tech MSPO program encourages those considering a career in the O&P profession to view it.

Andrew Sawers and Sarah Parsons (MSPO class of 2005) along with Mark Geil and Christopher Hovorka recently had their research on the topic of thermoforming performance of plastic published in the July 2007 issue of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. The title of the paper is entitled, “Positive Model Temperature and its Effect on Stiffness and Percent Crystallinity of Polypropylene”

June 2007

MSPO faculty (Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP, Keith Willey, PT), staff (Robert MacDonald, RTPO (c)) and students (John Alexander MSPO Class of 2008) attended the Amputee Coalition of America’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference was held June 14-16.

On June 27, the Georgia Tech MSPO program hosted the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. A group of 24 rising junior and senior high school students from around the country who are learning about careers in medicine and allied health science visited the MSPO program to learn more about a career in prosthetics and orthotics. Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP; Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP and Robert MacDonald, RTPO (c) as well as MSPO students Becca Spragg (class of 2008) and John Alexander (class of 2008) provided presentations and hands on workshops in this interactive half day event.

The ground breaking work of the women of the MSPO class of 2007 (lead by Janelle Springer along with Annette Daly, DeAnna Oldani, Jocelyn Wong) has had a positive effect on the Orthotics and Prosthetics profession. Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP, current president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) has initiated efforts to create a task force to examine creation of a forum to support women in the O&P profession. This effort was sparked by Janelle and her female MSPO program classmates to formulate “Women in O&P” events at the last two AAOP annual meetings. The AAOP announced these developments in a recent report to the profession.

May 2007

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP recently returned from an 8 day humanitarian mission trip to Belize, Central America where he and Michelle Whitehead, CPO evaluated patients, fabricated and delivered 3 transfemoral and 3 transtibial prostheses. Robert is the Vice President of Project Hope Belize, the only organization in Belize that provides prosthetic rehabilitation services. Adrian Camara, who is Belizean born with bilateral transfemoral amputations, is the clinical manager who provides ongoing care for the patients of Project Hope Belize between mission teams.

Another successful Marlo Anatomical Socket (MAS) transfemoral socket design course was sponsored by OPGA and held at Georgia Tech on May 10-11. Over a dozen clinical practitioner participants from around the country took part in the 2-day interactive workshop.

4th MSPO Class Graduates – The 2007 MSPO class graduated with the award of the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degrees. There was a student recognition reception hosted by the School of Applied Physiology the day prior to the Institute’s graduation ceremony. Photos of graduates are available on the Graduates page.

April 2007

The following MSPO students (class of 2007) presented their research at the Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting which was well received by the attendees:

  • Yi Ying Tsai
    Asymmetric Stability Margin of Postural Responses to Perturbation in Unilateral Transtibial Amputees
  • Ronald Roiz
    Neuromechanical Adaptations in Joint Stiffness when Hopping with a SL-AFO
  • Sean Zeller
    Stiffness Properties of Prosthetic Feet under Cross-Slope Conditions
  • Lee Childers
    Pedaling Asymmetry in Unilateral Transtibial Amputee Cyclists and the Effect of Prosthetic Foot Stiffness
  • Andrew Allison
    Impact of the Running Specific Prosthesis on the Exercise Intensity and Running Economy of Amputees During Level Treadmill Running
  • Andrew Curran
    The Capacity of the Prosthetic Profession to Provide Lower Extremity Prosthetic Limbs within the State of Georgia

Leigh Pipkin won the award of Best Second Year Student in the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program. The award was presented at the Georgia Tech College of Sciences Annual Faculty and Student Recognition Luncheon on April 14. Leigh has exhibited exemplary research on spinal cord injuries and as a graduate research assistant. She has also taken on a leadership role within the Women of Prosthetics and Orthotics society and in the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Also honored at the event were:

  • Robert Gregor, PhD, Chairman and Professor of the School of Applied Physiology was elected Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), for his significant contributions in scholarly writing and his leadership to the profession over the at last 10 years.
  • Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP for his election as a Fellow into the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, for his distinction within the Academy and his service within the academic and public communities.
  • Andrew Allison (MSPO class of 2007) and Calli Vance (MSPO class of 2008) were also recognized at the Luncheon as recipients of the First Annual Craig and Joy Lentzsch Scholarship Award in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP contributed to the article on Evidence Based Practice, Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk published in The Academy Today, Volume 3, Number 2, April 2007.

Chelan Pedrow published her final article in the O&P Edge magazine. Read her article entitled, “Life’s Interruptions and Course Changes.”

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP presented his involvement in international P&O at the meeting, Reaching Beyond our Borders 2007 in Cancun, Mexico on February 1-3, 2007. Read the April 2007 O&P Edge article covering the event.

March 2007

Road Trip! – Georgia Tech MSPO 1st and 2nd year classes were well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium in San Francisco, March 21-24. Nearly the entire MSPO classes of students attended the meeting and savored the many fine attractions in San Francisco.

Other achievements at the meeting:
Presentations by Graduates of the MSPO program:

  • Andrew Sawers, MSPO (2005) presented two free papers entitled, Comparing Cervical Spine Motion with Different Halo Devices in a Cadaveric Cervical Instability and Efficacy of the Non-Invasive Halo in Cervical Spine Trauma.
  • Deanna Clough Oldani, MSPO (2006) presented a poster entitled, Effects of Knee Orthoses on the Medial and Lateral Knee Joint Spaces: A Radiographic Study;
  • Jocelyn Wong, MSPO (2006) presented a free paper entitled, The Biomechanics of the Prosthetic Foot-Ankle Complex During Forward and Backward Walking in Transtibial Amputees: A Pilot Study.

The 2nd annual meeting of the Georgia Tech student initiated special interest group,* Women of O&P conducted their meeting with keynote speaker, Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP discussing the minimization of exposure to biological hazards and management of carcinogens in the O&P laboratory environment.

1st annual O&P Student Social* was well attended by all Georgia Tech MSPO students.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP presented a free papers entitled, Providing Clinical Services in Developing Nations and Evolution of Prosthetic Treatment Options for Individuals with Thumb Amputations.

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, FAAOP was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and served as moderator for the free paper session on Pediatric Orthotics.

Mark Geil, PhD, adjunct lecturer for the MSPO program, delivered two lectures at the AAOP. The first lecture, “Comparison of Measurement of Residual Limb Shape Using CAD Versus Conventional Devices” was selected as a winner of the Thranhardt Lecture and the second lecture, “Becoming a Better Consumer of O&P Research” was part of a Grant Programming lecture.

January 2007

The School of Applied Physiology and the MSPO Program were the feature stories in SciTech, a publication for alumni of the College of Science at Georgia Tech. Read the articles at:http://www.cos.gatech.edu/scitech_v8.pdf.

Two MSPO Students Receive First Annual Craig and Joy Lentzsch Scholarship Award in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

November 2006

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP, coordinator of prosthetics was recently featured in the O&P Edge’s November issue. The article entitled, “Diary of a Mission: Project Hope Belize- Part Two” chronicles Robert’s mission work in a prosthetics practice he and other motivated colleagues operate in Belize.

October 2006

Chelan Pedrow’s second article on her experiences as a first year student in the Georgia Tech MSPO program was recently published in the October issue of the O&P Edge. Read her article entitled, “The Orientation of a Homing Pigeon”.

Robert Kistenberg, MPH, CP, FAAOP, coordinator of prosthetics was recently featured in the O&P Edge’s October issue. The article entitled, “Diary of a Mission: Project Hope Belize- Part One” chronicles Robert’s mission work in a prosthetics practice he and other motivated colleagues operate in Belize.

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO was recently interviewed as part of an article in the O&P Edge on the movement of all U.S. O&P schools ramping up to the entry level master’s degree. The article entitled, “Entry-Level Masters Degree, O&P Ascends Professional Summit” appears in the October 2006 issue.

September 2006

Grant Award – Robert Kistenberg, Chris Hovorka of the Georgia Tech MSPO program and Mark Geil, Ph.D., Director of the Georgia State University Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health were awarded a grant to develop an online continuing education course in Outcome Measurements in Lower Limb Prosthetics. The grant was provided by the Department of Education and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Ellen Frick – Georgia Tech MSPO class of 2005 announced that her research in conjunction with Dr. Jay Alberts in the form of a manuscript entitled, “Combined Use of Repetitive Task Practice and an Assistive Robotic Device in Subacute Stroke: A Case Report,” is scheduled for publication in the October issue of Physical Therapy.

August 2006

New society forms for the Women of O&P – Read the article which was published in the September 2006 edition of O&P Business News that covers the latest landmark development in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics which was initiated by women of the MSPO class of 2006 and 2007.

Chelan Pedrow, an incoming 1st year student (class of 2008) in the Georgia Tech MSPO program has been tapped to write a monthly column for the O and P Edge. The name of her first article published in the August issue is, “The Commencement of Adventure.”

Susan Kestner, Georgia Tech MSPO class of 2005 recently published her research entitled, Defining the Relationship Between Prosthetic Wrist Function and Its Use in Performing Work Tasks and Activities of Daily Living, in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 2006; Volume 18, Number 3, pages 80-86.