2007-2008 Updates

August 2008

The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2010. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which the faculty and staff as well as the MSPO class of 2009 welcomed the incoming MSPO students. The students received the keynote address by the president of the Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists, James Young, CP, LP, FAAOP, were welcomed by the director of the MSPO program, Christopher Hovorka and received a welcome address by the chair of the School of Applied Physiology, Richard Nichols. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath.

The MSPO program congratulates adjunct faculty member, John Michael, MEd, CPO, LPO, FISPO, FAAOP, who served as editor for the recently released fourth edition of the AAOS Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices. The textbook is considered an essential information resource for practitioners in the management of persons who require an orthosis as part of a treatment plan.

July 2008

Kristin Carnahan (MSPO class of 2008) published the fourth and final article in a series that chronicled her experiences as a student in the MSPO program. Read the on line article in theJuly issue of the O&P Edge.

The faculty and staff of the School of Applied Physiology and the MSPO program are pleased to welcome Dr. Geza Kogler, PhD, CO as its newest full time faculty member. Dr. Kogler comes to Georgia Tech from Springfield, Illinois where he practiced as an orthotist and bioengineer research investigator at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and other clinical practice settings.

Richard Welling, MSPO, CO (MSPO 2005) served as a camp supervisor and was featured along with others in the Adventure Amputee Camp in North Carolina. Click here to see the video(when on the video page, click on the right link to “Ryan’s story”).

June 2008

An article regarding the new NIH T-32 Pre-Doctoral Training Grant to fund the School of Applied Physiology’s first PhD program in Applied Physiology focus on Prosthetics and Orthotics appeared in the June 2008 edition of the O&P Edge. This program will collaborate with the MSPO program in which entry level
master’s students will work with PhD students in addressing a variety of research questions.

Students in the MSPO program will soon collaborate with students in a new PhD program in Applied Physiology with emphasis in prosthetics and orthotics in the fall semester. Like the MSPO program, the new PhD program in Applied Physiology with emphasis in prosthetics and orthotics will be the first of its kind. This program will fund students via a T-32 Training Grant from the National Institute of Health. The focus on the PhD program is to train scientists in learning more about the user’s “learning strategies” of an orthosis and/or prosthesis and not simply the engineering of the device. More information will soon be forthcoming on the School of Applied Physiology web site.

Congratulations to Ron Roiz (MSPO class of 2007) as the research he conducted as an MSPO student and under the direction of faculty, Dr. Young-Hui Chang and PhD student Arick Auyang is soon to be published in the Journal of Biomechanics. The title of the paper is, “Intralimb compensation strategy depends on the nature of joint perturbation in human hopping”.

Leigh Pipkin, MSPO, CO (class of 2007) will be presenting her resident research at the Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Association Annual Meeting on June 5 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her presentation is entitled “Accuracy & Reliability of the Tracer Omega Non-Contact Scanner for Digital Capture of Cranial & Transtibial Shapes”.

It is with sorrow to report the passing of Scott Silver, MSEd, CO, LO who served as a guest lecturer for the biannual Communications Seminar hosted at Georgia Tech. Read the tribute article in the June edition of the O&P Business News, entitled, “One Man’s Legacy.”

May 2008

Kristin Carnahan, MSPO class of 2008 writes of her experiences in promoting the profession of Orthotics and Prosthetics as a student in the Georgia Tech MSPO program. Read her article here.

Fifth MSPO Class Graduates – The MSPO class of 2008 graduated with the award of the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics degree. 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 2008

Ron Roiz, MSPO class of 2007 continues to write of his experiences as a resident in Orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the March 2008 issue of the O and P Edge Magazine. Read the article here.

March 2008

First year MSPO student, Stephanie LeGare visited her alma mater (Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA over Spring Break to present the profession of prosthetics and orthotics as a career opportunity to students in the undergraduate biomedical engineering program. Read the article entitled, “Applying an Engineering Education” on page 2.

In the March 2008 Issue of the O and P Edge, Kristin Carnahan, 2nd year MSPO student writes of her clinical experiences working with patients in the Georgia Tech MSPO program. Read the article here.

February 2008

Faculty (Robert Kistenberg and Christopher Hovorka) as well as both classes of MSPO students attend the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Presentations delivered by Georgia Tech MSPO program faculty:
Robert Kistenberg (coordinator of prosthetics) presented, “POCC – The Prosthetic and Orthotic Component Clearinghouse” – an international outreach effort in which used orthosis and prosthesis components are recycled for devices used as part of a treatment plan for persons in developing nations

Presentations delivered by Georgia Tech MSPO program alumni:
Shane Wurdeman (MSPO class of 2006) presented his research, “Pre and Postoperative Gait Analysis of Adolescents with Complete Longitudinal Deficiency of the Fibula”

Jason Ramsey (MSPO class of 2007) presented his research, “Comparing the Movements of Thermoplastic Non-Articulated Dorsiflexion Assist AFOs and Their Finite Element Models”

Ron Roiz, MSPO class of 2007 continues his series of articles chronicling his post-graduate experiences as a resident in Orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the February 2008 issue of the O and P Edge Magazine. Read the article here.

January 2008

Second year MSPO student, Kristin Carnahan’s article on her experiences as a graduate student in the Georgia Tech MSPO program appears in the January 2008 issue of the O&P Edge magazine. Read the article

December 2007

Kristin Carnahan was featured in the December 2007 Georgia Tech College of Sciences e-News regarding the column she is writing for the O&P Edge Magazine which chronicles her experiences as a graduate student in the MSPO program.

As part of an ongoing series of articles, Ron Roiz, MSPO class of 2007 writes of his experience in as a resident in Orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the December 2008 issue of the O and P Edge Magazine. Read the article here.

November 2007

Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP was one of several contributors to the article on “The Five Things You Need to Know” (in O&P), published on-line in the December 2007 issue of the O&P Almanac.

The MSPO program was awarded a research grant to conduct an investigation comparing the performance a new knee orthosis created by Bauerfeind to other commercially available knee orthoses. Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP and Mark Geil, PhD, who is director of the Biomechanics Lab at Georgia State University served as co-investigators on the research. The results of the investigation will be reported in a future paper and scientific meeting.

Kristin Carnahan, MSPO class of 2008 writes of her experiences as a 2nd year MSPO student at Georgia Tech in the November 2007 issue of the O and P Edge Magazine. Read the article here.

October 2007

On October 27 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Christopher Hovorka, MS, CPO, LPO, FAAOP served as the international delegate to participate in the Canadian O&P Educational Development Consensus Meeting. The meeting is one of the first in the history of Canada’s O&P profession to address the country’s stance and readiness to transition schools of O&P to offer the master’s degree.

David Moe, CPO (c), owner of Barber Prosthetics Clinic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada provided a donation to the MSPO program to support MSPO student travel. The fund will eventually provide financial assistance to help defray costs for students traveling to professional meetings such as the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). Each year the MSPO program cancels classes during the week of the AAOP conference in order for faculty and students to attend.

Georgia Tech MSPO Alumni, DeAnna Oldani (06), Lara Schrock (07), Jocelyn Wong (06), Leigh Pipkin (07) and Janelle Springer (06) were recognized in a letter to the profession by the president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Wendy Beattie, CPO, FAAOP for their efforts to create the Women in O&P sessions at the annual meetings.
Beattie went on to announce further plans, ….”In light of this, I am working with a number of our women members to set up programs, including a mentorship project, to help women entering the profession not only succeed as orthotists and prosthetists, but to encourage them to take an active role in shaping the future of our profession.”

Robert MacDonald, RTPO (c), the senior O&P laboratory technician presented O&P as a career option to a group of 160 students at Creek View High School in Cherokee County (a north suburb of Atlanta). The session was well received by students and faculty with many indicating they were not aware of the wide range of creativity and diversity in the profession.

Ron Roiz, MSPO class of 2007 writes of his experience as a resident in Orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The article is part of a series chronicling Ron’s experiences as he progresses through the professional clinical phase of his training. Read the article in the September 2007 issue of the O and P Edge Magazine here.

September 2007

On September 25, 2007 the College of Sciences honored Robert J. Gregor, PhD for his role as the founding chair of the School of Applied Physiology. Dr. Gregor was appointed Head of the Department of Health and Performance Sciences in 1997 and was instrumental in the creation of the School of Applied Physiology, the MSPO program and the PhD program in Applied Physiology. He served as Chair of the School from 2002-2007. He also serves as the director of the Center for Human Movement at Georgia Tech and will remain on faculty through the academic year of 2008.

Taking over the helm of the School of Applied Physiology as the new Chair is T. Richard Nichols, PhD. Prior to the new appointment, Dr. Nichols served as a professor in the School of Medicine at Emory University as well as the Interim Chair of the Department of Physiology. He holds a joint appointment as faculty through the Georgia Tech/Emory University program in Biomedical Engineering.

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”.

August 2007

MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2009. The Orientation Week activities concluded in the annual white coat ceremony in which the faculty and staff as well as the MSPO class of 2008 welcomed the incoming MSPO students. The students received the keynote address by the president of the Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists, James Young, CP/L, FAAOP, were welcomed by the director of the MSPO program, Christopher Hovorka, the outgoing chair of the School of Applied Physiology, Robert Gregor, PhD and incoming chair, Richard Nichols, PhD. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath.

Ron Roiz, MSPO class of 2007 writes of his experience in securing a position as a resident in Orthotics at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Read the article in the August 2007 issue of the O and P Edge Magazine here.