2011-2012 Updates

June 2012

Christopher Hovorka commented on the likelihood of expanding the future scope of practice for prosthetists and orthotists in tandem with the evolution of external powered technologies applied to orthoses and prostheses. His comments appeared in an article entitled, “Orthotic technology enters a new age” in the June issue of The O&P Edge Magazine.

Geza Kogler discussed the evolution of powered ankle foot orthoses and his research in this exciting new area in an article entitled, “Powered AFOs: new roles for evolving technology” in the June issue of The O&P Edge Magazine.

May 2012

Robert Kistenberg’s comments were reported in two articles in the May issue of the O and P Edge Magazine: “ICF Global framework mainstreams disability, creates common language for healthcare”. To read more,

“International education: closing the gap”. To read more,

Jocelyn Wong (MSPO 2006) published an article entitled, “On a mission to give spider man orthoses in South America” in the May 2012 issue of the O and P Almanac. Click here to read the article..

April 2012

The research of Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010) in conjunction with Mark Geil, PhD was reported in the April 2012 edition of Lower Extremity Review. To read the article click here.

Denise Larkins, MSPO, CO, LO (MSPO 2009) published a portion of the results of a residency professional development experience in an article entitled, “The residency experience”. The article appears in the March issue of the O&P Edge and it provides insights into how the residency experience has evolved for graduates of Prosthetics and Orthotics education programs over the last 10 years. Click here to read the article..

Students Receive Award- Congratulations to four MSPO students in the class of 2012 (Lisa Huffman, Daniel Marler, Allsion Ruta and Elizabeth Selgrade) who each were awarded $500 from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF). Selection of the Student award recipients was based upon the merit of the student’s submission of an application. To learn more about OPERF and the awards, click here.

March 2012

The Prosthetics and Orthotics programs (MSPO and PhD) in the School of Applied Physiology at Georgia Tech were well represented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA:

MSPO program faculty (Christopher Hovorka, Robert Kistenberg, Geza Kogler, Young-Hui Chang, Ben Lucas, Scott French) and students (MSPO classes of 2012 and 2013, PhD with focus in P&O student Brian Selgrade, incoming MSPO student (Megan Crawford) conducted the symposium entitled, “Seminar on applied clinically relevant measures for prosthetists and orthotists”.

Congratulations to Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010) and Mark Geil (MSPO guest instructor) for winning the Thranhardt Lecture Award for the research presentation entitled, “Is a rigid footplate as effective as an articulated AFO in controlling idiopathic toe walking?”

Mark Geil (MSPO guest instructor) presented “Summary findings of the academy sponsored systematic literature review”

Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010) presented a free paper entitled, “Clinical outcomes after orthotic treatment of idiopathic toe walking: AFO versus FO”

Christopher Hovorka (MSPO faculty), presented a free paper presentation entitled, “Constraining lower limb movement for motor learning”

Taavy Miller (MSPO 2010) presented a free paper entitled, “The impact of a sling on stability and gait efficiency in patients with a flaccid upper limb”

Mark Holowka (MSPO 2004) presented the following:

  • Moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – lower limb orthotics”
  • A free paper entitled, “Spinal balance: orthotic management of a patient with pectus carinatum and hyperkyphosis: a case study”

Geza Kogler (MSPO faculty) presented the following:

  • A free paper presentation entitled, “Effect of dorsiflexion resistance on ankle and knee joint kinematics quantified with an instrumented ankle foot orthosis during treadmill walking”.
  • A session in the Pedorthic Program entitled, “Pressure measurement and met pad placement”

Andrew Sawers (MSPO 2005) moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – lower limb prosthetics”

Brian Giavedoni (MSPO guest faculty) moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – upper limb prosthetics”

Janet Lombardo (MSPO guest faculty) moderated the free paper session entitled, “Free papers – general”

William Cusack (PhD student in Applied Physiology with focus in P&O) presented a free paper entitled, “neurobehavioral differences in amputees during imitation of intact versus amputee movements”

The following students presented Poster Presentations:

  • William Cusack (PhD student in Applied Physiology with focus in P&O), presented “Cortical activation on “fictive” amputees performing complex arm movements
  • Tracy Norman (PhD student in Applied Physiology with focus in P&O), presented “The gait deviation index for analysis of amputee walking at different speeds”
  • Elizabeth Selgrade and Jessica Smith-Armstrong (MSPO 2012) presented, “Effect of rigid knee orthosis wear on lower limb kinematics and muscle activity during two-legged hopping”
  • DeLana Finney (MSPO 2010) presented, “Effectiveness of hinged crank arms in cycling concerning knee flexion limitations”

Colleen Coulter-O’Berry (MSPO guest faculty), Leigh Davis (MSPO 2007) presented, “Learn practical outcome measurements for your post-CVA patient”

Shane Wurdeman (MSPO 2005) presented the following:

  • A free paper entitled, “The Lyapunov exponent is strongly related to amputee preference”
  • An organized session presentation entitled, “Shaping the future of our profession: today’s clinician-researchers”

Robert Kistenberg (MSPO faculty) presented the organized session entitled, “Do you speak my language? Use of the international classification of functioning, disability, and health (ICF) in orthotics and prosthetics”

Paul Prusakowski (MSPO guest faculty) moderated the session entitled, “Free papers – lower limb prosthetics”

Lee Childers (PhD 2011, MSPO 2007) presented three free papers entitled:

  • “Force effectiveness of individuals with amputation indicate similar global strategies as intact individuals””
  • “The relationship between symmetry in joint kinematics and asymmetry in joint kinetics”
  • “Control of the residuum in the prosthesis explains locomotor differences between individuals with and without amputation”

Samer Tawfik (MSPO guest faculty) presented a free paper entitled, “Detailed finite element modeling of transtibial residual limb socket interaction”

Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) presented a free paper entitled, “Unilateral transtibial amputee dynamic stability margin during treadmill walking”

Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) and Kevin Carroll (MSPO guest faculty) presented a certificate program entitled, “Management of the bilateral transfemoral patient”

Colleen Coulter-O’Berry (MSPO guest faculty) and Mark Geil (MSPO guest faculty) presented a gait society presentation entitled, “Development of upright postures and movement in children”

Congratulations to Bryan Malas (MSPO guest faculty) who was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award

Mr. Malas also presented the following:

  • Organized session, “AFOs: current use and thinking”
  • Certificate program, “The effect of AFOs on balance – Clinical considerations”

On March 31, the 2nd annual Prosthetics and Orthotics Wearable Technology Award was presented at the 64th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair held in Athens, Georgia. The award was presented to Anand Srinivasan, a sophomore student from Roswell High School for his research entitled, “ILEGS: A Semi-Autonomous Robotic Locomotion Assistant”. Anand’s research was selected as the best project in the senior division that enhances the capabilities of persons with physical challenge caused by trauma, disease, or congenital disorder.

The award consists of a plaque, a check in the amount of $250.00, and an invitation to visit the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Applied Physiology. Click here to see picture of Anand receiving the award from Christopher Hovorka, Co-Director of the MSPO Program.

Christopher Hovorka’s (MSPO program co-director) comments regarding teaching students in entry-level master’s degree programs in Prosthetics and Orthotics via an on line format were cited in the March issue of the O and P Edge. The article is entitled, “Hybrid Education Does It Work for O&P”. To read more click here.

Comments by Christopher Hovorka (MSPO co-director) were published in the March issue of O&P Business News regarding recently published research by Gard, et al entitled, “Prosthetic ankle units have unanticipated effects on bilateral amputees”. To read an overview of the research article and Mr. Hovorka’s comments click here.

Christopher Hovorka’s (MSPO program co-director) comments regarding the need for advanced education programs in Prosthetics and Orthotics that train scientists (i.e., PhD programs) were cited in the March issue of the O and P Edge. The article is entitled, PhD: O&P Education’s Final Frontier”. To read more click here.

Christopher Hovorka’s (MSPO program co-director) article chronicling the 10 Year Anniversary of Georgia Tech’s Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics program appears in the March issue of the O and P Edge. The article is entitled, “Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech: Celebrating a Decade of Achievement”.

Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) was cited in the March 2012 issue of O and P Business News. She commented on research she is conducting in conjunction with co-investigator, Kevin Carroll (vice president of Prosthetics and Orthotics for Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics). To read more click here.

February 2012

Christopher Hovorka (MSPO program co-director) and Marina Musicus (MSPO class of 2012) participated in the 6th Annual Georgia Tech Pre-Health Conference. They presented career opportunities in Prosthetics and Orthotics profession. The conference was hosted by the American Medical Student Association of Georgia Tech. The annual event attract students interested in careers in the medical and allied health sciences professions..

Prosthetics and Orthotics Award Winner Presents Research to President Obama..

Congratulations to Anand Srinivasan, the winner of the Inaugural Prosthetics and Orthotics Wearable Technology Award at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (see April 2011 News page). Anand was invited to present his research to President Barack Obama at the White House in February. See picture here..

Christopher Hovorka and Robert Kistenberg discuss efforts of faculty and students in the Georgia Tech MSPO program to extend O&P clinical services to underserved patient populations in Atlanta and abroad.

The article was published in The O&P Edge and can be found on pages 30-36.

January 2012

Welcome Aboard Scott French, CPOA, CTO!

The faculty, staff and students of the School of Applied Physiology and the MSPO programs are pleased to welcome Mr. Scott French, CPOA, CTO as the new senior Prosthetic and Orthotic Fabrication Laboratory Supervisor. Scott brings over 14 years of technical design and fabrication experience in the Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) profession. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, studying Movement Science before entering the P&O profession where he worked in facilities located in Massachusetts and North Carolina. He later attained board certification as a Prosthetic and Orthotic Assistant (CPOA) and Certified Technician in Orthotics (CTO) by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. Scott is also board eligible as a Technician in Prosthetics.

Dr. Lee Childers (MSPO, 2007, Applied Physiology PhD, 2011) published research related to his MSPO capstone research and PhD dissertation in the January issue of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. The manuscript is entitled, “Measurement of motion between the residual limb and prosthetic socket during cycling”. A coauthor of the article is Dr. Robert Gregor, PhD, former chair of the School of Applied Physiology and currently an emeritus faculty in the School of Applied Physiology.

December 2011

The School of Applied Physiology and the MSPO program wish the best for Mr. Robert MacDonald, RTPO (c) as he ends his tenure in the Georgia Tech MSPO program after serving as the MSPO program’s first Senior Prosthetic and Orthotic Fabrication Laboratories Supervisor. Rob began at Georgia Tech in 2003 when the MSPO program laboratories were just in the process of completion. He helped establish the laboratory operations and aspects of the technical fabrication curriculum.

Rob will embark on a new adventure as the head of technical services to develop the first Prosthetics and Orthotics education program in Malaysia at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center located in Manilla, The Philippines.

November 2011

Tyler Manee (MSPO 2011) was interviewed regarding the results of his capstone research investigation he conducted under advisement of faculty mentor Geza Kogler, PhD, CO. Their research investigated the optimal angle to biomechanically control ankle motion. The research revealed new information that has the potential to influence changes in lower limb orthosis designs. Tyler’s comments were published in the October 2011 issue of Lower Extremity Review magazine in an article entitled, “AFO Strap Mapping”.


September 2011

“Georgia Tech Students To Develop and Provide Prostheses to Underserved Patients”. Atlanta’s Good Samaritan Health Center (GSHC) and Prosthetic Hope International, in cooperation with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) program, are opening the Prosthetic and Orthotic (P&O) Community Clinic at Good Samaritan. Second-year MSPO students will primarily operate the new P&O lab and will be supervised by Georgia Tech research scientist Rob Kistenberg and licensed prosthetists and orthotists. Click here to read the full article.

Tyler Manee (MSPO 2011) has been selected as the 2011 AOPA inaugural recipient of the Otto and Lucille Becker Orthotic Award. Chrysta Irolla (MSPO 2011) has been selected as the 2011 AOPA inaugural recipient of the Edwin and Kathryn Arbogast Prosthetic Student Award.

The awards are the first of their kind and are for a poster presentation.

Award benefits:

  • $500 cash
  • A plaque
  • Name on a Master award at the AOPA National office
  • Airfare to the annual meeting
  • Hotel for 3 nights
  • Registration fee for the meeting
  • Photo op and featured article on the research
August 2011

The MSPO Program welcomes the class of 2012. The Orientation Week activities concluded with the annual white coat ceremony in which the faculty and staff as well as the MSPO class of 2011 welcomed the incoming MSPO students. The students received the keynote address by Dr. Colleen Coulter-O’Berry PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, Team Leader Limb Deficiency Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and an introduction to the Georgia Society of Prosthetists and Orthotists (GSOP) from GSOP president, Matthew Nelson, CPO, LPO. Students received a welcome address by the co-director of the MSPO program, Christopher Hovorka and by the chair of the School of Applied Physiology, Dr. Richard Nichols, PhD. All incoming students recognized and adopted the practitioner’s oath. See pictures here.

Congratulations to Dr. Lee Childers (MSPO 2007) for completion of his PhD in Applied Physiology with focus in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Georgia Tech. Lee is the first graduate of the nation’s first pre-doctoral training program funded by the National Institute of Health.

Christopher Hovorka (MSPO Co-Director), Dr. Geza Kogler and Dr. Young-Hui Chang, were awarded a grant from the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association’s Center for Learning/Evidence-Based Outcomes (AOPA-COPL) for their research entitled, “Influence of the rocker profile in an orthosis-footwear combination to modulate neuromuscular behavior”.

Jessica Smith-Armstrong (MSPO 2012) was awarded the International African American Prosthetic & Orthotic Coalition’s Sam D. Benson Scholarship.

Results from studies funded by AOPA COPL and conducted by MSPO alumni and faculty were recently released:

Andrew Sawers (MSPO 2005), “Center of rotation position in non-articulated prosthetic feet: implications for prosthetic foot kinetics”

Dr. Geza Kogler, Kinsey Herrin (MSPO 2010), Dr. Young-Hui Chang, “Functional outcomes of a custom energy harvesting “bullfrog” AFO”

Robert Kistenberg (MSPO Co-Director), “Comparison of liner assisted suspension in transtibial prostheses”