ALEXANDRIA, VA—The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) awarded the William D. Beiswenger Volunteer Award to Michael J. Allen, CPO, FAAOP. Allen was chosen by the ABC Board of Directors to receive the Beiswenger Award for his extraordinary volunteer work supporting ABC’s mission and for embodying the spirit of the award. He received the award at the 42nd Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium in Orlando, March 11.
The William D. Beiswenger Volunteer Award was established in 2000 to honor its first recipient William Beiswenger, CPO, FAAOP of Colorado Springs, Colo. for his outstanding record of volunteerism and his commitment to the ABC mission. The prestigious award was created to recognize volunteers who demonstrate dedicated service to ABC and the promotion of its mission to provide the highest standards of excellence in patient care.
“Mike Allen’s contributions to the profession are invaluable,” remarked ABC Board President, Chris Fairman, CPO. “We feel very fortunate and grateful that he has given such a significant amount of his time to ABC over the years considering his many volunteer commitments on the local, state and national level. Mike has truly earned every accolade given him. ABC and the entire profession are absolutely in a better place because of his sincere commitment and selfless contributions. We cannot thank him enough.”
Allen began volunteering in 1986 as Secretary Treasurer for the Texas Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists and Vice President for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) Region VII. Since then, Allen has served twelve years on the ABC Board of Directors and was Board President in 2008. He has served on the practice analysis committees for practitioners as well as orthotic and therapeutic shoe fitters and has played an integral part in setting the ABC exam standards.
Currently, Allen serves on several ABC committees and teams including two fitter exam teams and Chair of the Facility Accreditation Committee.
Over the years, Allen has volunteered in several capacities for many other O&P organizations, such as the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetist (AAOP), The National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics (NAAOP) and the O&P Alliance.
Allen’s volunteer service doesn’t stop there. He has managed to provide his time and expertise to humanitarian treatment teams in Guyana and Bosnia and supported several local community events such as wheelchair basketball and tennis, Little League Challenger Baseball and his own endeavor Reel Kids Fishing Derbies.
“I am honored to stand in the shadows of those before me,” remarked Allen. Volunteering has truly gifted me many valuable relationships with people who share a vision of enhancing our profession and improving the quality of care for those we serve. While our profession has overcome many challenges over the years, more loom on the horizon. It is the collective knowledge, experience and passion of those volunteering that will help see us through. There is always a need for more to contribute and if you are concerned about the state of our profession, I encourage you to become involved ... now. You can make a difference.”
Allen is the sixth recipient of the Beiswenger award since its inception. Previous recipients are Steven R. Whiteside, CO, FAAOP (2002), William Teague, CP (2005), Frank Friddle, Jr., CO, FAAOP (2009) and Donald D. Virostek, CPO (2013).