Practice Analysis of Certified Practitioners in the Disciplines of Orthotics and Prosthetics

May 2015



On behalf of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) I am pleased to present this Practice Analysis of Certified Practitioners in the Disciplines of Orthotics and Prosthetics. This report describes the contemporary practice of ABC certified orthotists and prosthetists in the United States and represents the culmination of nearly 11 months of planning, execution, data analyses and writing.

A project of this magnitude depends on the hard work and commitment of many professionals, and we are pleased to acknowledge their contributions to the final product. We are indebted to the 13-member ABC Practice Analysis Task Force (PATF) – Michael J. Allen, CPO, FAAOP; Jennifer A. Bick, CO; Keven P. Dunn, CPO; Christopher J. Fairman, CPO; Stephen B. Fletcher, CPO; Michelle J. Hall, CPO, FAAOP; Carol J. Hentges, CO; Robert S. Lin, CPO, FAAOP; Timothy E. Miller, CPO; Amy L. Paulios, CP; Timothy C. Ruth, CPO and Donald D. Virostek, CPO – for the wisdom and direction they provided throughout the conduct of the study. The task force chairman, Steven R. Whiteside, CO, FAAOP, worked tirelessly to provide conceptual guidance and insight into the profession.

This project represents a substantial investment of ABC’s financial resources and personnel as related to ABC’s efforts in continuing to develop exemplary examination programs as well as providing information to primary and continuing education programs. I am grateful to Catherine A. Carter, ABC’s Executive Director for her thoughtful and consistent support during the conduct of the study.

 James H. Wynne, CPO, FAAOP                                                                                                                                           President