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O&P Woman of the Year Award

These women represent some of the O&P profession’s best and brightest. Their roles and responsibilities vary, but at all of their cores is the unwavering mission to better their profession in the name of the patients who require O&P care. They all have made an incredibly positive impact on their organization, coworkers, patients, and community, and OPGA is honored to shine a well-deserved light on them.
-Todd Eagen President, OPGA

Meet the Finalists

Linda CollinsLinda Collins

Linda Collins is the senior director of Market Access in Össur’s Reimbursement Department. In that role, she is responsible for helping to identify and explore payer markets while also building relationships with payers. Linda has over 20 years’ experience in all phases of managed care, including network development, sales, account management, and claims/billing. She has specialized in the DMEPOS/medical device field for the past 15 years and has significant experience with non-surgical orthopedic devices. Currently, she serves on the California Orthotics & Prosthetics Association board of directors and is an instructor with Century College in the O&P department. Linda is a co-author of the Össur Reimbursement & Regulatory blog. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Psychology from Arizona State University. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rachel Friddle-JohnsonRachel Friddle-Johnson

Rachel is the fourth generation of her family in the orthotic and prosthetic profession. In fact, while in high school Rachel was able to volunteer in the Greenville, South Carolina, Shriner’s Orthotic and Prosthetic Division that her great-grandfather started in 1929. She still remembers helping around the family business when she was 12 years old. Rachel quipped that when traveling with her family at a very young age, “We knew we were in the right place when we saw people walking around on artificial legs.” 

 

Today, Rachel is the president and CEO of Friddle’s Orthopedic Appliances, Inc., a manufacturer, distributor, and central fabrication facility that serves orthotists and prosthetists across the country and around the world out of Honea Path, South Carolina.

JoAnne KanasJoAnne Kanas

JoAnne earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University, a postgraduate certificate in Orthotics & Prosthetics from Northwestern University, Orthotic and Prosthetic Certification from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC), and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University.

JoAnne began her career in O&P at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and subsequently worked at American Prosthetics in Iowa City, Iowa, Atlantic Prosthetic & Orthotic Services in Smithville, New Jersey, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics in Linwood, New Jersey, and then returned to Shriners Hospital for Children in 2008. Her current position is corporate director of Orthotics & Prosthetics for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa, Florida. JoAnne’s passion has always been both patient care and education. JoAnne was recently elected to the board of directors of AAOP where she also served as a member and then chairperson on the AAOP Annual Meeting Clinical Content Committee. She is also currently on the board of OPAF. She has presented at many state and national meetings and guest lectured for O&P and physical therapy programs. JoAnne has authored several journal articles and chapters in medical publications.

Allison KimuraAllison Kimura

A graduate of the Newington Certificate Program in Orthotics & Prosthetics and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Allison Kimura, CO/LO, believes in bringing back exemplary patient care, ensuring that all patients are regarded as individuals, taking time to answer questions and listen to concerns while treating everyone for optimum success.

During her 20-year career Allison has treated over 3,200 infants for plagiocephaly. For over 10 years, she has been a speaker at the Orthomerica Summit meeting for plagiocephaly/cranial bands. At the end of July, Allison was requested by one of the surgeons who separated craniopagus twins in June of this year to treat them with cranial helmets. A distinct honor considering an O&P facility is contracted with the hospital for in-patient care.

The O&P Woman of the Year award will be presented at the OPGA member/supplier reception during the World Congress in Las Vegas.