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O&P Woman of the Year Award

O&P Woman of the Year

OPGA Is Proud to Announce the 2018 O&P Woman of the Year
Congratulations, Karen!


Karen Edwards 

Karen Edwards is the director of the Össur Women’s Leadership Initiative (ÖWLI) and a senior area manager for Prosthetics with Össur in Arizona and Utah. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Karen has worked in the O&P profession more than 12 years, seven of which have been spent with Össur. Karen has led ÖWLI since its inception in 2014.


OPGA thanks this year’s finalists: Brooke, Karen, Eileen, and Sara. Thank you for all you do!

Brooke Artesi 

Brooke Artesi earned a degree in fine arts before pursuing a career in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. She has been in O&P for 16 years and is a CPO (Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist) and LPO (Licensed Prosthetist-Orthotist). In 2013, Brooke opened Sunshine Prosthetics and Orthotics. A transtibial amputee herself, her active lifestyle inspired her to create the Sunshine Amputee/Adaptive Hikes for Beginners. Brooke also volunteers for a variety of organizations, including Camp No Limits, No Limits Limb Loss Association, Never Say Never Foundation, Amputee Coalition of America, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Eileen Levis

Eileen Levis is co-founder and CEO of Orthologix LLC. Eileen has more than 25 years of experience in the orthotics and prosthetics industry, including managing a regional multi-site O&P practice and managing O&P operations at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She has spent eight years as president of the Pennsylvania Orthotic and Prosthetic Society. Eileen was instrumental in the passage of O&P licensure legislation in Pennsylvania. She was a director for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association Board of Directors for six years. She continues as chair of the AOPA Business Education Workgroup for the organization’s national conference.

Sara Peterson

Sara Peterson is the current program director for the MSPO Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an ABC-certified prosthetist, orthotist, and mastectomy fitter. She is active with the PA/MD/VA/DC AAOP Chapter, serving as former president. Sara is also an active member of the International Society of Orthotists & Prosthetists (ISPO), where she hopes to inspire future leaders of tomorrow and share her knowledge of the O&P industry internationally. Sara was recently awarded the distinguished Cooper-Johnson Award. She is a past recipient of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF) Educator Award and the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP) Outstanding Educator Award.