O&P Woman of the Year Award

O&P Woman of the Year

OPGA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS 3RD ANNUAL O&P WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD TO BE PRESENTED AT THE OPGA MEMBER RECEPTION AT AOPA

Open to all women in the profession, the Woman of the Year Award will be presented to one who has made significant contributions to her patients, community, business, and the O&P profession throughout her career.

 

Sound like someone you know?

 

Nomination period ends July 12, 2019.

“Women play such a vital role in our profession, and we want to recognize that by honoring someone who has improved the O&P community through leadership, patient care, best practices, advocacy, or any other aspect of leadership. We all know someone who deserves to be recognized, and OPGA is proud to lead the charge on this exciting opportunity.”  

—Todd Eagen, President of OPGA, a division of VGM Group, Inc.

Award Details and Selection Process

OPGA is organizing the Woman of the Year award campaign, and a selection committee made up of O&P professionals will be tasked to select the winner. The award will be presented at the OPGA Member Reception during the AOPA National Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 25 in San Diego from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Event Location: 
Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the OPGA Member Reception at the AOPA National Assembly in San Diego, CA.

“We hope to not only highlight existing leaders, but also inspire action and mentorship to grow the O&P architects of tomorrow,” Eagen adds.

 

Sound like someone you know?

 

Nomination period ends July 12, 2019.


2018 O&P Woman of the year, Karen edwards


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 for more than 12 years, seven of which have been spent with Össur. Karen has led ÖWLI since its inception in 2014.


Selection committee

 

Jeffrey Brandt

Jeffrey Brandt

Jeffrey M. Brandt, CPO, is CEO and founder of Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, an evidence-based P&O practice that has now grown to 11 offices across three states.  Since its inception in 2004, Ability has led the advancement and implementation of outcome measures in daily practice, founded Lifenhanced magazine, and assembled a patient advisory council to inform of patient-centric best practices.  Through Brandt’s leadership, Ability has prioritized a focus on patient care, outcomes data, delivery of care, business analytics, community-based adaptive programs, and comparative effectiveness product research and development. In addition to founding Ability, Brandt is a co-founder of Kinetic Revolutions, of which the most notable product is the height adjustable pylon for use on prosthetic limbs.

After graduating from Penn State University in 1995, Brandt completed the prosthetics technician program at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington, and became an ABC-certified technician. He then attended Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine’s Prosthetic & Orthotic program in 1999. He subsequently completed his orthotic residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and his prosthetic residency at Lawall P&O in Delaware, where he serviced A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital.  As a student, Brandt was awarded the Gunther Gehl Prosthetics Scholarship by the Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and was recently named to the O&P News 175.  Brandt currently serves on the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) executive board as treasurer, on the Limb Loss & Preservation Registry External Collaborative Panel (ECP), and as a member of the Freedom Innovations Business Leadership Council.

 

Karen Edwards

Karen Edwards

Karen Edwards is the director of the Össur Women's Leadership Initiative and a senior area manager for prosthetics at Össur. She has worked in the O&P profession since 2006 and was the 2018 OPGA Woman of the Year Award recipient. Prior to that she spent 13 years in the advertising industry. Karen, a native of North Carolina, now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and loves exploring the beautiful Southwest.

 

Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.

Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Kaufman is the W Hall Wendel Jr Musculoskeletal Research professor, director-motion analysis laboratory, professor of Bioengineering, and consultant in the departments of orthopedic surgery, physiology and biomedical engineering at Mayo Clinic. He is a registered professional engineer. He has published more than 250 papers and holds eight patents. He is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Society of Biomechanics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and International Society of Biomechanics. Dr. Kaufman currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Prosthetics 2020 for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association.

 

Pamala Lupo

Pamala Lupo

Pamala Lupo, CO, LO, is currently consulting in the fields of orthotics and prosthetics.  She is an American Board of Certification (ABC) certified orthotist for more than 30 years and licensed orthotist. Her experience includes director of orthotics for one of the largest orthotic and prosthetic companies in the United States for more than 20 years and director of women’s care.  She recently served on the board of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA).  She currently is on the board of Wright & Filippis and Carolina O & P.  She serves on AOPA's Coding and Reimbursement Committee, AOPA’s Business Education Committee, the Eastern Michigan University Advisory Committee and is an ABC facility accreditation surveyor.  Pam is an advocate for the profession and received the AOPA Snell Legislative Advocacy Award in 2018 and is currently serving on the Michigan Medicaid Medical Advisory Committee.

 

Brian Gustin

Brian Gustin

Brian Gustin, CP, is president of Forensic Prosthetics and Orthotics Consulting and Vanguard Metrics and Analytics with 38 years of clinical and business experience. He is a second generation CP; his father, a TF amputee since childhood, and uncle are now both retired as CPs. His father was the first person in the U,S, to have a C-Leg approved by Medicare when no codes existed for this new technology. How? Through good documentation and writing skills. Gustin has personally met with CMS policy and analytical staff to understand what research and documentation is interesting and relevant vs. what is interesting and irrelevant. His latest endeavor, Vanguard Metrics and Analytics, was designed to assist the O&P clinic collect relevant patient data over a longitudinal period of time to determine the effectiveness of the care provided.