My father is an above-the-knee amputee, and he has been since I was a kid. For that reason, I’ve never felt discomfort about topics like prosthetics or amputations. Those things have felt normal almost as long as I’ve been alive. It was so normal, in fact, that for a long time it didn’t even occur to me that working with amputees and prosthetics was an actual career path. Around the time I was making decisions about what to study in college and what career path I wanted to pursue, my dad was getting his prosthetic refit. It was the first time he had gone in for a refit in my memory, and it occurred to me that it must be someone’s job to replace my dad’s leg. With that, I started putting together a plan to make working with prosthetics my career. The rest is history. I’ve been a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist (CPO) since 2010. I did my residency here at Kormylo-Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics and then came back as a CPO about a year and a half ago. The work environment is unlike any other in the medical field because I basically get to build things in a workshop while also working directly with patients. There aren’t many health care professionals who get to turn a wrench on a daily basis. CPOs get a lot of flexibility to be creative. Every patient is different and so is every prosthetic we make. Our patients all have very different ideas about the level of functionality they want in their prosthetics, from just being able to walk around to being able to run marathons. In a very literal sense, there is never a one-size-fits-all approach to how we create prosthetics or help our patients, and that certainly keeps things interesting at the office. That being said, the thing I enjoy most about being a CPO is working with people. I enjoy getting to know my patients’ lives and personalities, and watching them overcome the obstacles in their way is incredible. And while A Job Unlike Any Other What I Love About Being a CPO
I’m more than happy to offer my
expertise when working with my patients, I want them to know their input about
their specific situation is just as valuable. We’re here ultimately to collaborate with our patients, listen to their concerns, and come up with solutions to address whatever challenges they’ve come up against.
Outside the office, I love keeping up an active lifestyle. I spend a lot of time outdoors, going camping or mountain biking, and I take jiujitsu classes as well. For any of our patients who also enjoy staying active, let us know what types of activities you want to participate in with your prosthetic. We’ll make sure you can do it. Before I sign off, I just wanted to add that I hope all of you are doing well and that you’re staying safe and healthy during this time. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you.
– Pete Simpson
“In a very literal sense, there is never a one-size-fits-all approach to how we create prosthetics or help our patients, and that certainly keeps things interesting at the office.”
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