October 2015

AOPA honors advocates, student O&P poster winners at National Assembly

The Washington, DC-based Ameri­can Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) on October 9 recognized the three recipients of its Ralph R. “Ronney” Snell Legislative Advocacy Award at its National Assembly in San Antonio, TX.

The advocacy award is given to individuals who have made valuable contributions to advancing the O&P community’s legislative and regulatory goals.

This year’s honorees are Rick Riley, CEO of Bakersfield, CA-based Townsend Design; Teri Kuffel, vice president of Arise Orthotics & Prosthetics in Blaine, MN; and Charles Kuffel, MSM, CPO, FAAOP, Arise’s president and clinical director.

AOPA also announced winners of the Otto and Lucille Becker Award and the Edwin and Kathryn Arbogast Award for best student posters in the orthotics and prosthetics categories. Tyler Klenow, MSOP, CPT-ACSM, a resident at James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, FL, won the Otto and Lucille Becker Award for his orthotic abstract, “A functional comparison of a carbon fiber AFO and two modular KAFO conditions using outcome mea­sures in a veteran subject with traumatic brain injury.”

Lisa Abernathy, a student in the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program at Alabama State University in Montgomery, received the Edwin and Kathryn Arbogast Award for her prosthetic abstract, “Going back in time: a content analysis on the media portrayal of characters with antiquated prostheses.”

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