Thermoforming Technology: Controlling the Process - March 2004

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Thermoforming Technology: Controlling the Process
By Miki Fairley


Thermoforming is a deceptively simple-looking process... But to operate successfully at an industrial level, you need to understand the molecular structure of the plastic and use equipment that adheres to the guidelines that have been established within the thermoforming industry."

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Plastics Technology: Vision of the Future?
By Miki Fairley


"Just about everything we do in O&P couldbenefit from having both rigid and flexible plastic in differentparts of the same device," says Tony Wickman, RTPO, FreedomFabrication Inc., Havana, Florida. Since having both rigid andflexible parts is sim...

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Industry Leaders

A.J. Filippis: The Family Behind the Man and the Company
By Jodi Mills


You cannot speak to A.J. Filippis, CPO, presidentof Wright & Filippis, Rochester Hills, Mich-igan, withoutrecognizing the value he places on family. This successfulbusinessman and recipient of the Ernst & Young 2003 EasternMichigan Entrepreneur of...

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Two Sisters: Our Special Relationship
By Danielle Andreassen


Should we accidentally fall in? I ask Jackie as webounce up and down in the round inner tube. We were enjoying theday with our family on a middle-sized lake, in our Baylinerski-boat.

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?


The future of your practice depends on knowledgeablebilling and collection information. Understanding the full aspectof billing guidelines and procedures will effectively increase yourreimbursement. This informative column will help providers andt...

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Today's Consumer

Outdoorsman Braves Amputation to Ski, Hike Again
By Joan Bennett


Early in the morning on February 12, 2003, MichaelLynn of Bartlett, New Hampshire, set out on a 14-mile day-trek onsnowshoes and cross-country skis in New Hampshire's White Mountainswith his dog, Kayla. An avid outdoorsman, Lynn, 55, hadn'tbargain...

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Innovations

Ossur’s ‘AFO Dynamic’ Ankle-Foot Orthosis Sets New Performance Standard
By Mark Muller, CPO, CPed


Ossur has now applied the advanced technology of Flex-Foot®to a full line of orthoses. At the forefront is the new AFO Dynamic ankle-foot orthosis,made from the same pre-impregnated carbon fiber that givesFlex-Foot some of its unique properties. T...

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Sports Page

San Diego Triathlon Challenge Raises $1 Million


Once again 100 of the world's top challenged athletes inspiredand amazed onlookers at the San Diego, California, TriathlonChallenge, a half-Ironman event on Sunday, November 2. Sponsored bythe Loma Linda University Orthopaedic & RehabilitationInst...

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Clinician Snapshot

The Cornell Brothers
By PEL Supply Co.


A funny thing happened to Keith and Ken Cornell on their way todental school. Ken was in the placement office of Saint AnselmCollege, a small Catholic college in Manchester, New Hampshire,waiting to talk to an adviser when he began leafing through...

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Profile

Lisa McFall, RFOM, CMF, COF


Southeastern Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc. Chattanooga, Tennessee In what area of O&P would you most like to seeimprovement? I'd like to see less politics and more patientcare.

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Perspective

O&P: A Profession Still in the Making
By Donald E. Katz


Relative to some others in healthcare, orthotics and prostheticsis a fairly young profession, if one accepts the definition asrequiring a collected body of knowledge, the development ofstandards and ethics, ongoing research, and a commitment tolif...

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Viewpoints

From the Editor: ‘Fostering a Culture of Professionalism’
By Miki Fairley


O&P education is getting a boost. The futureAcademy Learning Center at St. Petersburg College in Florida willcreate a physical location for didactic and lab-based education,plus online learning opportunities that may in time have aninternational r...

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Feature

Amputees in Advertising: Have Changes in Presentation Altered Public Perception?
By Judith Philipps Otto


For decades, people with disabilities were hiddenaway in closets. But in a modern society that pretends to beenlightenedlargely by advertising messagesthe American public isprogressively developing a more widespread attitude of acceptancetoward pe...

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Feature

Who’s Using Amputees in Advertising?


Ideally, we would be able to publish an honor roll of mainstreamadvertisers who have featured amputee actors or models in theirprint or broadcast commercials. Such a list would constitute aninteresting and useful reference for our readers. Unfortu...

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