Stephen Hamilton, BS, CPO has worked as an Orthotist/Prosthetist for 15 years. He began working as a technician at a well known Orthotics and Prosthetics facility located in Portland, Maine in the late 90’s. This came as the result of 8 years volunteering at Maine Adaptive (fka: Maine Handicapped Skiing), teaching adaptive skiing at Sunday River and Sugarloaf. Stephen found working with individuals with physical disabilities very rewarding, and as a place where the adaptation of the equipment used by the participants was a daily practice. His background in Mechanical Engineering and experience building devices out of advanced composite materials proved to be an advantage here. Eventually, an associate at Maine Adaptive suggested pursuing Orthotics and Prosthetics, which began the process involving three trips to Chicago, IL to attend Northwestern University’s’ Prosthetic Orthotics Center. Programs in Pedorthics, Orthotics, and Prosthetics were completed along with the residency requirements and multiple certification exams for each discipline, to become an American Board for Certification (ABC) certified Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO).
More recently, Stephen has completed the Athletic Training program at the University of Southern Maine in 2014, and will be sitting for his board exams in the Fall of 2016. The pursuit of this degree was done to expand his orthopedic evaluation skills and understand the rehabilitation and conditioning a patient requires when recovering from an acute injury, chronic condition, or post surgically. This knowledge and experience benefits all future patients, as he able to communicate more effectively with their physicians, therapists, athletic trainers, as an integrated member of the rehabilitation team, instead of someone just supplying a device from outside this process.
Stephen is now seeing patients in need of custom and non-custom foot orthoses. He has treated more than a thousand patients, with diagnoses ranging from flat feet (Pes Planus), high arches (Pes Cavus), leg length discrepancies, foot, ankle, knee, hip, and back pain, headaches, post-surgical/injury care, toe amputation, ect.
Stephen believes that every patient should be seen by the same practitioner at each stage of the process: Evaluation, Fitting, and Follow-up. He understands that each person is different and time must be allowed at each stage of the process to accommodate the individual. This will guarantee that his patient’s obtain the time and quality support they need, when they need it.
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