Matt Westlake joined Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics in 2018 as the Clinical Director of the Manhattan and River Edge, NJ clinics. In this Q&A, Matt shares how an injury changed the course of his life, how he learned about orthotics, and why he chose to specialize in rare orthopedic and neurological pathologies in children.
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When Aashir Belton was born, his mom, Rejza, had to wait three long weeks to hold him.
Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics clinicians are trained to help patients with a wide variety of common conditions, including scoliosis, plagiocephaly, and neuromuscular issues. Often, those conditions are present in combination with a number of other issues, including autism, cerebral palsy, and a wide variety of genetic diseases.
At 2, Emily was walking on her toes. The Belottes thought, our daughter is going to be a dancer.
But soon, they began to observe cognitive delays. “She wasn’t stringing together sentences,” says her mom, Amanda. “And she wouldn't put her feet flat in the back.”
Ava Jean Finelli, affectionately called “Jelly Bean,” was just a few months old when her parents started to notice something wasn’t quite right.
“She couldn't lift her head during tummy time, and she wasn't kicking her legs or moving her arms,” says her mom, Laura Finelli.
The sport and art of dance focuses on strength, poise, grace and discipline—all areas Emily Hauser works tirelessly to hone and perfect during her many hours of practice with the Evanston Dance Ensemble. What Emily didn’t anticipate was yet another challenge—scoliosis.
When M.E. "Bill" Miller (1927–1992) founded Boston Brace in 1970 (now Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics), little did he know that almost half a century later, two of his sons and one grandson would be following in his footsteps, working for his company and using the products he created to help the lives of children every day.
Three-year-old Charlie sits close to his five-year-old brother Noah. It is a rare moment of quiet and calm in the Landvatter’s Amherst, New Hampshire, home and a sharp contrast from more than two years ago when Charlie sat on the same couch unable to move his arms or legs.