Shana Garland is a Certified Orthotist Prosthetist and Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in pediatric lower extremity orthotics at the Boston O&P clinic in Richmond, Virgina. Shana also practices pediatric physical therapy at Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughter (CHKD). In this Q&A, Shana shares how she was introduced to the field of pediatric orthotics and her personal philosophy on patient care.
Learn more about the lower-limb orthoses offered by Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics, including profiles of the clinicians that fabricate and fit our lower limb orthoses, the conditions that can benefit from treatment with lower limb orthoses, and patients that are achieving their dreams through the use of orthotic devices.
At 4 months old, Maya had not rolled over the way other babies do. Her mom, Gislane Lima, a nurse, knew something wasn’t right. Maya was referred to a neurologist. In the exam room, Gislane observed and listened as the doctors spoke to one another in hushed tones: “Classic symptoms of SMA” — an acronym she’d never heard. Outside, in the parking lot, in the harsh light of a Summer day, she Googled SMA. “It took my breath away,” she says.
Catherine Falcone is a certified orthotist/prosthetist who specializes in Pediatric Orthotics and Prosthetics and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) at the Boston O&P clinic in St. Louis, Missouri. In this Q&A, Catherine shares how she was introduced to the field of pediatric orthotics and her personal philosophy on patient care.
Fifteen-year-old Eli is by most accounts a typical teenage boy. He is active on his high-school wrestling team, a Boy Scout, and also enjoys snow skiing and water skiing. However, Eli is far from typical.
Although tiny for her age, two-year-old Aggie is “fierce and full of life,” says her mom — much like Agnes Gru, the character in the movie, Despicable Me, who inspired her name.
Kate is by all accounts ahead of the learning curve. “She's an extremely smart little kid,” says her Dad, Patrick Brown. “She's known all the letters of the alphabet since she was two and a half.”
Like many couples, Kerry Adams and her husband, Derek, eagerly began preparing for the arrival of their first child. What they didn’t prepare for was the unexpected news that their son had myelomeningocele, one of the most severe forms of spina bifida, in which the spinal cord fails to close during development.
In photographs, Michelle Hak is standing tall. She has no movement in her ankles or any of her toes, but nevertheless, she’s mobile. For the first two years of her life, however, that was not the case.