Roxy is 12 years old and has weakness in her hind legs, has undergone four surgeries, and at one point almost lost a limb. Fortunately, surgery saved her leg, so she still has all four. That’s right: Roxy is a dog, and her mom, Hillary Sussman, is using her story to help differently abled kids gain more confidence and overcome their physical limitations.
Learn more about the prosthetic devices and services offered by Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics, including profiles of the clinicians who fabricate and fit prosthetics and inspiring stories about how prosthetics are changing the lives of our patients.
When Aisha Mawusi was pregnant with her daughter and went for her first ultrasound, doctors told her that one of her child’s legs looked shorter than the other. When Zarah was born in July 2017, what they saw on the ultrasound was confirmed—her left thigh was significantly shorter than the right.
Shea Stokesbary is a certified orthotist prosthetist who specializes in pediatric orthotics among other things at the Boston O&P clinic in Richmond, VA. In this Q&A, Shea shares how she got into the field, her love for mixing biomechanics, art, and patient care and how she continues to grow her expertise.
Being authentic and true to herself is the foundation on which 19-year-old Nye Cruickshank has built her swimming career since an osteosarcoma diagnosis and leg amputation in 2011. A decade later and on the cusp of her Paralympic debut, she shares her challenges and triumphs with remarkable self-awareness, wide smiles and wisdom beyond her years.
Daryl Fornuff is a Certified Orthotist and the Clinic Director of the Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics clinics in Mountainside and Belleville, NJ. While Daryl himself has more than 20 years of experience in orthotics and prosthetics, his connection to the field goes back even further—to his late father, Donald Fornuff, whose career in orthotics and prosthetics spanned more than 30 years.
Todd Kirwan joined Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics in 2018, and calls orthotics and prosthetics a rewarding field that is a “great mix of art and science.” In this Q&A, Todd discusses how he chose the field of orthotics and prosthetics, why he particularly likes working with kids, and his biggest professional goal.
In 2018, Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics hired Michelle Yakaboski, CPO, to open a new clinic in Stony Brook, Long Island. In this Q&A, Michelle discusses how her education in math and education led to a career in orthotics and prosthetics, the most rewarding part of her job, and how her personal priorities make her a good fit with Boston O&P’s philosophy of care.
“It was like any other day,” says 26-year-old Shareif Hall, when describing the day his right foot was severed in an escalator accident. “I was only four, so most of my memories are a blur, but I can vividly recall the moment it happened.”