Q&A with Catherine Falcone, CPO, Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics
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.
How did you become interested in the field of orthotics and prosthetics, and specifically the treatment of children?
I developed a strong passion for pediatrics while shadowing during my graduate work in the pediatric unit at SCOPe. Pediatric patients are unique because they are still growing; structurally, functionally and emotionally.
What would you consider your specialty, and why were you drawn to that particular area?
Scoliosis treatment. I find this area to be challenging at times but it's great to see the changes you can make to curves and spines to help patients.
What is your personal philosophy of care?
“Whole person care” is very important—I learned this in graduate school and it still holds true. It is important to identify the complete family needs and their shared responsibility so they feel they are an integral part of the situation, as well as giving them a sense of family empowerment so it's not just about the device.
How does Boston O&P’s philosophy of care compare with your own?
I find that the people who work for Boston O&P share the same values and truly care for their patients.
What has been your most rewarding experience working in your field?
Making a difference in children's lives and trying to make the process easier for them. After trying to do so, a lot of parents reach out and say thanks and that means the world to me.
What do you see as the most exciting advancement in scoliosis treatment?
The 3D technology and scanners. Both help the patient get a more precise fit and a better outcome.
What is the most remarkable outcome you’ve experienced for a scoliosis patient being treated by Boston O&P?
Some of the kids retain some of their curve correction and get to be discharged sooner. That always bring a smile to their face and mine.