Nicholas Ricardi, CO
Certified Orthotist, Area Practice Manager
- Pediatric Orthotics
- Cranial Remolding Therapy
- Severe Special Needs Populations
Education, Certifications, Memberships
- American Board Certified Orthotist, 2010
- Post Graduate Certificate in Orthotics, Newington Program/University of Hartford
- BS in Developmental Psychology, Fitchburg State College
- Member of the Academy of Orthotics & Prosthetics Association
- Member of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists
Philosophy: I strongly believe that the eventual success of any patient’s orthotic treatment begins with an emphasis on patient education. No matter what the orthosis is, taking the time to educate the patient and family on how the orthosis works and discussing the expectations regarding the use and overall treatment experience is just as important as the orthosis itself. My main goal for all my patients is that they leave my office with the knowledge and understanding that their orthosis was designed with the intention to make their lives better and was done so with extreme care, dedication and passion.
Bio: I became an orthotist because it was the perfect blend of my personal and educational experiences. During my undergraduate studies as a Developmental Psychology major, I was first introduced to the medical field as a member of The Rescue Squad - a group of First Responders for the campus. After graduating, I became a Special Education Teacher for children with Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders where I learned the value of focused education, patience and dedication to the betterment of others. Looking to pursue higher education and draw upon my previous medical experience, my wife, an occupational therapist, helped focus my direction towards orthotics and prosthetics. The rest is history. I love what I do on a daily basis and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.