Tom Harrigan, CPO, PT
Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, Physical Therapist, Clinical Director of Peabody
- Pediatrics, Gait Pathology and Sports Medicine
Education, Certification & Memberships
- B.S. Physical Therapy University of Lowell 88’
- Northwestern Post Graduate Certification Orthotics 93’
- Newington Children’s Hospital Prosthetics Certification Program '98
- Member, American Academy Orthotics and Prosthetics
- Board member NEAAOP
Philosophy: Provide a thorough assessment and try to make a recommendation that will help each patient reach their therapeutic goals with as little intervention as possible. I try to educate the patient and caregiver about their diagnosis and treatment options. I think it’s vital to engage the patient and or caregivers in the process and give them an opportunity share their thoughts before goals or treatment plans are established. I enjoy a team oriented approach and welcome other discipline’s perspective and recommendation for bracing and prosthetics.
Bio: In 1989, while working as a PT in New York I took a post Graduate course at Columbia University. In the course work I studied hemiplegia gait patterns ; we were assessing outcomes of emerging gait patterns with and without AFOs. I think the questions I had about AFO design and its influence on gait patterns of these patients pulled me into the world of orthotics and prosthetics.
I like fixing things myself; I enjoy the miracle of YouTube, a place where a guy in Manitoba, Canada can show me how to fix my snow blower transaxle. My wife is an occupational therapist, since we have been married I have gotten a great education about the role of OT on the rehabilitation team. Over the years, I have been involved in coaching my two boys’ soccer and lacrosse teams, a labor of love. I love runs and walks with my dog Odie.