Is the co-founder of Align Clinic in San Mateo, California and has over 30 years of experience in the areas of prosthetic and orthotic patient care, management, product development, and scientific research. He is an active presenter, researcher, and winner of awards in prosthetics and orthotics. Grant Wood is also a specialist in scoliosis bracing with the Cheneau brace and the Rigo-Cheneau braces. He has the unique qualification of having trained and mentored with Dr. Rigo and Dr. Cheneau since 1996. Since then, Grant Wood has worked on numerous research publications, studies and workshops on the Cheneau and Cheneau Rigo braces, and he has gone on to create his own brace type: the Wood Cheneau Rigo WCR Brace®. Grant Wood’s professional career as an orthotist and prosthetist spans work in the USA, England and Spain, where he worked for eight years at Group IDEO in Sevilla and Malaga. Grant Wood holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Salford, School of Prosthetics and Orthotics in England. His post-graduate thesis was on idiopathic scoliosis treatment using the Cheneau brace at the Research Institute for Health, University of Salford. As well as being British certified in prosthetics and orthotics, he completed his American Board Certification in Orthotics, to become an ABC Certified Orthotist (CO) and US Board Certified in Prosthetics. More...
Mr. Michael Mangino is both a licensed and American Board Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist and he is also a Board Certified Pedorthist. He holds several patents in the Orthotics and Sports Medicine field. His research has been published and he has been interviewed by various journals within the profession. Mr. Mangino is considered an expert in the field of Three Dimensional Scoliosis Bracing for both children and adults. He has been published in these disciplines and regularly teaches bracing protocols to Physicians and Schroth Physical Therapists throughout the Middle Atlantic and New England States.
He has served the profession as a founder and Board member of the New York Orthotics and Prosthetics Association. During his eleven-year tenure with that organization he served as both a corporate officer and Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee.
Presently Mr. Mangino is President of New York States largest and oldest Managed Care ABC Board Certified O & P Network called P.O.M.A.C. (Prosthetics and Orthotics Management Associates Corporation) a corporation in which he was a co-founder.
Mr. Mangino has also served as an instructor to several of New York's Universities both in undergraduate and postgraduate programs on the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. He also routinely lectures to insurance companies and hospitals regarding the latest advancements in the field. Mr. Mangino is the exclusive provider of Wood Cheneau Rigo Scoliosis Braces (WCR Braces) in the New York Tri-state area. He routinely conducts Scoliosis Clinics around the nation with Grant Wood.
Has over 32 years of experience in prosthetic and orthotic patient care, and specializes in lower extremity prosthetics. He has been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, California since 1981. Paul Burnette worked as clinic manager for his previous employer at clinics in Fremont, CA., Palo Alto, CA and San Mateo, CA. Paul Burnette served as the N.C.O.P.E. (National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education) Prosthetic and Orthotic resident director for his previous employer, where he trained and mentored four prosthetists now providing patient care in various locations on the Bay Area. He is looking forward to continuing that role at Align Clinic. Paul Burnette was one of the first prosthetists in the US to fit a microprocessor knee, and continues to keep abreast via studies and seminars of the newest technology in prosthetics, such as elevated suction sockets and microprocessor feet. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1976, and from the Northwestern University prosthetic program in 1980. Paul Burnette is ABC certified in both orthotics and prosthetics. He co-authored a paper which was published in the Journal of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, titled “A Revised A/K Socket Design” (Vol 37, number 3). Paul Burnette volunteered time in Haiti at a prosthetic clinic run by the Hanger Orthopedic Group in 2011, where he provided essential prosthetic care to Haitian amputees and provided education to local Haitians aspiring to be prosthetic practitioners. His TV interview of his experience there can be seen here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Fremont-Prosthetist-Helping-to-Heal-Haiti--134002558.html
Paul is also a Bay Area specialist in Plagiocephaly treatment for infants using cranial remolding orthoses (CRO). More...
Emery J. Maloney,CO - Align Clinic, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Emery has 30 years of technical, clinical, and managerial experience and works for Align Clinic® and was the 3rd WCR Certified Orthotist in the US by Grant Wood early 2015 and specializes in scoliosis bracing for children and adults. He also provides cranial remolding orthoses, pediatric orthotics, and other various bracing needs.
Emery will also continue to serve the scoliosis patients of Central Wisconsin at Scoliosis Rehab Inc. in Stevens Point, with Schroth physical therapist Beth Janssen. More...
Stephanie Romero is a WCR Certified Orthotist and is currently the Clinical Education Manager for Align Clinic. You may see her mentoring new clinicians during video-assisted brace fittings or training new practitioners on ZOOM. She also runs a monthly scoliosis clinic in Colorado, helping to evaluate, measure, fit, and follow up on the Wood-Rigo-Cheneau braces in Boulder at Avanti Therapy.
Stephanie has over 10 years of experience treating pediatric scoliosis, with experience at patient-focused centers such a Boston Children’s Hospital, Carrie Tingley Hospital for Children and most recently, Avanti Therapy in Boulder, CO. She loves to make connections with her pediatric patients and has been known to exchange “favorite book” lists with her patients to pass on to her kids.
Stephanie has a passion for teaching, believing that biomechanics and a high-quality patient evaluation lead to “what makes sense” in a scoliosis brace. Despite a background in engineering, she hates “formulas” in bracing and strives to teach each practitioner how to have a “scoliosis institution” that helps lead to the best possible outcome, rather than just checking the boxes to get things done.
Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys biking with her two daughters, hiking colorful Colorado, and, on a really good day, maybe actually having time to curl up and read a book.
Gavin is the Director of Orthotics at De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics and oversees a staff of 24 orthotic clinicians and 8 clinical offices. He has 26 years of scoliosis, pediatric and adult orthotic experience. Gavin has spoken at many local and national conferences on Scoliosis and commonly speaks at a number of Physical Therapy schools on Pediatrics and is and adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Master’s Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics. More...
Glenn Paul, BOCPO - J & G Orthotic & Prosthetic Corp, Bronx, New York
Glenn’s practice is exclusive to Scoliosis and orthotic intervention for Spinal Conditions. Previously owner of O&P facility in NYC, currently working with Bay Orthopedic and Rehabilitation providing Scoliosis treatment to patients all over the Eastern US. Glenn is a Past President of the IAOP and has lectured at multiple educational events.
Walter A Ramos RPT / LPO ~ Align Clinic, The Woodlands, TX and FL
Walter is a registered physical therapist, Schroth trained (C1) and a Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist, trained to provide WCR brace and AT braces for scoliosis. With over 25 years of experience, Walter started his professional experience working at his father’s practice in Bogota, Colombia, making metal and plastic braces for adults and children. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Bogota, and his Orthotic and Prosthetic training from Northwestern University in Chicago. After his NCOPE residency program in Orthotics and Prosthetics at Scheck & Siress in the Chicago area Walter became certify in Orthotics and Prosthetics by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics. While working in Chicago, Walter practiced at University of Illinois Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic, he was in charge of the scoliosis clinic at the same hospital, and the clubfoot clinic at RUSH Hospital. After moving to Florida he was the clinical manager for the West Palm Beach office for Hanger Orthopedics. Walter has collaborated with Align Clinic since January of 2018, currently managing The Woodlands office and Florida clinics.
His interest includes Transformational Leadership and Ontological Living, collaborating with Gratitude Training in Pompano and West Palm Beach, Summit Education and The Coaching Connection Company in Fort Lauderdale. Walter has studied Kabbalah for over 8 years with Michael Laitman. He runs an ACIM study group online with live weekly talks. He enjoys traveling with his daughter.
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