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As part of the spring Health Professions Week events, 5 O&P professionals are discussing the 101’s of the field, covering a wide range of topics including the state of DEI and beneficial extracurricular activities/courses to prepare for a career in O&P. You can watch the panel live at 1pm ET on Friday 3/11 or on-demand anytime, simply by registering for FREE through SpringHPW2022. Follow @healthprofweek for events throughout March.

The panelists:

  • Sydney Ezell, CPO, RRL Region 6, Bionic PO
    Sydney Ezell is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist based out of San Antonio, Texas. She is currently 1 of 8 Regional Residency Liaisons and a member of the NCOPE DEI committee. She is passionate about working with the pediatric population. In her free time, Sydney enjoys exploring new places around Texas.
  • Glen Thompson, CPO, MS, RISE Prosthetics and Orthotics
    Glen Thompson MS, CPO, is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO) at Rise Prosthetics and Orthotics in Denver, Colorado. Glen received his Master of Science Degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas after completing his residency at various clinics across the country. Glen is passionate about providing holistic and evidence-based care for those in need of prosthetic care.
  • Jonas Ljung, Clinic Manager, Residency Director, NCOPE Board of Directors Member, Hanger Clinics
    Jonas is an ABC-certified prosthetist/orthotist and Clinic Manager overseeing a clinical and administrative team responsible for the comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic management of patients presenting with a large spectrum of pathologies. He looks for novel and creative approaches to treatment, utilizing new technologies when appropriate, and putting a strong emphasis on clinical research and evidence-based practice. Jonas is also interested in furthering the education and professional standards of the field. He is a member of the NCOPE Board of Directors and Residency Director for his region.
  • Léa Richer, MSOP, Lead VA Resident, Board Eligible Orthotist, Prosthetic Resident, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    Léa Richer is the current prosthetic resident at the VA Portland Healthcare system in Oregon, where she is the study coordinator for a research study assessing associations between mental health and prosthetic use in post 9/11 trans-femoral veterans, and the National lead residency for O&P.  He special interests lie in activity specific devices, mental health, and the intersection between culture, history, and O&P. In her free time she enjoys cooking, skate skiing, and hiking around the Pacific North West.
  • Michael Carroll, PhD, CPO, FAAOP(D), Dept. of Veterans Affairs
    Michael Carroll, PhD, CPO, FAAOP(D) is a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. He has traveled internationally presenting at conferences and providing clinical care, including to multiple Paralympians during the London 2012 Paralympic games.
  • Moderator: Shree Thaker, NCOPE
    Shree is a marketing consultant for NCOPE with an O&P career spanning work with non-profits and start-ups including ROMP and PSYONIC. She is obtaining her MSc in Global Health Policy at LSHTM and has recently built an independent healthcare communications consultancy.