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Gabrielle “Gabby” Richardson completed her Prosthetic Residency at Thompson’s Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics in Spokane, Washington and now she is working on her Orthotic Residency there. She received her Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics from University of Washington and her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She has been working on a research project with colleagues from the University of Washington that involves developing a digital handbook that includes images and descriptions of various skin problems seen in O&P as they appear on darker skin tones. She started this project as a proposal for her capstone project at University of Washington and after she graduated she wanted to move her project forward into practice.

 

Gabby’s statement on being the first award winner:

“Winning this award is so important to me and it validates that the work I have been doing is meaningful and supported. I believe diversity and inclusion is very important and I am excited to see where this project takes me!  I hope to make a difference in this area in P&O. In school, I noticed how much of what we are taught is all based on white skin tones and I think providing an educational resource that increases our awareness on what these issues look like on darker skin will help eliminate the white bias that exists in healthcare and improve equity in patient care.”

Gabby’s plans with the Travel Award:

“I plan to use this award to travel to Guatemala and volunteer with Range Of Motion Project (ROMP) in the Spring of 2023. ROMP’s mission is to provide high-quality prosthetic care for underserved people, improving mobility and independence. It has been a goal of mine to participate in their Volunteer Program in Guatemala and it will be a great opportunity to work with more diverse patients and develop a better understanding of what challenges people with amputation face in Latin America.”