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First Strides in Florida and Wisconsin


December 18, 2018 – Charlotte, NC – OPAF First Stride Trainings and Clinics were recently held in Florida and in Wisconsin to educate therapists and lower limb amputees with an introduction to gait training.


Creative Orthotics and Prosthetics sponsored their event at the Crestview Community Center in Crestview, FL. Owner Charlie Mata, CPO, LPO invited local therapists for the classroom education, led by Chris Doerger PT, CP. The afternoon session Charlie invited his patients and local individuals with limb loss to join us for a hands on experience for both the patients and the therapists.


“I liked the setup of education in the morning, followed by lab” offered Chelsea Spurgeon, PT. “I liked seeing the different types of prosthetics and hands on in the afternoon” from Brittney Griffin, PTA.


“The instructors were confident and professional. They helped to get the courage to stand from a chair and to walk which I was really dreading’ offered Ellen Harris, a bilateral transfemoral amputee, new to her prostheses.


Kempfer Prosthetics Orthotics and Aurora St. Lukes Hospital in Milwaukee hosted a First Stride Training and Clinic with funding from the Ed Halperin Memorial Golf Outing, held each year and benefitting OPAF & The First Clinics. Joel Kempfer, CP, FAAOP was a volunteer and host of the event, along with Louise Halperin and her daughter Karen. Area therapists from St. Lukes as well as from Milwaukee School Districts were on hand for the day long event. “Great information! Well done, Chris was Excellent!” offered Joel Kempfer, a past OPAF President. Joel received continuing education credits for First Stride as well, per ABC’s approval of the course.


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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.