Bionic Prosthetics & Orthotics Hosts First Things First Training and Clinic

October 8, 2018 – Merrillville, Indiana – Bionic Prosthetic & Orthotics, a leader in patient care in the Midwest, recently hosted an OPAF First Things First Training and Clinic in Merrillville, IN at Indiana Wesleyan University. The event was coordinated with Ossur Americas and instruction was led by Chris Doerger PT, CP.

First Things First is a workshop on falls and recovery and offers approved continuing education credits to physical therapists and PTAs. Over 20 therapists and practitioners were in attendance for the morning session which covered prosthetic componentry, evidence based outcome measures and teaches a reverse chaining method for getting patients out of the floor as well as safe falling methods. The afternoon session saw amputees join us to learn the techniques that the morning therapists were able to put into practice.

“New to me information on mitigating many from a fall and the backward chaining” Aries Calingo, PT

“It was excellent. I can implement in my practice”

Rekha Kaihan, PT

“Great ongoing learning processes. Great group and instructors. Looking forward to the next meeting or clinic”

Alex Castaneda, Amputee

This was the second First Clinic that Bionic has hosted in 2018, previously sponsoring First Dance at Governor’s State University in Chicago in June.

# # #

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