Welcome to the NWAAOP

The Northwest Chapter Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists is a chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists that is dedicated to promoting professionalism and advancing the standard of patient care through education, literature, research, and collaboration.


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The NWAAOP is now live for registration! Please be aware that there is currently an in person capacity limit, but this has been substantially relaxed by Multnomah County at this time. All registration types are open and available for registration.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Portland Oregon. The physical address is:
8235 Northeast Airport Way Portland, Oregon 97220

For booking with our hotel block and rate at the Sheraton Hotel in Portland, please see this link: Sheraton Reservations
Our group rate gives you a great deal at $129 per night!
Be sure to book soon! Our group rate expires March 16th

Please contact me with ideas or proposals for speakers (BenC@eastsideop.com)



Pricing will depend on which days you select. Thursday and Friday are $150 each, Saturday is $90 or $310 for full event. 

Pricing remains the same for in person or virtual. Virtual attendees will be emailed links before the event with live stream capability. 
*Early Bird Rate ends on 2/25/2022

Residents and Technicians – $100.00

Exhibitor – $600.00

Save The Date 2021! March 31st through April 2nd

Speaker List and Agenda 2022
Wednesday March 30th
– After 5pm setup tables and exhibitor setup
Thursday March 31st

– Coffee and Vendor Setup

– 8am-9am Noel Chladek: Biomechanical Composites- “Gait Analysis, The Next Step”

– 9am-10am Anthony Rystad: Willow Wood- “Go Beyond. Go META™”

– 10:00am- 10:15am Exhibit Hall Break

– 10:15am-11am Linda Colins: Reimbursement Specialist “Documenting Medical Necessity for Lower Limb Prosthetics”

– 11am-12:00am Brian Schulz, VHA Scientific Program manager, “An overview of VA O&P research and how to get involved”

– Lunch 12pm-12:30pm In Exhibit Hall

– 12:30-1 pm Conor Lanahan: – “An Alternative strategy to create elevated vacuum in transtibial prosthetic sockets”

“Release/Relock for socket fit management: Evaluation in user at home settings”

“Fabricating a socket with embedded sensors for monitoring prosthesis use”

– 1pm – 2pm Erin Obrien: Hanger Clinic- “Real-World Evidence Stemming from Prosthetic Clinical Outcomes”

– 2pm-2:45pm John Crane: Proteor- “New Microprocessor Technologies for the Lower Limb Amputee” Quatro Knee

– 2:45-3:15 Exhibit Hall Break

– 3:15pm-4 pm Kelcey and Celeste: Shriners – Clinical and Technical talk about Shriner fabrication

– 4pm-4:30pm Sarah Cheever: “AIS In-Brace Correction in a Traditional Boston TLSO vs. 3D Boston TLSO: A Clinical Outcomes Investigation”

– 4:30pm-5pm Dr. Jeffery Degen: Physiatrist RMA “Group Approach Inpatient care”

– Beer and Canned Cocktail Tasting: Sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing

Friday April 1st
– Coffee

– 8am-9am David Collins: Spinal Tech

– 9am-9:45am Jim Lawson: ABC – “Facility Accreditation Standards: How to be Compliant in a Challenging O&P World”

– 9:45-10:15 Exhibit Hall Break

– 10:15am-11am Lea Richer, VA Resident Topic “Associations between mental health and prosthetic use in trans-femoral United States combat veterans.”

– 11am-12pm Pam Hale: – “Patient Evaluation using the Becker GEO Method”

– Lunch 12pm- 12:30pm Exhibit Hall

– 12:30pm-1:15pm Eric Weber: Hanger Clinic-“Real-World Evidence Stemming from Orthotic Clinical Outcomes”

– 1pm-2pm Mark Edwards: Ottobock- “Practical Solutions to Better Outcomes When Fitting TF Patients”

– 2pm-2:15pm Skye Erickson: – “The impact of foot stiffness on gait for individuals with unilateral transtibial amputations”

– 2:15- 2:30pm Courtney Smyth: – “Biomechanics of ramp ambulation with microprocessor-controlled adaptive ankles for individuals with unilateral transtibial amputation”

– 2:30- 2:45pm Emma Gibbs: – “The impact of role perception/clarity surrounding prosthetics and orthotics on P&O job satisfaction”

– 2:45-3:30 Exhibit Hall Break

– 3:30pm-4pm Nicole Ver Kuilen: AOPA update “Telling the O&P Story”

– 4pm- 5pm Christopher T. Born, MD, FACS, FAAOS: – “Assessing the Efficacy of Silver Carboxylate for Prosthetic Liner Cleaning and Odor Prevention”

– Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall

Saturday April 2nd
– 8am-9am Ron Wilkinson: Otto Bock C-Brace

– 9am-9:15am Greninger: “Modular socket systems and hydrostatic casting in developing countries”

– 9:15am-9:30am Aimee Lizcano Crespo: “Differences in side effects among patients with plagiocephaly treated with helmet versus no helmet”

– 9:30am- 9:45am Lauren Seibert: “The effect of anxiety and depression on the adjustment of prosthesis use”

– 10am- 10:30am Paul Free: “Power on with Limb Loss”

– 10:30am-11am Exhibitor Hall Break

– 11am-12:00am Stefania Fatone:

– “Comparative effectiveness of NU-FlexSIV and Ischial Containment Sockets in persons with unilateral transfemoral amputation”

– “Effect of myoelectric upper limb orthosis combined with motor learning-based therapy in people with chronic stroke and traumatic brain injury”

– 12pm- 12:30pm Susan Kapp: Academy Update

– Lunch 12:30pm- 1pm

– 1pm-2pm Northwest Chapter Board Meeting for all Academy Members

Attendees will be entered into a raffle for the following items:

  • Registration voucher for the 2023 Northwest Chapter Meeting
  • ABC Swag
  • Gift card from Marcor Medical
  • $100 gift card from ALPS EasyLiner
  • Zeus Bionic Hand from Aether US
  • Meta Arc Foot from WillowWood
  • Outdoor Lounge Chair from Ottobock

The 2020 Northwest AAOP Conference Is Cancelled

It is with our sincere regret that we inform you that the Northwest AAOP meeting will be cancelled this year due to both the threat of the Coronavirus and the current governmental measures that are being undertaken within King County to combat it.  It is simply risky and unfeasable with the current state of the Seattle region to continue this conference for the foreseeable future.  
What does this mean for you?
If you are a registered attendee or an exhibitor, we will be working on refunding you over the next week.  Please be aware that while we are trying to refund what we can, there are fees involved for processing on both ends.  If this is a hardship to you, please contact Peter Springs (peterspringscpo@gmail.com) directly.

If you have booked a hotel room, please give us 2 or 3 working days to confirm all of our cancellation/rescheduling planning with the hotel.  This should make your refunds easier from the hotel.  
If you are a speaker, Peter will be reaching out to you directly to discuss re-scheduling opportunities.
In closing, we thank you for your continued support of the Northwest Chapter of the Academy.

Past Event

2019 NWAAOP Conference – April 11-13, 2019

Featured Bob Gailey as our keynote speaker to discuss gait training topics for the amputee!  

For pediatrics we had Seattle Children’s Tone Management Clinic representatives to discuss tone management in the pediatric patient.  Dr. Bryan Tompkins from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane spoke on a physician’s perspective of scoliosis

On the business side, we will had Dave Hughes [Cornerstone] and Eddie Gosschalk [Hanger Clinic] with their office managers to address audits and business topics in a symposium style session.  Dr. Tim Chestnut gave a physician’s perspective on documentation, insurance coverage, and physician care of the amputee

Researches were presented from the University of Washington and the Seattle VA.