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Increasing Prosthetic Utilization with Advanced Socket Technology and Design
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When: Tuesday, Oct. 22
5:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Where: Owens Community College
Health Technology Hall, Room 102
320 First Street
Perrysburg, OH  43551
Contact: Richard Fernandez

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This course is designed to empower physical therapists with tools and strategies that will enhance their ability to treat the common problems for patients using a prosthesis. A patient’s successful outcome requires that a prosthetist and therapist work closely together to achieve the greatest level of mobility for the patient. Diagnosing problems, assessment of the fit and function of the prosthesis, enhancing the prosthetic fit are key elements to this working relationship.  

This course will cover prosthetic fit analysis for both below and above knee evaluations.  Specifically, this includes volume, pressure and contact analysis.  Our speaker, Zach Weber, will discuss static assessment that includes height, rotation, and suspension.  He will also address gait deviations during dynamic assessment.  This course will also describe the challenges related to prosthetic such as bone pain, wounds, poor fit, and instability related to prosthesis.

Zach Weber is an ABC Certified Prosthetist and licensed prosthetist. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and a post graduate of Northwestern University’s Prosthetic Certificate Program in Chicago, IL. Mr. Weber started his career working with Aaron Fitzsimmons, CP at The Surgical Clinic as a resident following graduation. There, he created a research project which focused on the aspects for improving amputation surgery, which included advanced techniques like modified-through-knee and osteomyoplastic reconstruction. Following the residency program, Zach served as Director of Prosthetics for Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, TN. While at PSA he was able to implement these surgery techniques and improve the quality of care for patients. Now, as V.P. of Clinical Operations for Amputee Associates, he focuses his efforts on improving the outcomes of amputee patients for each practice. This includes training, providing access to new technologies, documentation protocols, acute care protocols, and ongoing surgical recommendations. Mr. Weber is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, American Board for Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics, American Orthotic Prosthetic Association, and is a Certified Residency Director for the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. Outside of work, he thoroughly enjoys spending time out on the links golfing and assisting with non-profits such as Amputee Blade Runners.



5:30-6:00         Registration and Light Refreshments
6:00-7:00         Presentation of Below and Above Knee Evaluation
7:00-7:05         Break/Overview of events occurring in the Northwest
7:10-8:10         Presentation of Prosthetic Challenges
8:15-8:45         Northwest District Business meeting


Event Details:

What: Increasing Prosthetic Utilization with Advanced Socket Technology and Design

Speaker: Zach Weber, Amputee Associates

Where: Owens Community College | Health Technology Hall, Room 102 320 First Street, Perrysburg 43551

Parking: Park in Lot D and follow the signs for Health Technology Hall/Bicentennial Hall

When: Tuesday, Oct. 22

Time: 5:30 - 8:45 p.m.

CEUs: approved for 1.75 CEUs, 19S2138

Cost: OPTA Professional Member - FREE | OPTA Student Member - FREE | Non-member professional - $40 | Non-member student - $10 

Questions? Contact Richard Fernandez, PT, DPT at



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