Upper Limb Prosthetics


This is a partial listing of practitioners in the United States that are known to be leaders in the field of upper limb prosthetics.  Some offer special programs for people who are travelling to them for care, including expedited fittings and delivery of prostheses.  

If you are seeking information for your child, you may also look into Children’s and/or Shriner’s hospitals in your area.(
http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/ ):
Or the Association of Children's Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC):
http://www.acpoc.org

Important! Please read:
Please keep in mind, this is not a comprehensive list.  Right now there is no official designation or criteria for an upper limb prosthetic "specialist" like there is, for example, in medicine for cardiology, neurology etc.  This list is reflective of my personal experience and professional contacts, the knowledge of people I trust, and in some cases, reputation.  Some well known institutions would not allow me to list them here due to rules about how their name can be used and promoted.  In addition, large rehab hospitals often have experience with upper limb prosthetics as well, but I do not know about all of those programs personally.  Therefore, there are certainly more practitioners capable of providing you with excellent prosthetic care than are listed here.  I have tried to provide as many resources as I can for finding them as well.  Scroll to the bottom for more information

This list and site is a personal endeavor of mine, and it should not be mistaken for an official listing or the voice of the profession.  If you have any questions or concerns email me via the contact page.



MULTI-STATE FACILITIES



Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics
has an upper extremity prosthetic team consisting of regional experts that can travel to Hanger offices as needed and work with local practitioners to develop a treatment plan Hanger UEP

Advanced Arm Dynamics
is an upper-limb prosthetic specialty practice with 5 offices nationwide:  in Oregon, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.  (listed by state below)  They are also the company currently contracted to provide the upper limb prosthetics to our nation's soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  They have occupational therapists on staff to provide prosthetic training.  They see many out of town patients and can help make accommodations for people who are travelling to them for care.  They may also have assistance programs for travel expenses.  
www.armdynamics.com 

Handspring is another upper-limb specialty practice that is based out of New York.  They have a travelling prosthetist that works out of Florida but that can travel around to other locations as needed.  They also have a partnership with a rehab center in Denver, CO. www.myhandspring.com  

Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics is an prosthetics and orthotics (bracing) practice with amputee care centers Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.  I was told the MA and NH locations are the best for upper limb. 
www.nextstepoandp.com  


CONSULTING SERVICES


Some upper limb practitioners offer a consulting service in which they work closely with you and your local clinician either by travelling to you and/or via video conferencing.

for a description of Randy Alley/Biodesigns remote consulting service,
click here
www.biodesigns.com/remote_consulting.html

for a description of Advanced Arm Dynamics consulting service, click here http://www.armdynamics.com/pages/consulting-services-for-prosthesists

for a descripion of Chris Lake's/Lake Prosthetics and Research consulting service click here 
http://www.lakeprosthetics.com/practitioners.asp


LISTINGS BY STATE

 

CALIFORNIA

Randy Alley  CP, FAAOP, FT
Biodesigns inc
.
2021 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 104E,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
He also has an office in Thousand Oaks, CA
Toll Free: 1-800-775-2870            
http://www.biodesigns.com/


FLORIDA

Waldo Esparza BSCP
Tampa Bay Artificial Limbs, Inc.
5109 North Armenia Avenue  
Tampa, Florida
Phone: (813) 801-9110            
Fax: (813) 801-9048
http://www.tampaprosthetics.com/



IOWA

Advanced Arm Dynamics of the Midwest
527 Park Lane, Suite 500
Waterloo, IA 50702
 
Phone:  319-234-0196            ,
Toll Free:  888-887-2962            
Fax: 319-236-4425
www.armdynamics.com



MASSACHUSETTS

Matt Albuquerque, CPO
Next Step Prosthetics and Orthotics
1126 Beacon Street
Newton, MA 02461
phone:  617-581-6750           
fax:  617-581-6755
www.nextstepoandp.com


MICHIGAN

Alicia Davis CPO
University of Michigan Prosthetics and Orthotics
2850 South Industrial Highway Suite 400
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
appointments: 734-973-2400            
http://www.med.umich.edu/pmr/op/


Carl and Joseph Brenner  CPO/ CP, FAAOP
(Formerly of the Michigan Institute for Electronic Limb Development
(specializing in partial hand and pediatric myoelectric fittings)

now run by Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics

32975 8 Mile Roadnow owned by Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics
Livonia, MI 48152-1337
Phone: (800) MYO-ARMS 
(248) 615-0600   
Pediatric Myoelectric Information
http://www.myoelectricprosthesis.com/  
http://brennerprosthetics.com/  



MINNESOTA


Advanced Arm Dynamics-North Central
11671 Fountains Drive, Suite 220
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Phone:  1-800-462-6137      
www.armdynamics.com
 


MISSISSIPPI

Rick Psonak  MS, CPO
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Phone: 601-815-2005            
http://www.umhc.com/oth/Page.asp?PageID=OTH000432

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Matt Albuquerque, CPO
Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics
155 Dow Street suite 200
Manchester, NH 03101
phone:  800-572-7938 ; 603-668-3831           
fax: 603-668-4032
www.nextstepoandp.com



NEW YORK

Christopher Fantini CP, MSPT
New York City/Tri-state area
email: 
Ptprosthetist@ymail.com


Marty Mandelbaum
M H Mandelbaum Orthotic & Prosthetic Services, Inc.
116 Oakland Avenue
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631 473 8668
Fax: 631 473 8691
email:
marty@mhmoandp.com
www.mhmoandp.com



OHIO

John Billock  CPO, FAAOP
Orthotics and Prosthetics Rehabilitation Engineering Center
700 Howland-Wilson Road
Warren, Ohio 44484
Phone:  (330) 856-2553    
Fax: (330) 856-4619
Toll Free Phone (US Only): (888) 856-8686            
http://oandpcentre.com/centre.htm

Offices in:
Trumbull county, OH
Mahoning County, Ohio
Mercer County, Pennsylvania


Advanced Arm Dynamics-North Central
30701 Clemens Rd, Suite C
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone:  1-800-462-6137      
www.armdynamics.com Advanced Arm Dynamics


OKLAHOMA

Scott Sabolich Prosthetics
10201 N. Broadway Ext.
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Phone:  (405) 841 6800            
Toll Free:   877-226-5424            
www.scottsabolich.com
email
info@scottsabolich.com

 

OREGON

MacJulian  Lang,  CPO
Advanced Arm Dynamics of the Northwest
9370 SW Greenburg Road, Suite M
Portland, OR 97223

Phone:  503-200-5750, 877-230-5750 (Toll Free)
Fax: 503-200-5754
www.armdynamics.com


PENNSYLVANIA

Advanced Arm Dynamics of the Northeast
1740 South Street, Suite 505
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone:  1-800-462-6137       
www.armdynamics.com



TEXAS

Chris Lake CPO, FAAOP
Lake Prosthetics and Research
350 Westpark Way #108
Euless, TX 76040
Phone: 817-358-1500            
Fax: 682-224-8430
email: info@lakeprosthetics.com
www.lakeprosthetics.com


Advanced Arm Dynamics of the Southwest
3501 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 650
Irving, TX 75062

Phone:  214-260-3197 or
Toll free: 866-642-ARMS (2767)
Fax: 214-260-8602


Ted Muilenburg, CP, LP, FAAOP
Muilenburg Prosthetics and Orthotics
3900 LaBranch
Houston, TX 77004
Phone:  713-524-3949
Toll Free: 866-524-3949
email:  ted@mpihouston.com
www.muilenburgpando.com


The Amputee and Prosthetic Center
http://www.myamputee.com/

 

Multiple offices:  (I’m not sure how this works – whether UE patients are seen in all of these locations or what.  I recommend calling to find out)

Houston, Texas 77054             Phone:             (713) 747-7647            
Webster, Texas 77598             Phone:             (281) 332-6083            
Houston, Texas 77090             Phone:             (281) 631-9329            
Sugar Land, TX 77478            Phone:             (281) 530-4040            
Conroe, TX 77385                   Phone:             (936) 271-0057            
 

UTAH

J Thomas Andrew CP, FAAOP
Ability Prosthetic systems
750 East 100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
Toll Free: (800) 320-9728            
Local: (801) 328-9728             
Fax: (801) 328-9788
http://www.abilityprosthetics.com

 

WASHINGTON

Wayne Daly CPO
Center for Prosthetics and Orthotics
411 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-5599
Phone: (206) 328-4276            
www.cpo.biz

 

 


There are many other practitioners that have plenty of experience as well, but at this time, there is no reliable way to find out who and where they all are.
If you do not see a practitioner listed near enough to you, there are some other ways to help you find an experienced upper limb prosthetist.


1)   The manufacturer's of Upper Limb Myoelectric products keep records of practitioners that complete their certification courses:

Otto Bock's
list can be found here:
http://academy.ottobockus.com/clinician/myobockprac.aspx
Important note:  Otto Bock only keeps their listings for three years - (for example: those that took their UE course in  2006 are not listed)  They request people keep coming to their classes - but there are highly experienced practitioners that don't go every 3 years and thus are not listed.  This means that several highly qualified individuals may not be listed on the site. 

Motion Control's
list can be found here:
http://www.utaharm.com/prodir/index.php

Touch Bionic's (ILimb) list can be found here:
http://www.touchbionics.com/professionals.php?pageid=106§ion=8&type=us



2)   The Amputee Coalition of America has a list of ‘questions to ask your prosthetist’ for upper extremity amputees to help aid them in choosing a care provider, and I encourage you to follow that advice. 
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/fact_sheets/ul_questions.html.

Advanced Arm Dynamics also has some guidelines that can be found here:

http://www.armdynamics.com/pages/finding-a-prosthetist-tip-sheet_0

For some context, when you ask someone how many upper limb patients they treat per year, no one is going to say hundreds.  More than 20 is a lot. 
I should also emphasize that there are many factors that contribute to what make someone an excellent prosthetic practitioner, including comprehensive care, communication with other members of the rehab team, follow up care, and much more.