2021 National Conference Program

All times listed are Eastern Time (ET).

Morning Adaptive Recreation Session
Move your body and change your mind
Inger Brueckner
This session will use Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery (DNI™) from the Franklin-Method® to help you gain a greater connection to your body through movement. The exercises will not require prosthetics, standing or walking and will emphasize pain-free movement and a positive mindset. These activities have been scientifically proven to work. LET’S GO!

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

Break Out Sessions:
Track – No Amputee Alone

  • Living without limits: Shifting your mind to “I Can”
    As an amputee, Matthew Brewer has personal knowledge of the power of using outdoor recreation as a way of recovery from various situations from trauma to limb loss. Brewer will share how making minor equipment and environment adaptations shifts your mindset from “I can’t” to “I can.”
    Matthew Brewer
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told is Yours!
    Have you ever thought about telling your story? We all have one, and amputees know better than most what it means to overcome obstacles. Join Dr. Chantrise as she shows you how to turn your story into a book that can serve to motivate, inspire, and encourage others through their difficulties.
    Dr. Chantrise Sims Holliman
  • How to become a Happy Yogi
    After becoming an amputee, I found I needed to learn how to slow down both mentally and physically. My journey of becoming a Yoga instructor has taught me the importance of connecting the mind and body. This time will allow for an introduction to Yoga and how it can improve quality of life. Basic Yoga poses will be demonstrated.
    Eileen Garney

Track – Living well with limb loss/limb difference

  • Speak Up For Yourself – Taking an Active Role in Your Care Team
    Roughly 50% of adults with lower limb loss don’t know all their major health conditions. This talk session will give attendees the tools to be their own health advocate, including awareness of common diagnoses and what they mean, important medications, and steps they can take to improve the quality of their healthcare.
    Samantha Stauffer
  • So You Want To Go Sailing: What You Need To Know!
    Amputees and those using prosthetics may encounter unique safety, medical (medication, hydration, sun exposure, skin care, diabetes-related), and prosthetic care issues. Almost every amputee can get “out, in, or ON” the water safely with the right information and precautions. Well researched safety checklists and explanations will be presented.
    Jim Lanahan
  • Living Audaciously beyond your Limitations!
    Have you ever wanted to live audaciously, to leave your “normal” and live out that definition? We have all heard “Go Big or Go Home.” That’s the philosophy behind living audaciously. It’s about being brave and living beyond your limits; it’s about being authentic and going after your dreams. It’s easier to “Go Home” but it is better to “Go Big!”
    Leslie Green, MA, MSW, Ed.S,; Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP

Track – Limb loss is not uncommon and is becoming less uncommon every day

  • My Prosthesis works great. What about my other leg?
    This course will discuss the roles of your health care team and the goals of prosthetic rehabilitation. Participants will hear important limb loss statistics and will learn solutions to improve quality of life while reducing risks to your sound side limb.
    Chris Toelle
  • Finding a Qualified O&P Provider to help you Achieve your Goals!
    A qualified and committed Prosthetist and Orthotist is a critical partner to help you achieve your functional goals. Session will discuss the critical factors that qualified personnel should be performing to unlock your maximum potential in all phases of O & P care. Focus will be placed the care of at the client, not the componentry!
    Dr. Gerald Stark
  • From Video Games to Amputees: 3D-Motion Capture is Changing Amputee Assessment
    Dominating in movie animation and video games, 3D Motion Capture is essential to the evolution of prosthetics and treatment paradigms. While each analysis reveals a patient’s current strategies, recurrent analyses allow prompt evidence-based changes. This session will describe how this technology is utilized and how it can benefit amputees.
    Jason Stoneback
  • Why You Should Demand Outcome Measures
    Outcome measures can measure how you are doing in your rehab, tell your healthcare team if there are areas of your care that they need to address, and provide support for more rehab or changes to sockets, accessories and other components. As your own best advocate, you need to know what they are and how to demand them as part of your care.
    Andrea Crunkhorn


Roundtable Sessions

  • Roundtable: Men
  • Roundtable: Women
  • Roundtable: Pediatric/Youth/Family
  • Roundtable: Young Adults (18-25)
  • Roundtable: LGBTQIA+
  • Roundtable: Caregiver

Networking Lounge Open

Exhibit Hall Open

  • American Board for Certification of Orthothics and Prosthetics (ABCOP)
  • Ossur
  • Ottobock
  • Bluegrass College