2014 National Assembly Highlights

2014 National Assembly Highlights

15036758909_c20b8536e0_mOver 2,200 O&P professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the 97th Annual AOPA National Assembly, September 4-7. The meeting kicked off on Thursday with 32 Manufacturer workshops and a fun welcome reception sponsored by WillowWood. Attendees enjoyed a free gift from our sponsor, a souvenir beer mug and photo opportunities with The Vegas King Himself, Elvis Presley.

15226699146_54317847f4_qThe Friday morning opening session began with an inspiring speech by Adrianne Haslet who shared her personal story and whole hearted thanks and support for O&P practitioners. As part of the opening session we were fortunate to have Ted Thranhardt moderate the Thranhardt Lectures.

Exhibiting Companies rolled out the red carpet and pulled all stops to make the trade show fun, informative and entertaining. Attendees enjoyed refreshments, giveaways and product launches all while received continuing education credits.

15063167049_139d588daa_mOther featured programming included:

  • Mobility Saves Lives & Money
  • O&P Symposium: Generational Factors in Residency Education
  • Microprocessor Controlled Knees Symposium
  • Step by Step Treatment Options for Pedorthists

Attendees enjoyed many networking opportunities including: 7th Annual O&P Wine Tasting & Auction, Welcome Reception, Exhibitor Sponsored Happy Hour, Closing Extravaganza, and the Thranhardt Golf Classic!

We hope you will make plans to join us in 2015 at the 98th National Assembly in San Antonio.

Photo Album

Take a moment to relive some of the fun:


FillauerCongratulations Award Winners

  • The honor of the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Karl Fillauer, CPO.
  • The Thranhardt Lecture Series winners are:
    • Nicoleta Bugnariu, PT, PhD – Functional Performance and Evaluation of Dynamic Response Feet
    • Andreas Hahn, PhD, MSc – Evaluation of 1200+ C-Leg Test Fittings in Germany
  • photo 5The winner of the Sam E. Hamontree, CP, Business Education Award was Mike Mallaro, CFO, CPA – Build a Stronger Business: Megatrends Impacting Your O&P Practice and What You Need to Do Now to Optimize Your Business
  • The winner of the 3rd Annual Technical Fabrication Contest was Nicole Gibson of the University of Michigan.
  • AOPA has its first graduating class to the Business Certificate Program, Jennifer Porter and Sarah Marich of Northeast Orthotics & Prosthetics
  • photo 4The winner of the Otto & Lucille Becker Orthotic Abstract Poster Award was Lauren Levey, MSPO of Georgia Tech – Lateralization of Motor Control in the Lower Extremity
  • The winner of the Edwin & Kathryn Arbogast Prosthetic Abstract Poster Award was Steven Siebert of Georgia Tech – A Wireless Instrumented AFO to Quantify Ankle Stiffness and Range of Motion

Exhibiting Companies rolled out the red carpet and pulled all stops to make the trade show fun with refreshments and giveaways.

  • The winner of the $5,000 Cash Giveaway was Erin Cammarata of CBS Billing & Consulting LLC.
  • The winners of the Exhibit Hall Game Card Challenge were Danielle Smith & Taiki Watanabe.

2014 Exhibitors

Link to list of 2014 Exhibitors

2014 Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

ALPSOttobockWillowWood Ability DynamicsAmerican Prosthetic ComponentsAMFIT Inc.Amputee CoalitionAtlantic Rim Brace Mfg. Corp.Cascade DAFOComfort Products


Fabtech Systems LLC

Freedom Innovations

KISS Technologies LLC


LIM Innovations

MD Orthopaedics Inc.

Nabtesco Proteor USA

OPIE Software

Orthotic & Prosthetic Group of America (OPGA)

Paceline Inc.


Roboticom-Fabrica Machinale Sr.


WBC Industries

Gold Sponsors

Allard USAAmerican Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & PedorthicsBoard of Certification/ Accreditation, Int’l (BOC)Össur Americas

Spinal Technology

Silver Sponsors

Fillauer Companies

O&P Almanac

2014 First Swing Clinic

Reggie and WC2 first swingFive amputees from the Las Vegas area participated in the First Swing Clinic at Desert Pines Golf Course prior to the Thranhardt Classic.  The three hour clinic included golf professionals, physical and recreational therapists and the physically challenged to teach, learn and enjoy the challenging game of golf.

One First Swing participant said it best:

“Great program to introduce challenged folks to a life changing game. All can participate at some level.”

Many thanks to the many volunteers and sponsoring organizations that made this event possible!

2014 Thranhardt Classic

Photo 3.5On Wednesday, September 3rd in the hot desert sun, fifty-six dedicated golfers teed off for the Annual Thranhardt Classic at the Desert Pines Golf Course. This year, tournament play moved to the day prior to the start of educational programming to allow for more participation. Golfers enjoyed the new competitive games, including the chance to win $10,000.  As a rare treat, golfers also enjoyed the company of tournament namesake, Ted Thranhardt and his wife Loretta. 

Proceeds from the Thranhardt Classic benefit the inspiring efforts of OPAF and the legislative, research and education efforts of the Capitol Connection to further the O&P policy agenda.

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