2016 Orthotic, Prosthetic, Pedorthic Trade Show Schedule

To assist with planning your 2016 O&P Industry conference planning, we’ve compiled a list of events, dates, and locations for you.

If you find this information useful, we appreciate if you’d share the link with your colleagues by email and social media.

Event Date Location
Hanger Education Fair 1-6 February 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada
Rehab Science & Technology Update 7-10 February 2016 Tel-Aviv, Israel
22nd OPAI National Conference 12-14 February 2016 New Delhi, India
Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium 9-12 March 2016 Orlando, Florida
2016 Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of New Zealand Annual Meeting 18-19 March 2016 Napier, New Zealand
BAPO Conference 2016 18-20 March 2016 Coventry, UK
PrimeFare West 2016 20-21 March 2016 Denver, Colorado
Annual Congress in Technical Orthopedics 27-29 March 2015 Germany
Rehacare & Orthopedic China 2016 25-27 March 2016 Guangzhou, China
Northwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 7-9 April 2016 Bellevue, Washington
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 7-9 April 2016 Dallas, Texas
ACPOC 2016 Annual Meeting 13-16 April 2016 Broomfield, Colorado
Ohio Chapter AAOP Meeting 15-16 April 2016 Columbus, Ohio
Jahreskongress Technische Orthopädie 15-17 April 2016 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Georgia Chapter AAOP Meeting 21-23 April 2016 Atlanta, Georgia
PrimeFare Central 2016 22-23 April 2016 Tulsa, Oklahoma
OTWorld 2016 3-6 May 2016 Leipzig, Germany
WOMOPA Annual Meeting 12-14 May 2016 Reno, Nevada
New York State Chapter AAOP Meeting 11-13 May 2016 Albany, New York
Pennsylvania Chapter AAOP Meeting 12-14 May 2016 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
IAAPOC Annual Meeting 19-21 May 2016 Memphis, Tennessee
SOSORT-IRSSD Combined Meeting 25-28 May 2016 Alberta, Canada
10th ISPRM World Congress 29 May-2 June 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Louisiana Association State Meeting 2-4 June 2016 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Amputee Coalition National Conference 9-11 June 2016 Greensboro, North Carolina
PrimeFare East 2016 24-25 June 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
APMA-PFA Combined Meeting 14-17 July 2016 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Florida Chapter AAOP Meeting 14-16 July 2016 Orlando, Florida
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 12-13 August 2016 San Antonio, Texas
Virginia Chapter AAOP Meeting 18-20 August 2016 Reston, Virginia
AOPA National Assembly 2016 8-11 September 2016 Boston, Massachusetts
Northern Plains Chapter AAOP Meeting 13-14 October 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tennessee Chapter AAOP Meeting 6-8 October 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
NC/SC Chapter AAOP Meeting TBD TBD
New England Chapter AAOP Meeting TBD TBD
Midwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 3-5 November 2016 Rosemont, Illinois
New Jersey Chapter AAOP Meeting 9-11 November 2016 Atlantic City, New Jersey

If you find that we’ve missed any national or international O&P trade events or have made any errors, please contact us.

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2015 O&P Industry Meeting Schedule

To assist with planning your 2015 Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Industry education and product showcase schedule, here’s a list of events, dates, and locations we’ve compiled for O&P practitioners, technicians, students, and staff.

**Schedule Updated March 18, 2015**

Event Date Location
Hanger Education Fair 2-7 Feb. 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada
Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium 18-21 Feb. 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana
ISPO Deutschland 2015 27-28 Feb. 2015 Germany
Short Course on Ankle-Foot Orthoses 9-10 March 2015 Glasgow, United Kingdom
PrimeFare West 2015 20-21 March 2015 Denver, Colorado
Georgia Society AAOP Meeting 27-28 March 2015 Atlanta, Georgia
Ohio Chapter AAOP Meeting 27-28 March 2015 Columbus, Ohio
Annual Congress in Technical Orthopedics 27-29 March 2015 Germany
Rehacare & Orthopedic Canton 2015 27-29 March 2015 Guangzhou, China
Northwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 16-18 April 2015 Bellevue, Washington
CAPO Conference 2015 22-24 April 2015 Montreal, QC Canada
IAAPOC Annual Meeting 30 April-2 May 2015 Virginia Beach, Virginia
World Confederation of Physical Therapy 1-4 May 2015 Singapore
SOSORT 10th Annual Meeting 7-9 May 2015 Katowice, Poland
ACPOC 2015 Annual Meeting 13-16 May 2015 Clearwater Beach, Florida
WAMOPA Annual Meeting 14-16 May 2015 Reno, Nevada
Pennsylvania Chapter AAOP Meeting 14-16 May 2015
Washington, PA
7th Intl Symposium on Diabetic Foot 20-23 May 2015 The Netherlands
Louisiana Association State Meeting 28-30 May 2015 Lafayette, Louisiana
Midwest Chapter AAOP Meeting 27-29 May 2015
Rosemont, Illinois
Michigan O&P Association Meeting 11-12 June 2015
Bay City, Michigan
PrimeFare East 2015 19-20 June 2015
Nashville, Tennessee
New York State Chapter AAOP Meeting 17-19 June 2015 Albany, New York
ISPRM 9th World Congress 19-23 June 2015 Berlin, Germany
ISPO World Congress 2015 22-25 June 2015 Lyon, France
Amputee Coalition National Conference 23-25 July 2015 Tucson, Arizona
Florida Chapter AAOP Meeting 30 July-1 August 2015 Fort Myers, Florida
Texas Chapter AAOP Meeting 31 July-1 August 2015 San Antonio, Texas
PFA/APMA Symposium 2015 23-26 July 2015 Orlando, Florida
Tennessee Society O&P Meeting 17-19 Sept. 2015 Chattanooga, Tennessee
ISPO Canada Symposium 2-3 October 2015 Toronto, Canada
AOPA National Assembly 2015 7-10 October 2015 San Antonio, Texas
Northern Plains Chapter AAOP Meeting 10-11 Sept 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota
NC/SC Chapter AAOP Meeting 1-3 October 2015
Charlotte, North Carolina
New England Chapter AAOP Meeting 28-30 Sept 2015 Manchester, NH
PrimeFare Central 24-25 April 2015
OKC, Oklahoma

 The highlighted events above indicate scheduled attendance by staff from Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. If there are any Tamarack products you’d like to see or if you’d like to schedule a meeting with anybody from the company, please notify us by email beforehand.

If you find that we’ve missed any national or international O&P trade events or have made any errors, please contact us.

Tamarack Product Information 2013-2014

Healthcare professionals who purchase and use products manufactured by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies (Minneapolis, MN USA) can now refer to to our 2013/2014 Tamarack Product Line Information sheet to look up part numbers and purchasing options.

Customers are often unaware of the availability of Tamarack Flexure Joint hand tools; designed specifically for fabricating braces that use Tamarack Flexure Joints.  Additionally, Tamarack offers a large selection of non-standard hardware to support fabrication material thickness and design differences.  These items are readily available and reasonably priced to aid practitioners in the fabrication of custom devices, yet are not well known in the O&P community.

Product lines featured in the updated document include:

  • Tamarack Flexure Joint®
  • Tamarack Clevisphere™ Ankle Joint
  • GlideWear® Prosthetic Liner Patch
  • ShearBan® PTFE Sheets and Pre-cut Patches

The most recent Tamarack product line updates include:

  • New bulk (10 pack) purchasing option for Tamarack Flexure Joints, which now include 2 complimentary pair of fabrication molding dummies
  • Tamarack Flexure Joint Caps for external “retrofit” mounting of Tamarack Flexure Joints to existing thermoplastic and carbon fiber braces (Model # 741-CAP-XX)
  • XL ShearBan Rivet Cover Patches, providing more surface coverage for screw and rivet heads when securing straps to lower and upper extremity braces (Part# 749-7-XL)

Tamarack’s line of orthotic bracing components and low friction materials for orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic applications are distributed by Becker Orthopedic and available from O&P suppliers, worldwide.

Tamarack’s 2014 Orthotic & Prosthetic Industry Trade Show Schedule

2014 has just arrived, yet we’re already preparing for the many orthotic & prosthetic industry trade shows scheduled throughout the year.  If you’re an orthotist, prosthetist, pedorthist, O&P educator, or student, we hope you’ll find time to attend at least one of these great events.

For the staff at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, these meetings are a time when we’re able to engage face-to-face with old friends, longtime customers, and new professionals just entering the industry.  We appreciate feedback about how our products are working for you as well as suggestions for how to make them work even better for you and your patients.

For professionals & students, these meetings are a great way to stock up on continuing education credits by attending the many great sessions as well as to browse the exhibit hall to see what’s new from  industry manufacturer’s and suppliers.  The exhibit hall provides a great venue for troubleshooting issues you might have had with their products as well as to learn about new technologies just entering the market.

Here’s the list of meetings that we’re attending in 2014:

Hanger Education Fair – Feb. 3-7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium – Feb. 26-March 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois USA

OTWorld – May 13-16, 2014 in Leipzig Germany

PrimeFare East – June 13-14, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee USA

Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO) – August 6-9, 2014 in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada

TCAAOP Meeting – August 8-9, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas USA

American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association Annual Meeting – September 4-7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Northern Plains AAOP Chapter Meeting – TBD Fall 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

NC/SC Chapter AAOP Meeting – October 9-11, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina USA

New Jersey  AAOP Chapter Meeting – TBD Fall 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey USA

We hope to see you at one of these great educational meetings in 2014.  Be sure to stop by to say hello and inquire about what’s new from Tamarack!

Pedorthic Management of Partial Foot Amputations

If you’re an orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthists who treats patients with partial foot amputations, there’s a new article in the November 2010 issue of Lower Extremity Review that’s well worth your time.

In the article, Partial foot amputation: Pedorthic management, Erick Janisse, CPed, CO and Dennis Janisse, CPed – both of National Pedorthic Services Inc. (Milwaukee, WI USA), discuss the importance of pressure and shear management techniques in the selection and fitting of shoes and orthotic devices.

In recent literature, including the Janisse article, shear trauma is considered as an increasingly important component of blister, callus and diabetic foot ulcer occurrence. Whereas pressure management was the foremost concern just 5-10 years ago, practitioners are realizing that pressure is not the only factor. Repetitive shear stress, acting between bony prominences, the skin and interfacing material, is in fact critically important in the prevention and relief of foot wounds. Products like ShearBan® by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies are receiving newfound attention as practitioners and patients search for an effective way to protect skin from shear trauma within footwear.

AOPA National Assembly Review

The 93rd annual American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association National Assembly concluded last Saturday in Orlando, Florida. With just under 2,000 registered attendees, the event drew a comparably sized crowd to the meeting last year in Seattle, Washington. The speaker lineup provided ample opportunity for business owners, practitioners and exhibitors to learn about trends and new technologies in the orthotic, prosthetic & pedorthic industry.

Tamarack R&D Manager, Mark Payette, CO, and Dennis Janisse, CPed (National Pedorthic Services) led a workshop titled: Diabetic Foot Problems and Novel Ways to Treat Them with ShearBan®. The presentation concluded by providing participants the opportunity to use Tamarack’s ShearBan® product in a variety of applications. If you missed this workshop and would like more information, contact Mark Payette for a list of upcoming workshop dates.

The opening session Thursday morning featured bilateral above-knee amputee, Warren Macdonald and his amazing story about overcoming adversity to continue living the adventurous life he enjoyed prior to his accident. Just 10 months after his accident, Warren successfully climbed Cradle Mountain in Australia (over 5,000 ft.) and, soon after, became the first double above-knee amputee to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,222 ft.). His story was truly inspirational and perfectly suited for the crowd of healthcare practitioners and exhibitors. For more information about Warren Macdonald’s story, visit www.warren-macdonald.com

The Tamarack Habilitation Technologies booth showcased our latest product developments, including prototypes of Tamarack Flexure Joint® Retrofit Caps, black Tamarack Flexure Joints® (a new cosmetic option for carbon prepreg and black thermoplastic orthoses) as well as pre-formed ShearBan® Curve patches. All three products are under development and scheduled for launch by year-end. If you’d like more information about any of these products, please contact us to be first in line when they become available.

Thank you to all the O&P practitioners and exhibitors who stopped by our booth to see what’s new at Tamarack Habilitation Technologies!

Orthotics & Prosthetics Career Resources

Looking for educational and/or career opportunities in the O&P field? OPCareers.com offers a wealth of information for a variety of careers, including: orthotics & prosthetics practitioners, pedorthists, assistants, fitters and technicians.

The OPCareers.com homepage features a helpful video that explains the O&P profession from the viewpoint of O&P students, practitioners and patients. The website offers information about entering the O&P profession, educational pathways and programs, scholarships, employment opportunities and more.

For more information about careers and educational opportunities in the O&P industry, visit http://www.opcareers.org/.