Meet Westcoast Brace & Limb’s Practitioners

Greg Bauer, L.P.O., C.P.O.

President

Greg Bauer is a Licensed and Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist, and President of Westcoast Brace & Limb. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

He studied both orthotics and prosthetics at California State University, where he received degrees in both disciplines. He has earned certificates for expertise in CLeg Systems, Utah Arm, Myobock Upper Extremity and advanced training in Silicone Restoration, Carbon Fabrication, Oregon Orthotic Systems and Certification in various designs of scoliosis bracing.

Greg specializes in upper extremity prosthetics, specifically in myoelectrics and silicone restoration. He oversaw a research project evaluating the effects of treating pectus carinatum with a specific brace designed by Westcoast Brace and Limb. Greg currently is on the St. Petersburg Orthotic and Prosthetic Advisory Board and serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of Self Reliance. He also is a regular presenter at a variety of CE-approved courses for practitioners, and a frequent guest speaker for many organizations throughout the region.

Bridget Lawler Augustine, L.P.O., C.P.O.

Clinical Director

Bridget is a Florida Licensed and American Board Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist who sees patients at Westcoast’s North Tampa location. Bridget is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and served as chair for its Lower Limb Orthotics Society from 2009-2012. Her current clinical focus is on lower extremity prostheses, complex orthotics, and pediatrics. She utilizes traditional and advanced technologies including but not limited to the WPC Compressors, WalkAide, Bioness, Stance Control KAFOs, Isocentric RGOs for Orthotics; and microprocessor knees, microprocessor ankles, and elevated vacuum systems with prosthetics. Bridget enjoys learning and sharing what she is passionate about by regularly presenting continuing education courses for other medical professionals and is known to use pictures, diagrams, and models to help educate her patients as well. Initially trained in Chicago, Bridget was honored with the Gunther Gehl Scholarship, given to the most deserving resident in the Midwest. She continues to work as an adjunct professor for Northwestern University’s Orthotics Program and has presented research at national and local meetings on cerebral palsy. Bridget’s research was featured at the 2007 National Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists meeting and she has been featured in the ACPOC News. Bridget graduated from Stetson University with a B.S. in Integrative Health Science. She received her orthotic and prosthetic education from Northwestern University.

Les Bauer, L.O., C.O.

Les Bauer is a Licensed and Certified Orthotist and Director of Westcoast Brace & Limb. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Curry College and a Medical Technology degree from Princeton Hospital. He studied orthotics at New York University. He became Certified in Orthotics through the American Board of Certification in 1975. Les worked with his father, Jules Bauer who also was an orthotist, until 1981 at which time he founded Westcoast Brace & Limb. Les has published numerous articles, including, “The Responsibility of Health Care,” “Spinal Orthotics,” “Exercise Regimen for Scoliosis” and “Pediatric Orthotics.” Les developed the Inflatable LumboSacral Orthosis (ILSO), which is distributed nationwide by the PMT Corporation and the Kaliper Orthosis, which is used for tennis elbow. Les specializes in spinal, lower extremity and pediatric orthotics.

Mike Bertalan, L.P.O., C.P.O.

Mike Bertalan is a Licensed and Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist. Mike worked as an orthotic technician as an undergrad at the University of Florida, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. He also completed the Northwestern University Orthotic Certificate Program and Northwestern’s Prosthetic Certificate Program. He completed his orthotic and prosthetic residencies at Westcoast Brace & Limb.

Thomas (T.J) L. Johnson, L.O., B.O.C.O.

T.J. is a Licensed Orthotist and has Board Certification in Orthotics. He attended both St. Petersburg Junior College and the University of Florida. T.J. began his career in orthotics at Clearwater Limb and Brace until 1998, when he joined Westcoast Brace & Limb. T.J has attended a variety of specialized courses for LSOs, RGOs, Charleston Bending Brace and many more throughout the course of his career. He has the distinction of having worked directly with Ralph Hooper, developer of the Charleston Bending Brace. With more than 25 years in the orthotics field, T.J. continues to generously share his expertise by training many up-and-coming practitioners in fabrication, patient management and patient evaluation.

Walt Raynor, L.O., C.O.

Walt Raynor is a Licensed and Certified Orthotist. Walt received a Bachelor of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Florida International University in 1995, after which he joined Westcoast Brace & Limb. Walt is certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics and licensed by the State of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FAOP).

Tom Sallen, L.O., C.O.

Tom Sallen is a Licensed and Certified Orthotist. Tom received his Orthotist Certificate from New York University in 1974. He came to Westcoast Brace & Limb in April 2000 from McCluney’s Orthopedic & Prosthetics Services in Gainesville, FL. He is a member of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics and the Florida Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Lee Greenberg, L.P.O., C.P.O.

Lee Greenberg is a Licensed and Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1991 from Ohio University. He studied both orthotics and prosthetics at California State University in Dominguez Hills, where he earned his post-graduate degree in 1997. Lee then completed his residency program with Hanger in Orlando, Florida. He became Certified in Orthotics and Prosthetics in 1999, and worked for an orthotic and prosthetic company in Orlando before joining the Westcoast team.

Einar (Eric) Ollander, L.P., C.P.

Eric is a Florida Licensed Prosthetist, certified by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics. Eric is a member of the American Academy for Orthotists & Prosthetists and a member of the Florida Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Florida International University in 1986. Currently, he is a board-eligible Orthotist. Eric owned his own prosthetic company for more than 18 years and worked in Gainesville, Florida for more than 20 years. Eric is a member of Westcoast Brace & Limb’s Mobile Unit. His interests include running marathons, taking 100-mile bike rides, his faith and enjoying his family and friends.

Vern Swanson, L.P., C.P.

Vern is a Licensed Prosthetist and is Certified by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics. Vern has more than 30 years of experience in designing, fitting, and fabricating custom prosthetic devices. He attended Northwestern University Medical School’s Prosthetic Orthotic Center and received his Certificate in Prosthetics in 1978, becoming Certified in 1979. He was formerly a Clinical Director of patient care and research and development for more than 25 years. Vern has developed several prosthetic components and received patents for lower extremity socket adapter systems. He has given presentations at state and national seminars for the advancement of prosthetic design and patient management. Vern is a past president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Jeanine Ingui, L.O., C.O.

Jeanine is a Licensed & Certified Orthotist & board-eligible Prosthetist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Orthotics & Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College. Jeanine spent her orthotic residency at a private facility in Orlando, FL, where she worked closely with Orlando Regional Trauma Medical Center. During this time, she gained experience with patients of all ages and various pathologies. Her prosthetic residency was completed at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, FL., where she gained experience working with poly-trauma patients returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. She is compassionate and knowledgeable with the orthotic and prosthetic fields.

Luis Capestany, Licensed Prosthetic & Orthotic Resident

Luis Capestany is a board-eligible licensed prosthetist and orthotic resident. He graduated from St. Petersburg (FL) College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics. He completed his prosthetic residency specializing in upper extremity prosthetics. He has spoken in both the US and abroad on the subject of innovative upper extremity technologies. Luis has been published in The Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics as the lead researcher in the creation of the Transhumeral Recreational Prosthesis.

Amanda Pozarnsky, L.P.O., C.P.O.

Amanda is a Licensed and Board Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetic at St. Petersburg College. After completing her orthotic and prosthetic residencies, she worked as an orthotist and board-eligible prosthetist at a private practice in Pittsburgh, Pa. Amanda specializes in pediatric orthotics with an emphasis on cranial remolding, scoliosis and the management of patients with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Amanda worked closely with amputees while attending amputee clinics at the H.J. Heinz Veterans’ Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. She always has had a passion to help improve the quality of life for those with disabilities. Amanda is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the Craniofacial Society, American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (AOPA) and the Association of Children’s Prosthetic and Orthotics Clinics (ACPOC).

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