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Westcoast Wire Fall 2017

Westcoast Wire Fall 2017

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Traveling with the TSA: UPDATE

Hello everyone.  We recently posted some valuable information in regards to a recent webinar called “Traveling with Limb Loss”.  The webinar was hosted by the ACA (Amputee Coalition of America) and the information was provided by the TSA … MORE >

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Westcoast Team Building Fun

All work and no play is not the motto at Westcoast Brace & Limb. So what better way to kick off spring, then to host a company-wide Cornhole Tournament. Cornhole, otherwise known as bean bag toss, is a … MORE >

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Employee Spotlight: Maggie Puentes

Family is a recurring theme in Maggie Puentes’ life. Her family of coworkers and patients surround her at the office, and when she’s not at Westcoast Brace & Limb, she’s working and spending quality time with her family … MORE >

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Chris Wantlin

Amputation finds its way into people’s lives due to a variety of causes such as traumatic injury, disease or congenital defect. In the case of Westcoast Brace & Limb patient Chris Wantlin, the decision whether or not to … MORE >

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Anaplastology

Anaplastology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prosthetic restoration and rehabilitation of an absent, disfigured or malformed external body part. It is part art and part science. People who have lost or disfigured a body … MORE >

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Is Myoelectric Right For You?

Myoelectric prosthetic devices can offer amputees a variety of benefits. However, myoelectrics are not designed for all amputees. It is important for people to understand what they are and how they work before deciding if a myoelectric is … MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Summer 2017

Westcoast Wire Summer 2017

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Traveling and the TSA

Traveling and the TSA – by Daymon Jenkins, Peer Coordinator for Westcoast Brace and Limb I attended a webinar by the Amputee Coalition on June 21, 2016 and would like to share some valuable information from the TSA … MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Spring 2017

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

Cranial
Palm Harbor Office Revealed
Employee Spotlight
Ask A Practitioner
Patient Spotlight MORE >

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Smiles, not sympathy

These babies are turning heads with the painted helmet designs. MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Summer 2016

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

Prosthetic Cleaning Is Key
Brandon Office Revealed
Employee Spotlight
Ask A Practitioner
Compliance Is Key MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Winter 2015

Westcoast Wire Winter 2015

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Westcoast Wire Fall 2015

Westcoast Wire Fall 2015

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Update on the LCD Draft Policy Report

Everyone throughout the orthotics and prosthetics world has pulled together and gone “all in” on the effort to fight back the DME MAC proposed revisions to the Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Lower Limb Prosthetics, and hopefully restore … MORE >

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Rescind the Medicare proposal

Rescind the Medicare proposal restricting access to prosthetic limbs and returning amputees to 1970’s standards of care. MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Summer 2015

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

OLWS: The Wise Choice for Diabetic Wound Care. The use of different orthoses for prevention and care of wounds on feet due to diabetes
Scoliosis Bracing: Follow up is the key to successful Bracing. Westcoast’s Scoliosis procedures and program for successful bracing
Amputees Together: Back in action! New format for Amputees Together and what we hope to accomplish with the group
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Westcoast Wire Spring 2015

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

I Will Inspire Charity Walk
Patient Profile: Liam Matthews
Peer Visitation: Stronger Together
Produce Spotlight: Combo KAFO MORE >

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Journey

Journey is a five year old golden retriever born with most of his left front paw missing. He was brought to Westcoast Brace & Limb three years ago and successfully fitted with a custom designed, high-tech prosthetic paw, … MORE >

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Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes

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Taylor Sanders Swim Meet

I went to a high school swim meet last night to watch a very unique swimmer. This swimmer, from what the doctors say, was never suppose to have walked—let alone be on the swim team. The girl that … MORE >

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Taylor Sanders

Due to the unfortunate circumstances when Taylor was born, complications during birth were not handled in a timely manner. This in return caused her to have a stroke due to lack of oxygen to the brain. At the … MORE >

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High Risk Hope Tot Trot

Join us for the High Risk Hope Tot Trot at Gadsden Park on November 15th and walk for a great cause. High Risk Hope is a catalyst in the global fight to end premature birth; winning a life-long victory … MORE >

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Jayden Mojica

Jayden was born premature at 28 weeks. A few weeks after he was born, since his lungs weren’t fully developed he suffered lack of oxygen n suffered a brain injury, and in turn he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia at only 5 weeks old. MORE >

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Preparing Patients with Limb Loss for Travel

What If…? Preparing Patients with Limb Loss for Travel By Leslie Pitt Schneider, JD, RN, CCRC (ACRP), HT (ASCP) Content provided by The O&P EDGE Confucius said, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” I say, wherever you … MORE >

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I Will Inspre 2014 Photos

Check out our photos from the I Will Inspire 2014 Charity Run! MORE >

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Race Day FAQ

Everything you need to know about the I Will Inspire Charity Run. MORE >

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Alexander Davidson

On October first of 2009 I climbed a telephone pole to take a photograph of the sunset, I believed the wires were insulated and was unafraid to venture up to take some photos, on my way back down … MORE >

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Westcoast’s Walk, Run, Roll Group At The New Tampa YMCA

It is still early January and the New Year’s Resolutions are still on most of our minds. Some of us resolved to be more active, have better health and feel better about ourselves. While some of us decided … MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Fall 2013

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

Fall Prevention
A Summer to Remember
Skilled Rehab Facility (SNF) Funding 101
Back-to-School for Pediatric Orthotic Users
Recent Westcoast Brace & Limb Events MORE >

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Westcoast Helps Tampa Police Chief Castor get new fingertip

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor received her custom silicone prosthetic finger from Westcoast Brace & Limb, Chief Castor had lost her finger in a summer boating accident. MORE >

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Westcoast Helps Tampa Police Chief with Prosthetic Finger

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Tampa United Amputee Festival 2013

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Where: 2501 River Hills Drive, Tampa, Florida 33763
Shelter #218 11 a.m. MORE >

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Hungry Howie’s goes pink to help fight breast cancer

Andrea Adair, Westcoast Brace & Limb patient and community activist, continues her passionate quest to raise breast cancer awareness in the Tampa Bay area. MORE >

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Making Strides of Hillsborough County

Join us on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:30AM, at Tampa Bay Times Forum for Making Strides This year’s walk is organized by Monique Puentes, click here to join the team or to donate!

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Cleaning the Prosthesis

Any material worn against human skin should be cleaned on a regular basis. Prosthetic liners, socks and prosthetic sockets pick up bacteria and dead skin cells, which can irritate the residual limb. MORE >

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The Role of an Orthotist

BY: Greg Bauer, L.P.O., C.P.O., Westcoast President An orthotist is a person who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services orthoses, and/or assists in the formulation of orthoses. An orthosis is a device that is intended to be fitted … MORE >

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Can functional electronic stimulation improve mobility?

Almost two-thirds of all people living with MS report that trouble walking takes the biggest toll on their quality of life1 and one of the leading causes of difficulty walking is foot drop MORE >

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Ed White

“I worked for the power company for nearly all of my life, climbing poles. I retired from that when I was 55, but I still do electrical work for my own properties and for friends. I was in … MORE >

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Patient Connection Summer 2013

In this issue of the Patient Connection:

Your Device, Your Choice
Physician Documentation
Patient Event Recap
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Amputees Together of Florida, Inc. Recap: Saturday, June 15th

Saturday, June 15th members of Amputees Together of Florida, Inc. enjoyed a personal and hands-on presentation by Bobby Puckett, a Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist MORE >

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2012 Alumna Andrea Adair

Andrea Adair was the first in her family and her friends to get breast cancer. “It was the kindness from complete strangers that motivated me to help others. It is difficult for your support group to understand what … MORE >

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Amputees Together May 16, 2013 Tampa Meeting Recap

Our Amputees Together meeting on May 16, 2013 was a hit! The theme was ‘How It’s Made’: an opportunity for amputees to go ‘behind the scenes’ at our on-site central fabrication laboratory. MORE >

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Custom Breast Prostheses: A Great Choice For Post-Mastectomy Patients

Being a two-time breast cancer survivor has inspired Andrea Adair to become an activist volunteer, raising awareness and funding for breast cancer research and helping other women learn to hope MORE >

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Amputees, Sweating, and their Prosthesis

I recently had a bilateral below knee amputee come in for an evaluation for new prostheses. He currently wears silicone liners with pin lock on both residual limbs as a means of suspension and could not imagine any … MORE >

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Westcoast Golf Clinic

Our golf clinic at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club was a huge success! We had several Westcoast patients, as well as other amputees from Florida and elsewhere, in attendance. We were amazed at the pro golfers and … MORE >

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Golf Clinic For Orthotic Patients & Amputees

Rehabilitation is a life-long process. That’s why Westcoast Brace & Limb supports community events that encourage patients to be active and social. We hope that you spread the word about our upcoming free golf clinic. Also, please enjoy … MORE >

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Augusta Lee

Augusta Lee lost her left leg above the knee in May of 2012, due to cancer. She had no idea whether she would be able to walk a mile at the I WILL INSPIRE Charity Run less than a year later… MORE >

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Carlos Rodriguez: I Will Inspire

Carlos Rodriguez was born with cerebral palsy, but he’s never let that stop him. The 1 Mile Family Fun Run was the longest and fastest Carlos has ever walked. MORE >

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Motorcycle Crash Victim Set To Inspire At Upcoming 5K Race

William Kanouff, a patient at Westcoast Brace & Limb, moves his C-Leg aside and puts on his running leg. He’ll use the running leg Saturday when he participates in the I WILL Inspire 5K/1-Mile Fun Run at Telecom … MORE >

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Richard Lefluer

Richard Lefluer receives medical care for his leg length discrepancy and crouched gait by Drew Warnick, MD, therapy at All Children’s Hospital, and fitting of his bilateral custom ankle foot orthoses by Westcoast Brace & Limb. MORE >

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Firefighter Patti Valero back to work with prosthetic leg

ABC Action News Story: Patti Valero, a firefighter and below knee amputee, talks about going back to work post-amputation. MORE >

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Frankie Jones

Frankie Jones, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), student, and unilateral congenital below elbow amputee, talks about living with his limb deficiency and his ‘Westcoast Patient Experience’ MORE >

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I Will Inspire Charity Run

Florida Orthopaedic Institute – Race Day Headquarters
13020 Telecom Parkway North • Tampa, FL 33637
February 16, 2013 8:00 A.M. MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Winter 2013

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

Custom Silicone Breast Prostheses Are Now “A Great Choice” For Post-Mastectomy Patients Seeking Options
Westcoast Specialty Care Coordinators Support Patient And Practitioner Needs
Staying Connected, Getting Involved MORE >

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Adaptive Kayaking Clinic

Westcoast Brace & Limb patients and Amputees Together of Florida, Inc. support group members enjoyed a wonderful free adaptive kayaking clinic last month at Safety Harbor Veteran’s Memorial Park. MORE >

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UPDATE: Westcoast Helps Patient Who Lost Fingers & Toes To Sepsis

To find out more about fundraising for Tisa – or if you can take action for Tisa by helping with a truck that can be modified — go to —Hands and Feet to reach the World for Tisa … MORE >

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Patient Connection Fall 2012

In this issue of the Patient Connection:

Recapping 2012
Great Things Coming 2013 MORE >

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Creating Leg Braces for a Bulldog Proves Westcoast Can Do Anything

Westcoast’s Jason Redd, L.P.O., C.P.O., poses with happy patient, Spencer The Bulldog and even happier owner, Linda. Spencer’s hind legs were paralyzed and without feeling MORE >

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Love, Hope & Pizza Support Breast Cancer Awareness

“National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) values Hungry Howie’s partnership in sharing our mission of helping women now by providing free mammograms, education, support, and early detection services. MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Summer 2012

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

When Those In-Store Shoe Inserts May Not be Right for You Custom versus Off-the-Shelf
So, What was it Like for Me Growing Up with a Limb Difference?
Steven Budd: TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS MORE >

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Dave Damstra

Dave Damstra, Westcoast Brace & Limb patient since 2000 Dave Damstra lost his leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident and has been wearing a prosthesis for almost 40 years. Dave’s the Graphic Production Manager at Kelby … MORE >

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Looking For Love after Amputation

By Bobby Puckett — The questions that I hear most when I visit new amputees are always about dating and relationships. That doesn’t surprise me at all. This is a sensitive issue for most people. When you have … MORE >

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Michael Hypner: Westcoast Experience

Wescoast patient Michael Hypner talks about his experience at Westcoast Brace & Limb and using the BiOM, a bionic prosthetic foot that can simulate the action of the human ankle.

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Westcoast Featured on News Channel 8

The world will be watching when South African Oscar Pistorius becomes the first bilateral amputee to compete in a summer Olympics. No one will be watching closer than St. Petersburg athlete Bobby Puckett.

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Westcoast Featured on ABC NEWS

Westcoast patient David Nicholson is using high-tech prostheses — researched, recommended, fabricated and fitted for him by his Westcoast team, to help him rebuild his life. “There’s nothing I can’t do when I’m wearing these devices,” Nicholson says.

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Westcoast Featured in Tampa Tribune

The front page of the Tampa Tribune (7/17/12) features a story about a Westcoast patient and how advances in technology are helping this very determined, informed, and hardworking patient restore his body and rebuild his life after he … MORE >

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Timothy Case

“I’m given true loving concern, and treated like I’m something special…like I matter to them. I’ve dealt with other prosthetic providers in the past, and Westcoast is by far the best I’ve used.” Timothy Case

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Steven Budd

“The staff at Westcoast Brace & Limb…and the way they’ve always treated me…has been outstanding. I consider them professionals and I consider them friends,” says long-time prosthetic patient (and friend!) Steven Budd.

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To Swim, or Not to Swim?

By Bobby Puckett For Anyone Who Doesn’t Have a Perfect Model’s Body, That is THE Question! Swimming is an activity most Floridians enjoy, whether it’s spending the day in the warm, salty waves at a favorite beach, taking … MORE >

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SWIM CLINIC

Westcoast Brace & Limb invites you to join us for a fabulous Swim Clinic, hosted by the Adaptive Sports Program Team from the James A. Haley VA. The Clinic will “splash off” on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, from … MORE >

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Tampa Mom Refuses to Allow Paralysis to Limit Her

“Now, I have the stability and stamina I need to go and go and go. I feel like I have my legs back; the braces have changed my life.” -Elisa Echevarria Westcoast Patient Since she was diagnosed 28 … MORE >

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Larry French

Westcoast patient Larry French demonstrates the uses of various upper extremity prosthetic devices, custom designed and fabricated to restore his ability to enjoy a variety of recreational activities.

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South University Students Visit Us

Students from Southern University’s PTA program visited us at Westcoast, where they had the opportunity to listen, learn and tour our fabrication laboratory with our President, Greg Bauer, LPO, CPO. We are very proud of the sustained commitment … MORE >

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Westcoast Wire Spring 2012

In this issue of the Westcoast Wire:

By The Shores of Weeki Wachee
Art Helps Amputee Thrive
In the Summertime When the Weather is High Here’s How to Keep Those Devices Dry MORE >

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn proclaims “Limb Loss Awareness Day”

The official Proclamation was presented to Westcoast President Greg Bauer by City Councilman Mike Suarez, because of Westcoast’s key role in addressing both the physical and emotional challenges faced by people

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Hand-Cycling Season Has Begun!

By: Bobby Puckett The cycling season has begun. Yesterday was a beautiful day at Ft. De Soto Park. About 50 of us gathered to challenge ourselves and race against the clock, 4 of whom happened to be amputees. … MORE >

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Wrapped Cranial Remolding Helmet

Cranial remolding helmets come in all shapes and sizes. And colors, too! We offer a variety of transfer patterns and solid color options for the helmets. Some parents like “customizing” the helmets themselves with stickers and phrases. This … MORE >

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Westcoast First FL Bionics Center

As one of the nation’s leading prosthetic and orthotic firms, Westcoast has been recognized as an iWalk Certified Bionics Center, because of its expertise in the BiOM robotic ankle system and its demonstrated excellence in client service and … MORE >

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Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K

By: Shea Miller I am a Tampa native and regularly participate in the Gasparilla 5K race. However, this year was different. It was my first year running with a double-amputee. Myself, my co-worker, Bridget Lawler, and over 10,000 … MORE >

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I Will Inspire 5K Race Recap

By: Bobby Puckett “I Will Inspire” was the theme of the “all abilities” races I participated in at Florida Orthopaedic Institute on Saturday. Although this was the first “I Will Inspire” 5K/1 mile walk, run or wheel event, … MORE >

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I Will Inspire Race

I’m really looking forward to getting together with friends this weekend. On Saturday, a group from Westcoast Brace & Limb is participating in the “I Will Inspire” 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk/Wheel. Team Westcoast is a mixture … MORE >

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Lymphedema Sleeves

After surgery involving lymph nodes, some women may experience a condition known as lymphedema, or a swelling of one or both arms. Westcoast offers a range of compression garment styles including elastic two-way stretch sleeves worn under clothing … MORE >

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For Patients Who May Be FES Candidates

Only Westcoast Brace & Limb Offers Free Screenings and the Full Range of Functional Electrical Stimulation devices — including the newly released Pediatric WalkAide and Bioness L300 Plus

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Abby Wold

Abby Wold is a 31 year old student at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 2003, she survived Meningococcal Meningitis complicated by multiple organ failure, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and

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Cycling: Part Of My Rehabilitation

A couple of years after becoming an amputee I realized I was gaining a lot of weight and had developed some pretty bad habits. I got a membership at the local gym and started trying to get into … MORE >

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Great American Teach In

Last week I was honored to participate in the great American teach in. For those of you who are not familiar with this, it is an event where the professionals are asked to come in and speak to … MORE >

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Golf Supports Our Troops

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to New Jersey to participate in the 2nd annual Golf Supports Our Troops golf tournament. It was an amazing weekend of golf and fun. Flying up to … MORE >

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Bicycle Clinic

December 3rd Flatwoods Park 8 am – 11 am 14302 Morris Bridge Road – Thonotosassa, FL 33592 Designed for amputees and other adaptive cyclists at any level of experience and for occupational/physical therapists looking for an informative

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Westcoast Relay Team at the Tri-Cooter Sprint Triathlon

This past weekend, Westcoast Brace & Limb was proud to sponsor the first ever Westcoast Relay Team at the Tri-Cooter Sprint Triathlon in Inverness, FL. Bryan Augustine, fiancé of practitioner Bridget Lawler

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2011 Tampa United Amputee Festival

Join us for a fun, family oriented day at the park Date: Saturday, October 29 Time: Set up NOON – eat @ 2 pm Where: Lowry Park Zoo Picnic Area (Across from the zoo), Shelter # 120 7525 … MORE >

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Making a Case for Amputee Case Managers

By: Andrea Puckett, SWA Recently, someone asked me, “Exactly what is your role as an amputee case manager?” I thought for a moment and said, “I help amputees and their families find a new normal.

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Peer Visitation: A Key Aspect Of A Successful Recovery

Peer visitation, in my opinion, is one of the key aspects of a successful recovery after losing a limb. I know it made a huge difference in my recovery and my frame of mind when I first had … MORE >

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Great Patient Memory

One of the best experieces I’ve had a with Westcoast Brace & Limb patient was when the two of us (both of us above knee prosthetic users) went together to get pedicures. We each had our ‘good foot’ … MORE >

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Miles for Hope Ride in Clearwater

Last weekend, I rode in the Miles for Hope event. I chose to ride the 50k bike course with some friends. The five of us, three on handcycles and 2 on upright bikes had a great time. The … MORE >

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Prepping for the Miles for Hope Ride in Clearwater

On this Saturday I’m proudly participating in the Miles for Hope event in Clearwater Florida. Miles for Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting brain tumors. The proceeds of this event will provide funding for … MORE >

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Prosthetics Today 2011

In this issue of Prosthetics Today:

Westcoast Brace & Limb: First Private Prosthetic Facility in Florida to be certified to fit the Otto Bock GENIUM Bionic Prosthetic Knee System!
The Shock Absorbing Cushioned Socket™
Transforming The Patient Room Experience MORE >

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Incredible Journey

This is the story of two unlikely friends. Patti Valero, a firefighter who lost her leg in a motorcycle accident in October of 2009, and a visitor who appeared at her hospital a few weeks later. MORE >

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Gwyneth’s Story

“My husband and I started noticing our daughter Gwyneth developing a flat spot on her head when she was 3 months old. When she went in for her 4 month well visit her doctor sent us to a … MORE >

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Last Weekend I Climbed A Mountain

Last weekend I climbed a mountain. OK, it was more like a 5K on flat ground. The reason I refer to it as climbing a mountain comes from some of my first thoughts as a new amputee. I … MORE >

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Meet Wendy Westcoast

She is outfitted with just a few of the various styles of prosthetic limbs and high realism silicone features. Wendy’s left arm is amputated above the elbow (transhumeral amputation). She has been fit with an OttoBock Ergo Arm … MORE >

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Amputees at Mosi

MOSI MAN Last week Westcoast Brace & Limb invited patients and members of our support group, Amputees Together of Florida, to the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). Thank you to MOSI for providing complimentary tickets! We all … MORE >

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