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WCBL In The Press

August, 3 2016: Pet Prosthetics

Prosthetics are not just for two legged foe.

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November, 2013, Tampa Bay Times: Police Chief Jane Castor gets prosthetic fingertip

When Tampa police Chief Jane Castor moves her hand, it is hard to spot the fake fingertip.

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November, 2013, The Tampa Tribune: Tampa Police Chief Castor fitted for prosthetic fingertip

The long arm of the law in Tampa now ends with a digit made of silicone and adorned with an accrylic fingernail.

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November, 2013, ABC Action News: “Spencer” can walk thanks to custom braces, so he’s walking into places that need a little hope

After custom braces gave a paralyzed 3-year-old English Bulldog the ability to walk, his owners are taking his mobility on a mission.

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August, 2013, Primer Impacto, Univision: More natural and functional prostheses

Technological advances and new materials turn prosthetics into works of art.


May, 2013, ABC Action News: Local company makes breast prosthesis for women

A Tampa Bay area woman, used to following the beat of her own drum, decided to go a different route after having a mastectomy to remove breast cancer. She shows us why a custom made breast prosthetic was a better option for her.

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April, 2013, The Suncoast News: Seven Springs amputee golf clinic inspires patients

At the Seven Springs Golf & Country Club last Friday, patients from Westcoast Brace & Limb paired up with seasoned golfers to learn how to adjust their swing for new disabilities.

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April, 2013, Tampa Bay Times: Bionic hand fits young woman perfectly, but does it suit her?

Tisa Berset stares at her new hand, willing it to open. “Concentrate,” the doctor says, watching over her shoulder. “Like we practiced.” A year ago, all of Tisa’s fingers were amputated at the knuckles. What remains of her right hand is now strapped inside a silicone glove.

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February, 2013, Temple Terrace Patch: Motorcycle Crash Victim Set To Inspire At Upcoming 5K Race

William Kanouff’s newest prosthetic is a running leg, which he received about a week ago. The socket that fits on Kanouff’s residual limb and the metal piece that makes up the leg were donated by Westcoast Brace & Limb. The foot, which is a C-shaped carbon fiber foot, was donated by Freedom Innovations, a company that designs and creates prosthetic devices.

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January, 2013, ABC Action News: 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. Greg Bauer, her prosthetist and President of Westcoast Brace & Limb, is also interviewed during a routine appointment where he adjusts her prosthetic leg and praises her determination.

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November, 2012, ABC Action News: Paralyzed dog tries new prosthetics with blind pig brother

Westcoast Brace & Limb is filled with stories of triumph. Patients include children and combat veterans who maintain normal lives thanks to a laboratory equipped for the most challenging of requests.

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November, 2012, ABC Action News: Tarpon Springs woman lost fingers, toes to sepsis

Tisa Berset is like many 21-year-olds, desperate for her own independence. But after 68 days in the hospital, fighting for her life, she feared her independence would be lost forever.

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July, 2012, News Channel 8: Amputee Olympian inspires local athlete

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.


July, 2012, ABC: Computerized ‘bionic’ legs help veteran David Nicholson walk again

Please check out this ABC news story that aired last night by clicking on the link, below to hear about Westcoast patient David Nicholson and how his high-tech prostheses — researched, recommended, fabricated and fitted for him for him by his Westcoast team, led by Prosthetist Vern Swanson — are helping him rebuild his life!

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July, 2012, Tampa Tribune: New-age prosthetics show promise for amputees

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 lost both legs in a rocket explosion in Afghanistan. The article includes descriptions of Westcoast’s own Vern Swanson in his role as high-tech, caring prosthetist, the fact that Westcoast creates devices in its own on-site fabrication laboratory, and highlights the high-tech nature of the emerging technology that Westcoast offers its patients.

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July 2012, The O & P Edge: Sub-Atmospheric Socket Technology Gains Momentum

Since its introduction in the late 1990s, there has been a significant increase in the clinical application of sub-atmospheric (elevated vacuum) prosthetic suspension.

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January 2012, The O & P Edge: Young Turks: Where Are They Now?

In December 2002, The O&P EDGE published an article about a few of the up-and-comers in the orthotics and prosthetics profession (“The Young Turks: How Are They Impacting O&P?” The O&P EDGE). As The O&P EDGE celebrates its tenth anniversary, we wanted to touch base with these professionals and find out how their careers have progressed over the last decade

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October, 2011, Fox 13: What’s Right With Tampa Bay

This is a video that ran on Fox 13’s segment, What’s Right With Tampa Bay, about our amputee peer visitor program.

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July, 2011, International Anaplastology Association Newsletter

Immediately following the 25th IAA meeting in Sarasota, the Advanced Osseointegrated Facial Implant Course with Craniofacial Prosthetic and Surgical Hands-On Training took place on March 26-28 at Westcoast Brace & Limb Tampa, FL.

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May 13, 2011, Manatee-Sarasota Medical News

Westcoast Brace & Limb recently hosted a course on advances in facial prostheses taught by world renowned researchers and practitioners. The International Anaplastology Association (IAA) held the Advanced Osseointegrated Facial Implant Course at Westcoast in late March.

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April 29, 2011, St. Petersburg Times

Various Westcoast Brace & Limb patients share the experiences dealing with limb loss and encouraging others as they undergo the same experience.

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March 11, 2011, St. Petersburg Times

Champion fishermen, amputee, and Westcoast Brace & Limb prosthetic patient Chuck Statham shares his limb loss story and success.

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November 18, 2010, The Tampa Tribune

Orthotic insoles, which are inserts for your shoes, can help relieve chronic aches and pains of the foot and heels due to flat feet (or fallen arches), heel spurs and plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the tissue under the foot due to overstretching), and even hip and knee pain.

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April 6, 2010, YouTube

Bilateral below knee amputee and Westcoast Brace & Limb patient Abby Wold talks about the importance of amputee peer support.  Abby is a patient advocate and often visits new amputees in the hospital to provide enouragement.  This peer support service is provided through Westcoast Brace & Limb’s organization, Amputees Together of Florida, Inc.

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April 27, 2010, My Fox, Tampa Bay

Bilateral below knee amputee and Westcoast Brace & Limb patient Abby Wold gives support to young Haitian earthquake amputees.

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Hope, Faith & Determination – Tomi’s Story

Miss Tomi is one of those patients who can’t help but leave a lasting impression on your heart! Tomi’s story is one of Hope, Faith & Determination, which is exactly what she titled the short story she published … MORE >


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 >