Meeting Information

May 15-17, 2019
Rivers Casino & Resort
1 Rush Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
CALL 518-579-8811 AND REQUEST

Meeting fees
$375.00 for NY AAOP Members for the Full Conference
$275.00 for Non Members One Day
$175.00 for Office Personnel

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and concerns via email to:

Meeting Code of Conduct

The “Rivers Casino and Resort” provides gambling, table games, poker room, slots, indoor and outdoor bars, live entertainment and performances. Dining will be an experience with seven restaurants on site with award winning chefs, local favorites and the newest in culinary concepts in the Capital Region. “Splash Spa” is on site with a full line of spa services.

NYSAAOP Rate is $145.00 at the Rivers Casino and Resort.


Preliminary Agenda – Subject to Change Without Notice
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
8:00am-6:00pm OWLS Certification Course, Jeff Miller, CO

Upper Limb Prosthetics
10:00am-12:00pm  Upper-limb Clinical and Technical Innovations with the Espire Elbow System, Hy5 hand and Axis Shoulder, Mike Amrich, CPO, FAAOP
1:00pm-5:00pm TASKA Hand Certification Course, Nate Sprunger, CPO
5:00pm-6:00pm Upper Limb Prosthetics – It’s Not Exo, It’s Nexo, Jackie Valdez, CO, BOCP, FAAOP

Lower Limb Prosthetics
8:00am-10:00am 12-month Pilot Longitudinal Lower Limb Prosthetic Outcome Data Collection Project, Brian Gustin, CP
10:00am-12:00pm Conquering the Unique Challenges of the K2 and K3 Amputee with the All-Terrain Knee, Nick Vogel, CP
1:00pm-3:00pm The Infinite Socket Product Line – Adjustable Socket Solutions for Above-Knee and Below-Knee Amputees, Tom Bowers, MSPO, CPO
3:00pm-6:00pm Lower Limb Prosthetics – Bionic Technology by Ossur! Steve Hoover, CPO

Billing/Reimbursement Workshop 1:00pm-6:00pm


  • Medicare Provider Outreach and Education, Noridian, Jurisdiction A
  • Insurance Fairness for Amputees Legislation, Jeremy Haines, Amputee Coalition
  • New York State Medicaid – invited
  • Are Insurance Denials Preventing You From Fitting Your Patients with the High-Technology Prostheses they Need and Deserve?
    Bill Lifford, CP

6:00pm – Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – General Sessions
8:00am Welcome and NY AAOP Chapter Updates, Ted Drygas, CPO, FAAOP
8:00am-8:30am AAOP National Academy Updates, Kate Allyn, CPO, FAAOP
8:30am-9:00am Break in Exhibit Hall
9:00am-9:30am New York State Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements, Don Foley
9:30am-10:15am ABC Update, Marita Dorsch-Carozza, CP, FAAOP
11:30am-12:30pm Citizen Preparedness, Tech Sergeant, Matt Kassel, Army National Guard, NY Citizens Preparedness Corps
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch and Chapter Meeting
1:30pm-2:00pm Exhibitor Theater
2:00pm-2:45pm Practice of the Future, Paul Prusakowski, CPO, FAAOP
2:45pm-3:00pm McGann Feedback Form: Utilizing Assistants and Residents to Improve Work Flow and Patient-Centered Outcomes, Cassandra Delgado, MSPO, CPO
3:00pm-3:45pm Digital Scanning and 3D Printing : Bridging the workflow, Michael Nunnery, CPO, LPO
3:45pm-4:00pm Break
4:00pm-5:00pm Sensory Science in Chronic Neurological Conditions, Emily Splichal, DPM, MS
5:00pm NY AAOP Sponsored Cocktail Reception with Exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, May 17, 2019
Orthotic/Prosthetic/Pedorthic Workshops
Lower Limb Orthotics

8:00am-10:00am AFO Customization, Understanding How and Why, Vincent DeCataldo, CO
Spinal Orthotics
8:00am-10:00am TechnoSpine for Adult Scoliosis, Dr. Simon Beals
8:00am-10:00am Overview of MPK’s, Mark Profeta, CPO
8:00am-10:00am Sensormotoric Insoles, Jon Fogg, CPed
10:00am-11:00am Break with Exhibitors
(Exhibitors Tear Down at 11:00am)

Lower Limb Orthotics
11:00am-1:00pm Dynamic Walk/Stance Control, Jackie Valdez, CO, BOCP, FAAOP
Spinal Orthotics
11:00am-1:00pm TechnoSpine for Adult Scoliosis, Dr. Simon Beals
11:00am-1:00pm An Alternative to Carbon Fiber using Coyote Composite, Protect your Health and Save Money, Jennifer Fayter
11:00am-1:00pm Biomechanics Review and How to Conduct a Thorough Patient Exam, Seamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed

The first twenty exhibitors will be able to participant in the Exhibitor’s Theater on Thursday at 1:30 pm.

Each participant is able to present for 3 minutes about services or products for their company. Do not miss out. Register early.
Exhibitor set up will begin on Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm.

The Exhibit Hall will open at 6 pm on Wednesday! Kick the meeting off with mingling with the attendees and presenting your products and services, first hand.

See you all at the Rivers!

Joann Marx, CPO, FAAOP

New Poster Presentation For Residents
Prize $1000 for best poster see guidelines

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