Florida Chapter


Nelson LeMarquand, MS, CO, LO, FAAOP
Level Four Star Cranial Centers
Director of Operations (Florida)
Maitland, FL
President-Elect - Frederick C. Estok, CP, LP
Treasurer - Todd J. Norton, LP, CP, FAAOP
Secretary - Charlie S. Mata, CO, LO
Immediate Past President - Jim Barr, CPO, LPO

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of
Orthotists and Prosthetists endorses:

  • High standards of care for amputees and the disabled

  • The establishment of high minimum educational standards for O&P professionals

  • Mandatory continuing education requirements

  • Accountability of O&P practitioners

  • Cost management through the provision of quality care

  • The reduction of fraud and abuse

  • We believe that these can be obtained through the regulation of the O&P profession by adopting licensure for orthotic and prosthetic professionals in the state of Florida.

Chapter Boundaries

State of Florida.
Number of Members: 50
Annual Dues Amount(s): $35.00
Chapter Meeting Attendance: N/A

Membership Requirements

Practicing in Florida and member in good standing of the Academy.

Upcoming Events

Annual Scientific Symposium

Sanibel Harbor Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Myers, FL
July 31 – August 2, 2015

Visit the shared meeting website for future updates:
The FAOP website:

Chapter Benefits/Areas of Involvement

  • Reduced rates at state meetings.

  • Working with St. Petersburg College to establish an O&P program.

  • Promoting licensed practitioners.

  • Residency reimbursement program.

  • Assistance to facilities that want to bring in residence.

Chapter Goals and Objectives

  • Assist in the establishment of the new O&P program at St. Petersburg College in Florida.

  • Monitor legislative activities affecting O&P.

  • Promote high standards in patient care.

  • Advocacy

Previous Chapter Highlights

  • 2014 FAOP/FCAAOP Annual Scientific Symposium
    Renaissance Orlando Resort at Sea World, Orlando, FL
    July 31 – August 2, 2014

  • 2012 FAOP/FCAAOP Annual Scientific Symposium
    Marriott Marco Island Resort & Spa, Marco Island, FL
    August 9 – 11, 2012

  • 2011 FCAAOP Annual Scientific Symposium
    Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL
    July 14 – 16, 2011

  • 2010 FCAAOP Annual Meeting
    Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, FL
    July 8 – 10, 2010

  • State Meeting with FAOP

    Sheraton Bal Harbour in Miami Beach
    July 28 – 30, 2008

  • Continuation of Second Saturday Mandatory State CEU Program

  • The Florida Chapter of the AAOP 2008 Scientific Symposium
    July 24 – 26, 2008
    Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Spa, Weston, Florida

  • Contributed $64,000 to the St. Petersburg College O&P program.

Member Involvement

If you are currently a member and would like to become more involved, we recommend:

  • Coordinating the scientific portion of annual FAOP/FCAAOP meeting.

  • Speaking at annual State Meeting.

  • Assisting in development/planning of meetings.

If you are a current chapter member and would like to become more involved or if you are interested in becoming a member, let us know! Please contact the Florida Chapter Secretary.