Wendy Fischl Beattie, CPO, FAAOP
Wendy is pictured here with her family in Doubtful Sound.
From L-R: Wendy's husband Kim, her son Ethan (14), Wendy and her daughter Siena (12)
Wendy Fischl Beattie, CPO has practiced in the field for 23 years and currently serves as the facility manager for Becker Orthopedic in Waterford, Michigan.
After obtaining a baccalaureate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University, she earned certificates in Prosthetics and Orthotics from UCLA and Northwestern University, respectively.
During Wendy's seven year tenure on the Academy's Board of Directors, she was instrumental in working with the O&P Alliance and spent many hours traveling to Washington, DC to meet with CMS as a practitioner to help define the direction of our profession.
She also conceptualized and helped launch the Women in Orthotics and Prosthetics Committee. We recently caught up with Wendy to ask a few questions.
Why did you choose this profession?
I get to use my head, my heart, and my hands. It is a field for problem solvers and listeners. It is different every day and forever challenging and changing.
What has been most satisfying about your decision to go into the field?
I am fortunate to have entered this field in which I can positively affect people's lives, every day. This profession is filled with brilliant, passionate, and giving individuals, many of whom I consider my closest friends. And I love my patients.
What has changed the most about the field since you became a practitioner?
There is more of an emphasis on the patient management aspect and less on the fabrication or technical side.
What has been the most frustrating about this field?
I find the issues with insurance companies to be the most frustrating. Individuals should be able to choose their practitioner, and stay with them if they want. If a facility agrees to accept the price an insurance company is paying, that facility should be allowed to be in the network.
Of what professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud?
The talented practitioners I have had the pleasure of introducing to this field and mentoring through their residencies makes me proud.
If you were speaking to high school or college students, what would you say to encourage them to choose this field?
There's great job security, no boredom, you make a difference, and it is a good living.
How has your Academy membership been of value to you?
I do not believe you can consider yourself a professional without being a member of the professional association. The Academy can be relied on to represent me and my interests both within the field and to outside groups.