Julie McCay, CP
Julie McCay, CP at Scheck and Siress
Julie McCay, CP, has worked in the O&P profession for more than 12 years and currently works for Scheck and Siress in Oak Park, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in Education from DePaul University. She received her certification in prosthetics from Northwestern University in 1999.
Julie works with upper and lower limb amputees of all ages, specializing in upper limb pediatric prostheses. Julie is also an active member of the Scheck and Siress Quality Assurance Committee. Along with being a clinician and an Academy member, Julie assists in training residents that have completed their prosthetic education program during their NCOPE residency. Julie has volunteered her time and clinical skills in Guatemala with the Range of Motion Project providing prosthetic care and education to those in need. Her fondness for dogs keeps her busy with her own dog at home and inspired the design of a canine prosthesis for a an animal that was struck by a car. We caught up with Julie to ask her a few questions.
Why did you choose this profession?
I chose this profession because I have a great desire to help people and I also like to work with my hands and produce a product that can make a difference in someone's life. This profession is never boring and ever changing.
What has been most satisfying about your decision to go into the field?
When someone walks for the first time after getting their initial prosthesis and seeing how excited they are.
What has changed the most about the field since you became a practitioner?
The biggest changes in our industry have been the increase in technology. The influx of computerized knees, upgraded feet, and microprocessor-controlled hands has been incredible.
What has been the most frustrating about this field?
It's very frustrating dealing with insurance companies and their ever increasing restrictions.
Of what professional accomplishment are you most proud?
I'm most proud of my involvement in training the new prosthetic residents that our company hires. I'm also proud of winning the Best of the Resident Directed Study Projects for my project entitled "Safety in the Prosthetics Workplace" when I was a resident.
If you were speaking to high school or college students, what would you say to encourage them to choose this field?
The best part of this job is that you are always helping people. If you like to help people, like to work with your hands, like solving problems, don't like being bored, and don't want to sit at your desk all day this could be the job for you.
How has your Academy membership been of value to you?
The Academy offers many opportunities to increase my education through online courses and at Academy meetings.