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Tina Hittenberger, CO(E), is a trailblazer for women in O&P. She became a Certified Orthotist in 1975 when there weren’t many women in O&P. In fact, she is the third woman to be certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC).
Her O&P roots run deep. Tina’s great grandfather came from Germany as a leather maker. Her grandfather, Carl Herman Hittenberger, was born in the United States, but returned to Germany to learn prosthetics. He founded C.H. Hittenberger Company in 1902. He invented the first lightweight prosthesis from thin sheets of laminated wood, (the “Flightwood Leg”, and was one of the founders of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). He taught Tina that craftsmanship is an art and “the fastest way to do something is to just do it right the first time.”
Tina and her brother Drew Hittenberger, CPO, are the fourth generation of Hittenbergers to enter the O&P profession. Today, Tina holds ABC Emeritus status, a designation reserved for those who have attained 25 years of continuous active practice in good standing with ABC and are retired from patient care. Her brother Drew continues to be active in the profession. He is the owner of Hittenberger Orthotics & Prosthetics in Petaluma, California.
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