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One of the goals of the Women in Orthotics and Prosthetics Committee is to connect leaders within O&P who are willing to assist or provide feedback to other practitioners on an as needed basis on their topics of expertise.

Each person on this list was recommended to our committee by other leaders within our field because it was felt that this individual possessed a unique skill or expertise that would be a valuable resource to other practitioners.


Wendy Fischl Beattie, CPO, FAAOP

Becker Orthopedic

Wendy has practiced in the field for 23 years and currently serves as the facility manager for Becker Orthopedic in Waterford, Michigan. Wendy has worked with all levels of orthotic care and lower limb prosthetic care. She also has expertise in running a business and volunteering within the profession, as she is a past-President of the Academy.
(423) 697-0057

Nadine Bourg, CO

PPS O&P Services

Nadine brings a caring and experienced skill set to the profession with a passion for scoliosis treatment and pediatric lower extremity orthotics. She graduated from the Newington School of Orthotics at the University of Connecticut in 1999 and has worked at such prestigious facilities as Dallas Scottish Rite Hospital and University of Michigan Orthotic and Prosthetic Center.

Colleen Coulter-O'Berry, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

As a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist through the APTA, Colleen has been practicing in the field of orthotics and prosthetics for the past 15 years. Her doctoral dissertation is in the field of pediatric prosthetics. Colleen also serves as the physical therapist in the Cranial Remolding and Scoliosis Programs at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. In 2009, Colleen was awarded honorary membership to the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.
(614) 296-3322

Jennifer Dowell, CPO


After becoming a certified prosthetist/orthotist more than 25 years ago, I began my professional journey by providing acute, rehabilitative, and long- term care for patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric. I then transitioned to the development and education sector of the prosthetic manufacturing industry. My experience on the industrial side of prosthetics has included the design, development, and testing of CAD/CAM technology, socket design, and suspension. For the past several years I have focused specifically on applying computer-aided shape acquisition techniques to socket design. My goal is to improve patient outcomes through the development of news ways to achieve a comfortable prosthesis and more effective tools for my fellow prosthetists.

Stefania Fatone, PhD

Northwestern University

Stefania is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her research interests include: functional evaluation of lower limb prostheses and orthoses, evaluation of human locomotion and prosthetic management of congenital limb deficiencies. In 2007, Stefania was awarded honorary membership to the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Michelle Hall, CPO, FAAOP

Gillette Childrens Specialty Healthcare

During Michelle's employment at American Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. in Iowa City, Iowa, she had the opportunity to work under the expertise of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, where she learned the Ponseti Treatment Method for Idiopathic Clubfoot. Following this experience, Michelle has lectured throughout the country and internationally to Orthotists and physicians, to teach them the Ponseti methods, with a focus on the orthotic implications and treatment.

Julie McCay, CP

Scheck and Siress Prosthetics Inc.

Julie has worked for Scheck and Siress for 10 years as a Certified Prosthetist and works with upper and lower extremity amputees of all ages, specializing in upper extremity prostheses. Along with being a clinician, Julie assists in training residents that have completed their prosthetic education program during their NCOPE residency. She has also volunteered her time by traveling to Guatemala to fit prostheses.

Barbara R. Ziegler, CPO, FAAOP

Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab

Barbara works for Orthotic and Prosthetic Lab in St. Louis and has over 25 years of experience in the field. She specializes in cranial remolding orthosis and pediatric lower extremity orthotic work. She is past chair of the Craniofacial Society within the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.


American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 760
Bethesda, MD 20814

(202) 380-3663