WCR Brace

Certified Practitioners

Grant Wood, MS, CPO

Grant Wood, MS, CPO

Align Clinic, San Mateo - CA

Is the co-founder of Align Clinic in San Mateo, California and has over 30 years of experience in the areas of prosthetic and orthotic patient care, management, product development, and scientific research. He is an active presenter, researcher, and winner of awards in prosthetics and orthotics.  Grant Wood is also a specialist in scoliosis bracing with the Cheneau brace and the Rigo-Cheneau braces. He has the unique qualification of having trained and mentored Dr. Rigo and Dr. Cheneau since 1996. Since then, Grant Wood has worked on numerous research publications, studies, and workshops on the Cheneau and Cheneau Rigo braces, and he has gone on to create his own brace type: the Wood Cheneau Rigo WCR Brace®.

 

Grant Wood’s professional career as an orthotist and prosthetist spans work in the USA, England, and Spain, where he worked for eight years at Group IDEO in Sevilla and Malaga. Grant Wood holds Bachelor of  Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Salford, School of Prosthetics and Orthotics in England. His post-graduate thesis was on idiopathic scoliosis treatment using the Cheneau brace at the Research Institute for Health, University of Salford. As well as being British certified in prosthetics and orthotics, he completed his American Board Certification in Orthotics, to become an ABC Certified Orthotist (CO) and US Board Certified in Prosthetics.

Emery J. Maloney, CO

Emery J. Maloney, CO

Align Clinic, Green Bay - WI

Emery has 30 years of technical, clinical, and managerial experience and works for Align Clinic specializes in scoliosis bracing for children and adults. He also provides cranial remolding orthoses, pediatric orthotics, and other various bracing needs.

   Emery is native to Northeast Wisconsin and started his career as a technician in 1985 with Tyo & Tyo LTD. He is a US Army Combat Veteran and was deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1991. After a six month deployment, he returned to his technician role, later starting school to become certified.  Emery worked part-time as a staff orthotist while putting himself through school and in 1998 graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration. In 2000, Emery was certified in Orthotics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC).  While in school, the company was acquired by Rehab Designs of America where he was the Area Clinic Manager for Green Bay, Manitowoc & Sheboygan. In 2004, this company was acquired by Hanger, Inc. where he was the Clinic Manager until his departure in 2014.

    Emery will also continue to serve the scoliosis patients of Central Wisconsin at Scoliosis Rehab Inc. in Stevens Point, with Schroth physical therapist Beth Janssen

Raul Ferrera Hernandez, CPO, PT

Raul Ferrera Hernandez, CPO, PT

Align Clinic, Zaragoza - Spain

Raúl Ferrera has been working in the orthopedics sector in Spain since 1999 and is trained as both a physical therapist and as an orthotist. His career started at Lacalle Sports Medicine. He spent six years dedicated to orthopedics and distribution of sports medicine equipment to sports teams and orthopedic professionals, where he advised and trained technicians and physiotherapists. During that period, he began as a collaborating professor at the University of Zaragoza where he continues to teach. In 2005 he started to work with Ortopedia Zaraorto, with whom he still collaborates, designing and manufacturing braces.
 
    In 2008, after beginning his university studies in physiotherapy, he began to specialize in the Chêneau brace for scoliosis. After several years training in the Rigo Chêneau brace and obtaining the C2 certificate in the Schroth  method with Dr Rigo, he is currently considered a specialist in the Rigo-Chêneau method and collaborates with Dr Rigo himself, making braces and training technicians, physiotherapists and doctors. This gives him the distinct advantage of not only training as a physical therapist, but also understanding the intricacies of bracing from the perspective of a trained orthotist. This unique perspective makes him invaluable as we continue to  strive to make the best scoliosis braces available.

    In 2018 he became a member of SOSORT (International Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment) and joined the Align Clinic team, as technical director, to help the AC team in the further development of their WCR (Wood Chêneau Rigo) brace.

Miguel Bustamante, CPO

Miguel Bustamante, CPO

Align Clinic, San Mateo - CA

Has over 17 years of experience in the orthotics and prosthetics field. Before joining Align Clinic, Miguel served as Clinic Manager with his previous employer at their Mountain View, CA location and at an additional satellite clinic in Redwood City, CA. He has practiced in the San Francisco Bay Area for his entire career.
 
    After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis in 2001, where he first discovered the O&P field, he went on to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in Orthotics in 2002 from Northwestern University. In 2004, he returned to Northwestern University to earn the certificate in Prosthetics.
 
    Miguel is an ABC Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist who has extensive experience in pediatric orthotics, including Cranial Remolding Orthoses (helmets). His interest in pediatrics began early in his career during his Orthotics residency working under Align Clinic’s very own Steve Baum, who served as his Residency Director. Miguel has vast experience working with adults as well, like those with neurological conditions including stroke, muscular dystrophies, Multiple Sclerosis, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. He is listed on the CMTA website as a CMT clinician.
 
    Miguel has specialized in advanced technologies for orthotic management of the lower extremities, like the Walk Aide System for foot drop and Stance Control orthoses including the microprocessor-controlled Otto Bock C-brace. He was one of the first clinicians in the state of California to fit a C-brace.
 
    As a Certified Prosthetist, Miguel has fit various levels of lower limb amputations, from partial foot amputations to hip disarticulations. He has provided lower limb microprocessor-controlled prostheses and elevated-vacuum prosthetic sockets from various manufacturers.
 
    Miguel brings his passion for helping others, his experience, and his determination for successful outcomes to Align Clinic. 

Stephanie Legare-Romero, CO

Stephanie Legare-Romero, CO

Align Clinic, Boulder - CO

Stephanie Romero is a WCR Certified Orthotist and is currently the Clinical Education Manager for Align Clinic.  You may see her mentoring new clinicians during video-assisted brace fittings or training new practitioners on ZOOM.  She also runs a monthly scoliosis clinic in Colorado, helping to evaluate, measure, fit, and follow up on the Wood-Rigo-Cheneau braces in Boulder at Avanti Therapy. 

    Stephanie has over 10 years of experience treating pediatric scoliosis, with experience at patient-focused centers such a Boston Children’s Hospital, Carrie Tingley Hospital for Children and most recently, Avanti Therapy in Boulder, CO. She loves to make connections with her pediatric patients and has been known to exchange “favorite book” lists with her patients to pass on to her kids. 

    Stephanie has a passion for teaching, believing that biomechanics and a high-quality patient evaluation lead to “what makes sense” in a scoliosis brace.  Despite a background in engineering, she hates “formulas” in bracing and strives to teach each practitioner how to have a “scoliosis institution” that helps lead to the best possible outcome, rather than just checking the boxes to get things done.

    Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys biking with her two daughters, hiking colorful Colorado, and, on a really good day, maybe actually having time to curl up and read a book.

Walter A Ramos RPT / LPO

Walter A Ramos RPT / LPO

Align Clinic, The Woodlands - TX

Walter is a registered physical therapist, Schroth trained (C1) and a Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist, trained to provide WCR brace and AT braces for scoliosis.  With over 25 years of experience, Walter started his professional experience working at his father’s practice in Bogota, Colombia, making metal and plastic braces for adults and children.
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    He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in Bogota, and his Orthotic and Prosthetic training from Northwestern University in Chicago.  After his NCOPE residency program in Orthotics and Prosthetics at Scheck & Siress in the Chicago area Walter became certify in Orthotics and Prosthetics by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics.  While working in Chicago, Walter practiced at University of Illinois Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic, he was in charge of the scoliosis clinic at the same hospital, and the clubfoot clinic at RUSH Hospital.  After moving to Florida he was the clinical manager for the West Palm Beach office for Hanger Orthopedics. Walter has collaborated with Align Clinic since January of 2018, currently managing The Woodlands office and Florida clinics. 

    His interest includes Transformational Leadership and Ontological Living, collaborating with Gratitude Training in Pompano and West Palm Beach, Summit Education and The Coaching Connection Company in Fort Lauderdale. Walter has studied Kabbalah for over 8 years with Michael Laitman. He runs an ACIM study group online with live weekly talks. He enjoys traveling with his daughter.  

Andrea Deutsche, CPO

Andrea Deutsche, CPO

Align Clinic, San Mateo - CA

Andrea is a certified prosthetist orthotist working at Align Clinic in San Mateo, CA.  She has over 7 years of experience in the field of orthotics and prosthetics.  Andrea served as Clinic Manager for her previous employer at their Fremont and Oakland CA locations. 
 
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, she went on to obtain a Master’s of science in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Eastern Michigan University. Andrea is an ABC certified Orthotist Prosthetist with a passion for providing the best care possible to her patients.   
 
Along with being a WCR certified orthotist, Andrea is a practicing prosthetist who has a passion for improving her patient’s comfort and mobility.  

Megan Elizabeth Glahn. CPO, LPO
Megan Elizabeth Glahn. CPO, LPO

Megan Elizabeth Glahn. CPO, LPO

The Woodlands, TX - Align Clinic, TX

Megan E. Glahn officially joined the Align Clinic team in 2021 and currently works out of the Woodlands, TX office. She enjoys working with neuromuscular and orthopedic patients and has a particular passion for pediatric scoliosis patients. This passion drove her to study under Grant Wood during her residency and earn her WCR Brace certification. 

While she loves dissecting scoliosis biomechanically, Megan equally enjoys coaching her patients through the bracing process. Her desire to revamp how healthcare practitioners approach the psychological side of scoliosis care ultimately led her to start Scolios-us, LLC. She founded Scolios-us in 2016 with two goals in mind: Helping scoliosis patients transition into bracing and helping clinicians nationwide address the emotional side of bracing.

Megan also works as an Instructor in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Department at Baylor College of Medicine. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with her fiancé Josh and their two dogs.

Michael Mangino, CPO, CPed

Michael Mangino, CPO, CPed

Huntington Station, NY Bay Othopedic Scoliosis Brace Clinic / Bay Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Supply Inc.

Mr. Michael Mangino is both a licensed and American Board Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist and he is also a Board Certified Pedorthist. He holds several patents in the Orthotics and Sports Medicine field. His research has been published and he has been interviewed by various journals within the profession.  Mr. Mangino is considered an expert in the field of Three Dimensional Scoliosis Bracing for both children and adults. He has been published in these disciplines and regularly teaches bracing protocols to Physicians and Schroth Physical Therapists throughout the Middle Atlantic and the New England States.

 

He has served the profession as a founder and Board member of the New York Orthotics and Prosthetics Association.  During his eleven-year tenure with that organization, he served as both a corporate officer and Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee.

Presently Mr. Mangino is President of New York States’ largest and oldest Managed Care ABC Board Certified O & P Network called P.O.M.A.C. (Prosthetics and Orthotics Management Associates Corporation) a corporation in which he was a co-founder.

 

Mr. Mangino has also served as an instructor to several of New York’s Universities both in undergraduate and postgraduate programs on the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. He also routinely lectures insurance companies and hospitals regarding the latest advancements in the field. Mr. Mangino is the exclusive provider of  Wood Cheneau Rigo Scoliosis Braces (WCR Braces) in the New York Tri-state area. He routinely conducts Scoliosis  Clinics around the nation with Grant Wood.

Gavin Hassell, CO/LO, Cped./LCped

Gavin Hassell, CO/LO, Cped./LCped

Pittsburgh, PA De La Torre Orthotics & Prosthetics, INC

Gavin is the Director of Orthotics at De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics and oversees a staff of 24 orthotic clinicians and 8 clinical offices. He has 26 years of scoliosis, pediatric and adult orthotic experience.

 

Gavin has spoken at many local and national conferences on Scoliosis and commonly speaks at a number of Physical Therapy schools on Pediatrics and is and adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Master’s Program in Orthotics and Prosthetics.

Glenn Paul, BOCPO

​​Glenn Paul, BOCPO

Bronx, NY ​Bay Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Supply, INC

Glenn’s practice is exclusive to Scoliosis and orthotic intervention for Spinal Conditions.  Previously owner of  O&P facility in NYC, currently working with Bay Orthopedic and Rehabilitation providing Scoliosis treatment to patients all over the Eastern US. Glenn is a Past President of the IAOP and has lectured at multiple educational events.​

Marlies Beerli Cabell, CPO

Marlies Beerli Cabell, CPO

Baltimore, MD Dankmeyer Prosthetics and Orthotics

Marlies Beerli Cabell is an American Board for Certification (ABC) certified prosthetist and orthotist who first became interested in prosthetics and orthotics as a student athletics trainer at the University of Maryland, College Park. Marlies attended The University of Connecticut Hartford Campus for the Orthotic Program with the Newington Certificate Program.

Chelsey Pullman, CPO, LPO

Chelsey Pullman, CPO, LPO

Seattle, WA Center for Prosthetics Orthotics, INC

Chelsey Pullman is an  American Board Certified Prosthetist Orthotist based in Bellevue, Washington.  She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics and has over 10 years experience.  She specializes in pediatric orthotic management and became passionate about orthotic treatment for scoliosis during her residency at at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  

Krzysztof (Chris) Nowak, CPO, PT

Krzysztof (Chris) Nowak, CPO, PT

Warsaw, Poland. Zakłady Ortopedyczne im. Wacława Omiotka

Running a family owned company est. in 1935. 

    Master of Physical Therapy(2014) – Jozef Pilsudski Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland. Working in the field of Orthotic and Prosthetics since 2010. Attended courses and internships in Poland, Netherlands, Germany, USA, Italy and France. 

   He has made WCR Braces since 2017 in Warsaw. He is also a master of craftsmanship in Orthopedic Shoe making. Ultimate Frisbee player for Warsaw based team. 

Jed Jacobson, CPO

Jed Jacobson, CPO

Orange, CA Active Life Orthotics. Prosthetics. Compression

Jed Jacobson, CPO, is an American Board for Certification (ABC) certified prosthetist and orthotist who is based in southern California. He is currently Clinical Manager, a prosthetist and an orthotist at Active Life Orthotics, Prosthetics and Compression in Orange, California. He was certified as a CPO in 2009 and can perform any WCR consultations, evaluations, scanning, fitting, follow-up, parts repair and adjustments for the Align Clinic WCR brace in the Southern California area.

Amira Mouad, CPO

Amira Mouad, CPO

Asheville, NC Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics

Amira Mouad, CPO, is an American Board of Certification (ABC) certified prosthetist and orthotist in the Asheville office of Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics.

    Amira fell in love with the field of orthotics and prosthetics through her desire to help others achieve their goals while exercising her creativity. She began her career working with a prosthetic manufacturing company. Her time was spent gaining technical experience, specializing in elevated vacuum, and troubleshooting devices for other clinicians around the world.

    In addition to her passion for working with amputees and advanced devices, Amira finds working with the pediatric population to be extremely rewarding.

    In 2015, Amira gained additional certification as a cranial remolding specialist. She worked as the sole clinician under a pediatric craniofacial surgeon and neurosurgeon in private practice as well as at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital. She gained experience in remolding for positional deformities as well as designing, fitting, and monitoring orthoses for infants who have undergone endoscopic release for craniosynostosis.

    Advancing her skills further in the field of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, in 2019 Amira gained certification for the Wood Cheneau Rigo (WCR) scoliosis orthosis through Align Clinic in San Mateo, CA. She is the twelfth certified clinician in the US, fourteenth overall.

    Amira attends annual conferences on topics focused on effectiveness, outcomes and improving the patient-practitioner experience through technology, documentation updates and a dedicated, team approach to patient care.

Julie Quinlan, MPO, MS, CPO, ATC

Julie Quinlan, MPO, MS, CPO, ATC

Lakewood, New Jersey Scoliosis Therapy Centers

   Julie entered the field of prosthetics and orthotics after spending several years in the sports medicine and fitness industries. Dedicated to the profession, Julie has the desire to achieve the highest level of care to her patients, learn from some of the top practitioners/educators in the field, and make continuous contributions to the practice. She actively contributes to multiple ongoing projects for AAOP since 2018. Julie is passionate about research focusing on patient outcomes. 

  She focuses on the highly specialized field of spinal orthoses for scoliosis patients. Her comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of the body as well as the dynamic of the skeletal and muscular systems gave Julie an unparalleled foundation in mastering the intricacies of this field​.