2019 Brace Design Contest
Thank you to everyone who submitted a design this year! Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners - Ellie K, Suzanne T, and Ava M!
Meet Our 2019 Brace Design Contest Judges
All three of our judges are scoliosis experts in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. They have dedicated much of their careers to bettering conservative care for scoliosis patients, and we are honored to have them as our judges. Thank you to Paul Burnette, Don Katz, and Grant Wood for graciously donating their time and effort to our contest!
Paul Burnette is a co-founder of Align Clinic in San Mateo. Paul has over 37 years of experience in prosthetic and orthotic patient care and specializes in scoliosis bracing. Paul was the first orthotist in the US to become WCR certified and works closely alongside Grant Wood. Paul is also a practicing prosthetist. He has been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, California since 1981.
Donald Katz is a Fellow with the AAOP, an Associate Fellow with the Scoliosis Research Society, and a past president of the national Academy. In 2012, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation. He authored the book chapter, “Orthoses for Spinal Deformities,” in the Atlas and has published original research in many journals.
Grant Wood has over 25 years of experience in the areas of prosthetic and orthotic patient care, management, product development, and scientific research. He has the unique qualification of having trained with Dr. Rigo and Dr. Cheneau since 1996. Since then, he has worked on numerous research publications and has gone on to create his own brace type: the WCR Brace®.