by Joseph H. RADDER
Who would have imagined that Marietta S. Lipomis almost fatal accident in 1972 would not only drastically change her life but the lives of hundreds of people?
One would assume little hope would be left when a drunk driver sideswiped her on a
motorcycle causing her to lose her leg. The loss of a limb is one of the worst things that
can happen, but what resulted is very positive.
After years of severe depression she took hold of her future and entered school to
She studied intensively, had a long working internship and passed the national boards
to become American Board Certified in prosthetics.
Upon certification, she was asked to open the prosthetics department at Campanella
Orthotics, Inc., already the leading facility in Orthotics in the Western New York
areaunder the auspices of Alex Campanella, Certified Orthotist from Childrens
Campanella has become one of the largest and most progressive accredited prosthetics
facilities in the area.
Why has she been such a success in her field?
She has an innovative mind which enables her to solve problems by adapting to many different situations. She has the empathy needed to understand and is an inspiration to her patients.
Marietta is a member of the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association, the
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and the New York State Chapter of the
Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.
Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.
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