May 2000

Marietta Lipomi

by Joseph H. RADDER

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Who would have imagined that Marietta S. Lipomi’s 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 study prosthetics.

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 area—under the auspices of Alex Campanella, Certified Orthotist from Children’s Hospital.

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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