Bernard Full Story
Bernie, 66, worked in the meatpacking industry for 30 years but is now retired and has become an Uber driver, which he loves. At University of Santa Clara, Bernie played defensive end and experienced a crack back block into his left knee. He had to have major surgery and physical therapy to activate his calf and quad muscles and repair his knee. In 1990 Bernie fell and after consulting with an orthopedic doctor he had another surgery to “clean up” the first one he had 20 years before. By 2015 Bernie was used to living with horrible knee pain. In November after stressing his knee acutely during exercise, he went to two doctors who told him he was a candidate for a full knee replacement. Bernie’s daughter was going to get married in April so he told doctors that he needed to be ready in time to walk her down the aisle. The doctor said he could make that happen.
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Barry Schaffer Orthopedic, Physical Therapist
Bernard, 66 Knee Replacement patient
Carol, 70 Knee Replacement patient
Cynthia, 69 Knee Replacement patient
David, 67 Knee Replacement patient
Dianna, 57 Knee Replacement caregiver
Dr. Todd Dietrick, Knee Replacement M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Hip and Knee Replacement
Dr. Todd Dietrick, Hip Replacement M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Hip and Knee Replacement
Dr. Larry Door MD Orthopedic Surgeon, Hip replacement
Helen, 60 Hip Replacement patient
Jeri Ward R.N. BSN, PHN Orthopedic Nurse Certified
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Leanne, 58 Hip Replacement patient
Liza, 59 Hip Replacement patient
Mike, 71 Knee Replacement patient
Mimi, 65 Hip Replacement patient
Richard, 62 Hip Replacement patient
Susan, 69 Knee Replacement patient
Wendy Keller Occupational Therapist
The National Association of Women honored Wendy L. Keller, Owner and Occupational Therapist at LKPress-OTR, as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Keller was recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in Occupational Therapy. After suffering a serious physical injury, Wendy Keller knew that her career as a Financial Analyst was over. The expert team of therapists, who helped in her recovery, encouraged her to consider Occupational Therapy as a field of study. “My initial reaction was to ignore the suggestion to consider Occupational Therapy as a career but as time went on I saw the sense in it,” says Ms. Keller, who has been a practicing occupational therapist for more than seven years. She teaches people who have both physical and mental interruptions how to recover or gain the ability to achieve as much independence as possible. She works with private students in grades K-12 and adults with physical injuries or mental interruptions; she is also a private life coach to those who are looking to over come hurdles they face in life that are keeping them from reaching even higher. At 42, Wendy had to undergo bi-lateral knee replacement due to injuries that mounted up over a 15-year career as a dancer. Ms. Keller considers overcoming her own disability to be her greatest accomplishment and one that has made her an expert Occupational Therapist. Her disability has given her tremendous insight into the challenges that her patients face and the ability to provide them with the compassion, understanding and encouragement they need to turn their stumbling blocks into stepping stones. Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of San Diego Master of Arts, Occupational Therapy University of Southern California Master of Communications Management, University of Southern California
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