Staff Profile: Jun Jun Tanig

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What is your name and where do you come from? 

My name is Alfredo F. Tanig II from Paombong, Bulacan, but everyone calls me Jun Jun!

How did you hear about PO and what made you interested to study it?

I first heard about PO during my 2nd year in college. I was able to learn more about this profession thru my previous classmate/friend who were able to encourage and enhance my interest to enter P&O. I was a PT student during those years, but my interest grew larger and I became more fond in P&O, enough for me to transfer and pursue this course. With enough encouragement and the feel of excitement to be a health professional through skills which I didn’t even know I have.

What qualification did you receive upon graduation?  Is important to you to have such an internationally recognised qualification?

Qualification: Cat 1 – Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist

In my opinion, being recognized internationally as a Cat 1 Prosthetist and Orthotist  can be considered as one of the greatest achievement a CPO could achieve. It does not only certifies the extent or degree of what I studied but also a proof that I am able to enhance my skill and impart it well as a health care professional, not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  Can you share an experience that has been special to you in your work?

There are a lot on my list on what I enjoy about my work, a lot of experiences that are all special that makes it hard to share only one. But in general, what I enjoy and maybe the most special of all is the feeling and life lesson when I am able to surprise myself by being able to come up with an intervention, that even I wouldn’t expect from myself, but was able to provide it in the end. The endless experience that is yet to be felt and seen makes this job fun and special for me.

What are your hopes and dreams for PO in the future - for yourself and for Exceed?

Mainly, I do hope for the life of PO business to thrive more. Not only as a business form but to be fully recognized as an integral part of health care in rehabilitation through out the Philippines. I hope to be able to commercialize Exceed not as a business but to be the standard for PO works for all registered and incoming CPOs in the Philippines.

Staff Profile: Toby Hernandez

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What is your name and where do you come from? 

I am Isaiah Hector P. Hernandez, CPO but you can call me Toby and I'm from the Philippines.

How did you hear about PO and what made you interested to study it?

I learned about Prosthetics and Orthotics when I was in my 1st year in college at UERM as a Physical Therapy student. The BS Prosthetics and Orthotics program just started in UERM and they were asking PT students who wanted to transfer to the BSPO program. I was one of those who wondered what is P&O and transferred to the program. 

What qualification did you receive upon graduation?  Is important to you to have such an internationally recognised qualification?

I graduated with a Bachelor degree in  Prosthetics and Orthotics at UERM in 2015, I did my ISPO category I exam in 2016 to be a Certified Prosthetist & Orthotics (CPO), As a CPO I'm qualified on treating patients with different orthopedic cases using my knowledge in biomechanics and more importantly in anatomy and physiology.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  Can you share an experience that has been special to you in your work?

As a Prosthetist & Orthotist its really heart warming to see how your patients smile while taking their first step again after being disabled. I still remember my first ever patient she was already 68 years old and she lost her leg because of Diabetes. She was really looking forward in getting a leg so that she can go out with her grandchildren. Now I have seen her in the streets walking her grandchild to school. 

What are your hopes and dreams for PO in the future - for yourself and for Exceed?

In the Philippines people have little to no knowledge about PWDs and how can prosthetic or orthotic device help this person. In the future I hope people will be aware of PWDs in the community and they are our equal in everything. I hope they understand that P&O interventions goes a long way for PWDs.

Staff Profile: Celine Espares

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What is your name and where do you come from?  

My name is Maria Celine B. Espares. I hope you won't ask me to sing any Celine Dion songs as well!
  
I came all the way from Antipolo City. 

How did you hear about PO and what made you interested to study it?

Happened to be in the same university taking up Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy where P&O course is being offered as well. Having little knowledge at that time, I find it challenging and complicated yet very exciting. It made me interested as it sounds new yet quite amazed that it has now been brought here in the Philippines. Because P&O was so unfamiliar I really wanted to study it, especially when I realised that I could be part of someone else's success by providing treatment that would change their life! 

What qualification did you receive upon graduation?  Is important to you to have such an internationally recognised qualification?

I graduated at the Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics-UERM from the College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences and got my ISPO category I qualification. For me, it is important having an internationally recognised qualification as it boosts up people's trust in the quality of service to be provided. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?  Can you share an experience that has been special to you in your work?

I like the "pagbubutingting" as you all know in Tagalog in which the nearest translation in English is "fastidious". Which means I'm very concerned with the exact detail and high quality in the creation of patient's devices.

I enjoy dealing with my patients especially the pediatric ones as they bring happiness to everyone despite the condition. 

During my internship, I've worked with my first ever prosthetic case. He was an above knee amputee. He came to the clinic with his armpit crutches and his pregnant wife telling me that he wanted to have a leg, get back to work and be able to carry and play with his child. To some people that want a more dynamic foot and to play sport or climb a mountain, that may sound simple but for me it meant a lot.

After some time getting used to his prosthesis, he came back for a follow-up to the clinic with that full blown smile, a cane, and his family.

What are your hopes and dreams for PO in the future - for yourself and for Exceed?

I am hoping for increased awareness and better perception regarding this field. I hope that in the future, people will grasp the idea of having P&O service included as an option for treatment here in the Philippines. I am looking forward that my country will continue to provide quality education and produce more qualified professionals in the future. I hope that the idea and the quality of service will be available in the farthest and hard to reach areas of the country.

I'm proud to work for an organisation that provides high quality treatment that changes people lives and wish to see many more people benefit from our services.

Staff Profile: Karla Quilicot

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1)  What is your name and where do you come from?  

Hi, my name is Karla from Philippines.

2)  How did you hear about PO and what made you interested to study it?

When I am still a student, the PSPO Director came to our classroom and invited us for the PO program. What interests me in the program is it teaches students how to evaluate patients to determine their needs and the evaluation helps in deciding which device is appropriate for their clients' situation. Then once the evaluation is done, the PO will design, fabricate, and fit the device to the patient. Because of this program, I wanted to do the same in my career.

3)  What qualification did you receive upon graduation?  Is important to you to have such an internationally recognised qualification?

Upon graduation, I receive the Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics and  Category 1 ISPO Certifications. It's very important as I know I'm a qualified PO clinician for my job and clients will know they will receive qualified PO services for their situation.

4)  What do you enjoy most about your job?  Can you share an experience that has been special to you in your work?

I enjoy interviewing and evaluating the clients that I encounter which helps me decide the appropriate prosthetic or orthotic devices for their situation. I also enjoy designing and manufacturing the devices appropriate for them. 


I remember fitting a wrist-hand-orthosis or hand splint which I designed for my client's case and the client was happy that I made the splint comfortable to wear at the same time doing its function for his situation. It makes me happy that the design I made for my client will help him in his condition.

5)  What are your hopes and dreams for PO in the future - for yourself and for Exceed?

I hope to establish our qualified PO services in the Philippines for those clients who require these type services. 

Staff Profile: Keziah Sampaton

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What is your name and where do you come from?  

Hi! My name is Keziah Michal G. Sampaton. I go by the name Keziah, my friends call me Kez and my patients call me Kesha like the TikTok singer. I came from the Philippines!

How did you hear about PO and what made you interested to study it?

I came to know about P&O when I was about to transfer from PT to SPED during my second year in college. Our college secretary asked if I would like to try P&O which I knew little about at the time. I've researched about it and I find it to be very complicated yet very interesting. At first my parents were very worried about transferring to a course which was fairly new in the Philippines but since it sparked my interest in making a huge impact to somebody's life they finally said YES.

What qualification did you receive upon graduation?  Is important to you to have such an internationally recognised qualification?

I graduated from the BSPO program of UERM and got my ISPO Cat I qualification after my post graduate internship. Its important to have an internationally recognized qualification because the certification tells our patients that we have mastered critical elements of our profession and it also serves as an assurance for them that our work is made with quality.

What do you enjoy most about your job?  Can you share an experience that has been special to you in your work?

I love working with my patients especially the pediatric ones at the clinic as most of them I see for review often. I've worked with a very young patient of mine who was wheelchair bound over a year ago and prescribed him a higher profile orthoses that allowed him to be upright and start to be mobile. Together, with the work of allied medical professionals looking into his case, his high profile orthoses are now off and he can now walk with minimal assistance using a lower profile orthoses and he's almost the same height as me! Seeing their growth (literally!) and development made me so proud of what they've achieved and I look forward to what they can do in the future. 

What are your hopes and dreams for PO in the future - for yourself and for Exceed?

I hope that patients and the people of the Philippines would have a better perception of the P&O field. How our field could help them with their after hospitalization care but also with prevention of the latter from happening. In the future, I hope to make P&O be widely accepted as intervention option here in the Philippines that would allow Exceed to be of service in farther areas of the country.  

Introducing our team in Manila

Over the next few weeks we would like to introduce you to our clinical team here at Exceed P&O Philippines. All of our clinicians are internationally certified through the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics - a worldwide standard underwritten by WHO.  The team at Exceed P&O are able to use their skills to help find out what you need and then work with you to provide the best possible solution.

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This week we would like to introduce Prosthetist Orthotist Keziah Sampaton - check back every week to meet another member of the team!

Blatchford win major engineering award

It was announced on Thursday 23rd June that Blatchford has been awarded the MacRobert Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering for its Linx prosthetic limb.

Linx is the first fully integrated, microprocessor controlled, lower limb system available in the world. Every element is part of a design whole that balances energy, posture and sensation for a truly captivating walking experience. The revolution is the master controller that coordinates the Linx response so the different parts work together in harmony. 

As Blatchford's exclusive distributor in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, the Linx prosthetic is only available at Exceed P&O Clinics in these countries! 

Namal the Elephant

Staff from our clinic in Sri Lanka recently created a prosthetic leg for an injured elephant called Namal. We will have more on this including an interview in English with Chathuranga Munasinghe, Exceed's senior Prosthetist Orthotist in Sri Lanka, in the near future. 

Our friends and supporters in Sri Lanka can read more in the article included with this post!