Orthotics & Prosthetics
I'm the CEO and founder of Bickert's Orthotics & Prosthetics. I am also an American Board certified Prosthetist. I received my education at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center and have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Physics Education. During my professional career, I have worked with several different companies which have enabled me to experience all facets of the prosthetic and orthotics profession. I provide educational in-services to many hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and universities. I've designed prostheses for patients of all ages and levels of limb loss including: congenital amputees, inter-scapular thoracic, hip disarticulation, below knee, above knee and numerous bilaterals. I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters and coaching or watching them play soccer.
I've always strived to find ways to help others. Over 10 years ago my right leg was amputated below the knee. After months of recovery and therapy I was able to return to a normal and active lifestyle. Since then I have been looking for ways to help my community and my fellow amputees. As a peer visitor, I am a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen, and here to help in any way I can. I enjoy Ole Miss sports, the outdoors, and spending time with my amazing wife.
I have always felt blessed to help others in reaching whatever goals they are striving to achieve. I have worked in manufacturing facilities most of my career and each has been rewarding in different ways. By joining Bickert's Orthotics & Prosthetics, I get to see the strength and determination of patients that amazes me each day. I enjoy reading, organizing, photography and helping others. My true joy is being with my wonderful husband and two beautiful children.
I recently had the opportunity to travel with a prosthetic patient to Tanzania, Africa. I climbed alongside her and provided prosthetic support while she accomplished her lifelong goal of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. It was incredibly inspiring to see a patient literally climb mountains, overcome obstacles and obtain her goals. This experience with my friend and patient is the personification of why I am in this field and why I am willing to go the extra mile. I find great joy in helping others reach their goals and no matter how grand or how small, I take pride in every "mountain" that is climbed.
I also enjoy all sports and played college soccer. Most important to me however, is my family including my wife and three kids.
After retiring (23 years) from Kimberly Clark, I joined Bickert's Orthotics & Prosthetics as the office administrator. It has been a rewarding job, meeting new people and seeing their lives change every day. My favorite saying is "I see more smiles going out the door than I do coming in." I am thankful to be able to work for such a great facility. I have been married for 33 years; have 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 4 grandchildren. I love spending time with my wonderful family, traveling and meeting new people.