The Texas Association of Orthotists & Prosthetists held their annual meeting at the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country, April 10th through the 13th, 2019. There were about 100 attendees and over forty exhibitors. The majority of practitioners were CP’s, CO’s, and CPO’s, and came from as far away as Florida.
The big story to come out of the meeting was the 50-1 vote to combine the TAOP and the TCAAOP. Letter from the Presidents of both boards. The new organization will be called the Texas Society of Orthotic and Prosthetic Professionals (TSOPP). The Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists will vote in August to finalize the merger.
“The merger has a lot of forward momentum and will be great for orthotic and prosthetic practitioners in Texas, ” said Elizabeth Mansfield, TAOP Administrative Secretary. “I can’t wait, I’m so excited.”
The content at this year’s conference was as well received as the results of the business meeting. “We really had outstanding presentations this year, ” said Chad Wallace, TAOP President, “Alicia White, PT was our keynote speaker and she really did an outstanding job.”
Some quotes from the course evaluations:
- “Very good presentation. Speaker was very knowledgeable regarding the topic presented. Need more presentations like this.”
- “Good informative presentation. More presentations of this quality the better.”
- “This type of presentation is more appropriate than a manufacturer’s “sales” presentation.”
- “Great introduction – would like to see a follow-up presentation in 2-3 years!!”
- “Great stuff!! More like this!”
The top presenters were:
- Angie Cooper – Medicare Updates: 99.28% Evaluation Score
- Dennis Janisse, CPed – Common Foot Problems – 98.55% Evaluation Score
- Alicia White, PT – Improving Professional Relationships – 98.43% Evaluation Score
The exhibitors had a lot of good things to say about the event:
- “Great show. This meeting is better than quite a few others I attend.”
- “Nice job on the event, looking forward to the next one!”
- “Perfect as usual.”
- “Excellent food! Love the passbook.”
The food at the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country was outstanding and deserves mention. Check out the deserts…
In all likelihood this was the final TAOP meeting. But next year will be the first TSOPP meeting. One chapter ends and another begins. The combined knowledge, resources, and personalities of both the TAOP and the TCAAOP should make for a memorable conference. See you next year, we are looking forward to it.