NAAOP celebrates 25th Anniversary

Thank you for your support!

During our 25th year, NAAOP is celebrating the commitment, loyalty, and dedication of our volunteers, members, and staff. Their support has been generous and untiring. Celebrate with NAAOP by viewing our story on video. View video.

NAAOP members work hard to improve the lives of patients who use orthotic and prosthetic services. In thanks, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to always putting the patient first. We are able to put the patient first only because NAAOP members support this mission. NAAOP’s mission has always been member driven and people have always come before profits. NAAOP’s voice is respected, trusted, and effective because of this fact. NAAOP’s Officers, Directors and staff consider it to be an honor and privilege to represent O&P professionals who promote this position and want to assure you that NAAOP’s commitment to the patient will not waiver.

Director’s Message

A 25th anniversary commemorative message from the founding and current NAAOP Executive Director.

georgeAnniversaryDear O&P Professional and NAAOP Friends:

Thank you for your interest in NAAOP.

NAAOP was founded on the vision that the O&P patient must always come first. I am honored to have been involved with all those individuals who made this vision a reality. The O&P profession has had ongoing representation in Washington because of the efforts of key volunteer leaders and members who have actively supported NAAOP’s mission for the past twenty years.

Representing professional O&P patient care to policy makers requires a consistent, unwavering focus. NAAOP defines four goals as critical for comprehensive O&P patient care.

  • Better evidence
  • Better education of practitioners
  • Greater and better technology for the O&P consumer
  • Greater access to care

NAAOP works to achieve these goals by monitoring policies, bills, and rules; educating and informing policy makers and the O&P community; facilitating feedback from the O&P profession; and developing strategies to achieve our goals.

Over the last 25 years, our goals have translated into more favorable legislation and regulations for the O&P patient and professional O&P patient care. We will continue to bring clarity to critical and complex public policy issues and to be a strong advocate in healthcare policy development.

Thank you to all O&P professionals and friends who have contributed and become involved in our history. NAAOP represents all constituents in the comprehensive O&P patient care process. We will represent individual clinicians, fitters, technicians, clinician owners, educational/research institutions, and manufacturers and suppliers that are dedicated to advanced O&P technologies and outcomes. And as always, we will put the O&P patient first.

Respectfully,
george_sigGeorge W. Breece
Founding and Current Executive Director

Photo History

A photo history of NAAOP from 1994 forward.

Peter W. Thomas, Dennis Cole, CP, President of NAAOP 1994 - 1996; and George W. Breece

Peter W. Thomas, Dennis Cole, CP, President of NAAOP 1994 – 1996; and George W. Breece

 

Peter Thomas and Lou Haberman, CPO, NAAOP past Vice President, advocating for New Jersey O & P licensure statute, circa 1996

Peter Thomas and Lou Haberman, CPO, NAAOP past Vice President, advocating for New Jersey O & P licensure statute, circa 1996

 

Presentation of the Consumer Bill of Rights to President Clinton, 1997. Vice President Gore, President Clinton, Peter Thomas, Secretary Shalala and Secretary Herman, Co-Chairs of the commission

Presentation of the Consumer Bill of Rights to President Clinton, 1997. Vice President Gore, President Clinton, Peter Thomas, Secretary Shalala and Secretary Herman, Co-Chairs of the commission

 

Peter Thomas, Consumer Rights Subcommittee Chair; Bill White, White House Public Liaison for Disability Issues; and George Breece, Executive Director, National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics, 1997

Peter Thomas, Consumer Rights Subcommittee Chair; Bill White, White House Public Liaison for Disability Issues; and George Breece, Executive Director, National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics, 1997

 

(L-R) Peter W. Thomas, NAAOP General Counsel; Claudia Zacharias, President & CEO of BOC; George W. Breece, NAAOP Executive Director

(L-R) Peter W. Thomas, NAAOP General Counsel; Claudia Zacharias, President & CEO of BOC; George W. Breece, NAAOP Executive Director

 

President Clinton and Peter Thomas at the White House, 1997

President Clinton and Peter Thomas at the White House, 1997

 

Peter Thomas being interviewed by reporters after the White House ceremony on the unveiling of the patient Bill of Rights, 1997

Peter Thomas being interviewed by reporters after the White House ceremony on the unveiling of the patient Bill of Rights, 1997

 

Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat, Iowa) and Peter Thomas at the White House ceremony for President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, 2001

Senator Tom Harkin (Democrat, Iowa) and Peter Thomas at the White House ceremony for President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative, 2001

 

NAAOP past President, Jan Stokosa, CP

NAAOP past President, Jan Stokosa, CP

 

George W. Breece, Founding and Current Executive Director "George Breece has been the Executive Director since the inception of NAAOP. I can tell you I have never known a more effective leader or a individual more committed to O&P." — Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel

George W. Breece, Founding and Current Executive Director
“George Breece has been the Executive Director since the inception of NAAOP. I can tell you I have never known a more effective leader or a individual more committed to O&P.” — Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel

 

Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel "Peter Thomas, our General Counsel, is an author, well-respected, probably the most substantive guy I know when it comes to O&P issues. I'm proud to call him friend and just honored that he is our General Counsel." — George W. Breece, Executive Director

Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel
“Peter Thomas, our General Counsel, is an author, well-respected, probably the most substantive guy I know when it comes to O&P issues. I’m proud to call him friend and just honored that he is our General Counsel.” — George W. Breece, Executive Director

 

Mark D. DeHarde, President, 109th Congress, 2005-06 "NAAOP has been blessed with a number of key leaders who stepped forward right when we needed them, Mark DeHarde is our immediate past president and I've seldom seen in one person such a dedication and a vision of where this profession needs to go." — Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel

Mark D. DeHarde, President, 109th Congress, 2005-06
“NAAOP has been blessed with a number of key leaders who stepped forward right when we needed them, Mark DeHarde is our immediate past president and I’ve seldom seen in one person such a dedication and a vision of where this profession needs to go.” — Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel

 

NAAOP member Ashlie White with Senator Richard Burr, Ranking member of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee discussing the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights.

NAAOP member Ashlie White with Senator Richard Burr, Ranking member of the Senate Veteran Affairs Committee discussing the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights.

 

NAAOP member Ashlie White with Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Senator Hagan's office where they discussed the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights.

NAAOP member Ashlie White with Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Senator Hagan’s office where they discussed the Injured and Amputee Veterans Bill of Rights.

 

John Register, a board member of the NAAOP appearing before the US House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Health. In the background is NAAOP General Counsel Peter Thomas.

John Register, a board member of the NAAOP appearing before the US House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on Health. In the background is NAAOP General Counsel Peter Thomas.

 

Founders and Past Presidents

“Throughout our history, we’ve had some excellent presidents who have volunteered their leadership and spent the time necessary to be effective leaders of our organization.”
— Peter W. Thomas, General Counsel

NAAOP’s volunteer leaders have brought their energy and passion to support and promote professional O&P care. Because of their commitment, NAAOP has successfully represented the O&P patient and the interests of those who help the patient have a better quality of life for 25 years

NAAOP was created under the name of the American State of the Art Prosthetic Association. NAAOP’s founders began with the mission of getting research dollars through the National Institutes of Health. NAAOP founders were successful in their funding initiative and in developing an organization with the clear vision to always put the needs of the O&P patient first. Today, NAAOP’s vision is the same and through the efforts of our leaders, NAAOP’s mission has expanded to include patient access, funding, and outcomes through leadership in both national and state policy formation.

NAAOP salutes its past and current leadership.

Founders:
Glenn Hutnick, CPO
Alan Finnieston, CPO
John Sabolich, CPO
Tom Guth, CP
George DePontis
Stuart P. Rose
Peter W. Thomas
George W. Breece

Past Presidents:
Mike Quigley, CPO
Brad Rosenquist, CPO
Dennis Cole, CPO
Glenn Hutnick, CPO
Jan Stokosa, CP
Mike Allen, CPO
Mark D. DeHarde

Tom Guth, CP

Current President:
David McGill