On November 16th I left Raleigh to visit Kevin Matthews, CO, and owner of Advanced Orthopedic Designs in Texas. I have been following Kevin’s work for almost two years and had been curious of not only the Turbo AFO but also his designs for pediatric orthoses. Kevin was extremely approachable and did not hesitate to say yes. The experience at Kevin’s office was extremely valuable to me. He showed me the orthoses he makes and also showed me the fabrication techniques to make them. He was an open book and did not hold back any information.
The moral of this experience is, find someone that is good at what they do and ask them to share. Continuing education courses, though necessary, do not hold a candle to immersing yourself into a world of an experienced professional.