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Curriculum Vitae

Kevin S. Garrison C.P., L.P. / Author
17184 N.E. 19th Avenue
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

1531 E. Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
305-949-1888
kevinsgarrison@att.net
www.GarrisonProsthetics.com

Education

  • Indiana State University Evansville • Evansville, IN • 1978 - 1979
  • Northwestern University • Chicago, IL • 1977
    Below Knee Prosthetics, Above Knee Prosthetics, Upper Extremity
    Prosthetics, Special Prosthetics, Certification to care for Veterans-Veterans Administration
  • University of California at Los Angeles • Los Angeles, CA • 1974
    Below Knee Prosthetics
  • University of Texas at El Paso • El Paso, TX • 1973

Experience

  • Garrison’s Prosthetic Services Inc. • N. Miami Beach, FL • 1986 - Present
    Prosthetist/facility owner & manager
  • Mankey’s Prosthetics & Orthotics • Ft. Lauderdale, FL • Staff Prosthetist
  • JE Hanger Inc. • Chicago, IL • Staff Prosthetist
  • JE Hanger Inc. • Evansville, IN • Residency
  • El Paso Brace and Limb Co. • El Paso, TX • Prosthetic on the job training

Professional Certifications

  • State of Florida Department of Health
    Awarded Licensed Prosthetist • 1998
  • American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics
    Awarded Certified Prosthetist • 1979
  • Certified Prosthetist Veterans Administration
    Certified to provide care for United States War Veterans • 1978

Continuing Education Study

  • Otto Bock: Dynamic Arm Course (2 Days)
  • Postoperative Management of the Lower Extremity Amputation
  • Touch Bionics i-LIMB Hand course
  • Otto Bock Myoelectric Upper Extremity
  • DAW Industries Advance program materials for prosthetics
  • Silicone Suction for Below Knee system
  • Flex Foot
  • Collage Park foot
  • Microprocessor knee – Otto Bock, Endolite, Ossur, TrueLife, Freedom Innovations
  • Life Like Laboratories – cosmetic partial foot
  • Various programs relating to appropriate care for the diabetic foot and partial foot amputee
  • CAD-CAM related studies

Professional Achievements

  • It’s Just a Matter of Balance became recommended reading by:
    The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists • 2009
  • Authored an autobiography titled: It’s Just a Matter of Balance • 2005
    providing insight and inspiration for both the permanently disabled and the professionals that care for them.
  • Assistant Professor Florida International University • Miami Florida
    Taught one semester of Upper Extremity Prosthetics to Senior Students + Lab • 1993
  • Founded Company: Garrison’s Prosthetic Services Inc. • 1986
  • U.S. Patent #4,564,365: Quick Change Mechanism for a Limb Prosthesis • 1986
  • Published an article: Journal of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association • 1983
    Volume 37, Number 2, 1983, p. 53

Guest Speaker Engagements

  • Nova Southeastern University (Physical Therapy Masters Degree/Doctorate students)
    Morning Lecture – "Lower Extremity Amputee Needs" • 2013
  • Nova Southeastern University (Physical Therapy Masters Degree/Doctorate students)
    Morning Lecture – "Lower Extremity Amputee Needs" • 2012
  • Nova Southeastern University (Physical Therapy Masters Degree/Doctorate students)
    Morning Lecture – "Lower Extremity Amputee Needs" • 2011
  • St Petersburg College (Junior Prosthetic Bachelor's Degree students)
    Lecture and Lab – "The Syme Amputation Patient" • 2011
  • Lecturing (PowerPoint presentations) at various local Rehabilitation Hospitals, Hospital Physical & Occupational Therapy depts., MD offices • On-going
  • St Petersburg College (Junior Prosthetic Bachelor’s Degree students)
    Lecture and Lab – “The Syme Amputation Patient” • 2010
  • Miami Dade College/Wolfson Campus, Bioscience Speaker Series Event • 2010
  • Broward County Florida, Pompano Beach Branch Public Library • 2010
  • St. Petersburg College (Junior Prosthetic Bachelor’s Degree students) • Lecture and Lab – “The Syme Amputation Patient” • 2009
  • Miami Dade College/Wolfson Campus, Bioscience Speaker Series Event • 2009
  • Miami Dade College/North Campus, Keynote Motivational Speaker  
    Retooling Science Team • 2009
  • Hollywood Memorial Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (Inspirational) • 2009
  • Georgia Tech, Prosthetic Master’s Degree students (Lecture on Ethics) • 2008
  • St. Petersburg College, Senior Prosthetic Bachelor’s Degree students
    (Lecture on Ethics) • 2008
  • Stranahan High School Magnet Health Care Students
    Reviewed "It's Just a Matter of Balance" • 2008
  • Keiser College, OTA students
    Inspirational talk: “It’s Just a Matter of Balance” • 2006 - 2007
  • Dallas Amputee Network, Dallas, TX (Inspirational for amputees) • 2006
  • Florida Amputee Support Team, Sunrise, FL (Inspirational for amputees) • 2006

Volunteer Activities

  • Member of the Health Science Advisory Board for the Broward County Public School System • 2007 - Present
  • Active association with the Barr Foundation • 1986 - Present
  • Attend monthly at the Miami Veterans Administration Hospital
    (Amputee Clinic for the service-connected injured veteran) • 1980 - Present
  • Served on the Board for the Handicapped in the city of Plantation, FL • 1990 - 1993
  • Served as Vice President on the Board for the Broward County Independent Living Center • 1990

Active Professional Memberships

  • American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • American Orthotic Prosthetic Association

Current Professional Activities & Projects

  • Northwestern University Orthotic and Prosthetic Program
    Masters Degree Program/Psychology Curriculum
    Asked to assist in the designing of the new psychology course; It’s Just a Matter of Balance will become required reading in it • 2008-Present
  • It’s Just a Matter of Balance becoming required reading in both Georgia Tech and St. Petersburg Colleges’ Orthotic and Prosthetic Programs • 2008-Present
  • It’s Just a Matter of Balance becoming required reading in all Magnet Health Care High School Programs • 2008-Present
  • It’s Just a Matter of Balance becoming required reading in all college-level Prosthetic and Orthotic Educational Programs in the U.S., U.K., and Australia • 2008-Present