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Dec 1

Written by: Dianne Mitchell
12/1/2011 9:21 PM

Last month was the first (of hopefully many to come) Learning in the Vineyards seminar, co-sponsored by Prolab orthotics and Western University College of Podiatric Medicine. It featured numerous well-known podiatrists including Paul Scherer, Douglas Richie, and Thomas Chang. The keynote speaker was Peter Cavanagh, a PhD biomechanist.
The three day seminar started with a pair of interactive workshops including 3D digital scanners for custom orthotics and how custom orthotics are made, including a tour of the Prolab facility where attendees got to see where and how custom orthotics are fabricated from the molds podiatrists send in.
The next two days were full of lectures geared at both non surgical and surgical treatment of patients, and the biomechanical effects of that treatment. Also, additional workshops concerning shoes and orthotic modifications were given.
With the seminar located in Napa, a major wine region in the country, there was an evening wine tasting on day one, and on day three a group went on a winery tour with additional tasting. It was great for mingling with colleagues!
This was an excellent program, I learned a lot from the lecturers and great discussions following each session. The seminar and workshops were full of tips I could return to the office with on Monday and apply right away which is a very important perk for me when choosing seminars to attend each year.

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