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Combining Art and Science: Inside a Prosthetist’s Workshop

    Making a prosthetic limb might seem like a purely technical task. However, art plays a role in it, too. If you’ve ever wondered about what goes on in making a prosthetic device or the factors that make a prosthetist-orthotist, certified prosthetist-orthotist Angela Montgomery’s story allows us to sneak a peek at what happens inside (and outside) of a workshop.

    Prosthetist-orthotist Angela Montgomery creates prosthetic limbs in her workshop.

    In an interview with Rocky Mountain PBS, Montgomery shared that the intersection between science and art has been at the forefront of her work. Her profession blends art, psychology, science, craftsmanship, and relationships.  

    Montgomery's journey is one of fascination and dedication. Her love for biomechanics began during college when she trained at the Olympic Training Center at 19. This passion led her to earn degrees in health and sports sciences as well as prosthetics and orthotics. Her career began at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, where she honed her skills until 2015.

    Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery recently opened her own office in Boulder, Colorado, and is excited to fulfill her dream of creating not just prosthetics but, most importantly, a community space.

    Montgomery takes a personalized approach to her work, engaging in in-depth conversations with her patients to understand their mobility needs and goals. She emphasizes the collaborative nature of the process, recognizing that patients know their bodies best and play a crucial role in achieving the best outcomes. 

    Montgomery’s attention to detail and commitment to creating aesthetically pleasing prosthetics reflect the intersection of science and art in her work. She has even started finishing the inside of her devices in red, inspired by Christian Louboutin’s red bottom heels.

    Beyond her practice, Montgomery is also involved in advocacy work for people with disabilities, championing for changes in the healthcare system and insurance coverage for prosthetics tailored to recreational and physical activities.

    Montgomery’s efforts have brought about significant change. A Colorado bill she championed passed in the general assembly in 2023. Starting August 2023, this bill will require insurance companies to cover the cost of prosthetics for recreational and physical activities. This is a testament to the power of advocacy and the potential for positive change.  

    Montgomery’s dedication to creating personalized, aesthetically pleasing prosthetics while advocating for change in the healthcare system inspires many. By combining artistry, empathy, and innovation, she has not only transformed the lives of her patients but also paved the way for positive changes in the industry. Montgomery’s story is a testament to the profound impact that a passionate individual can have on their community and beyond.