Lurie Children’s has one of the largest highly skilled teams of orthotists (brace-makers) and prosthetists (artificial limb-makers) in a freestanding children’s hospital in the Midwest. The team in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Department is onsite with a laboratory, and ready to create customized, state-of-the-art orthoses (braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs) for your newborn, infant, young child, pre-teen or teenager. Our orthotic and prosthetic specialists come to the table with broad expertise and versatility to care for children of different shapes and sizes, with varying health conditions and physical needs. As experienced technicians and clinicians, they work wonders by combining science with creative and innovative design.
Our orthotics program is named after Moira Tobin Wickes, a certified orthotist, who dedicated her life to children and healing. She started our orthotics program with serial casting, built the program as our director and worked with Lurie Children’s for 25 years.
We are an accredited facility in good standing by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics; a member of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association; and accredited as a residency training site by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.