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TEDxAmoskeagMillyard - Matt Albuquerque - The Promise of 21st Century Prosthetics

Matt Albuquerque is a certified practitioner in orthotics and prosthetics with 25 years of experience and is president of Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics.It was the summer of 1996 when Matt took the steps to making his dream of truly helping people a reality. At the time, he was working for a national O & P organization, where he felt that their biggest concern was strictly a "bottom line" mentality without any regard for healing the person. Being able to make a positive impact on people's lives was the reason he had entered the field. Working for this national company, where fiscal responsibilities outweighed doing the right thing proved to be an intolerable situation for him. He was left with making the decision of either leaving the field or finding another way. Next Step was started to provide another way. Next Step became the embodiment of a group of people who were put together to provide an atmosphere where sincere care can be given, dignity and respect can be attained and where people are treated as people.Matt's areas of special interest include pediatric orthotics and prosthetic limbs. As he always says, "The favorite part of my day involves working with children who are in need of our services." This is evidenced outside his work as well in his volunteer efforts as a Little League and soccer coach.Matt is also actively involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, is Chairman of the advisory board for Easter Seals-Veteran's Count and director for the Veteran's Count Golf Tournament. He serves on the NH State Veteran's Cemetery Board and is a member of the New England Handicap Sports Association. He is a former member of the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester Board.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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