"Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to." ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick





Honored to have served my fellow
veterans and active duty military.

Retired April 2012 with 16 years total
active duty military/federal service
to my country,
and 48 years of service to amputees.

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
- Albert Pike -


Al Pike, CP(E)
Emeritus Practitioner
alpikecp@aol.com
President
American Academy of
Orthotists & Prosthetists

1988-89

Chairman
National Office Council
AAOP/ABC/AOPA
1989

Chairman
Board of Trustees ACF
1990

"Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path
and leave a trail."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson--

Department of Veterans Affairs
IRAC Prosthetist
Consultant - Amputation System of Care
North Central Region - VISNs 10,11,12 & 23
.

Senior Prosthetist

Minneapolis VA Regional Amputation Center.
Recruited 1999 - Retired 2012

 

In addition to clinical prosthetist I was liaison between the medical center and community providers of prostheses and their services.

·        Served in the role of educator to PM&R physician residents on the subject of prosthetic rehabilitation of the amputee.

·        Hosted education seminars and workshops conducted by manufactures of high tech prosthetic components to educate medical center staff and community prosthetists on new  emerging technology to better serve amputee veterans throughout the state of Minnesota and surrounding area.

·        Conducted presentations on prosthetics and the history of prostheses to various military leaders, members of Congress, military service organizations leadership, and other VIP visitors using as a visual aid a collection of prostheses examples dating as far back as the mid 1800s.

With the establishment of the Amputation System of Care in 2008 assumed the responsibility of Prosthetist Consultant for the North Central Region, and appointment to the VA Prosthetics Leadership Board. In this role I communicated directly with the National Program Director of Prosthetic & Orthotic Clinical Services for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Amputee Rehabilitation Services
President / Clinical Director
 1996 - 2005
Consultant - College Park Industries, Inc.  1996-1997
Consultant - IPOS/USA   1998-2001
Consultant - Gerson Lehrman Group  1996 - 2015

Otto Bock Orthopedic Industry
Director of Professional Relations
Director of Advertising & Technical Information

1977 - 1996  (unofficially from 1972)

Member of upper management of Otto Bock Orthopedic USA in the day to day operation of the organization.

Technical support, lecturer, and instructor on new prosthetic technologies and prosthetic/orthotic components. Researched new orthotic and prosthetic technologies and techniques, and attended related national & international conferences & meetings as upper management of the organization.

Managed multimedia and marketing department that involved designing video production & photography suite.

Served as legal liaison to various law firms throughout the United States on behalf of Otto Bock Orthopedic and/or their customers in matters involving prosthetic and orthotic product liability. Involved in discovery, depositions, and expert testimony.


Amputee Coalition of America
Professional Achievement Award 1998
Advisory Board - 1989/99
Exhibits Chairman - Year 2000 meeting
InMotion - Publications Executive Committee (1999-2001)

 


INVALTECH 90

Soviet-American exhibition and seminar on amputee rehabilitation.
Moscow, Russia - April 1990


Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

International Standards Committee for Amputation Specialty Programs

Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Prosthetics Leadership Board
Congressional Testimony - House Committee on Veterans Affairs
VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Lower Limb Amputation Work Group

Education
Northwestern University - The Feinberg School of Medicine



Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association

American Legion
Aviation Post 511


Air Force Association

General E. W. Rawlings Chapter

MN Pilots Association

Planes of Fame East (1981-1997)
Executive Committee (Planning and Operations)
Ground Operations Director (Annual AirShow "Air Boss")

Veteran - United States Air Force (SAC)

International Society for Aviation Photography



Al Pike



"Once you have tasted flight, forever will you look skyward.
For there you have been, and there you will always long to be."
- Leonardo DaVinci -

Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;

To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
To feel the joy that swells within;

To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;

Then back to earth at the end of a day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.

Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether brightest day or darkest night;

Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;

For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know,
I was born to fly.

— Gary Claud Stokor




I am a self-taught photographer with many years behind a camera. Now retired from the practice of prosthetics I am focusing my time on the artistry of digital photography pursuing photo opportunities that include aviation and vintage glamour.

“Photography is only a tool for expressing a passion in something else.”
David Hurn



Our mission is the accurate portrayal of the amputee in the media,
amputees in amputee roles in movies, and on television.
As well as the authentic representation of prostheses and the professionals who design and fit them.

Amputees In Hollywood LLC was established by Al Pike in 1999.