Jonesboro Orthotic and Prosthetic Laboratory (Our Staff)

Our People:

At JP&O Lab our practitioners are certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, the capstone national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic and prosthetic professions. We're dedicated to the success of our patients at JP&O. It is our mission to "maintain a viable and respected clinical practice, while providing the most appropriate Orthotic and Prosthetic services in order to bring our patients to their maximum level of physical function. We are entering our 20th year of service to patients in North Central and Northeast Arkansas and Southern Missouri. Here is a quick peak at who will be taking care of you at JP&O Labs:

Rob took the reins of our family owned business from longtime President David A Yates, Rob's Father, in August of 2007. Rob currently serves as the President and CEO of JP&O Labs, as well as the Director of Clinical Services.

Rob received his bachelor's degree from Lyon College and was awarded certificates in orthotics and prosthetics from Northwestern University in Chicago. Rob has been in the field for over 10 years and has been providing clinical services for over 5 years. He holds credentials as a provider of Otto Bock's C-Leg & Compact, Otto Bock's Harmony System, and Otto Bock's Dynamic Arm Systems including Myoelectric Hands.

Rob provides clinical services in our Jonesboro Arkansas facility as well as our Mountain Home and Harrison Facilities. Rob holds a regular satellite clinic in Batesville and Newport Arkansas. Rob's specialties include Vacuum Assisted Prosthetic Socket Systems and upper limb prosthetic systems including myoelectric / external power and body powered systems. Rob has delivered several lectures and made many presentations to a variety of different venues including Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy groups, Family Practice Physician Groups, & Orthopedic Physician Groups.

Rob enjoys the "tears of joy that roll down the first steps an amputee takes after losing a limb, or looking in the mirror and seeing an arm or hand where there wasn't one before being fit with a prosthesis."

Brad is a native of Jonesboro and received a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University in Profssional Studies in Biology. He received advanced certificates in orthotics and prosthetics from Northwestern University in Chicago. Brad came to work for JP&O labs in 1997 as a technician. After developing his skills as an orthotic technician Brad Began providing patient care and has been seeing patients for over 5 years. Brad is an American Board Certified Orthotist and Pedorthist.

Brad is certified to provide Otto Bock Healthcare's C-Leg & Compact Microprocessor controlled Knee's as well as Ossur's Rheo Knee System. Brad provides patient care in our Jonesboro location and does clinical rounds in our Mountain Home and Harrison Arkansas locations. Brad's saltellite clinics include Blytheville and Pocahontas / Hardy / Highland.

Joe is our facilities lead prosthetic technician and has over 10 years of experience in the field. Joe understands the unique set of challenges that amputees face. He has been a below the knee (B/K) Amputee for 28 years. Joe wears the Harmony Vacuum System provided by Otto Bock. He is a Registered Prosthetic Assistant and has been trained by Otto Bock Healthcare on technical work on a variety of different prosthetic systems including below the knee (B/K) and above the knee (A/K) prosthetic design and finishing. His trainings also include the Harmony Vacuum System course. Joe is a technician in our lab in Jonesboro and provides technical and fabrication support for all of our outlying facilities and satellite clinics. Joe has delivered a variety of different lectures and presentations. His experience as an amputee coupled with his vast experience as a prosthetic technician at JP&O Labs brings a very different perspective to our outreach to the educational programs at Arkansas State University and the University of Tennessee. Joe is a regular presenter to Nursing students and Physical Therapy Students each year. Joe enjoys seeing how we improve the quality of a person's life and their ability to be mobile by the services that we provide.

Ladon came on staff at JP&O Labs in 1999 and began seeing patients. Ladon holds a variety of different credentials. She received a degree in 1998 from Arkansas State University's Applied Science Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She is a Certified Fitter of Mastectomy, An Arkansas Licensed Orthotist, and is a Registered Orthotic Assistant. Ladon is licensed to fit custom and off the shelf orthotics. She is certified to provide Walk-Aids, SWASH Systems, and has extensive training and experience with Cascade DAFO custom orthotics.

Ladon is our lead clinician in providing pediatric orthotic intervention. She works very closely with physical & occupational therapists, family physicians, and parents of children that need our services. Ladon has delivered a series of lectures and presentations to area high schools and junior high schools. She has also made presentations to students at Arkansas State University and has provided in-services for physicians and therapists. She primarily provides patient care out of our Jonesboro Location. She has been providing care at several different clinics including Kennett / Hayti, Child & Youth Pediatric Day Clinics, The Learning Centers, Special Needs Pediatric Clinic and The Children's Clinic. These clinics are located throughout northeast Arkansas and southern Missouri.

Ladon enjoys working with great people in our offices here at JP&O Labs and in our communities and ultimately wishes to help patients improve their quality of life.

As our senior practitioner, Les brings over 20 years of experience in the Orthotics & Prosthetics. Les is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University and holds Certificates in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Shelby State Community College in Memphis. He is an ABC certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO). He was awarded the highest achievement in continuing education by being named a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FAAOP). A seasoned clinician in all of JP&O's services his preferred clinical specialty lies in above the knee prosthetics. He holds credentials as a provider of Otto Bock's C-Leg & Compact, Otto Bock's Utah Arm System, Ossur's Rheo Knee System, as well as a credential in MAS Socket design technologies.

Les serves patients out of our Jonesboro Arkansas facility and holds clinic in Forrest City / Helena / Wynne on a regular basis. He also makes clinical rounds to our Mountain Home facility. As our Residency Director, he heads our Certified Residency Program for new graduates with certificates in prosthetics & orthotics. He regularly delivers lectures to students in the Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant programs at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

He recently had this to say about delivering patient care: "I gain great satisfaction by helping people gain their independence through prosthetic intervention. Each patient is unique and has unique challenges and needs. My goal is to provide the most appropriate prosthetic care to each individual."

Matthew is one of our lead pedorthists here at JP&O Labs. Matthew has been in the field for over 25 years as both a technician and as a practitioner. He began his career as a Technician and has grown his skill set to become an American Board Certified Pedorthist and a Licensed Orthotist. He received a Certificate in Pedorthics from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Matthew is one of our lead Pedorthists here at JP&O Labs. His experience as a technician and as a practitioner provides him with a solid skill set to provide top quality patient care. He specializes in the care of the foot as a Pedorthist. He provides a wide range of diabetic services including shoes & inserts, shoe modifications, thermoplastic orthotics and a host of other services.

Matthew enjoys successfully improving the daily life of our patients that are struggling day to day with personal challenges. Matthew sees patients primarily in our Jonesboro office. He also has clinic in Batesville, Arkansas.

Royce has over 20 years of experience in providing patient care in orthotics. He was trained as an orthotist in the United States Air Force and came to work as at JP&O Labs over 10 years ago. He received an Associate's degree from Arkansas State University and is a Licensed Orthotist and a Registered Orthotic Assistant. Royce is certified to provide Walk-Aide systems and is certified by Cascade DAFO. He primarily sees patients in our Jonesboro facility. He also sees patients in clinic at the Federal Prison in Forrest City as well as the Arkansas Children's Outreach Clinic. He spent time providing clinical rounds in Memphis as well. Royce's main interests lie in Sports Bracing and Foot Care, especially those struggling with diabetes and require Diabetic Services. Royce enjoys helping patients achieve function that they once thought had been lost.

Theresa has over 25 years of experience in providing top quality patient care as a Mastectomy Fitter. She received a Bachelor of Science from Arkansas State University and is an American Board Certified Fitter of Mastectomy products. She also provides compression therapy garments to patients that are suffering from a wide variety of pathologies including Edema, Spider Veins, and Varicose Veins. She is credentialed by several leading mastectomy & compression garment manufacturers such as Jobst, Amoena, and Camp.

Theresa provides patient care out of our Jonesboro location. She really enjoys making others happy and comfortable with themselves as they move on with their lives as breast cancer survivors.

Tom is one of our senior practitioners here at JP&O Labs. He brings over 20 years of experience in providing prosthetics and orthotics. Tom received certificates in both prosthetics and orthotics from Shelby State in Memphis. He is an American Board Certified Prosthetist & Orthotist.

Tom specializes mainly in prosthetics and is credentialed to provide a wide variety of clinical services including Otto Bock's C-Leg.

Tom primarily sees patients in our Jonesboro facility and also sees patients at clinic in Kennett / Hayti, Missouri.

Velma has over 20 years of experience as a mastectomy fitter and working with Breast Cancer Survivors. She was born and raised in Jonesboro and is our lead Mastectomy and Compression Garment fitter in Jonesboro. Velma holds credentials as a Certified Mastectomy Fitter and a Certified Fitter for Vascular Garments. She holds several training certificates awarded from a variety of different certifying bodies including the American Board for Certification (ABC). She has delivered numerous presentations and lectures at Arkansas State University and to breast cancer support groups such as "Look Good Feel Better." She is a regular at the Women's Health Fair in Paragould year after year.

Velma recently had this to say about providing patient care: "I get fulfillment in providing patient services and seeing the look on the faces of breast cancer survivors when they are fit with mastectomy products and feel good about the fit. The look of sincere appreciation on their faces brings me joy in my career here at JP&O and is my favorite part of providing patient services."