Cara Yocum, CPO
Certified Prosthetist Orthotist
Cara Yocum is a certified prosthetist orthotist at the Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics facility in Hagerstown, MD.
Cara attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she studied biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomechanics. It was there that she discovered a passion for problem solving and medical device design. She holds a patent for a surgical implant for lumbar spondylolisthesis, which was designed with her college capstone team. However, Cara felt the need to meet the patients who were affected by her work. Her research led her to the O&P profession. After one day observing at the Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics facility in Hanover, PA, she fell in love with the field, the devices, and the patients.
Cara received her Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Baylor has an integrated residency program, which means that Cara spent three months at six different O&P companies to complete her NCOPE residency. She had the opportunity to work in small, medium, and large offices as well as two of the best children’s hospitals in the country.
Cara is excited to be a part of the Ability team, and looks forward to fostering relationships with therapists, physicians, and care providers in the Hagerstown area to collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Cara is interested in pediatric orthotic and prosthetic care, O&P education, and the application of outcome measures to analyze O&P interventions.
Accomplishments & Qualifications
- ABC Certified Orthotist
- Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Baylor College of Medicine
- Member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)
- Member of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA)