All of our offices are certified and meet all the standards required by the American Board of Certification, Medicare and other insurance companies.
Hittenberger Orthotics and Prosthetics has received Facility Accreditation and Practitioner Certification in orthotics and prosthetics awarded by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. The office has held this certification since 2002 with each certification period lasting three years. It is the highest level of accreditation achievable in this profession and we are proud to have the first facility in Sonoma and Marin Counties to receive it.
Founded in 1984, the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC), is an independent, not-for-profit agency dedicated to increasing and meeting the demands for quality patient care by offering highly valued credentials for professionals and suppliers of comprehensive orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) care. A BOC Orthotist (BOCO) is a healthcare professional who is qualified to provide and/or supervise the assessment, treatment plan development and implementation, follow-up, and practice management of people using prescribed orthotics. A BOCO is recognized professionally as having completed a rigorous education and training program that satisfies industry standards. To maintain certification status, practitioners need to complete a specific number of CE credit hours and demonstrate continuing competency through the completion of continuing education (CE) courses. Drew is recognized as a Certified Practitioner and a Certified Facility.
Drew Hittenberger, CP, BOCO worked with Dr. Ernest Burgess, the director of the Veterans Administration Amputee Clinics and consultant in amputation surgery at the Seattle VA Medical Center. There Dr. Burgess set up the special-teams for amputation mobility prosthetic/orthotic (STAMP) program at the VA Medical Center. He was also the director and principal investigator of the Prosthetic Research Study project sponsored by the Department of the Veterans Affairs to investigate techniques of amputation surgery in rehabilitation and a evaluated fences in the design and use of artificial limbs. Drew worked collaboratively with Dr. Burgess and the Department of Veterans Affairs to design fitting techniques, prosthetic components, and postoperative management strategies for the amputee.
In addition to his certifications, Drew continues to maintain high standards of care and technical expertise by attending continuing education seminars and classes.