Eastern Michigan University hired Wendy Beattie as the program director and clinical coordinator of the orthotics and prosthetics graduate program, the university said in a statement Wednesday.
The two-year program is the only accredited master’s program for orthotics and prosthetics in Michigan. The program prepares students for a one-year residency in each department or a dual 18-month residency, allowing students to be skilled in both areas.
Beattie earned a certificate in orthotics from Northwestern University and a certificate in prosthetics from the University of California Los Angeles, both in 1988. She received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Yale University in 1986.
Orthotics and prosthetics provide care to people who experience biomechanical loss. The loss might be a limb, creating the need for prosthesis or if there is a loss of function an orthotic might be needed.
Beattie comes to EMU with more than 25 years of experienced in private practice. She served as residency director and clinical education coordinator for Becker Orthopedic before coming to EMU. While at Becker Orthopedic, Beattie was responsible for overseeing the orthotics and prosthetics residents.
Beattie’s leadership experience includes serving as president of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, and she also helped launch the Women in Orthotics and Prosthetics Committee.