Robert wanted to work in a hospital when he was 10 years old. He was born with limb differences in his right leg and left hand. After undergoing multiple surgeries during the first decade of his life, he elected to have his foot amputated. Ever since, he wanted to work in POP and help kids like himself.
Robert was a teenager working as a fry cook when he decided to apply for an intern position at Scottish Rite for Children—the same hospital where he had been a patient. With the support of his mentors at Scottish Rite, he went on to earn his certification as a technician, learning how to build and design prosthetic and orthotic devices.
Four decades later, Robert has helped countless young people. He loves making devices that both help his patients move better and match their personal style. One of his most memorable patients is a young woman who holds a world record in track and field. She recently returned from an international invitational in South America, where devices that Robert made helped her race to victory.