Thomas Lizotte, CPO
CPO, Owner, Director
Thomas W. Lizotte, CPO founded Washington O&P in 2007. Combining a multitude of strategies and technologies - Thomas Lizotte, CPO has developed a reputation for providing real solutions and strives to deliver the highest level of orthotic and prosthetic care. He is frequently called upon by professionals within the medical community for special consultations for people facing amputation or needing specialty spinal bracing. "I am fortunate to be able to work in this rewarding field of orthotics and prosthetics . In 1999, I graduated from the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthotics and Prosthetics. I am certified and trained on the latest O&P technologies in our industry and have developed a broad clinical skill base ranging from treatment of congenital defects in children, trauma management and conditions related to late effects of diabetes and vascular disease that results in amputations. Currently, I am a member of the ACA (Amputee Coalition of America) and AOPA (American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association). We are facing an epidemic of limb loss secondary diabetes and vascular disease in the U.S. and in our own communities. As a practitioner working with these patients firsthand, I have developed a passion for counseling them and providing inspiration. My goal is to empower them and give them hope by providing a myriad of realistic solutions and possibilities using prostheses . I have found that connecting people in these situations with similar well-adjusted prosthetic users really empowers the patient and allows them to begin to move forward on their new journey in living with an amputation. I am the director and mentor here at WA O&P for our nationally accredited residency site (NCOPE). I really enjoy providing O&P patient care and management experiences in educating the many students and residents entering our field who spend time our practice. During my time in the profession, I have realized the importance of being able to provide a caring individualized approach in O&P care. For this reason, I take great pride in our company’s mission to provide more individualized and solution based O&P care. I am passionate about improving the lives of amputees and the physically challenged through the fitting of devices that are highly functional and comfortable.
I bring a special understanding of patient concerns regarding amputation and related surgeries to my practice. As a teen I was a candidate for amputation due to healing complications of an ankle injury. Between the ages of 15 and experienced multiple surgeries, and was able to overcome my injury. It was my personal experience is what led me to this rewarding profession. Over the past 15 years, I am humbled and fortunate to be able to work with so many physically challenged individuals who have overcome so much more in their lives. These special patients motivate me to continue to help others.
Nathan has a Masters Degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Washington and has been a practitioner with Washington O&P since 2014. Nathan works with patients in all stages of life, indentifying their unique problems and directing his attention to finding appropriate orthotic and prosthetic solutions. Nathan particularly enjoys pediatrics, with a focus on scoliosis bracing and orthotic management of musculoskeletal disorders. Outside of work, Nathan enjoys participating in local amateur sports, volunteering within his community, and spending time with his family.
Jake Brubaker is a graduate from the University of Washington's prosthetics and orthotics program and has been prosthetist and orthotist since 2010. Before becoming a prosthetist and orthotist Jake was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps, where he served three combat tours in Iraq.
Jake found his passion for prosthetics and orthotics in the Marine Corps when one of his friends lost his leg to mortar fire. His friend was very distraught and depressed after the loss of his limb. Jake was able to see him through the process of getting his prosthesis and found that not only did his depression resolve, but he was also able to return to his normal physical activities. Seeing that made Jake realize that being able to give back to the community in this way was what he wanted to do for a profession.
Jake has a special talent for gait analysis and dialing in the perfect prosthetic alignment that allows his patients excel after amputation. Jake keeps current with high tech prosthetic and orthotic technologies and loves to try new advances in the field. He has great knowledge in microprocessor knees, microprocessor feet, vacuum suspensions systems, and stance control knee ankle foot orthoses.
Andrew joined WA O&P in 2012 as a practitioner assistant. Andrew brings with him a vast knowledge and background of prosthetic and orthotic technologies and fabrication with his experience as a technician since 2001. Currently, Andrew has become a vital part of the team here at WA O&P as a practitioner assistant, soft good fitter, and technician. Andrew is an American board certified orthotic fitter. His primary role is working with patients on a daily basis under the supervision of board-certified practitioners. He also has a second rule here as manager facility operations, and takes great pride to ensure our facilities are held to the high standard in function and appearance for the benefit of our patients. Andrew enjoys people and helping them find solutions that improve their lives each and every day.
Jessaryn Huisman began her Orthotic residency here at Washington Orthotics and Prosthetics in January of 2017. She has a master's degree in Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics from Florida State University. Jessaryn was drawn to the orthotic and prosthetic field for its unique ability to combine art and science in the treatment of various types of patients. She has a passion for this field and particularly likes working with pediatric scoliosis bracing, where she has taken great interest in finding new and improved ways to treat the three-dimensional deformity. Jessaryn always strives towards bringing a positive attitude to the workplace and treats every patient with attentiveness and care. Outside of work, she has a very active lifestyle and enjoys just about every outdoor activity the great Pacific Northwest has to offer.