Collier Prosthetic Patient Care — How to Choose a Prosthetist
The first step towards getting your prosthesis is finding a practitioner that will listen.
Whether you have been down this road before with another provider, or this is your first time with the process, Collier prosthetists will conduct a thorough evaluation and discuss your concerns. We listen to our patients, and help them understand their role in reaching their goals. A discussion about your interests, lifestyle and goals is very important.
All of our caring and compassionate practitioners make patient care their first priority. Their experience spans working with all types of limb loss, amputations and cognital defects.
Navigating the insurance maze and creating long-term care plans with many can be overwhelming. Collier prosthetists care for their patients over many years – for ongoing patient education: adapting their device due to physical changes, device replacements and upgrades.
Our practitioners work hard to make sure their patients have the prosthetic device that will help them get back to daily living. Mickhaila, a trans-tibial amputee is a recent patient who received a new prosthesis.
We take pride in our country and the men and women who have served in the military. It is an honor to help these individuals realize their full potential.
Your first visit
What are your goals? The patient must express their needs – this input has a direct correlation to their success. Communication between the patient and practitioner is vitally important to formulate your care plan.
Assist with the transition
We will teach you how to use your device so you can get back to your daily activities. When adjustments are needed as your needs change, we will make them quickly at our in-house manufacturing facility with complete control over our quality standards.
Continued care, reaching patient goals
Collier practitioners are available for follow up any time you have concerns or questions. We want you to feel comfortable with your device and be able to take full advantage of it’s functionality.
George Villarruel, CP, leads our Prosthetics team with over 25 years of experience.
George is an American Board Certified Prosthetist focused solely in the practice of prosthetics. At Collier, he is responsible for leading the prosthetic team that oversees patients with lower and upper extremity limb loss and congenital deformities. George carries a degree in psychology, which helps him understand his patients point of view and how to guide them through their care plan. George has years of experience with Shriners Hospitals treating children of all ages with a variety of conditions.
Our practitioners have a broad range of experience fitting and educating patients with the most appropriate device to get them back to their daily activities. Your prosthetist will design a socket that fits your specific measurement and lifestyle. When the socket fits properly, it will give you the highest level of function and independence possible for your abilities.
Our lead prosthetist spent many years with Shriners Hospitals for Children. The volume of patients seen in this in-patient setting established him as a specialist in all levels of prosthetic care for children and their growing needs.