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Nick Ackerman Hall of Famer2011 Ponseti Races

Congratulations to Nick Ackerman, CP, who was inducted into the Simpson College Athletic Hall of Fame during the school's 2011 Homecoming weekend. Nick is our Director of Prosthetics and a former NCAA Division III Wrestling Champion.

APO Staff Attend AOPA Meeting

2011 Ponseti Races

APO Staff Members Rod Cheney, CPO, FAAOP, Brent Cheney, CO, Tom Ham, CO, Andy Besser, CPO, and Jeff Palmer, CPO, attended the 2011 AOPA National Assembly, Sept. 19 - 22 in Las Vegas. The APO team had the opportunity to participate in business and clinical educational programs and visit exhibitors showcasing the latest technology in O&P.

APO Sponsors 2011 Ponseti Races

APO is a Gold Sponsor of the 2011 Ponseti Races set for Saturday, October 1 at the University of Iowa. The 5K and 10K-race event is named for Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, a pioneer in the correction of clubfoot in a non-surgical treatment called the Ponseti Method.

Rod, Tracy, Cole and Blake Cheney will represent APO and participate in the race held at the UI Sports Medicine Center in Iowa City.

Proceeds from the Ponseti Races will benefit the treatment and care of children and clubfoot research. For more information, visit www.uiortho.com/races.

Nick Ackerman Heard 'On the Mat'

Nick Ackerman, CP, NCAA wrestling champion and APO Director of Prosthetics, was a guest on the radio show 'On the Mat' recently.

The show is a presentation of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum and can be heard live on the Internet at www.kcnzam.com or locally in Northeast Iowa each Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:00 PM Central time on AM 1650.

Ackerman won the 174-pound wrestling championship at the 2001 NCAA Division III tournament. He also was the co-winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy that year, along with Cael Sanderson. Ackerman was a two-time All-American for Simpson College (IA).

Click here to hear Nick's interview (begins at 22 minute mark).

Nick Ackerman Appears on NBC's Today Show

Nick Ackerman, APO's Director of Prosthetics and former NCAA Division III Wrestling Champion, appeared on NBC's "Today" Show on May 19. The national news program aired a follow-up story to its 2001 piece about Nick and his successes on the wrestling mat as a student at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Since that original show, which highlighted Nick's National Wrestling Championship and included him being named the tournament's "Outstanding Wrestler," Nick has completed his education, and become a husband, a father, and a certified prosthetist, helping APO patients overcome their mobility challenges the same way he has.

Click here to watch the interview.