Clinical & Fabrication Team
The orthotics and prosthetics profession has radically changed over the past ten years in so many ways. The advances in microprocessor technologies, the improvements in CAD/CAM and the enormous expansion in materials used in the creation of custom devices are just a few of the dramatic improvements for patients. The members of the Clinical and Fabrication Team at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates are among the most well-trained, highly experienced clinicians and technicians in the O&P profession. Patients come from around the globe travel to our facilities to take advantage of the knowledge and skill that our team members have developed. Take a minute to meet our impressive team of practitioners and technicians.
Thomas Passero, CP, Founder and Clinical Advisor
Thomas Passero is a graduate of Northwestern University's Prosthetic and Orthotic Center, affiliated with the Northwestern University Medical School and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Prior to entering private practice, Tom was the senior staff prosthetist at Helen Hayes Hospital's Center for Rehabilitation Technology. Tom is also an Upper Extremity Prosthetic Specialist for Touch Bionics, the manufacturer of the iLIMB® hand and Pro-Digit® partial hand technology. He currently divides his time between private practice and speaking and writing on the topic of upper extremity prostheses. Tom presents educational seminars and workshops on this topic at professional organizations and prosthetic facilities all over the world.
Laura Katzenberger, CP, LP, Director of Clinical Services
Laura is an important part of the Handspring team. She works with patients primarily in the New York City and Middletown, NY clinics while also helping to educate therapists, physicians and case managers about the impact that successfully created upper limb prosthetics can have on the lives of patients. Laura continues to live in the Catskill Mountain region in New York where in her free time she is refining her skills on land and water through painting, hiking, biking, waterskiing and wakeboarding.
Cassandra Delgado, CPO, MSPO, Assistant Director of Clinical Services
Cassandra’s experience with the orthotic and prosthetic profession started long ago as a child growing up in Florida when her grandmother became a bilateral amputee. When a local physician suggested that Cass looking into the O&P field, she quickly became hooked on the idea. She did very well academically in receiving her degrees from the University of West Florida and Alabama State University before heading north to work through her two residency programs.
Tim Bump, MSPO, CP, Board Eligible Orthotist
Tim grew up in Oregon, where he enjoyed an active life driving him to pursue a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. His desire to create, learn, and help others, led him to pursue prosthetics and orthotics as a vocation. He graduated in 2018 with his MSPO from Georgia Tech, before conducting his combined residency with Fillauer O&P in Tennessee. He joined the teams at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates and Handspring in the spring of 2020 to continue individual growth as a well-rounded practitioner and pursue utilization of new technologies with which to better meet the needs of his patients. In his down time, he enjoys doing pretty much anything outdoors, especially hiking, camping, SCUBA diving, and biking. He also enjoys trying new things, woodworking projects, traveling, cooking, and volunteering in the community.
Chris Fink, CPO, MSPO
Chris joined Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates and Handspring Clinical Services in the Fall of 2020. He looks forward to helping those who use upper and lower limb prostheses to achieve their best possible outcomes and not feel limited by their limb difference.
Justin Horowitz, CPO
Throughout his teen and early adult life Justin developed a passion for antique cars. When he suffered a leg injury growing up in Connecticut, Justin combined his passion and skill for auto mechanics with his interest in his personal health issue and began his journey in the field of orthotics and prosthetics. Justin graduated with an Associates Degree from Cerritos College in Norwalk, California in 1977 and then continued at the University of Washington, School of Medicine, Division of Prosthetics and Orthotics. After graduating in 1981 and completing his residency requirements in Iowa, Justin joined M&M Prosthetic Associates in 1985. For the last 20 years plus, he has served the patient community of the Catskill / Hudson Valley Region and made his home in Ulster County.
Stella Thai, MSPO
Stella joined the Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates team in the summer of 2020 as a board eligible orthotist and prosthetic resident, eager to continue her clinical education in a collaborative environment while providing exceptional patient care in the Hudson Valley Region.
Debi Latour, OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L
Debi Latour has been an innovator from her earliest years. Debi wore her first prosthesis at the age of 14 months and then spent the years that followed working with the clinical team at Shriners Hospitals to improve upon their prosthetic designs. Debi decided that a career as an occupational therapist was just what she needed. Her career in occupational therapy has taken her around the world to present on topics related to successful patient care for upper limb prosthetic patients. Debi has been a featured speaker at events throughout the US, Canada, the UK and the Netherlands.
Carlene Parent-Aniello, Clinical Assistant, CFo
Carlene attended SUNY Orange where she received her Associate’s degree and graduated Suma Cum Laude. She started off as a volunteer with POA and has since become a valuable member of our team as a Clinical Assistant. Carlene is a certified orthotic fitter and has extensive experience in conducting validated patient outcome measures.
Scott Rowehl, Technician
When did you start with POA?
I started working with POA in June 2018.
What do you like most about working at POA?
I like the team approach of working together to get our patients the best possible fitting prosthesis or orthosis.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work I like to hike during the fall and winter months, fishing and going out on the river, BBQing and spending time with my family.