About Erik Tompkins, CP, BOCO
Erik Tompkins was born and raised in the Hudson Valley, New York. He was an active child and participated in several sports such as wrestling, baseball, football and hockey. As he grew, an artistic side began to come out in him as well. Unknown to Erik at the time, his unique combination of athletic and art skills were preparing him for his future career. When a family friend, who had lost a limb in the Vietnam War, introduced him to the field of prosthetics, Erik immediately became interested.
After attending Ulster County Community College for business and electronics, Erik started to work as a technician for Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in 1992. However, just a few months into his new position, Erik knew that he wanted to grow further with his career and he began to pursue the process of becoming a Board of Certification Prosthetist. Using this path, Erik was able to utilize his strong technical skills while also expanding his scope of work into working directly with patients to provide prosthetic care.
As the orthotic and prosthetic industry continued to grow, so did Erik. In 1999, Erik took another step forward in his career when he became a Certified Prosthetist with the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. He has worked as a clinician at Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates ever since, except for a few years working for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Texas and Louisiana.
Erik continues to develop his clinical and technical expertise by attending practitioner seminars throughout the country. He has advanced training with microprocessor controlled knees such as the C-Leg as well as additional education with advanced orthotic devices including the Walk-On AFO. Over the past few years, Erik has focused his professional training on the latest developments in upper limb prosthetics including the Michelangelo™ Hand, the i-limb™ hand, and the Bebionic™ Hand. This expertise has led to Erik becoming an important member of the new team of clinicians that Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates has created to focus more efforts on upper limb prosthetics. This new division, known as Handspring, is providing care for upper limb prosthetic patients throughout the United States.
In his time away from work, Erik works with several different amputee support groups in the Hudson Valley. He lives an active outdoor life with his family including time spent kayaking, hiking and swimming.
- Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY
- Sullivan County Community College, Loch Sheldrake, NY
- Ottobock's Michelangelo Hand Accredited
- Touch Bionics' i-LIMB Hand Accredited
- RSL Steeper's Bebionic Hand Accredited
- C-Leg Microprocessor Knee Accredited
- Amputee Coalition – Promoting Amputee Life Skills (PALS)