Melisa Chang UNYQer interview
In a world brimming with inspiring stories, the tale of our next protagonist shines exceptionally bright. Meet a remarkable amputee and empowered woman who defies conventions and exemplifies the strength of human spirit and who stands tall as the sole owner of a prosthetic and orthotic facility. In this exclusive interview, she shares her journey, insights, and the profound impact her clinic has on both the industry and the lives of those she serves.
Each of us has a personal story that makes us unique, what is yours?
What makes me unique the most (because there are many things I could highlight for this question) is that I am a Hispanic Female Amputee Sole Owner of a prosthetic and orthotic facility, Dynamic Orthopedics (Florida) and I am not a prosthetist or orthotist!
I think what makes someone unique is something that makes a person stand out or separates one from the norm.
Being a CEO of a O&P clinic must be both challenging and rewarding, tell us a bit of it.
My late husband was a prosthetist/orthotist and an amputee as well. We started this business in 2002 and our vision was to provide quality in both the care and the product.
The challenge has been, especially post Covid, to maintain quality when costs of goods has increased and there is a scarcity of fabrication supplies. That combined with oppressing insurance reimbursements yields hopelessness especially for a small business.
It is a challenge for sure and I do not know what the future holds for Dynamic Orthopedics yet I am inspired every day to see a child’s gait improved and a smile on their face as they realize their newfound mobility. Or to see light in the eyes of an amputee because their hopeless situation has now been turned around by a prosthetic limb we provided.
UNYQer Melisa Chang wearing a Camellia BK UNYQ design Firm in Ocean and Gold.
As a CEO of a O&P clinic, How do you think women are innovating and shaping the industry landscape?
I have gone through stages with my covers. At first, I got a prosthesis with a soft foam cover and skin. It gave the message, "I am just like everyone else, pretend you don’t see anything different."
Then when I met my husband, he did not wear a cover and had his leg laminated with a pattern. I adapted to this as well. The statement was "No skin, just me. Accept me as I am." Now I have used UNYQ covers for my last 3 prostheses and I feel the most comfortable with the statement which is, "See me for what I am. I am special, bedazzled, beautiful and complete."
"See me for what I am. I am special, bedazzled, beautiful and complete."