Thursday, May 31, 2012

Paratriathlon Nationals a Success for Scheck & Siress

Last weekend was a great one in Austin Texas for the Paratraithlon National Championships.  This year there were 65 para triathletes, up from 32 last year.  

Melissa Stockwell, Prosthetist at the Scheck & Siress UIC office, won her category and is the National Champion for the third year in a row. 

Hailey Danisewicz, patient of Scheck & Siress, placed second with a personal best time.  Both are qualified to go to the world championships.

Jean Draper, also one of the Scheck & Siress staff, competed and qualified for the world paratiathlon championships in Auckland, New Zealand in October, as well.

According to Triathlete Magazine, "Interest in paratriathlon is at an all-time high and the sport continues to grow following its inclusion in the Paralympic Games program. Paratriathlon will make its debut at the Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, a goal for many paratriathletes racing in Austin.

"This year’s race took place on Memorial Day, a day especially important to athletes with ties to the military. Stockwell was the first female American soldier in history to lose a limb in active combat and is now a national and world champion. The Iraq War veteran found a flag along the course and waved it as she crossed the finish line."

2011 Paratriathlon National Championship New York City
Melissa Stockwell, care of

International Conference on Scoliosis Treatment: SOSORT

David Speers, CPO of Scheck and Siress was invited to speak at the 7th annual meeting of the International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment, or SOSORT, in Milan, Italy.  

Speers states,  "My involvement with SOSORT has allowed me to stay current with the latest scoliosis treatment techniques from all over the world.  I am able to apply these techniques in my daily practice in Chicago.  Being invited to speak at the conference was an honor."

Milan, Italy where SOSORT conference was held in May, 2012

His presentations were entitled, “Comparison of in-brace correction between supine, molded, asymmetric TLSOs and standing, CAD, symmetric TLSOs" and "The effects of scoliosis bracing on parent and child perception of adolescent's quality of life". 

A newer organization, SOSORT is gaining recognition as a leading organization for the conservative treatment of scoliosis.  SOSORT will host their 2013 international meeting in Chicago.  To learn more about the organization and international conference, visit

David Speers is an orthotist and prosthetist in the Schaumburg office of Scheck and Siress where he specializes in pediatric orthotic care and general prosthetic care.  

A typical TLSO orthosis or brace for conservative scoliosis treatment

Orthotists work together with physicians  to correct scoliosis