“I love being a part of the progress from immobility or injury to functional, happy, and healed. I am motivated to come to work each day and be an advocate for everyone who comes through our doors.“
Hello, my name is Jared Smith.
After graduating from my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, I got a job as a nursing assistant at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in south Minneapolis. During my time there I was exposed to a variety of different professions within the hospital system. It wasn't until I witnessed first hand, the interaction between, a physical therapist, a prosthetist and an amputee, that I knew what it was that I had been in search of. I was immediately impressed with the technology and biomechanics that go into creating the right fit for people.
My Grandpa Smith was an amputee. I remember a story about him trying to put on his prosthesis for the first time. He struggled for about a half an hour he finally got it on, or so he thought. When he looked down the foot was turned out almost 90 degrees to the side. He, and the staff assisting him had a hardy laugh. From that day forth, he always made a mark on his leg and a mark on the prosthesis so that he would never put in on incorrectly again.
What I like most about this field are the people. Amputees are such an inspiring and motivating group of individuals. To watch the progress from immobility or injury to functional, happy, and healed is such a great thing to be a part of. I am motivated to come to work each day to be an advocate for the people I work with and to buile life long relationships with them.