Care That Makes a Difference
Cara Negri, BSME, M. Ed., CP, LP, FAAOP
Cara has over 25 years working in the prosthetics profession. She serves as the Gainesville Practice Manager, Lead Prosthetist, and Residency Director.
Cara’s education started with a Mechanical Engineering Degree with a concentration in bioengineering from Kettering University. She is a graduate of The Northwestern University Prosthetics Program. She spent her first eight years in patient care, gaining experience in technical fabrication, patient care, and patient education. She then worked for major prosthetics manufacturer in clinical services, research and development, product management and marketing, in the US as well as Australia. Cara has traveled the world working with practitioners on patient care best practices.
Cara specializes in using video movement analysis for the orthotic and prosthetic profession. While working with clinicians globally, she found video to be a common language that she could use to show others her clinical decision process. This work now helps to show and quantify the care we provide to our patients and their physicians.
Cara also received a Master’s Degree in Education, which helps to serve our patients and community by providing educational content that is fun and interactive.
“I’m honored to bring my global experiences of the prosthetics profession to the Gainesville Community.”
Paul Prusakowski, CPO, LPO, FAAOP
Founder and CEO of Gainesville Prosthetics and OPIE Software, a healthcare information technology company founded in 1995 that has played an instrumental role in transforming the landscape of the orthotics and prosthetics provider space through standardization of workflows and data collection.
Building upon almost three decades in the field as an orthotic & prosthetic practice owner and clinician as well as in leadership roles as president for the state and national professional associations, channelled personal knowledge and passion for the advancement of quality patient care for people with limb loss and limb differences by serving the profession through Healthcare Information Technology (HIT).
Servant leadership, grit and a relentless pursuit of excellence have driven the execution of the vision to transform rehabilitation HIT through continuous innovation and delivery of products and services that strategically position OPIE Software customers for long term success.
Personally dedicated to supporting a strong user community through a knowledge network (OPIE), facilitation of Mastermind groups for collaborative establishment of best practices, a commitment to education as a strategy, and a passion for continuous improvement through data supported initiatives all of which reinforce Paul's position as a successful healthcare IT leader and innovative trend setter and visionary.
Gainesville Prosthetics accepts interns with the following majors: Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, Health Education and Behavior, and Engineering. To see if Gainesville Prosthetics would be a good fit for you, we require potential interns to come in for an hour of shadowing. You can schedule a time to shadow using the email request below.