At Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center we work with leading manufacturers in order to offer the most advanced comprehensive Orthotic and Prosthetic Services for all ages.

Each individual is carefully evaluated in order to provide the optimum fit, whether it is an off-the-shelf item or something custom fabricated.

We guarantee our best efforts as a priority for patient satisfaction. We are a patient driven practice and believe that when you satisfy your patients, success will follow.

Every one of our offices are managed by a Board Certified Practitioner with training in several areas, to ensure our patients receive the best level of care.
   


Gregory John Francisco, BSCO

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

In 1979, Greg earned his Bachelor's Degree in Social Welfare/Sociology with an emphasis on Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  Immediately he was hired by Northwestern Artificial Limb and Brace Company. 

Training and Accomplishments:
* Pedorthic training at Northwestern University Post Graduate Medical School
* Shelby State University for Orthotic Training
* American Board Certified Orthotist, C.O. since 1982. 

Since that time a great deal of emphasis in education and training has been done in pediatrics and in the early 1980’s began providing SMO’s for the pediatric community.

Greg's skills and training have helped him to build and grow successful businesses:

In 1990, Greg founded Northland Regional Orthotic and Prosthetic Center based in Duluth MN.  He expanded by adding offices in Hibbing MN and Wayzeta MN.  In order to meet more individual's orthotic and prosthetic needs, outreach clinics were also held in a three state area.

Together, Greg and his staff were the first to initiate the fabrication and fitting of SMO’s in the Northwest Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota areas.  Soon Northland Regional became a hub for many cities in both Wisconsin and Minnesota for pediatric bracing involving SMO’S and other related appliances.

In September of 1996, Northland Regional was sold to a large medical conglomerate and Greg managed the facility for 5 years.  He then left to work in the Wisconsin area in 2002 as the founder/owner/CEO of Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center.  Continued efforts led to growth in the Wisconsin areas including Ashland, Hayward, Hurley, Eagle River, Washburn, Minocqua, and Woodruff.

In 2004 Greg expanded his operations in Duluth, hiring many past employees and also joined with Thomas Halvorson as co-owner.  Since 2002 NOPC has grown in many segments of the field and has proudly expanded additional full time offices in Grand Rapids Minnesota and Wausau Wisconsin.

Certifications include:

*Cranial helmet scanning/molding and fitting
*swash certified
*walkaid certified
*bioness certified  
*spinal and seating orthotics certificate

Additional Training:
*Developmental biomechanics
*prosthetic management of the foot 
*Pedorthic management of the foot
*Lower extremity biomechanics of the neurologically involved
*biomechanics and concepts of bracing and external support device

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Thomas Halvorson
C.P., RTPO

Thomas is an American Board Certified Prosthetist and Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician.  Tom graduated from Cloquet High School and then attended Century College in White Bear Minnesota for Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician school from 1975-77.  He worked for Northwestern Artificial Limb and Brace Company from 1978 to 1991.  In 1991 Thomas joined Northland Regional Orthotic and Prosthetic Center and worked there until 1996.  Tom worked at Hanger Orthotic and Prosthetic from 1996 to 2004.  He then joined Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center in 2004 as partner and co-owner.

Accomplishments:  Tom was the first prosthetist to become involved with the fabrication of bi lat prosthesis that allowed the late Ed Hommer to be able to climb and summit Mount McKinley.  His expertise and patience allowed Tom to fabricate and fit Ed with specially designed feet with the coordinated efforts of fellow employees and Seattle Orthopedic Group, Inc.  Tom himself was also able to climb to base camp at approximately 20,000 feet with Ed and the team.  Ed was the first double amputee to summit Mt. McKinley.

In 2004, once again Tom helped another climber, Nawang Sherpa to climb Mount Everest by making him a below knee prosthesis.  The prosthesis withstood Mount Everest as Nawang reached the summit May 16, 2004.

Tom is MAS Certified, C-Leg Certified, and Proprio Foot Certified.  He is co-owner of Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center and is the company's Vice President.

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Jeffrey Halvorson
B.A., BOCO

Jeff attended Concordia College and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology.  Jeff  continued on to Northwestern University in Chicago and received his advanced diploma in prosthetics in 1985.   In 2012 Jeff continued his education in orthotics and received his orthotics degree as BOC, certified orthotist.
Jeff is a certified fitter of sole supports


Jeff is swash certified, has training in Developmental biomechanics, prosthetic training, Pedorthic management of the foot, Lower extremity biomechanics of the neurologically involved and  biomechanics and concepts of bracing and external support devices.



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Nicholas C. Francisco
CP, C.Ped

Nick is an American Board Certified Prosthetist, Pedorthist and Board Eligible Orthotist. In 2006 Nick attended Pedorthic training at Oklahoma State University and became a certified Pedorthist.  He also attended Metropolitan State University where he graduating with a BA in Human Services.   He attended Century College in White Bear Lake, MN, receiving Associate Degrees in both Orthotic and Prosthetic technology.

Nick has earned advanced diplomas in both Orthotic and Prosthetic Practitioner, graduating in 2010.  He completed  both his Orthotic and Prosthetic residencies with Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center.

Nick is certified in walk aide, Bio-ness, C-leg, Proprio foot, and using
state-of-the-art scanning/digitizing technology. In Nick’s free time he enjoys the outdoors, lifting weights, and spending time with his girlfriend


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Jessica Lewis
CPO, CFM

Jessica is American Board Certified in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and is a Certified Fitter of Mastectomy. She has 5 years of experience in the field. 

Jessica attended Metropolitan state where she received her Bachelors Degree in Human Services.  She also attended Century College in White Bear Lake, MN where she received Associate Degrees in both orthotic and prosthetic technology.

Jessica has also completed both Orthotic and Prosthetic Practitioner advanced diplomas. She completed both residencies and remained employed at walkabout Orthotics and Prosthetics in Wausau, WI.  She recently joined the Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center team.

Jessica is certified in C-leg, walk-aide, pro-prio, genium, cranial remolding, and has experience with Bioness technology.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and her daughter, volunteering with her local school and YMCA, snowmobiling, boating, swimming, exercising and being outdoors.

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Kevin Charon
CTO, COA

Kevin is an American Board Certified Orthotic Assistant and Board Eligible Orthotic Fitter.  He attended  916 Vocational School in White Bear Lake, MN and received his degree as an Orthotic Technician in 1984.  He has 25+ years’ experience in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. 

He has been employed with Northern Orthotics and Prosthetics Center since 2004.  Kevin is certified in cranial remolding and is experienced in cast modifications, pediatric fittings, and general orthotic fittings.

Kevin is an avid outdoorsman with 3 children and enjoys the outdoor activities and remodeling homes in his free time. 

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Brett Jermey Linden,
CFo

Brett is an American Board Certified Fitter in Orthotics.  He began as an orthotic and prosthetic technician in 1994.  He is a graduate of Northwest Metro Technical College in White Bear Lake, MN. 

He has worked for Northland Regional Orthotic and Prosthetic Center and then Nova Care. 

In 2004, Brett began working with us at Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center.   He has enhanced his knowledge by attending Pedorthist training at Oklahoma State University of Okmulgee. 

In 2010 he received his Certification as a fitter in Orthotics.  Brett is certified with Swash and has TC2 training. 

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his 2 children and his wife, coaches soccer, and is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and the Packers. 

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Tod McCannell,
Prosthetic Technician
 

Tod obtained his Prosthetic Technology degree from Century College in White Bear Lake, MN graduating in 1992. He immediately found employment at Sandburg Central Fabrication and has been working in the field as a prosthetic technician ever since. Tod also has training in the fabrication of orthotic designs. 

Tod has been employed with Northern Orthotics and Prosthetics Center since 2004. In his free time he enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with his wife and 2 children.

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Ben Johnson,
Orthotic Technician

Ben is a Board Eligible Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician in both Orthotics and Prosthetics. He attended High school in Mahtomedi, MN and went onto Century College in White Bear Lake, MN where he completed both Orthotic and Prosthetic technical programs.  

Ben has been employed at Northern Orthotic and Prosthetic Center since May of 2012. 

He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, cooking, and remodeling homes.

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