Peter is a native of the Northwest. Originally from Anacortes, Washington, he first encountered
prosthetics with his piano teacher’s husband who had lost his leg in WWII. Biomechanics and Anatomy became his passion in high school and college, and he pursued a degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics at the University of Washington. He graduated in 2002, and completed training at the University of Michigan and Boston Children’s hospital before taking a job at Shriners Hospitals for Children where he worked for 15 years.
“I love working with children,” says Peter. “They challenge you to make something that will keep up with them and normal activities like running and jumping! There is so much that working with kids has taught me about relationships, working with parents and caregivers, and even applying what I have learned to adults.” Peter has over 15 years of extensive experience with some of the hardest pediatric diagnosis including Proximal Focal Femoral Deficiency (PFFD), Van Nes Rotationplasty, Fibular Hemimelia, Tetramelia, Congenital Insensitivity To Pain, High-tone Cerebral Palsy, and Scoliosis among many others.
Peter has always had a passion for the outdoors and is not a stranger to combining that love with giving back to the community. He thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada to raise money for Prosthetics Outreach Foundation’s support of local Vietnamese prosthetists who treat women and children with limb-loss due to landmines and accidents. Currently, he is part of Inland Northwest Adaptive, a group geared to getting anyone with physical challenges, whether young or old, out in nature and adaptively climbing.
In their spare time, Peter and Lisa love to hike and climb, albeit at a slower pace with their 4 children. They love to road-trip and explore places in the region that they have never been before.
“I am truly blessed with my family and a job that I love! I do my best to be thankful every day for my family and being able to care for people in a very practical way when at work.”