Behind the Scenes with Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistant, David Beauchemin
At Next Step, we know that what we do is all about the people. Our staff always puts forth great effort to get to know each and every client, and we would like to help you get to know us as well!
We are excited to introduce you to Certified Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistant, David Beauchemin. He has been with Next Step since the company was founded twenty years ago. Here is a little bit more about David from a recent Q&A session:
What is your primary role / responsibility?
In addition to providing clinical support, I am the Fabrication Coordinator based in our Manchester, NH location.
Why did you choose this field?
My father was a leather technician back when most of the braces and prosthetics were made with leather and metal. I would go to his work as a little kid and he showed me everything that he did. You might say that it was destiny for me to work in the industry. I love working with people to make a difference in their lives. I also get to work with my hands in the fabrication process. I love what I do, and I feel blessed to have found such a great company to work for.
What is your educational background and previous experience that led you to this career?
Shortly after high school I went into the trades building homes and commercial buildings. This gave me great hand skills and the ability to build or fix just about anything.
Why do you choose to work at Next Step?
I was one of the founders of Next Step, so I have been here since the very beginning. It was a startup company with great vision and compassion for the industry.
What do you like to do for fun?
In my spare time, I love to golf, hunt and fish, garden, and spend time with my family.
What is the best experience you’ve had while working at Next Step?
My favorite experiences all come from working with all the kids at Next Step and watching them grow up.
Is there any particular experience that stands out for you & why?
There was one client who was from Iraq who always came in for care with her mom. She was a wonderful little girl that pulled at my heartstrings. Now, many years later she has turned into a delightful young lady. I feel blessed to be part of her transformation.