Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 7 : Winter 2011 - Page 38

Northern Prosthetics an extended focus on business by Cory Laplante Fair is Fair A Little History My name is Cory Laplante. I am a by Dan St. John Valley native, a board-certified prosthetist and founder of Northern Prosthetics in Presque Isle. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Presque Isle before going on for my post-graduate education in prosthetics through the University of Connecticut. I completed my residency requirements at Maine Artificial Limb in Portland, and then completed the required board exams to become a certified prosthetist. I became an amputee myself at the age of 16, due to a long battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. At the time, I was faced with traveling hundreds of miles to receive quality care. It was during one of those long trips to New Hampshire that I made myself a promise to go on to college, become a certified prosthetist and open a practice in Aroostook County to provide services for area patients. And I did. Northern Prosthetics was incorporated in 2007 as the only full-time, state-of-the-art facility with full, 36 Northern Prosthetics WINTER 2011 on-site fabrication capability north of Bangor. It had a humble beginning, with me being the sole employee in a 1600-square-foot facility. The obstacles of being a new Ladner practice owner quickly be