Richard A. Babcock, CO, of Franklin, Tenn. has over 17 years of volunteer service with ABC. In addition to his service on the ABC Board of Directors since 2018, he is also an Orthotic Clinical Patient Management (CPM) examiner and Orthotic CPM Administration Committee member. After graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in Human Physiology, Babcock attended Northwestern University for his Orthotic education. He entered the O&P profession in 1990 and earned his Certified Orthotist credential from ABC in 1998. Babcock has spent over 30 years in the profession specializing in neurorehab orthotics, pediatric lower extremity orthotics and generalized orthotic care. Previously he was an Orthotic Clinical Manager in Nashville, Tenn. before joining the care team at Kenney Orthopedics in 2021.
The field of orthotics and prosthetics has changed dramatically over the last 30 years from how and when we can provide services to patients to the types of orthotic and prosthetic systems available to help patients achieve their goals. Over the years, I have been truly blessed to be a part of the wonderful team of volunteers at ABC serving this great profession. Through all of my interactions, I have received far more than I can ever repay. I look forward to the year to come and am ready to meet any challenges during my presidency head on. I’m excited to continue with such wonderful programs as the ABC student scholarships, POP Career Awareness Initiative and other efforts we are working on to enhance the profession, patient interaction and benefits to being an ABC credential holder. - Richard A. Babcock, CO