Ben Harder, CP LPNJ LPPA

Ben is an ABC Board Certified prosthetist with Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from East Stroudsburg State College in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in 1980. He received his certificate of completion in kinesiotherapy from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1982. As a kinesiotherapist he instructed and implemented pre-prosthetic training, therapeutic exercises, and gait and ambulation training to veterans with lower limb amputations. Ben was inspired to work in the field of prosthetics and orthotics after being the physical medicine and rehabilitation representative for the brace/prosthetic clinic at the Lyons Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lyons, New Jersey.

Ben earned his certificate of completion in the orthotic practitioner program from Northeast Metro Technical College (Century College) in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in 1991 while employed at Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota where he gained experience in orthotics, custom seating, mobility, and adaptive equipment.

He received his certificate of completion in the prosthetic practitioner program from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1992. Ben is a lower extremity specialist, specializing in fitting extremely difficult lower extremity prosthetics specifically for hemipelvectomy, phocomelia, hip disarticulation, proximal femoral focal deficiency, bilateral transfemoral, and bilateral transtibial patients.

Ben has experience with numerous socket designs for each amputation level, and current technological components, such as Otto Bock’s C-Leg and Genium microprocessor knees, and Helix hip joint; Ossur Rheo and Power knee microprocessor knees, Symbionic Leg System, Proprio foot; and Freedom Innovations Plie microprocessor knee, providing diversity to meet each individual patient’s needs.

“Where there is a will, there is a way,” says Ben.

You can reach Ben at: ben.harder@prostheticsolutions.com