“My favourite part of the job is caring for people in a meaningful way. But more than that, Boundless looks beyond its four walls, and gets involved in international volunteer work, special care and education .”
Helen Cochrane, M.Sc., CPO(c)
Getting a custom-designed brace can have a huge impact on someone’s world, forever helping them move beyond limitations both physical and psychological. For Helen, there was never any doubt about wanting to do the type of work that could help people reach their full potential.
Helen’s drive to help others included living in developing countries that did not have adequate health care services. Following her clinical work in a teaching hospital in Nova Scotia, Helen joined Exceed Worldwide, a UK-based charitable organization that provides free or low-cost prosthetic and orthotic services to poverty stricken, post-conflict and under-serviced areas in South and South-East Asia. It does this by training prothesists and orthotists in schools located across the region. Helen established the first school of prosthetics and orthotics in Manilla in the Philippines.
She brings that commitment to the home front as well, advocating and acting for improved access to qualified services. To that end, she is an active member of the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO) Standards and Guidelines Sub-Committee. Her articles such as this one on Additive Manufacture of Orthotic Devices, have been published in leading trade magazines.
Helen completed both her Technical and Clinical diplomas in Prosthetics & Orthotics at George Brown College. From there, she went on to acquire a masters degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.