Ribbon cutting set for Wednesday

Published 7:56pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Alabama Artificial Limb and Orthopedic Service will hold a ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 20 at their new office building on Alabama Avenue.

The company is in its fifth year and has offices in Montgomery, Selma, Opelika and Dothan.

Dan Smoker, a licensed orthotist prosthetist that works out of the Selma and Montgomery offices, said the new move has been great so far.

“You are always worried about when you are moving but everybody seems to know where the old post office was and Alabama Avenue is a very busy street in Selma,” Smoker said. “We haven’t had too many have trouble finding us. We’ve been pleased with the location.”

Smoker said the new office has a handicapped ramp that makes the building more accessible.

“We put in a handicapped accessible ramp outside and folks are really able to park about 30-feet from our front door and be in the building and that was more difficult for our patients over at the hospital,” Smoker said.

The AALOS specialized in custom work for its patients.

“Really the niche in what we do in prosthetics and orthotics is we do custom work,” Smoker said. “Abnormalities that need braced and all the prosthetics are custom made for each person.”

Smoker said you can probably buy a brace somewhere else, but AALOS separates itself by customizing it to be the perfect fit for its patients.

“You might be able to buy a knee brace and things like that online and we provide those things but really the niche that we’ve gone to school to do is to do the custom work, things that are made specifically to fit one person,” Smoker said. “We measure and do all the modifications and fabricate all those things.”

Wednesday afternoon’s ribbon cutting will be an special opportunity for patients and other professionals to come out and see the new location.

“We have some little goody items to anybody that comes out and we will have food throughout the afternoon and literature and information on the community,” Smoker said.

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