From an early age, Derek Inserra has had a passion for helping others. This played a major role throughout his life, and eventually led him to study biology as an undergrad with the intent of going into the healthcare field. However, during Derek’s senior year of college in 2013, he was a participant in the Boston Marathon – the same year as the devastating terrorist attacks that took the lives of three spectators and wounded over 250 others.
As a result of the attacks, Derek witnessed the city come together in a life-changing way. In particular, he was inspired by the individuals he saw helping the wounded, especially those who had lost their limbs. As you can imagine, these events left a major mark on Derek, encouraging him to research the field of prosthetics and amputee support in great detail. It didn’t take long for him to decide that this was the career path he now wanted to pursue.
After receiving his bachelor’s in biology from Saint Anselm College, Derek continued his education at the University of Texas, where he’d soon earn his Masters of Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics. After this, Derek completed two years of residency in Portland, followed up later by an additional two years honing his knowledge in Bangor, Maine. All the while, he expanded his knowledge of the field and formed many friendships and connections.
Today, Derek’s playing a vital role in overseeing MCOP’s growth, branching out to other parts of the Maryland community, and making MCOP’s services even more accessible. Under Derek’s watch, there are many exciting things on the horizon!