Sarah Chaikind was first drawn to the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics in high school, as she needed to utilize an AFO for her own mobility. She became fascinated with the technology, as well as the impact these types of devices could have on patient lifestyle. She went on to study Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech with the intent of working in a patient care setting.
Before pursuing further education, Sarah gained hands on experience working as an Orthotic Fitter. In this role, she was able to work with patients in order to enable them to return to activities that they enjoy. Sarah continued her education at Baylor College of Medicine and graduated with a M.S. in Orthotics and Prosthetics in 2020 after completing her residency. In her time as a resident, Sarah was able to work with patients in several clinical settings, including private practice clinics of varying sizes and a large children’s hospital.
Sarah now practices at our MCOP Fairfax office. Here, she enjoys helping orthotic and prosthetic patients maximize their mobility and independence. Her favorite aspect of the field is learning about her patients’ individual needs in order to help them achieve their goals.
Sarah has a strong interest in cranial remolding orthoses, and is working to publish her thesis, A New Normal: An Examination of Modern Cephalic Index, which aims to standardize treatment recommendations and insurance coverage for these devices. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys being outdoors whenever possible, and can often be found hiking, camping or biking with her dog, Bluebell, at her side.