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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 02:01

Meet Fourroux Birmingham Prosthetist, Tess Burford!

Tess Burford, MSPO CP LP (Certified Prosthetist)Tess
Fourroux Prosthetics - Birmingham, AL
2867 Acton Road
Birmingham, AL  35243
Phone:  (205) 874-9683
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Tell us about yourself.

I am 26 years old. I was born and raised in Auburn, AL. I'm a congenital transhumeral amputee (born without my left arm above the elbow). I have worn a prosthesis since I was 4 months old. In 2012, I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Rehabilitation Services and Disability Studies. I then received my Master's in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Northwestern University in April 2015.

Not long after that, I joined the Fourroux Prosthetics team and in May 2016, I completed my Prosthetics residency in the Huntsville, AL office. I recently became a Certified Prosthetist and have been working at the Birmingham Fourroux office since June 2016. I work at this office with Joshua McNeill, Bham clinical director and prosthetist, who also happens to be my love.

I utilize my prostheses' as a tools – sometimes they're widely beneficial for certain tasks and sometimes it's easier to accomplish tasks without them. I have myoelectric hand and hook, and a passive arm used strictly for exercise.

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[Tess Burford, CP LP consulting with Fourroux patient, Jim Stevens]


What activities do you enjoy and why?
My family and friends are extremely important to me, and I always look forward to spending time with them. I also thoroughly enjoy traveling - to new destinations and old, whether they're an hour away or hundreds of miles away, it's always a new experience.

I love to exercise, mainly running – it always clears my head and puts me in a better mood, plus I love to eat. Ask anyone who knows me – pretty much the only time I'm irritable is when I'm hungry.

A few of my other favorite pass times include: being outside, reading, and people watching.


What are some of your achievements?
I'd have to say my number one personal achievement is succeeding in an extremely hands on profession. There have been many people who doubted me, told me they didn't think I could handle such a "two handed" career, and it would get me down briefly – then I decided to use it as fuel to prove them wrong. Everyday is an achievement.

I recently joined the Board of Directors for Adventure Amputee Camp, a remarkable non-profit organization with the sole purpose of providing a memorable camp experience to children with limb loss or limb differences. I started out as a camper at 10 years old, eventually became a counselor, camp committee member, and now board member.

In August 2015, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Crimal, a clinic in Queretaro, Mexico, completing prosthetic mission work, and I'm looking forward to going back in August 2017.


What is it like working at Fourroux?
I can say, without a doubt, there's not a day where I don't look forward to going to work. I feel extremely fortunate to work with such an incredible crew, who all have the most important thing in common – the patient's best interest at heart. It's a jovial environment and at the same time extremely driven.
I appreciate the access to advanced technology and the ability to constantly educate myself on the latest techniques and componentry, while at the same time gaining knowledge from some remarkable, experienced practitioners.


What motivates you to do what you do at Fourroux?
Developing relationships with my patients and their families, while also watching them progress to their full potential motivates me beyond belief.