Karo Ostapkiewicz Clark


Karo is an ABC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist who found her interest in Orthotics and Prosthetics during undergraduate research, where she worked with amputees on one of her projects. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from (The) Ohio State University. While attending, Karo worked as a student researcher in the Injury Biomechanics Research Laboratory focusing on human and crash-test dummy biomechanics.

She continued her education and obtained her Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Through her traveling residency, Karo got to work in multiple clinical settings in various cities, like the VA hospitals in Chicago/Manhattan/Bronx, a private practice in Boston Children’s Hospital, and national practices in Houston and Raleigh. Her background knowledge from her curriculum, clinical, technical, and scientific work helps her provide the best patient care she can.

Karo, originally from Poland, grew up stateside in Chicago with her family before continuing on to live in Ohio, California, Texas – and now North Carolina. She enjoys the outdoors, playing soccer, powerlifting, learning new things, and everything spooky.



  • American Board Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics – Baylor College of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering – The Ohio State University

Memberships and Associations

  • Prior AOPA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Board Member
  • American Academy of O&P Member

Research and Publications

  • Master’s Research – An Observational Study Comparing Fabrication Time and Anatomical Congruence of Aluminum and Thermoformable Composite Uprights in KAFOs
  • Bachelor’s Research – Adaptive Bicycle-pedal System for Transfemoral Amputees; Influence of Clavicle Movement and Chest Clip Position on Thorax Displacement in Young Children (2016)