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Nurturing Infants’ Cranial Development: Claire’s Journey in Plagiocephaly Treatment

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Nurturing Infants' Cranial Development: Claire's Journey in Plagiocephaly Treatment

Step into the world of orthotics with Claire Hebert, a dedicated Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist (CPO) at Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics. With nearly a decade of experience in the field, Claire’s journey has been marked by a profound commitment to enhancing the lives of her patients, especially the youngest ones. Her passion for orthotics was sparked during her formative years, inspired by a deep-seated desire to help others.

Growing up, Claire was surrounded by a family that instilled the values of empathy and service.” Without any personal experience with Prosthetics and Orthotics, I knew from the age of 10 years old that I wanted to help others by “building new legs” and jumped straight into a 5-year bachelor/master’s degree to become a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics.” Claire explains. She is driven by a love of helping others and a dedication to making a tangible impact in their lives.

Upon entering the field, Claire’s path led her to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where she had the privilege of working closely with renowned physicians. It was here that her passion for orthotics truly flourished, as she immersed herself in research focused on scoliosis and plagiocephaly treatment. Through this experience, she honed her expertise and shifted her focus to becoming a Pediatric Orthotic Specialist, with a particular emphasis on custom scoliosis and cranial remolding orthoses.

Joining the Cornell family allowed Claire to expand her horizons even further. In addition to her specialization in pediatric orthotics, she has also broadened her scope of practice to include adult neuropathy patients, with a focus on Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. However, it is Claire’s dedication to cranial remolding treatment that remains her true passion, serving as the driving force behind her work at Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics.

Plagiocephaly, often referred to as Flat Head Syndrome, can be a source of concern for many parents. Claire’s journey in orthotics led her to focus on this condition, driven by a desire to make a difference in the lives of young patients and their families.

Understanding plagiocephaly starts with grasping its origins. Whether due to positioning in the womb, prolonged labor, or other factors, plagiocephaly is the resulting asymmetrical head shape that can impact a child’s development. Through her work at Cornell, Claire has become an expert in diagnosing and treating this condition.

Claire’s approach begins with a thorough assessment, often following a referral from pediatricians or physical therapists. Through careful examination and measurements, Claire determines the severity of the plagiocephaly and devises a personalized treatment plan tailored to each infant’s needs.

Central to Claire’s treatment protocol are orthotic helmets or cranial remolding orthoses. These custom devices provide gentle pressure to targeted areas of the skull, guiding natural growth and reshaping the head over time. Claire has witnessed firsthand the transformative power of these orthoses, as infants’ head shapes gradually normalize, bringing relief and joy to their families.

Ending: Encouraging New Patients to Come: At Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics, families can expect not only expertise in plagiocephaly treatment but also a supportive and nurturing environment. Claire and her team provide the best possible care, ensuring that every child receives the attention and treatment they deserve.

To parents who may be unsure or hesitant about seeking orthotic treatment for their child’s plagiocephaly, Claire offers reassurance and guidance. Early intervention is key, and consultations at Cornell are quick and easy. The team is here to answer questions, address concerns, and provide support every step of the way.

As Claire reflects on her journey, she emphasizes the importance of seeking treatment early, as correction of the head shape is most effective during a child’s period of rapid skull growth. With the right care and support, parents can take proactive steps to ensure their child’s cranial development remains on track.

For those considering coming to Cornell for their plagiocephaly-related needs, Claire extends a warm invitation. With her expertise and dedication, she stands ready to make a positive impact on the lives of young patients and their families, guiding them towards healthier, happier futures.

In the realm of orthotics, Claire Hebert’s journey serves as a beacon of hope and healing for infants facing plagiocephaly. Through her expertise, compassion, and commitment to excellence, Claire is shaping a brighter future for countless families, one gentle touch at a time.

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