“I encourage patients not to get down on themselves…having something unexpected happen that slows us down when we are used to going 100 miles per hour is hard. It is helpful to stay positive and have a support system so there is never an ‘I can’t moment.’”
Growing up in a small Pennsylvania town and helping her family care for her grandmother, Alyssa Covas was raised with the mindset that looking out for your neighbor and extending kindness to those in need is part of everyday life. Choosing a profession where the top priority is helping people was a natural fit. With a background in both occupational therapy and prosthetics and orthotics, we are lucky that Alyssa relocated to Massachusetts this fall to join our team at Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions.
Alyssa’s career in therapeutic health care began as a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). In 2011 she received both her associate degree in occupational therapy and bachelor’s degree in applied health science from the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Inspired by a prosthetist and amputee patient she shadowed as an occupational therapy student, she enrolled in the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) program at the University of Hartford, completing this degree in 2016.
Blending her occupational therapy knowledge with her prosthetic and orthotic training, Alyssa offers a multi-disciplinary perspective and experience with diverse patient populations. From fitting pediatric orthotic patients in suburban Connecticut to working with amputees in the heart of West Virginia’s coal mining country and farming communities in rural New York, she has a deep appreciation for the hands-on, team effort involved in helping patients achieve their mobility goals.
Alyssa was drawn to the collaborative approach emphasized at Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions where no one is considered a separate entity. From the well-organized front office to the partnership practitioners have with the technicians, she is excited to “be part of the family.”
“It’s all about teamwork,” says Alyssa. “This field needs to be done like that. Patients have to have trust in you. I love building a rapport with patients – I feel like everyone has a story. Techs need to know what’s going on and it’s always helpful to have an extra set of eyes on something. Doctors want to be able to trust and have a relationship with whom they are sending patients to. And, it is important to work with closely other disciplines like physical and occupational therapists.”
An avid cyclist and volleyball player, the determination and positive attitude of a disciplined athlete shine through in Alyssa’s approach with her patients. “I encourage patients not to get down on themselves. Sometimes a patient has to sit for several months before they are ready for a prosthesis. To get up again you have to strengthen muscles and, being human, having something unexpected happen that slows us down when we are used to going 100 miles per hour is hard. It is helpful to stay positive and have a support system so there is never an ‘I can’t moment.’”
Prosthetic & Orthotic Solutions is thrilled to add Alyssa’s enthusiasm to the team. As co-owner Christian Rogers emphasizes, “Bringing in someone with a new perspective, new techniques and a new knowledge base keeps us on the cutting edge. It is a huge benefit to our patients and our practice.”
Alyssa welcomes pediatric and adult patients with any prosthetic or orthotic need, both on-site and at area hospitals, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and patient homes based on medical and transportation necessity.