Mission Statement

  • Educate current IIOP students about all areas of research in O&P and rehabilitation
  • Promote opportunities to students for O&P research, both in graduate and post-graduate years
  • Foster participation in the IIOP Student Government Association (SGA)
  • Encourage and support networking between IIOP students and alumni
  • Support people with limb differences including, but not limited to, veterans and people living with disabilities
  • Advocate unity within the O&P community
  • Enhance relationships between the O&P community and other related healthcare professions
  • Forge relationships with the local community to spread awareness of our profession
  • Recruit future practitioners into the O&P field through educational outreach

The SGA was established in 2021 and membership is open to all currently enrolled full-time IIOP students. $10 dues are collected at the second meeting of every semester. Dues can be paid here

SGA Upcoming Events

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Games
  • Adaptive Sports Events
  • Senior Research Symposium December 7, 2022
  • Graduation December 8, 2022
  • White Coat Ceremony January 20th, 2023
  • Alumni Weekend January 27, 2023
  • Valspar Golf Tournament March 16-19, 2023

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Warrior Games
  • Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic
  • Tampa Pig Jig
  • Gasparilla

SGA Leadership

President: Alyssa Noe
Hometown: Metamora, Ohio
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Why I picked O&P: I originally went into my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering because I loved combining the concept of medicine with design to ultimately improve lives. Ever since I was a little kid, I loved designing and crafting anything from sewing fabric to wood working. When I discovered O&P I fell in love with it because it combined artistic design, building, engineering, and medicine. Ultimately, I love interacting with patients and enabling them to get back to their daily activities.
Favorite part about Tampa: There is always something to do such as go to the beach, go shopping, go to sports events, festivals, volunteer opportunities, and of course the countless restaurants. 

Vice President: Meghan Malone  

Undergraduate Degree: Exercise Science at the University of Western Kentucky 

Why I got into O&P: I knew I always wanted to help people and after shadowing an O&P clinic I discovered nothing was better than helping someone take their first steps. 

Favorite Part of Tampa: Waking up to blue skies every single day, having some of the best seafood, and having some of the beaches all within a 30-40 minute drive! 

Treasurer: Carlie Kubit 

Hometown: North Ridgeville, OH (near Cleveland)  

Undergraduate: Bowling Green State University  

Why I picked O&P: Growing up I was never sure what I wanted to do, but I always enjoyed art and science classes. For me, O&P is the perfect mix of creative and analytical thinking. Every day is spent working hands on and the result of getting to help people is incredibly rewarding.   

Favorite part about Tampa: So many good restaurants 

Secretary: Anuradha Das 

Hometown: Metairie, Louisiana 

Undergraduate: Louisiana State University  

Why I picked O&P: Growing up I was always curious about how things worked and loved to use my hands whether it be drawing, knitting, or any other craft. O&P is such a unique field that utilizes hand skills and knowledge of the human body to create assistive devices that help patients in their everyday activities. I love that it combines aspects of engineering and design with medicine. 

Favorite thing about Tampa: I love that there are numerous beaches and parks to visit that are only a small drive away. You will never be bored because there are so many events from Gasparilla to the strawberry festival. Not to mention that Disney is only an hour away!