As a child, Mike Epperson was concerned about the challenges his grandfather had with a prosthetic limb. It was awkward, heavy and uncomfortable. That was back in the early 1970s when prosthetics were made of materials such as wood and steel.
This experience piqued Mike's interest in artificial limbs and lead him to study the field of prosthetics and orthotics in college. He received his certification from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, and in 1999 at the age of 27, he opened Wasatch Orthotics and Prosthetics in Murray.
Wasatch Orthotics provides custom-fabricated orthopedic appliances. This includes external braces for ankles, knees, legs, hip, back and neck. The company also creates orthopedic and diabetic shoes, custom foot orthotics and fabricates artificial limbs for both the upper and lower body. All staff members are board certified.
Mike says Wasatch Orthotics started out in orthopedic bracing and evolved into prosthetics. Much of the company's work has centered on providing trauma services for the hospitals. In fact, its reputation is such that it has become the main in-house trauma facility for orthopedic bracing in the valley. The company also has a mobile service so it can better serve patients with limited mobility.
Unlike most other businesses, Wasatch Orthotics has been mostly immune from the effects of the economy. People still get hurt and need prosthetic and orthotic appliances even if the economic situation isn't great. Mike is in the process of opening a facility in Layton. He hopes to eventually enter both the Provo and St. George markets as well.
Wasatch Orthotics is distinguished by its superior customer service. Mike offers free consultations and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on all the products he creates. His staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which customers appreciate.