About Us

new signWestern Reserve O&P provides the very best prosthetic care and orthotic care in Youngstown, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. Our team is made up of people who truly love helping others. Whether you’ve lost a limb, suffered a stroke, or have been involved in any other type of injury that limits your mobility, turn to us. We’ll meet you at your nursing home, caregiver’s office, our office, or your home to fit you with the highest quality prosthetic available. We can give you your life back after you think you’ve lost it, and we can get to you within 24 hours of receiving your prescription.

Our Team

We work together as a team to ensure you receive the best possible care. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and let us know if you have any concerns. We are dedicated to getting you and your family back to living your life!


american board for certification in orthotics prosthetics and pedorthics

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC)

ABC’s mission is to establish and promote the highest standards of organizational and clinical performance in the delivery of orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic services. ABC advances the competency of providers, promotes the quality and effectiveness of orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic care, and maintains the integrity of the profession. ABC’s certification and accreditation programs have the highest reputation nationally and internationally.

Our Staff in Youngstown, OH

rick l. grope

Richard L. Grope — LPO

New York University Postgraduate Medical School · Shelby State Prosthetics School in Memphis, Tennessee

Licensed In the State Of Ohio

Certified In the States Of Pennsylvania & West Virginia By the American Board for Certification For Prosthetics & Orthotic Care

American Board Of Certification (ABC)

Member Of the National & State Bodies Of the American Academy Of Orthotics & Prosthetics

Board Of Orthotic Certification (BOC)

Certified In Ohio, Pennsylvania & West Virginia

Owner & President, Western Reserve Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc.
Licensed & Certified Prosthetist & Orthotist

stephen j. pollak

Stephen J. Pollak — CPO/LPO

BS, Orthotics-Prosthetics, University of Texas · Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

BS, Engineering, US Naval Academy of Annapolis, Maryland
Commander, US Navy (retired)
FAA Certificated Pilot

American Board of Certification (ABC)

Licensed & Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist

robert d. paul

Robert D. Paul — LPED/CPOA

Robert M. Palmer School of Biomechanics in Elwood, Indiana
American Board of Certification (ABC)

Licensed Pedorthist, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist Assistant, O&P Technician

Kim Grope

Kim Grope — Public Relations, Customer Service

ITT Technical School, Youngstown Ohio
Accounting & Computer Science

Vice President, Western Reserve Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc

Sean Kratzer

Sean Kratzer — Licensed Orthotist (LO)

Certified in Cranial products from Orthoamerica.
Bachelor degree from Youngstown State University for Pre Med with minors in Sports Medicine, Chemistry and Psychology.

Owner Richard Grope’s Story

One day, while working in a large machine shop, my world seemed to instantly crumble. A 3,000-pound piece of steel fell on my foot. Suddenly, a baseball tryout didn’t seem to matter much. I was now fighting to save my leg.

For the next three years, I experienced 6 surgeries and an amazing amount of pain in what would be a vain attempt at what I considered at the time, to remain whole. My right leg was amputated in 1978 at the age of 24.


Within a few months after my amputation, I was playing baseball again. In fact, I discovered that my life was going on. I had to make a choice either to live my life normally or to be looked upon as a handicapped individual who needed help and expected pity from the rest of the world. I chose to live as if nothing ever happened.

I went to school for Accounting. I very quickly decided that wasn’t for me and switched my major to Architecture. During my studies, I was often asked to speak to both individuals and groups about how I dealt with the injury and eventual amputation. It was at this point I was asked to consider a career in Prosthetics. I said no for the next 5 years thinking there was something else that was perfectly suited for me. I still continued to speak about life with a prosthesis and felt good whenever I helped someone who was about to go through what I experienced. Finally, after 5 years of talking with individuals and speaking to groups, I decided it was time to make this a career, and the trip eventually led to the founding of Western Reserve O&P.