Alliance Prosthetics and Orthotics is a medical practice that specializes in treating patients with orthoses, or braces, and prostheses, or artificial limbs. The business first opened in Braselton in 2016, then followed with another location in Gainesville in September of 2019.
Owner Jason Auyer felt led to work in Orthotics and Prosthetics, also referred to as O&P, from a young age.
“When I was in undergrad one of my professors- his daughter is a congenital amputee, which just means she was missing one of her legs from birth- she came in and her prosthetist came in, and he talked about what he did and it really just struck a cord with me,” said Jason Auyer.
But Jason doesn’t work alone. His wife Rachel is a co-owner and, unlike Jason, didn’t originally start out in the medical field. As a matter of fact, she taught middle school Spanish before the couple started Alliance. But according to Jason, Rachel knows just as much about O&P as anyone else.
“I’ve learned about the O&P world over the dinner table, and honestly it’s very cool how God has used some of the things that he [Jason] dreamed and answered my dreams,” said Rachel Auyer.
Alliance operates like other medical practices- patients come to Alliance primarily through a physician’s referral, go through an evaluation with a specialist and receive treatment based on their needs.
But what separates Alliance from other practices is the additional care and support that comes from its staff.
Part of this difference lies in what the Auyers simply call the “Alliance Difference.” This five-step process begins when a patient first comes to Alliance and ends when they achieve Goal Digger status.
And Alliance is very goal oriented. At the beginning of a patient’s journey they are asked to set a goal and place it among others on Alliance’s special Goal Digger board. Once they achieve this goal, they are not only celebrated at Alliance but also invited to a year-end banquet. All “Goal Diggers” are welcome along with their families and friends, and a special few are recognized.
Oftentimes these goals consist of things that seem ordinary but become extraordinary for someone who goes through an amputation.
“My favorite thing that I get to do is to come along someone before they’re having an amputation. Because I believe that we have the unique privilege of seeing the other side of where patients can be down the road,” said Jason Auyer.
Alliance also makes each of their fitted orthotic and prosthetic devices in-house. Their patients have the comfort of knowing from beginning to end, Alliance can fulfill each of their personalized needs.
“You know, we provide prosthetics and orthotics services, but we believe those are just devices to help patients achieve their mobility and functional goals,” said Jason Auyer.
“We truly believe that everyone’s life is worth living,” said Rachel Auyer. “One thing that’s specific to our amputee population is that when you lose a limb it is life-altering. And what we wanted to do is just be another voice in their life to tell them that they’re important.”
Between the two of them, Jason and Rachel Auyer have used their different skills to bring together a medical business that puts the comfort of their patients first.
“It’s fun because we both do very separate things,” said Rachel. “I don’t know how to fit a patient with anything, but I can get them a cup of coffee and make them feel welcome wherever they are.”
More information about Alliance Prosthetics and Orthotics can be found on their website here.