Professional Affiliations and Certifications
American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics (ABC)
American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (AAOP)
American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA)
Meet Our Staff
Upon his return, he continued his education while working in the family O&P business. He achieved his ABC certification in prosthetics in 1972, and his orthotic certification the following year.
On numerous occasions, Ron has been called upon to be an examiner for the National O&P Certification Examination administered by the ABC. He has also served as an officer for the Indiana Chapter of Orthotics & Prosthetics.
An active professional, he continues to share his expertise with rehabilitation professionals in the community, updating them regarding new technology and advancements in orthotic and prosthetic development. Ron is a member of the AAOP and is certified by the ABC. He is also a member of several societies sponsored by AAOP including Spinal, Lower Limb Orthotics, Lower Limb Prosthetics, and Upper Limb Prosthetics.
Geoff Pawlowski, CP: Geoff, a graduate of Northwestern University's Prosthetic-Orthotic Center (NUPOC), is the third generation of Pawlowskis to become a certified prosthetist. Prior to receiving his certification, he served as Calumet's business manager. Geoff also is a graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a degree in organizational leadership and supervision with an emphasis on marketing. During his student years, Geoff worked at Calumet as an assistant fabrications technician under the supervision of Calumet's certified practitioners.
Patricia L. Metcalf, ART, Orthotist, and Certified Mastectomy Fitter: A 1987 graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine with an associate degree in medical records technology and in general studies, Patty assists women in A Fitting Image, our postmastectomy boutique. With Patty's training through Northwestern University's orthotics program, she has the expertise to evaluate, fit, and special-order orthotic devices and therapeutic footwear. She has also completed training in mastectomy fitting from Camp International, Amoena, Active, Inc., Jodee, and Silima, among the nation’s foremost breast prosthesis manufacturers. A member of AAOP, she is involved in several local community organizations.
Kim Foerg: Kim serves as Calumet’s receptionist and is responsible for scheduling appointments, patient registration, records keeping, and other office tasks. A resident of Westville, she has worked at Calumet since 2002. Kim brings many years of administrative expertise to the office, which she acquired while working at The Woman’s Wellness Center and MHC Occupational Medicine, both located in Merrillville. She is active in several Catholic-affiliated youth programs and has three children with her husband, Jeff.
A physician’s prescription is necessary for all care provided by Calumet. Subsequent repairs, alterations, or replacement will require both an additional prescription and authorization. If there is a question about proper medical documentation, we can advise patients or assist in obtaining a treatment prescription.
In addition to office appointments, our skilled practitioners visit acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, and nursing home facilities. However, some procedures can only be performed in our laboratory, requiring that patients bring in an orthosis or prosthesis for attention.
Patients who are unable to come to Calumet for treatment may make arrangements for a home visit by calling us. Our goal is to help homebound patients complete an orthopedic rehabilitation program that will restore as much independence and function to their daily lives as is possible. Whether the need is for orthotic or prosthetic management, our practitioners are dedicated to providing service when and where it is necessary. Please contact our office for further details on care for homebound patients.
Hours & Appointments
Patients are seen at our office by appointment. Regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Special appointments may be made outside normal hours. Patients unable to keep an appointment should notify our office at least 24 hours in advance.
Payment policies and plans are generally discussed during the patient's initial visit. We are an approved provider for Medicare, Medicaid, Anthem, and most other forms of insurance. Payment for services not covered by insurance is arranged during the first visit.
We will assist our patients in processing forms when necessary. Specific financial arrangements can always be made in cases that require special attention. There is no charge for an initial consultation. And for our patients' convenience, we accept Visa and Mastercard.