Mia Roberts is an above the knee amputee, who, lost her leg in a car accident in 1996. The car hydroplaned into an oak tree and she was thrown over 30 feet across the street where she received trauma to her left side. Originally, she was treated at Shriner’s Children Hospital in Tampa, Florida for her amputation, rehabilitation, and AK fittings. At the time, she was a senior in high school and she was the oldest in-patient resident of the hospital for four months at the age of 17.
Mia went on to Clark Atlanta University, where she completed her bachelor of science in Biology. In 2006, Mia received her graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of North Florida. Mia pursued this field because she desired to assist other people with disabilities. Previously, Mia has worked as a certified rehabilitation counselor for the Department of Labor, where she provided services to individuals with disabilities to maintain or obtain employment.
These days, Mia enjoys working as a Patient Coordinator at AP&O for prosthetics, where she loves educating patients about the prosthetic process as well as getting patients approved for prosthetic devices. Mia became a part of the AP&O staff in July 2009; however, she has been a patient of AP&O since 2001. Mia fell in love with Jim and the staff when they really took the time to listen to her expectations as well as her needs. Previously, she had been fitted by other prosthetists that did not listen to what she wanted and what was important to her as a young amputee.
She is a member of the Amputee Coalition, an AC Certified Peer Counselor, and she attends the local amputee support group meetings. She is always available to talk with patients about prosthetics and life in general.
"A lot of our patients say that I’m an inspiration to them; however, they are my inspiration for me to continue to better myself as an amputee by staying healthy as well as active. Recently, I have started running and skiing and I plan to continue both activities. At AP&O, we strive to improve the lives of the physically challenged!"