Vari McPherson

Vari McPherson, CPO, FAAOP

Position Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist, Clinical Practice Leader
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About Me

About Me

Vari is an ABC Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist and Prosthetist, and serves as the Clinical Practice Leader for the Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinical Center (POCC) at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Vari is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP). She joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in 2008 and continues to serve orthotic clients in an outpatient and Day Rehabilitation setting involving various levels of clinical care.

Her clinical background includes neuromuscular and orthopedic areas in pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Vari has contributed to various research projects with the Center of Bionic Medicine (CBM) and Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR). She has served as the AAOP President Chapter Chair for the Membership Advisory Council, as a Board Member and Past President of the Midwest Chapter for AAOP and continues to participate as a member of AAOP. Vari continues to collaborate with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Academy in education and enjoys mentoring orthotic residents in the POCC residency program.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Professional Associations



    1999 - 2001
    University of Washington, Seattle , WA Bachelor of Science Prosthetics and Orthotics
    1993 - 1997
    University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada Bachelor of Science Biomechanics and Human Kinetics


    2001 - 2002
    Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Connecticut Children's Medical Center , Hartford, CT Residency in Orthotics
    2003 - 2004
    Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Chicago, IL Residency in Prosthetics

Certificates + Licenses

  • American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics
  • IL Licenses in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Honors + Awards

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Prosthetics and Orthotics


  • American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics
    President Chapter Chair of the Membership Advisory Council
  • Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics Residency Program
    Connecticut Children's Medical Center (CCMC) Hartford, CT Orthotic Residency Program 2001-2002. Hanger Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic, Chicago, IL Prosthetic Residency Program 2003-2004