Orthotic/Prosthetic Tech student finds audience on Instagram

Sean Seo never used to consider himself a "social media person." That changed when he started the Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician program and began posting Instagram videos of himself building prosthetic devices. Now, at the end of his first year, he's garnered nearly 1,000 followers by sharing his work. 

"I don't see Instagram just as a medium to get likes or comments," he said. "I actually use it as a resource." 

Sean started off by sharing videos for friends and family who were curious about what he was learning. As he continued posting, he started to attract an audience of followers from the field. He says the #PandO field, as it's referred to in Canada, or #OandP in the United States, is made up of people who fabricate prostheses and orthoses and people who use them. 

"There is a sense of support with the #PandO community," he said, adding his posts have also attracted attention from woodworkers, metal workers and engineers.  

"They learn from each other and I actually learn from other professionals on Instagram." 

Sean worked in the mental health sector before coming to George Brown. While working as a manager in a psychiatric clinic, he met amputees and wanted to find a way to provide more help to this population. 

"I also had a desire to do something with my hands – something more practical, hands-on and manual," he said. 

Sean's previous education provided a good complement for his training at George Brown. He studied human biology at the University of Toronto and psychology at York University. He's happy to have found a program where he can combine his university education and hands-on training. 

"We're creating something that a person will be using every single day of their lives and for that we need to create a device that's durable, that is safe and that works for them," he said. "It is extremely important to be detailed in your work."