The roots of our business extend back over half a century to an unimposing red brick building in Oklahoma City.
It was 1947 when Lester Sabolich, grandfather of Scott Sabolich, opened his prosthetic clinic. From the very beginning he focused on improving prosthetic design, and thus, improving the lives of patients.
Lester’s son, John Sabolich, grew up in the business and at an early age discerned that the work of his father was not about making artificial limbs— it was about restoring people’s lives.
John Sabolich became a certified prosthetist-orthotist and worked side by side with his father until Lester retired.
The Sabolich Prosthetic & Research Center became internationally famous for breakthrough prosthetic designs such as the patented Sabolich Socket. They were equally well known for providing unsurpassed patient care and for serving patients from all over the world.
The business continued to grow, building a staff of more than 100 associates, and establishing satellite facilities in three other states. The center was featured in such publications as USA Today, National Geographic and Popular Science, and on television programs including "Dateline NBC," "Good Morning America," and "20/20." In prosthetic circles the Sabolich name was synonymous with advanced technology and quality care.
The flourishing business attracted the attention of NovaCare, a large healthcare service corporation based in Pennsylvania. In 1994, NovaCare purchased Sabolich and became NovaCare-Sabolich. It was later sold to Hanger Prosthetics.
Following in the footsteps of his father John, Scott Sabolich became a prosthetic and orthotic apprentice technician when he was 16 years old. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Science degree, he attended the prosthetics program at Northwestern University and was certified as a prosthetist. Scott worked at NovaCare-Sabolich as a staff prosthetist for two years and then became clinical manager of the Oklahoma City office.
As his career took shape, it became clear to Scott that he wanted to move in a different direction.His plan? To turn away from the corporate-minded formula for managing prosthetic care and reclaim the family-owned, patient-centered approach that was his legacy.
Today Scott is pleased to manage his own 21,000 square-foot prosthetic center including a state-of-the-art 9,000 square-foot clinical lab. More than 40 percent of the patients who visit this center travel from 42 states other than Oklahoma. Finally, Martin Bionics, a separate corporation owned and operated by Jay Martin, CP, LP, serves as a valuable, complimentary resource for research and development for our clinical work.