The Assistive Technology Department (ATD) at Gillette Children’s designs and creates customized orthoses (braces), powered wheelchair controls, artificial limbs (prosethetics), augmentative communication devices, protective headgear, custom seating and wheelchair modifications. These services are also available at our St. Paul – Phalen Clinic and through our Outreach Clinic.
Our technology staff is able to adapt equipment to the needs of each individual client. Our certified orthotists and prosthetists, seating specialists and certified assistive technology practitioners work closely with patients, their families and their community professionals.
Today meet Theresa Nordling, a Customer Service Representative in the Assistive Technology Department!
Q. What are some of your hobbies outside work?
A. During the summer months I enjoy spending time with my husband’s family. Enjoying time spent with my good friends Karla, Tianne, and Shari.
Q. Do you have any children or pets?
A. I have three children. My daughter Anna is 26, my son Kevin is 22, soon to be 23 and my youngest is 10. Our family has three pets Finn is our Labordoodle, and Chuck and Dill are both cats one female and one male.
A. I wanted to be Superman because he had x-ray vision and could fly. Now I would like to be Hilary Clinton.
Q. Do you have favorite food? Do you have a favorite book?
A. My favorite book “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and of course my favorite food is New York City pizza.
Q. If you could travel anywhere where would you go?
A. I would love to travel back to Japan. When I was little I lived in Tokyo for 4 ½ years
Q. What was your favorite subject in school?
A. My favorite subjects were English and Math. I was terrible in Biology and History but as I grew up I became interested in those subjects.
Q. Do you have a favorite musician/band/type of music?
A. My favorite musician and singer was Elvis Presley, as a teen I loved Disco music such as Donna Summer, Rick James, and Earth Wind and Fire.
A. I admired my dad. I thought he was cool because he was a Deck-hand on the Staten Island Ferry. Once, he convinced the Captain to let us steer the Ferry across the New York City Harbor.
Q. Do you have a favorite story/memory from Gillette?
A. My favorite memory is a mom that came in to ATD with triplets, one needing a cranial cap. The issue was the triplet’s stroller. The stroller would tip over if mom took out one of the seats and the stroller seats were not safely attached to the frame. The mom did not feel comfortable going out because the stroller was unsafe. Eric Flam, one of the seating providers from the Assistive Technology Department, went to work on the stroller immediately without hesitation even though the patient was in Assistive Technology for a whole other issue. The mother cried tears of happiness. This is just one of many favorite memories while working in Assistive Technology.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your job at Gillette?
A. I enjoy working with the staff, chatting with the patient and their families. My most enjoyable part of my job is watching everyone enjoy his or her job.