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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Danny Corpuz, a cast Technician at Ortho NorthEast, wraps a cast complete with some glitter for a patient. Corpuz, a Navy veteran, has been with the company since 2006.

Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:00 am

Cast technician is all wrapped up in his work

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Profile

Name: Danny Corpuz

Age: 56

Job Title: Cast tech at Ortho NorthEast

Background: Received his medical training while in the U.S. Navy and also worked in the Veterans Affairs system and a trauma hospital in Los Angeles; eventually found his way to orthopedics, where he was trained in San Diego; has been with Ortho NorthEast for 12 years – putting splints, wraps and casts on various injured body parts.

Danny Corpuz always wanted to be in the military or law enforcement when he was growing up.

“Being in the medical field just sort of fell into my life,” he said. “I fell in love with it and never looked back.”

Corpuz has been a cast tech at Ortho NorthEast since 2006 and couldn't imagine doing anything else.

When he sees patients, some are hurting or ready to get a cast removed.

“When a patient says thank you, ... with a big smile. That's what really gets me going.”

Corpuz, 56, was born in the Philippines and moved to Hawaii when he was young. He joined the United States Navy and went through combat medic training.

Somewhere along the way he decided to focus on orthopedic cast work in San Diego and was eventually transferred to Virginia. Once there, he was deployed to the first Desert Storm war. He served from 1987 to 1992.

After leaving the service, he worked in Los Angeles, including for the Veterans Affairs system and several hospitals.

He met his wife, who was originally from Fort Wayne, and they eventually settled in Indiana to raise children and grandchildren.

Corpuz spends his days tending to patients who need help with splits, wraps or casts. He handles fingers, wrists, toes, ankles, legs and even occasionally a full body cast.

He said depending on the type of cast needed, it takes him about five minutes to do something small and maybe 20 minutes to do another. He estimates he sees maybe 20 patients a day.

Kamie Libey, clinical supervisor, said the office gets a lot of trauma and post-operation patients.

“A lot of them don't know their prognosis or what's going to happen. There is a lot of uneasiness in the patients,” she said. “Danny in particular is good at putting the patients at ease and talking them through the process.”

He said children sometimes get scared when they see the saw that is used to take off a cast. He shows them it can't hurt them.

“Some of the kids I like to play around with them to put them at ease,” he said. “If they cry I try to cheer them up.”

He has no plans to retire any time soon – not with kids in college.

And Libey is glad.

If Corpuz gets a lull, he always lets others in the office know he is available if they need anything.

“He takes ownership of his area. That's his art – all casts are custom made,” she said. “He has real motivation. He doesn't like to sit still.”

nkelly@jg.net