About Us

Our History

The vision to create Great Steps Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions began in the late 1990s. John Held, Certified Orthotist, had envisioned a locally owned Orthotic and Prosthetic company serving Central Minnesota that focused on quality patient care first and bottom line second.Great Steps It was his belief that properly managing the complexities of his patients, treating his patients as family and maintaining proper communication and relationships with his referral sources would keep his schedule busy enough to earn a living. In 2000, Held incorporated Great Steps Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions. The area’s need for artificial limbs and their specialized care needs grew and at the end of 2000 Great Steps was joined by Dan Tysver, Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist. Within one year Great Steps grew to employ 3 practitioners and 3 office employees.

State-of-the-Art Facility

Great Steps Facility

In 2006 the company had outgrown its' original 2000 square feet operation and moved into a new state of the art 6000 square feet facility. By 2009, Great Steps Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions employed 7 practitioners and 10 support staff. In early 2009, Great Steps further expanded it operation to include 10,000 square feet of clinic and fabrication services. Great Steps practitioners are widely renowned for their expertise in pediatric as well as adult Orthotics and Prosthetics including orthopedic braces. Its' practitioners assist in the management of all levels of care including sports medicine.

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Who We Serve

Current Great Steps Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions clientele include professional teams such as the Minnesota Wild, Timberwolves and Lynx as well as collegiate level athletes at the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State and St. Johns University. Prior to the wholesale medical staff change for the Minnesota Vikings in 2006, Great Steps enjoyed great success treating the complexities of professional football injuries with the team. Great Steps maintains an active outreach schedule throughout much of central Minnesota. Great Steps Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions understands the importance of providing services to Central Minnesota and other areas of the state that don't have enough population to allow full-time facilities to operate. Great Steps views all patients, large or small, high functioning or highly challenged, equally important. Maximizing outcomes through the implementation of newest technologies, thoughtful designs, ongoing education and deliberate communication with patients, caregivers and referral sources allows Great Steps' patients to benefit from the highest quality of Orthotic and Prosthetic care.

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Mission Statement

The mission of Great Steps Orthotic and Prosthetic Solutions is to enhance the lives of our patients through the use of properly designed and fit orthoses and prostheses. We understand that each patient is unique and important regardless of abilities or disabilities.

Great Steps actively pursues and masters all designs, technology and principals through proper education and training of caring and qualified staff who strive to build a personal and long-term relationship with each patient. We maintain open communication with all referral sources in order to develop a team approach of care.

Great Steps will never lose sight that our existence is dependent on the trust and results that we achieve with our patients and referral sources.