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Steve Baum


Steve Baum, CO

Has over 30 years of experience in orthotic patient care and specializes in pediatric orthotics and is a co-founder of Align Clinic. He has been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984.

Steve Baum graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981, earning a Cum Laude Honors Bachelor’s Degree while putting himself through school. He then earned the Long Term Certificate in Orthotics, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California State University at Dominguez Hills, and the Long Term Certificate of Prosthetic Education at University of California at Los Angeles in 1988. Steve Baum is ABC certified in all areas of orthotic care. He authored a paper which was published in the Journal of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, titled “Initial Standing of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Patient” (1990, Vol 2, number 2).


Steve Baum started his career at the Lucile Salter Children’s Hospital at Stanford / Rehabilitation Engineering Center as a Staff Orthotist and left as the Head of the Orthotic Service Department. Steve Baum most recently worked as clinic manager for his previous employer at clinics in Palo Alto and Mountain View, CA before co-founding Align Clinic. While at his previous company, Steve Baum was also named the Northern California Pediatric Specialist due to his great experience and passion for the subject. He is looking forward to continuing that role at Align Clinic.

Education & Work Experience

  • 09/76- 02/81 : State University of New York at Buffalo, Earned a Cum Laude Honors Bachelor’s degree while putting himself through school.
  • 6/83 – 07/84 Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, California State University at Dominguez Hills. Earned the Long Term Certificate in Orthotics (maintained 4.0 grade average)
  • 07/84-12/93 : Lucile Salter Children’s Hospital at Stanford / Rehabilitation Engineering Center. Started as Staff Orthotist and left as Head of Orthotic Service Department Head.
  • 01/87 : Past the American Board Of Certification (ABC) exam for Orthotics
  • 06/87 – 02/88 : University of California at Los Angles. Studied Prosthetics & earned the Accredited Long Term Certificate of Prosthetic Education.  
  • 11/90 Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO). Published and article for the winter 1990 edition of the JPO, volume 2, number 2 edition. Article was entitled ‘Initial Standing of the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Patient’. 
  • 11/93 – 01/14 : NovaCare Orthotics & Prosthetics > Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics. Started as Staff Orthotist in The San Mateo, CA branch of NovaCare. Company later merged w/ Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics & the NovaCare name was discontinued. Became Manger of the Palo Alto / Mountain View office & a Northern California Pediatric Specialist for the company.

Continuing Education

  • 11/11-12/83 Functional fracture management workshop by Dr Augusto Sarmiento at USC  Orthopedic  Hospital, Davis
  • 06/03/84 American Academy of orthotists & Prosthtists scientic presentations in O & P
  • 09/15/87  American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthtists scientific orthotic & prosthetic presentations in Othotic Treatment of Sports injuries and Recational Prosthetics’
  • 07/15/90 Developmental Biomechanics, a study of growing lower extremity structures by Beverly Cusick
  • 06/91 Orthofeet seminar on foot biomechanics and orthotic therapy
  • 10/1990 authored and article on the ‘initial standing of the osteogenesis imperfecta patient in the ‘ Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics’ also known as ‘JPO’ with Patricia Hazard.
  • 01/24/94 Became member of  American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthtists
  • 06/09/94 Dynamic Splinting by Don Buethorn of Cascade prosthetics & Orthotics (DAFO) (2 day workshop)
  • 10/06/94 Oregon Orthotic System  course on Basic Rotational control for lower extremities. By jean-Paul Nielsen & Disna Fish (3 day class)
  • 09/94 Published in O&P Business News; Tech Tips column. Small article on a trautman cone adapter for on-call use in hospitals.
  • 05/11-13/95 Oregon Orthotic System  course OOS-2 Advanced Seminar on load bearing and clinical quantification. By Jean-Paul Nielsen & Deana Fish (3 day class)
  • 10/95 Boston Brace scoliosis course
  • 10/09/96 Charleston Bending Brace seminar & certification. 2 day course taught by Ralph Hooper
  • 06/98  Integrated Pedorthotic solutions to Acute foot problems by Dennis Janisse
  • 02/28/98 Completed NovaCare pediatric education module and recognized as a pediatric clinical specialist.
  • 06/28/98 X-tra Depth university seminar ‘ Integrated pedorthotic solutions to acute foot problems’
  • 03/24/99 Camp Institute of Applied Technology SWASH dynamic hip course
  • 04/21/99  American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthtists certificate of Proffesional development in ‘Patient Management’
  • 04/23/99 Orthomerica products 1 day workshop on the TC-2 / total contact, total control orthotic system.
  • 01/10/00 Reciprocating Gait Orthosis seminar by Wally Motloch
  • 06/07/02 Jerome halo workship
  • 05/14/2003 Reciprocating gait Orthosis and Basko swing phase lock orthotic knee joint by Gary Ogilive & Wally Motloch
  • 12/2003 Awarded Hanger P&O Northern CA ‘Award for Clinical Excellence’
  • 01/2004 Advanced orthotic designs course in the Smart Walker.
  • 02/04/04 Horton Technology stance / control KAFO class
  • 05/05/06 Completed Innovative Neurotronics Walkaide system training.
  • 10/09 Assisted teaching the Cascade DAFO workshop in Oakland, CA
  • 02/03/11 Hanger Pediatric Orthotic Seminar (2 day workshop)
  • 02/05/13 Hanger Advanced Pediatric Orthotic Seminar (2 day workshop)
  • 02/07/13 Electrical Stimulation – Clinical Pathways workshop
  • 02/08/13 Carbon fiber applications in O&P
  • 02/5/11 Providence nocturnal scoliosis system by Spinal Technology

Steve’s Case Presentations

​A Physical Therapist from Sonoma county reached out to us to see if we would be willing to help in a situation concerning a 11 year old boy with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy & scoliosis who would not wear his scoliosis brace.
As the Physical Therapist explained, the family was unhappy with their 6 month old TLSO from a vendor local to their home in Sonoma, CA. The parents said that their son would continually take the brace off when he should be wearing it and had significant red marks from what they assumed was a poor fit. We agreed to see the family if they did not mind the rather long drive (about an hour & a half in normal Bay Area traffic). We found a few issues & noticed the brace’s ability to correct the scoliosis was sub-par due to overall tightness, corrective pad placement & lack of relief spaces. 
Align Clinic agreed we could help this situation. X-ray films show spine both with & with out the Align Clinic TLSO. The physical therapist, family & patient have all been very happy with the Align Clinic Boston style scoliosis brace. The parents also mentioned that encouraging brace wear is no longer a fight with their child. 

                                       11 year old patient X-ray taken pre-bracing
In-brace X-ray

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetist Spinal Orthotics Society: The current leadership: Chair: Sun Hae Jang, CO with Gillette Children’s Specialty in St. Paul, MN. Vice-Chair: Grant Wood, MS, CO of Align Clinic in San Mateo, CA. Treasurer: Kara Davis, CPO, LO with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
  • International Society Of Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) member, and 2019 Conference Chair
  • Association of Rigo-Cheneau Specialists Co-founder