ASOP Casting   
  & Bracing Workshop

Students from the Freeport, Bahamas workshop show off their plaster casts 
University of South Carolina Medical School
Charles Barocas, CO, ROT
Mr. Barocas is a American Board Certified Orthotist. He is a graduate of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYC, and the Academy of Health Sciences, US Army. Mr. Barocas has over forty-seven years of experience in clinical orthopedics.

He has been on staff at Bronx Lebanon Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Special Surgery Hospital in New York City. From 1980 to 1990, Mr. Barocas was the X-ray technologist/orthopedic technologist/orthotist for Washington Heights Orthopedic Services, an orthopedic-only emergency room in New York City. He has been a Board Certified Orthotist since 1980.

Mr. Barocas has served in the New York State Army National Guard with the 102nd Medical Battalion and the Americal Division in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. He was a member of the medical team at the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games in 1980. More recently he has been the clinical coordinator/orthotist at Baysports Orthopedic Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Barocas is an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College where he instructs students in fracture casting techniques in the Physician Assistant program.

His unique experiences in front line orthopedics and the love for his work have been the catalyst to start the American Society of Orthopedic Professionals and its training programs.

Mr. Barocas is now working with college level athletic training programs setting up ASOP approved  casting and bracing courses for Athletic Training students. This will allow AT students to sit for the new Orthopedic Physician Extender, OPE certification.  Over 20 major universities have signed up for the first year with over 400 students taking ASOP college level instruction.


Jack Hart, ROT, OTC Jack has more than 27 years of experience in orthopedics and is currently employed with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.  He has immense knowledge in the clinical and emergency department setting in pediatric and adult fracture casting, ER splinting, and is our total contact cast for the diabetic foot key note instructor at our annual advanced casting workshop in Las Vegas.  Jack is also a licensed X-Ray Technician and Emergency Medical Technician broadening his knowledge in the healthcare field.  He is a past Vice President of the National Association of Orthopedic Technologists and a past President of the Association of Orthopedic Technologists of California.  Jack is our Western Regional trainer for ASOP and has served our organization for more than 10 years training orthopedic professionals to enhance their development in fracture immobilization.

Dr. Keith Vanic, ATC, LAT, OPE-C, ROT, OTC has chaired ASOP’s Continuing Education for approximately ten years.  During this time, he has navigated the CEU approved provider for additional healthcare specialties (AAPA, ASRT, Florida Board of Nurses).  Since 2010, Dr. Vanic has been instructing casting and bracing techniques in his advanced clinical master’s program for his graduate ATs and most recently in his BS/MS Professional Practice Athletic Training Programs.  Along with his ASOP national instructor rank, he has taught hundreds of students in this specialty area (please note, Dr. Vanic selectively presents at those workshops where advanced practice clinicians, i.e., ATs, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Primary Care Sports Medicine Physicians, Orthopedic Surgeons etc. are in attendance).  Most recently, Dr. Vanic has served as ASOP’s liaison to other AT program faculty who are interested in teaching such skills/techniques in their curriculums.  Lastly, Dr. Vanic served a most recent term on the NATA Post Professional Education Committee (PPEC) and was strategically added to the committee to write the knowledge, skills and clinical abilities sections of the NATA’s first Specialty Certification in Orthopedics.  His addition to the committee was based on his previous work with ASOP’s Orthopedic Physician Extender Programming for AT Programs.

Central and South America

Luis Omar Guiterrez Montoya, ROT   Luis Omar is a graduate of the University of Costa Rica and certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica in the Health Technologist sector where he also seved as president of the Board of Directors.

He has been Director and Professor of the Program in Orthopedic Technology at the Univeristy of Iberoamerica since 2016.  Over 160 Orthopedic Technologists have graduated the program under his instruction and leadership.

Luis Omar is a lead instructor for ASOP and a reprsentative for ASOP in Latin America.  His initiative and perseverance has helped him to train a new genertion of Orthopedic Technologists

Allen Garita, ROT Allen is a graduate of the Orthopedic Technology Program of the Iberoamerican Univeristy.  He is a Professor in Anatomy and Biomechanics at the University and currently is employed at the Hospital del Trauma in Costa Rica. A top rated hospital in Central America.  Allen is a lead instructor and ASOP representative in Latin America

Francisco Sergio de Oliveira, ROT  Sergio has been an Orthopedic Technologist for 26 years in Brazil.  He has been working in the largest trauma hospital in Sao Paulo for 25 years and training orthopedic residents at the Pontifical Catholic University of Sorocaba.  Sergio is a lead instructor and ASOP representative in Latin America.