Mar 09, 2020 / Prosthetics & Orthotics

Get to Know our Staff: Robert Carlile, Orthotics & Prosthetics

What is your role at the hospital? What do you do on a daily basis? 
I have been in the Orthotics and Prosthetics department for 36 years, with my main focus being fabrication of prosthetic and orthotic devices. I love working with all the kids and their family members.
 
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite for Children?
All of the different families that I have gotten to know through the years. I enjoy watching the kids grow up who have come through the O&P department.

What was your first job? Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now? 
My first job was as a fry cook at Long John Silver's. As a high school student at Mesquite High School, I participated in Health Occupations Students of America. In June of 1982, I had the great opportunity to work at Scottish Rite part time as a prosthetic technician. My goal in life has been to repay Scottish Rite for what they had given me - life. 
 
What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now? 
I am constantly looking for new ways to make prosthetic life better for all kids. I am also learning about supply chain management so that some day when I'm done making prosthetics, I will have another skill and something new to do.

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I would like to visit Scotland with my wife and kids. Start the adventure there and then just keep going.
 
What are some small things that make your day better?
I love seeing the smiles on the faces of kids and family members we work with. I also love to see co-workers smile and have fun at work. It is great to know that we can change the life and outcome of a family just by showing how much we care.
 
What is special about the place you grew up?
You may already know, but I actually grew up here at the hospital. From the time I was 2 weeks old, until now, Scottish Rite has been a home and family to me. 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? 
I like to fish, plus I enjoy watching my stepson perform in marching band and I love watching him play basketball. His older brother and I will talk about cars and I love to hear about all the new stuff they want to do to their cars. Being around my wife of 20 years also makes me happy. The day that all of my kids can come together for a Thanksgiving dinner will top all of the rest.

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