2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees

Brad Ottinger
Corporate Chair

Brad Ottinger is the Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Administrative Officer, Secretary of MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. and a member of IEC since March 2016. He joined MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. as Associate General Counsel in January of 2014 and subsequently served as Vice President, General Counsel, Legal and Human Resources. Brad came to MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. from Buckeye Technologies Inc., where, as Associate General Counsel, he provided a breadth of legal services to the enterprise, with a primary focus on corporate transactions.  Prior to joining Buckeye, Brad concentrated his practice in the area of securities law and corporate transactions with both an international and domestic focus and used that foundation to develop expertise in corporate compliance and ethics. Brad is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. Brad received his B.A. in Communications from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended Vanderbilt University and received an M.Ed in 1993. Prior to attending law school, Brad worked at First Tennessee Bank, delivering management development programs and managing the succession planning process. He later worked with Andersen Consulting as a Change Management Consultant.  He received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2002. Before joining Buckeye Technologies Inc., Brad was Of Counsel with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC and associated with Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC in Memphis and Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Virginia. 

Brad is pleased to serve as the 2019 Chair for the Memphis Walk to Cure Arthritis.  His role with MicroPort has exposed him to the disease of arthritis and he is committed to helping patients live a better quality of life through the work of the Arthritis Foundation.

Adult Honoree

Linda is a very active grandmother.  Her daily activities include interaction with people and delights in the opportunity to serve her community as a police radio dispatcher.  She enjoys ministry work, family vacations, painting, and other fun-filled activities.

Linda was living her normal busy life, until one morning life changed and she had no idea what was happening.  Imagine waking up in the morning and sitting back down on the bed as soon as you stand because your legs can’t immediately support you and your ankles are stiff and feel frozen.  During an office visit with her primary care physician, x-rays and blood tests revealed a couple of possibilities and she was referred to a rheumatologist.   After further examination by a rheumatologist, she was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and discussed several options for treatment.

Osteoarthritis is also referred to as wear-and-tear arthritis with symptoms that are gradual and the disease progresses slowly over the years. It causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and limits range of motion in the affected joint.   Although the cause of osteoarthritis is not known, the sooner the disease is confirmed, the sooner treatment can begin. 

Through the Arthritis Foundation, Linda found the information and resources needed to better understand arthritis and developed strategies for managing the disease.  Since being diagnosed in 2017, she has learned lifestyle modifications that are effective in managing the pain, swelling, and stiffness.  She and her family participated in their very first Walk to Cure Arthritis in 2018 where she was awarded as one of the top fundraisers.

Linda is the osteoarthritis adult honoree for this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis, Memphis.  Through her involvement she hopes to show that life is affected but not defined by osteoarthritis.  She has increased her fundraising goal for 2019 to support research for all types of arthritis aimed at finding a cure.

To join Linda's team, or to make a donation, visit Team Linda's team page.


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