Ostia Lucille Smith is the Great Great Aunt of Nick Deeter, Founder of OrthoPediatrics. Along with Bertha Zimmer, Ostia Smith was one of the first two female sales representatives in orthopaedics for Revra DePuy.
Ironically, Ostia’s first sale was a pediatric bone splint to Dr. Leffers in Florida.
Over one hundred years later, in December of 2007, OrthoPediatrics sold its first orthopaedic implant to repair a fractured bone in a pediatric patient.
The original business concept for OrthoPediatrics, which was conceived by Founder Nick Deeter in the mid-1980’s, was to provide better splinting and bracing for orthopedic problems in children. While that concept was never realized, in the years up to the Company’s foundation in 2006, Mr. Deeter saw that implantable orthopedic devices in adults were becoming the norm and asked why clinical practice would not apply the same standard to children.
OrthoPediatrics was formally established in 2006. A business team of orthopedic experts in Warsaw, IN, “the orthopedic capital of the world,” was drawn from large companies such as DePuy, Smith & Nephew, Zimmer, and Biomet.
The Company also assembled a board of world-class pediatric orthopedic surgeons to assist in developing products that meet the needs of pediatric patients. Since then, the Company has developed and received regulatory approval for 12 product systems, established national distribution of its products, commenced international distribution, and become “The Worldwide Leader in Pediatric Orthopedics.”