Registered orthopedic technologists (ROTs) are health care professionals who assist orthopedic surgeons in the practice of medicine. The ROT is an expert in the complexity of plaster and synthetic cast application and has the skill to remove casts with care and fragility.
ROTs are able to fit and adjust canes, crutches, walkers, slings, and other durable medical equipment as well as provide patient instruction on their proper use. Other important responsibilities of a ROT are the ability to apply braces, and prosthetics, perform minor adjustments and repairs, as well as fabricate splints for various conditions under the direction of the orthopedic surgeon.
Yanover “Yani” Letona, ROT
- Registered Orthopaedic Technologist (ROT)
- Member, National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists
Yani joined Countryside Orthopaedics in 2002 as an orthopaedic technologist with previous experience at the MANUS Center. A veteran Navy Corpsman with the Marine Corps, his training and schooling were obtained at the Navy School of Health Sciences in San Diego, California in 1987. In addition, Yani attended the Division School Medical Training Department at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, including the Field Medical Service School and the EMT/EMT-1 Non-Physician Health Care Provider as well as the UCLA Center for Pre-Hospital Care. Along with his expertise as an OT, Yani is experienced in venipuncture, IV and wound care.
During his twelve years in the military, Yani was awarded medals that include three Good Conduct Medals, Marine of the Year, Navy Achievement Medal, Sailor of the Quarter Award, Sailor of the Year Award and numerous letters of commendation for outstanding service beyond the call of duty.
Yani maintains his ROT certification and keeps his skills up-to-date while attending accredited symposiums and seminars annually, and through his professional affiliations, including The Virginia Association of Orthopaedic Technologists, The National Association of Orthopedic Technologists, The American Society of Orthopaedic Professionals, The Association of FMF Combat Medical Personnel, The Fleet Marine Force Grunt Corpsman Association, The American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsmen, The Corpsmen United and The American Legion.
Yani is fluent in both English and Spanish.