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Born Without Left Hand, Recent ENHP Grad Pursues Prosthetics Career to Make Positive Impact

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Gabrielle Sinotte ’17 of Manchester, N.H., likes to prove people wrong. Born without a left hand, she was once told she couldn’t jump rope, drive a car, or play a sport. Not only did she master all three, she says there isn’t a sport she can’t play. So it’s not surprising Sinotte decided to apply her abilities and confidence to a prosthetics and orthotics career that will allow her to interact positively with people who may be missing a limb.

“Prosthetics was something I was always very aware of from a young age,” she says. But when she was younger, Sinotte thought it would be too cliché to study prosthetics and orthotics. However, during a conversation with a clinician she says, “I realized that this field is actually very fitting for me.”  

“As a freshman, I didn’t realize what I was committing to when I started the accelerated five-year program,” she says about the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions’ rigorous combined bachelor of science in health science and master of science in prosthetics and orthotics program.

“Looking back, I am so thankful that I chose the University of Hartford because of all of the opportunities that have been presented to me during my time here.”

Some of those opportunities included being a Red Cap orientation student leader, playing ultimate Frisbee, serving on student government, working as a resident assistant, and performing with the pep band.

As she walked across the stage at commencement wearing a graduation cap decorated to say, “Ten Fingers are Overrated,” Sinotte was preparing to drive across the country to Southern California for a required six-week prosthetics and orthotics internship, before she returns to campus this fall to finish her master’s degree. “We're allowed to go anywhere in the country, so I figured it would be an awesome experience to step out of my comfort zone and go to California!”