Ostia Lucille Smith (1885-1951) is the Great Great Aunt of Nick Deeter, Chairman of the Board & CEO of WishBone Medical, Inc. 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 for the ankle to Dr. Leffers in Florida. Over one hundred years later, WishBone Medical is providing advanced technological solutions in the pediatric market.

“Thanks Aunt Osti … Sorry it took so long.” - Nick Deeter

95% of the orthopedic implants going into children today are not specifically designed for them. Ten years ago when I started OrthoPediatrics, I felt it was unacceptable for a child to get an adult device that was bent, cut, and altered just to try and make it fit while ignoring the growth plates and possibly causing more harm. There is still a lot of work to be done on behalf of our kids.
— Nick Deeter, CEO, WishBone Medical, Inc.

WishBone Medical, Inc. was founded by Nick A. Deeter. In 2006, Nick Deeter started OrthoPediatrics because he saw an unmet need in the pediatric orthopedic space. Nick felt the standards for treatment in children were unacceptable and that the use of adult medical devices in these children could not continue. These patients needed medical devices that were designed for their smaller anatomy and unique needs.

Nick worked directly with engineers and surgeons to develop products that could meet the needs of growing children.