“My passion is to be Hope to Walk’s inventor and problem-solver. If I can donate my life by passing on God’s gift to me, that’s my goal.”
Hope to Walk’s founder, Phil Johnson, brings 34 years of prosthetics and orthotics experience. He is a certified orthotist and a certified prosthetist through the Board of Orthotics and Prosthetics.
In addition to his practice, Phil has a passion for using his training and skills to help those who are most in need by traveling on mission trips to Central America. On a trip to Guatemala, he gave a boy a leg. The next morning, thirty more children were lined up in hopes of receiving a leg as well. He was overwhelmed by the need and knew that there was no way that he could help them with the standard prosthetic devices available at the time.
Years later, when Phil met Michael Mabry, his interest was re-ignited as Michael was able to bring some new skills and capabilities that could help them address this need. Together they began to research and collaborate. Michael introduced Phil to Ed Bellaire and Hope to Walk was born.
Phil’s quite a renaissance man. From bull riding to gardening to painting, he’s truly done it all. Phil’s an outdoors-man who enjoys hiking, fishing, and hunting near his century-old house in Appalachian Mountains of Virginia.