Jeff A. Zeller, CP, BOCPO
Prosthetist / Orthotist certified by the Board for Orthotist / Prosthetist Certification / Certified Prosthetist / Business Owner
Jeff came to Redding, CA in 1975 with his parents, from Newbury Park CA. In 1980, as a Senior at Central Valley High School. Mr. Zeller was involved in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian where he was struck by a drunk driver. This accident led to 21 surgeries to his right leg in an effort to salvage the limb. After over 6 months in and out of hospitals and having to graduate High School in a wheelchair, a decision to do “one-more procedure” or amputate the limb was required. Without much hesitation, the decision to amputate the right leg, below the knee was made.
After a short rehabilitation period and support of one of his fathers friends who was an amputee. Jeff was walking, hiking, biking and playing racquetball with an archaic style prosthesis, at the age of 17. At this time it lit a fire in Jeff to make this time more seamless and to educate other new amputees about the process. But it was not to happen at that moment in time.
In 1982 Jeff decided to follow in his fathers footsteps and became a SignPainters apprentice. He spent 12 years as an international award winning sign design and fabricator. In 1992 Jeff received the opportunity to become a Prosthetic Technician, by his then Prosthetist, Ray Tegerstrand, CPO. Jeff apprenticed under Ray and became a certified prosthetic technician in 1994. He was hungry to devour every educational opportunity he could. He attended short and long term education courses from Los Angeles to Pittsburg. This led to his sitting for the BOC Prosthetic exam in 1997. Jeff became a certified Prosthetist at that time. He was still dissatisfied with the continuity of care for the amputee.
In 2005 Jeff partnered with Forest Sexton, CPO from Medford OR. Forest had developed a new concept in his years in the Prosthetic & Orthotic field. He had developed a business model which allowed local practtioner ownership in a network of larger individually owned practices. At this time is when Spectrum Prosthetics & Orthotics of Redding was born. That fire for continuity of care and education of medical providers, patients and caregivers still burns bright for Jeff! He works closely with each patient he serves. From pre-amputation counseling to post prosthetic adjustment and follow-up. Mr. Zeller knows how a properly fit prosthesis should fit and feel. He is always on the quest through new materials, processes and people to attain the “Best” for each of his patients.
As the owner/manager and practioner, these same values and qualities of care are what every member of staff are working to achieve!
Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Tina and their children and their spouses.