Articles by Marty Carlson - Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.

Articles Authored by Marty Carlson

Journal articles and presentations about friction management, flexure joint technology, orthotic design, and mobility authored by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. founder Marty Carlson

About J. Martin “Marty” Carlson, MS, CPO, FAAOP

Founder & President, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc.
Bachelor of Science (1963) – Aeronautics and Engineering Mechanics, University of Minnesota
Master of Science (1967) – Major: Mechanics and Materials; Minors: Metallurgy and mathematics, University of Minnesota

Mr. Carlson received BS and MS degrees in aeronautics and engineering mechanics at the University of Minnesota. For six years, he worked on the development of new instruments for measuring force, pressure, and temperature for industrial process control. He then shifted his career focus to orthopedic/rehabilitation engineering. He received his formal orthotic and prosthetic training at Northwestern University and served as Director of Habilitation Technologies at Gillette Children’s Hospital for sixteen years. He has published several dozen articles in a variety of medical and orthotic-prosthetic journals. Carlson and his staff have gained an international reputation for design, development and biomechanical analyses. Marty focuses on building a workplace culture where each of the staff members feels mutual support and expects to be excellent.

Memberships & Awards


  • American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, CPO (1978)
  • American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
  • Uruguay Spinal Deformity Society, Corresponding Member
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA)
  • Scoliosis Research Society)


  • Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics 2nd place, Article of the Year Award,
    American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (1995)
  • Award for Technical Creativity, American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (1997)
  • Titus-Ferguson Award, American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (2009)

Professional Positions

  • Research Project Engineer, Rosemount Engineering Company (1966-1972)
  • Director of Habilitation Technology, Gillette Children’s Hospital (1972-1988)
  • Rehab. Engineer/Orthotics Consultant to Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Fairview Hospital (1976-1981)
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School (1981-1989)
  • Founder and President, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. (1990-Present)

Other Appointments

  • Member, Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician Training Program Advisory Council, Northeast Metro Technical College (1974-1987)
  • Member, Governor’s Advisory Council on Technology for People with Disabilities (1985-1991)
  • Chairman, Lower Extremity Orthotics Group at the R&D Priorities Planning Workshop of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, and author of the group’s final report on future R&D needs,
    San Francisco. (April 10-12, 1989)
  • Member, Executive Board, international Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics – U.S. National Organization (1995-2001)
  • Uruguay Spinal Deformity Society, Corresponding Member

Profiles & Interviews

  • Carlson, J. Martin. “J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOP: A Quiet Leader.” The O&P EDGE, Oct. 2010.
  • Michaels, John. “J. Martin Carlson, CPO.” The O&P EDGE, Jan. 2001.
  • Fairley, Miki. “Q & A with J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOP.” The O&P EDGE, May, 2007.
  • Carlson, J. Martin, and Lisa Vervena. “Bringing Assistive Technology to Transition-Age Youth in Rural Minnesota.” Impact, University of Minnesota 8.1, Winter 1995, pp. 12-13.


Journal Articles

Flexure Joint Technology

Friction Management

Sitting Support Orthosis Design

Spinal Orthotic Design Bio-Mechanics

Lower Limb Orthotic Design Bio-Mechanics