Brock worked part time fabricating prosthetics, but his goal was to work with people.
“One day my boss told me I could stay in the back and build things, but if I wanted to see patients I would have to go to school,” he said. “I realized I could do this work anywhere in the world, and it just felt right.”
Brock attended California State University, Dominguez Hills, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in health science with a focus in prosthetics and orthotics. He was first introduced to the Shriners Children’s healthcare system while in California. As a student, he visited hospitals in Los Angeles and Sacramento. “I really fell in love with Shriners Children’s,” Brock recalled. “I wanted to be a part of the unique and challenging cases that they were treating.”
When a prosthetist/orthotist position opened up at the Shriners Children’s location in Springfield, Massachusetts, Brock jumped at the opportunity. “The job description included travel to international clinics four times a year,” he recalled. “I saw that and knew it was perfect for me.” He interviewed in California, and without ever visiting the Springfield location or spending time in the Northeast, accepted an offer and moved across the country.