About Us

The Company

OrthoRx, Inc. is a privately held San Diego, California based medical research and development organization founded in 1994. The founders of the company developed a treatment method for a very common knee pathology know as patellofemoral dysfunction. The treatment method is the OnTrack® system. Since education is a vital part or the mission of OrthoRx, a subsidiary company know as OrthoEd was created in 1995. The purpose of OrthoEd is to educate medical professionals about the latest techniques and treatment methods for patellofemoral dysfunction.

The Founders:

Annie M. Fonte

Annie received her B.S. in Business Administration in 1982. She spent the next six years in banking and commercial real estate working throughout the United States. Annie then returned to the University and received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1992. Following graduation, Annie worked with the founders of TheraTx, Inc. a nationwide health care company focusing on rehabilitation. Annie joined Kate Grace Physical Therapy as a co-owner of the private practice sports and orthopedic clinic in San Diego, California in 1993. She is responsible for the operations and strategic planning for the clinic.

In 1994, Annie co-founded OrthoRx, Inc. a medical products development and research organization. She was instrumental in the development and patenting of the OnTrack® treatment method for the most common knee disorder in the world, patellofemoral dysfunction. She created and managed the manufacturing, warehousing and distribution of the product. Annie recruited, trained and managed a nationwide sales force consisting of over 150 independent OrthoRx representatives located in 39 states.

The most recent OrthoRx development is a software program called PostureRx™. This is a web-based tool for the professional clinicians within the health care industry. Annie and her business partner, Kate Grace invented and patented the product.

In 1995, Annie co-founded OrthoEd, an international continuing education provider. The purpose of this company is to teach medical professionals all throughout the world how to make available state-of-the-art medical treatment for the millions of people who suffer from patellofemoral dysfunction. Annie and Kate have provided hundreds of educational seminars to thousands of medical providers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

In 1999 Annie was the sole founder of the consulting company, ProfitRx. Annie’s goal in creating this company is to educate and coach medical professionals and small business owners about how to start and operate successful entrepreneurial enterprises. Since starting ProfitRx, Annie has taught the one-day course she designed, Creating the Ultimate Private Practice, to hundreds of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) members.

In 2002, Annie co-founded Snap-Saver, LLC with two partners. Snap-Saver was formed to manufacture, market and sell an innovative new line of food storage containers. Snap-Saver began offering its “No-Brainer Container”™ product line to retailers across the country while utilizing home shopping and short form direct response television to create brand recognition. The “No-Brainer Container”™ design was recognized by Home World Business magazine and the International Housewares Association as the 2005 Housewares Design Award “Best in Category” for all Countertop Kitchenware. Snap-Saver was recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Hot New Products for 2006”.

Kate Grace Physical Therapy was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in San Diego and Annie was nominated as one of the Top 100 Women Who Mean Business in San Diego.

Kate J. Grace

Kate is a Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Physician Assistant. She founded Kate Grace Physical Therapy in 1985. This very progressive rehabilitation clinic treats a wide variety of patients with acute and surgical orthopedic injuries, postural dysfunctions and athletic and industrial injuries of the spine and extremities. Kate received her degree in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in 1979. Her OPA license was obtained in 1994. From 1979 to 1982 Kate was a staff physical therapist at Children’s Hospital in San Diego. In 1982 she planned, opened and supervised the new Sharp Orthopedic Outpatient Physical Therapy Department at Sharp Hospital in San Diego. Kate was also the supervisor of the Physical Therapy Clinic at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles where they treated over 100 athletes per day.

Kate has a special interest in patellofemoral dysfunction since she has suffered with the problem since she was 12 years old. She has undergone 8 painful knee surgeries and years of rehabilitation. After treating patellofemoral patients and researching the problem for the past 20 years Kate, and her associates, developed the OnTrack System. This is a unique, non-surgical method for the management of patellofemoral dysfunction. Research has proven that the OnTrack is the only system that realigns the patella and can return the joint anatomy back to normal. Kate is proud to say that she and her team have successfully resolved thousands of patient’s knee problems.

Kate and her business partner Annie established OrthoRx in 1995, a research and development, and orthopedic product company. They focus on the design and implementation of needed products to help a wide variety of orthopedic challenges. In 1997, Kate and Annie partner established OrthoEd, an international medical education seminar company. They have spent the last 10 years traveling throughout the United States and internationally lecturing and teaching health professionals about an effective and research proven way to examine and treat patellofemoral dysfunction.

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