Well-known orthopedic surgeon receives RPT designation     

Art Heller, M.D.,

Art Heller, M.D., a well-known orthopedic surgeon in Cherry Hills Village, has recently completed the requirements to earn the registered piano technician designation. To most in the medical community, the designation “RPT” would be assumed to represent a registered physical therapist. But not to Heller who has recently retired and is now enjoying life as a piano tuner/technician.

Heller becomes one of less than 2,000 people in the world who have completed a series of three exhaustive examinations covering all aspects of piano technology. The examination process includes a written test, covering general knowledge of pianos and piano technology, a technical examination, which includes action regulation and adjustment, and a standardized tuning examination.

“In an era when people are rediscovering the value of quality work,” said Paul Brown, RPT, president of the Piano Technicians Guild, “Heller demonstrates that competence, professional growth and dedication to service are hallmarks of those who earn the title of registered piano technician.”

Heller learned to tune pianos while in medical school many years ago. His orthopedic residency was at the University of Colorado Medical Center. After retirement from 45 years of orthopedic surgery at Swedish Medical Center, Porter and Littleton Adventist Hospitals, he returned to school in piano technology. He is now a member of the Denver Chapter of the Piano Technicians Guild and is enjoying his second career as a piano technician. Having been trained in violin and trumpet, he has now returned to music with his piano work. Heller always treats his pianos with surgical precision—no anesthesia required!

The Piano Technicians Guild is the world’s premier source of piano service expertise. It promotes the highest possible standards of piano service by providing opportunities for professional development, by recognizing technical competence through examinations, and by continuing education.

For further information, call Heller at 303-947-8834.

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