Upper-Extremity Prosthetics; Research and Development
Randall Alley is the CEO and chief prosthetist for biodesigns, Santa Monica, California, a company specializing in upper-limb prosthetic patient care, clinician consulting, and product research and development. Certified by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), and as a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Alley further specializes in adaptive fitness, working with athletes with limb loss or congenital limb difference.
Alley is chair of the CAD/CAM society of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists (the Academy), adjunct professor for the O&P program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, a consultant on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) two-year upper-limb prosthetic project, and an international lecturer. He co-founded and is the former director of NovaCare’s and Hanger’s upper-extremity prosthetics program (UEPP).
Gary G. Bedard trained as a combat medic and a clinical specialist in the U.S. Army, where he received his licensed practical nurse (LPN) and emergency medical technician (EMT) civilian credentials. His military experience includes extensive work in coronary and medical intensive care units at various Army medical centers. He earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Bedard is the clinical marketing manager for Becker Orthopedic, Troy Michigan, where he has taught didactic and practicum-based seminars at all of the orthotic and prosthetic schools in the United States. In 1999, Bedard was selected as Educator of the Year and was in the second class of Fellows of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy). At the 2002 Academy national meeting, he received the Thranhardt Research Award for his lecture, "Measuring the Rate of Polypropylene Recrystallization after Clinical Thermoforming Through the Use of Differential Scanning Calorimetry."
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics
Kevin Carroll has dedicated more than three decades to prosthetics and is considered the "go-to" practitioner for the most challenging prosthetic fittings. Carroll currently serves as vice president of prosthetics for Hanger Orthopedic Group, Bethesda, Maryland, and his professional background encompasses the roles of researcher, educator, international speaker, and clinician. He is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (GCM), and the British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BAPO). He also serves as professional advisor to the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA).
Carroll’s practice began in his native country of Ireland in 1978 at the National Medical Rehabilitation Center, Dublin. In 1984, he moved to the United States, later becoming vice president of prosthetics for NovaCare Sabolich Orthotics & Prosthetics, Burnsville, Minnesota.
Hanger Orthopedic Group
Deanna Fish is a graduate of the O&P program at the University of Washington, Seattle, and received a master’s degree in biomechanics from the University of Oregon. She specializes in triplanar lower-limb deformities, pathomechanical gait conditions, and cranial remolding orthoses for deformational plagiocephaly. She was an instructor of the OOS-1 Basic Seminar and Functional Walking: an EPICTM Approach for nine years, and has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics relating to lower-limb and cranial deformities and their corresponding orthotic treatments. She currently serves as director of orthotics at Hanger Orthopedic Group, Bethesda, Maryland.
Advanced Rehab Therapy
Robert S. Gailey is an associate professor at the University of Miami, Florida, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy, where he has taught, practiced clinically, and conducted research for more than 20 years. Known as a tireless and talented physical therapist and a thought-provoking educator, Gailey is a mover and a shaker in the field of amputee rehabilitation. He has a joint position with Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Florida, as a health science researcher, and he has authored numerous publications. Gailey remains active with many organizations, including the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He also participated as a member of the United States Disabled Sports Medical Team in several World Championships and Paralympic Games and continues to work with some of the most elite athletes with disabilities from around the world.
Practitioner and Technician Education
Edward Haddon is the director of orthotic and prosthetic education at Century College, White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He has taught orthotics and prosthetics for more than 30 years there, serving as the program director for the past decade. Haddon is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), and the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). He is also a residency site evaluator for the National Commission on Orthotics and Prosthetics Education (NCOPE). He served on the technical certification committee of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) for 12 years.
Georgia Institute of Technology
O&P Education, Clinical Practice
Christopher Hovorka is director of the master of science program in prosthetics and orthotics (MSPO) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He is a commissioner of the National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Ron Sonntag Public Relations
Disabled Sports, Rehabilitation-Related News and Events, Marketing
Patty Johnson is the executive vice president for Ron Sonntag Public Relations (RSPR), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A major portion of her career has been devoted to public relations and marketing programs involving the prosthetics and orthotics field. Additionally, she and RSPR staff members were instrumental in the design, development, and production of three national magazines for a disability audience: Challenge, InMotion, and Amputee Golfer. She also coordinates marketing and sponsorship for a variety of local and national special events.
Hersco Orthotic Labs
Séamus Kennedy is the president and co-owner of Hersco Orthotic Labs, Long Island, New York. He received his degree in mechanical engineering from University College, Dublin, Ireland, in 1988. He became involved in biomechanics in 1995 when, along with his brother, he bought Hersco Arch Products, a business founded in the 1930s in New York City. Kennedy became a certified pedorthist in 1996. Since then, he has developed and expanded the company to manufacture both custom foot orthotics and custom-molded shoes. He is a regular speaker on the manufacturing and fitting of custom shoes and orthotics.
Lake Prosthetics and Research
Upper-Limb Clinical Practice, Research and Development
Chris Lake is the owner and chief clinical director of Lake Prosthetics and Research, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. He has 14 years of experience as an upper-limb prosthetic specialist and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Strathclyde, National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics, Glasgow, Scotland. Lake is a member of the International Society of Prosthetists and Orthotists (ISPO) and chair of the Upper Limb Prosthetic Society of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy). He serves as a clinical instructor in upper-limb prosthetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, lectures internationally, and has published articles in the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO), Medical Engineering and Physics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, and The Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies.
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
Charles E. Levy is chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Services for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System and an associate professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville. He received his specialty training in PM&R at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Illinois, where he was recognized for research productivity as the winner of the Sarah Baskin Award for two consecutive years. Prior to accepting his current position, he was the director of stroke and orthopedic rehabilitation at Ohio State University, Columbus, from 1993–1999. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Performing Arts Medical Association’s Young Investigator Award. Levy has served the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as a study-guide subcommittee faculty member, special-interest group leader, and as a medical expert. He serves as a research-committee member for the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and as an associate editor for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has been named a "Best Doctor in America" since 2001, received the Young Academician Award from the AAP, and has advised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on prosthetics, orthotics, and wheelchairs. He is also an award-winning banjoist and fiddler.
Karl Lindborg is head of clinical advocacy for Touch Bionics, Boston, Massachusetts. He has more than 15 years of clinical experience, with a decade of experience managing a branch office of a private-sector O&P facility and with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He worked for eight years as a technician, learning O&P fabrication and technical skills at several facilities in the western United States and then earning his bachelor’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a 2005 graduate of the VA VISN 21/22 Leadership Development Institute and is on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Durable Medical Equipment Regional Carrier (DMERC) "A" Team for Prosthetics and Orthotics. He is a member of the board of directors for the California Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (COPA). Lindborg also has served as an O&P expert with a medical review team for a major insurance company and has served as an expert witness in legal cases involving O&P. He regards as one of the highlights of his career serving as a volunteer prosthetist at the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Otto Bock HealthCare
Business, Marketing Communications
Karen Lundquist is the director for corporate communications for Otto Bock HealthCare North America, Minneapolis, Minnesota. After several years working in the healthcare industry, she came to work for Otto Bock in 2000 as its manager of marketing communications. Leading the group responsible for public relations, events, and promotional materials has allowed her to get to know the industry and all that O&P accomplishes.
Clinical Practice, Technology, Business Operations
John W. Michael holds a degree in clinical education and is a charter member of the Upper Limb Prosthetics Society and Gait Society of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy). He has written numerous articles on prosthetic and orthotic topics for a variety of textbooks and journals and has lectured widely in the United States, Canada, and other countries.
He is active in several professional societies and disability groups, including the Academy, the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CAPO), and the International Society for Prosthetics & Orthotics (ISPO). He has previously served as president of the Academy, as an official consultant to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics
Angela Montgomery is the practice manager for Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Boulder, Colorado. She was introduced to O&P during a photography class at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. There, she met university director of prosthetics Gary Berke, CP, and knew immediately it was the profession she had been looking for. For a track athlete with a focus in biomechanics, O&P offered the perfect blend of art and science.
Montgomery attended the Newington Certificate Program, Connecticut, for both prosthetics and orthotics and completed her residencies in both disciplines at Hanger Orthopedics and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, East Hartford.
Montgomery has travelled to Ecuador with Prosthetics for Ecuador, which worked closely with Fundacion Hermano Miguel to provide limbs to those in need in Quito and surrounding cities. She moved to Colorado in 2004 and particularly enjoys the patient population in Boulder, which is a blend of active adults, athletes, and pediatrics.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Engineering, Rehabilitation Education, Clinical Practice
Edward S. Neumann is director of the Center for Disability and Applied Biomechanics, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and adjunct professor of kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has developed and teaches graduate courses in the analysis of human motion, orthopedic biomechanics, prosthetic systems engineering, and ergonomics to students in biomedical engineering and kinesiology. He is chair of the Research Education Committee of the Academy, and currently serves on the Clinical Assessment/Research Development Committee of the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). His interests include quantification of subjective phenomena related to socket fit, modeling of gait and alignment, and the incorporation of evidence-based methods in clinical practice.
Neumann received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, and his master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He completed the certificate course in prosthetics at Northwestern University, is certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) as a prosthetist, and also holds Board of Certification/Accreditation, International (BOC) certification.
O&P Digital Technologies, Gainesville Prosthetics
Information & Communications Technology, Clinical Practice
Paul E. Prusakowski has been involved in O&P since 1985 and is a 1992 graduate of Florida International University, Miami, with a bachelor’s degree in O&P. After graduating, he was first involved in hospital-based O&P practice, and in 1999, began a private clinical practice in Gainesville, Florida. Prusakowski is the president of O&P Digital Technologies, the developers of oandp.com and OPIE software, and founder and moderator of OANDP-L, the orthotics and prosthetics listserv. He has been actively involved in both state and national professional associations and is a past president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy).
Asociación Dominicana de Rehabilitación and the Unidad de Rehabilitación Funcional
José Paúl Rodríguez M. is a rehabilitation specialist for the Asociación Dominicana de Rehabilitación (ADR) and the Unidad de Rehabilitación Funcional (UNIREHAB-UCSD). He is president of the Dominican Republic chapter of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and is past president of the Sociedad Dominicana de Fisiatría. He holds a degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), and a post-graduate degree in physical medicine and rehabilitation from the Asociación Dominicana de Rehabilitación (ADR)-Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC).
Lower-Limb Orthotic Fabrication
Tony Wickman is the owner of Freedom Fabrication, Havana, Florida, a central fabrication facility specializing in lower-limb orthotic fabrication and component manufacturing. He began his O&P career in 1984 and has practiced both as an O&P technician and clinician. In addition to serving for nine years on the Technician Registration Exam Committee of the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC), Wickman has served on ABC's Continuing Education Committee, the Technician Education Committee of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy), and he was the co-founder and vice chair of the Academy's Fabrication Science Society. He also serves as co-founder, treasurer, and board member of Orthotic & Prosthetic Technological Association (OPTA).
Marketing, Business Operations
Cherie D. Zeringue owns Growth Solutions, Salt Lake City, Utah, a marketing and sales consulting company specializing in O&P, engineering firms, and small businesses. Zeringue’s focus is centered on strategic marketing and tactical implementation of marketing programs to promote sales growth. She has been involved with O&P since 1994, having served as general manager of Medonic, Stockholm, Sweden from 1994–1999 and director of marketing at Springlite, Salt Lake City, from 1999–2001. Both her engineering and marketing background drive her passion for meeting new challenges in marketing and product development.