Our Team

Committed to Professional Excellence

American Prosthetics & Orthotics' professional staff members and patient care facilities are nationally accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics. Such approval by our field's most stringent certifying body means that our company meets the highest standards of our profession.

In addition to formal schooling and extensive clinical training, APO practitioners regularly attend continuing education programs, including quarterly company seminars on new components and technology, and regional and national workshops and courses. Our practitioners also contribute research papers to scholarly journals, and teach orthotics and prosthetics courses at the university level.

Staff Biographies

Rod Cheney, CPO, FAAOP, is executive vice president of American Prosthetics & Orthotics (APO) and oversees operations, including personnel, marketing, and business development. Rod received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and then completed Northwestern University's prosthetic/orthotic program. He is ABC-certified in prosthetics and orthotics and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FAAOP), the highest designation of the professional association of prosthetic and orthotic practitioners in the country. From 2002-2009, Rod served as Director at Large for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). Rod and his wife, Tracy, reside in West Des Moines. They have two sons, Cole and Blake.

Brent Cheney, CO, is director of materials management and assistant manager for APO's Clive and Des Moines offices. Brent studied at the University of Iowa and the Pittsburgh Institute of Technology and is an ABC-certified orthotist. Brent is certified by Bioness, Inc. as a fitter of its orthotic systems including the NESS L300. Brent and his wife, Tina, live in West Des Moines with their two children, Parker and Sidney.

Gary A. Cheney, CPO, FAAOP, is Director of Compliance and Patient Services for APO. Gary sees patients predominately in the Clive office and specializes in lower extremity prosthetics. He oversees the Corporate Compliance Program and monitors all health, safety, payer, patient, and industry related issues for the company. Gary completed orthotic and prosthetic certificate courses at Northwestern University and New York University. He has served the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) as a Regional Director as well as a member of the Coding Committee. Gary has also served as an examiner for the American Board for Certification (ABC). Gary has been with the company since 1965. He is ABC-certified in prosthetics and orthotics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FAAOP). Gary and his wife, Cindy, reside in Waukee. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Nick Ackerman, CP, is APO's Director of Prosthetics. An ABC-certified prosthetist, he is C-Leg and RHEO certified and sees patients in the Davenport and Burlington offices. Nick, who has been an APO patient since childhood, joined the staff in 2001. He is a graduate of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, as well as the prosthetics program at Northwestern University. In addition to seeing patients, Nick is responsible for educating staff on new developments in prosthetics, establishing company-wide prosthetics practices and protocols, supervising prosthetic residents, and developing curriculum for training. Nick resides in LeClaire with his wife, Rachel, and son, Mason.

Andy Besser, CPO, is Davenport Branch Manager for APO. Andy joined the firm as a prosthetics technician after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in biology. He completed the orthotics and prosthetics programs at Northwestern University, serving his residencies in both at APO. He is ABC-certified in both fields and is C-Leg certified. Andy manages clinic operations and staff, as well as sees patients. Andy and his wife, Kathie, reside in Davenport with their children, Alexa, Graham, and Kate.

Laurie Barr-Cronin, CPO, sees patients at APO’s Clive and Methodist Medical Plaza II offices. An ABC-certified practitioner, she has more than 25 years of experience in O&P practice. Laurie earned her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and completed the degree programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics separately at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic Pedorthic Association (IPOPA) and Amputee Coalition of America (ACA), and participates in the Central Iowa Amputee Support Group (CIASG). She also conducts orthotic and prosthetic clinics in Albia, Centerville, Corydon, and Chariton, Iowa, on a biweekly basis and works as a clinical instructor and guest lecturer in the Department of Podiatry at Des Moines University. Laurie and her husband, Dave, reside in Des Moines.

Steve Galluzzo, CPO, serves as the manager of the Des Moines patient care offices of APO. He is responsible for clinic and field operations and staff management, and also sees orthotic and prosthetic patients. Steve earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Missouri State University and his Orthotic and Prosthetic certifications from Northwestern University. He is an ABC-certified practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics. Steve is an active member of The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in West Des Moines with their three daughters, Natalie, Rachel, and Sarah.

John Kamp, CPO, is branch manager of APO's Iowa City patient care offices. John, ABC-certified in prosthetics and orthotics, has worked for APO as a practitioner since 1987. He received his training in prosthetics from the University of Iowa and was trained in orthotics at Northwestern University. John is also trained as an orthopedic physician's assistant and served as a medic in the US Army. He resides in Iowa City and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Leonard Orzechowski, CO/LO, is assistant manager of APO's Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline, and Burlington offices and has been part of the APO staff since 1991. Len has nearly 25 years of experience in the prosthetics and orthotics industry. His specialties include pediatrics and foot and ankle orthoses, along with spinal bracing of the scoliotic spine. ABC-certified and state licensed in Illinois, he is a graduate of Harmiville (PA) Orthotics Technical Training Institute. Len resides in Davenport and has been a USA hockey official for the past 15 years for both youth and adult hockey.

Don Shurr, CPO, PT, is Director of Education and Director of Special Projects for APO. He has been a practitioner with the company for 25 years. Don holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa. He graduated from the orthotics and prosthetics programs at Northwestern University. Through his career, Don has written numerous articles and has been active in research studies with the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics, where he is also an instructor. Don co-authored Prosthetics and Orthotics, a textbook for entry level physical and occupational therapy students. He is also an adjunct lecturer in physical therapy education at the University of Iowa and Northwestern University’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Center. Don and his wife, Marilyn, live in North Liberty. They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Theresa Bonnema, C.Ped, CFo, has worked at APO since 2008. She sees patients at APO's University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics office. She is a certified orthotic fitter and is certified in pedorthics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. Theresa earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received her pedorthic training from Xtra Depth University, the pedorthic education affiliate of footwear manufacturer, PW Minor. Theresa resides in Solon with her husband, Adam, and daughter, Olivia.

Malena Brunner, CO, sees patients at APO's University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics office where she also completed her prosthetics residency. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in athletic training. Her orthotic and prosthetic studies were completed at Northwestern University. Malena is an ABC-certified orthotist and resides in North Liberty.

Bob J. Johansen, BOCO, is a second-generation certified orthotist. He sees patients at APO's Clive and Plaza offices and covers a wound clinic. Specializing in lower extremity orthotics, Bob has more than 12 years of industry experience. Bob has achieved orthotic certification from the Board for Certification in orthotics and is currently seeking certification on prosthetics. Bob resides in Ankeny. He has one daughter, Olivia.

Ken Kesselring, CFO, is ABC certified in orthotics and has worked at APO since 1980. Ken worked for several years in central fabrication and has been casting and fitting patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics office since the early 1990s. Ken's wife, Karen, has worked at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City for over 43 years. Ken and Karen are natives of Iowa City, and live just south of Riverside, Iowa. They are parents of four adult daughters.

Tim Leist, CO, an ABC-certified orthotist, has worked for APO for since 2002. He sees patients at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics office. Tim earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and completed his orthotics training at Northwestern University. A native of Cedar Rapids and Palm Harbor, Florida, Tim and his wife, Rachel, now reside in Iowa City with their son, Jacob. They are expecting a second child in August 2010.

Angie Luckritz, CPO, is ABC-certified in orthotics and prosthetics. She has more than 12 years of experience in the industry and has been a member of the APO staff since 2006. Angie sees patients in the Bettendorf and West Burlington offices. She specializes in pediatric care and also works with APO's post-mastectomy patients. An engineering graduate of Iowa State University, she completed her orthotics and prosthetics training at Northwestern University. Angie and her husband, Josh, reside in McCausland and are expecting their first child in the fall of 2010.

Robert E. Olson, CPO/L, sees patients at APO’s Davenport, Moline and West Burlington locations. An ABC-certified practitioner in prosthetics and orthotics, he has nearly 15 years experience in the profession and has worked in spina bifida, cerebral palsy and scoliosis clinics bringing extensive experience to his patient care. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Ambrose University and completed his professional educational requirements from Northwestern University in both fields. Robert and his wife, Denise, reside in rural DeWitt with their two sons, Drake and Brendan.

Jeff Palmer, CPO, works at the APO Iowa City office. Jeff, an ABC-certified prosthetist/orthotist, is C-Leg, RHEO Knee, and PROPRIO Foot-certified and has worked with APO for seven years. Jeff earned a bachelor's degree in biology from St. Ambrose University and completed the educational requirements for orthotics and prosthetics from Northwestern University. Jeff and his wife, Molly, reside in Swisher with their children, Jackson, Sophia, and Norah.

Jessica Schaefer, CPO, specializes in prosthetics and orthotics for patients of all ages and works in APO's Bettendorf office. She completed her training at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center after earning her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from St. Ambrose University. Jessica lives in Davenport with her husband, Phil, and their daughters, Mackenzie and Avery.

Maggie Siebel, CP, sees patients in APO's Clive office. She is ABC-certified in prosthetics and completed her residency requirements also with APO. Maggie graduated with high distinction in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa. She completed her prosthetic training through Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. Maggie is also certified to fit the C-Leg microprocessor controlled prosthetic knee from Otto Bock. She lives in West Des Moines with her husband, Aaron.