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American Prosthetics & Orthotics (APO) welcomed four residents to the team recently. Theresa Bonnema, C.Ped, CFo, is completing her prosthetic residency at the Iowa City Hospital office. Matt Husnik, CO, ATC, is working to add certified prosthetist to his credentials, completing his residency requirements at the Iowa City Hospital office. Evan Ross also joined the Iowa City Hospital office as an orthotic resident. All three completed the prosthetics and orthotics programs at Chicago's Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center. Prosthetic resident Kelvin Lee is a resident at APO’s Davenport office and completed the Prosthetic Practitioner program at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Each is continuing his or her studies in the profession while having the opportunity to create patient relationships and gaining hands-on experience during residency.


Tom Ham Retires

The staff of American Prosthetics & Orthotics bids a fond farewell to our long-time orthotist and Iowa City office manager, Tom Ham, CO, who retired this fall. Tom is a consummate professional and has earned the respect and admiration of the entire APO team. He will be greatly missed by staff and patients alike. Tom leaves APO a legacy of finding solutions for challenging cases, guiding residents and serving as a resource to staff and physicians for technical or application issues. We all wish him the very best!


2011 Ponseti Races

Tracy, Cole and Blake Cheney (family of Rod Cheney) and APO practitioner Andy Besser, CPO, all participated in the 2011 Ponseti Races held earlier this month at the UI Sports Medicine Center in Iowa City.

Team APO finished at the top of each individual’s classification: Cole finished second in his age group; Tracy finished third in hers; Blake and Andy both finished FIRST in their age groups. Racing along with them was Herky the Hawkeye and Iowa Football Coach Kirk Ferentz.

APO was a Gold Sponsor of the 5K and 10K-race event named for Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, a pioneer in the correction of clubfoot in a non-surgical treatment called the Ponseti Method. Proceeds from the Ponseti Races will benefit the treatment and care of children and clubfoot research. For more information, visit www.uiortho.com/races.


The recently-formed Southeastern Iowa Amputee Support Group, sponsored by APO, is the only known group of its kind in the state, outside of Davenport. Founded by amputees Abbey Almelien and Harry Olmstead, both of Iowa City, the group meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Access 2 Independence, 381 E. College St., Iowa City.

The support group is open to anyone with limb loss, along with family members, caretakers and professionals. Almelien, who lost her right leg and hip to cancer in September 2008 and Olmstead, whose right leg was amputated in 2002 after suffering a staph infection post-knee replacement surgery, are both trained as Certified Peer Visitors through the Amputee Coalition of America.

For more information, contact Abbey Almelien at (319) 541-3535 or aalmelien@gmail.com or Harry Olmstead at (319) 338-2931 or HarryO3@aol.com.

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