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    Ability Asheville to Exhibit at Stroke Conference

    Last updated 1 year ago

    September, 2012, Gettysburg, PA- Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics’ Asheville, NC office will be participating in the 5th Biennial Stroke Conference, “Technology: The Changing Landscape of Stroke Care” on September 14, 2012 at the Biltmore Campus in Asheville, North Carolina.

    The conference is being offered by Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), in collaboration with Mission Health System and CarePartners.  The conference will feature national speakers with topics of interest to Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Occupational/Physical Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Stroke Coordinators, Neurosciences, Nursing Homes, Orthotists and Home Health providers. 

    Ability will be demonstrating the new myo-electrically controlled elbow orthosis called Myomo.  The Myomo provides much needed augmented flexion and extension of the elbow for the post stroke patient who has the elbow range of motion but who cannot actively flex and extend the arm.  Ability’s orthotists and prosthetists will also be featuring the WalkAide functional electrical stimulation or FES device for those patients with foot drop as a result of a stroke.

    “We are very excited to show off the Myomo,” explains Jacob Townsend, CPO and managing practitioner of the Asheville, NC office, “The Myomo elbow orthosis represents a big step forward in available stroke treatment options for the upper extremity.  In the past we really couldn’t offer our patients an effective upper extremity solution.  We’d see the patient for the foot drop associated to the stroke but simply didn’t have an effective treatment for the arm.  We look forward to collecting outcomes-based measures on this device.”

     About Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc.  Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. was founded in 2004 in Gettysburg, Pa with a mission to provide patients with the most advanced and innovative prosthetic and orthotic care and devices available in a streamlined, efficient, patient-centered model of care.  Ability was recently profiled in the February & October 2006 issues of Fortune Small Business, March 2007, September 2008 and March 2010 issues of O&P Edge, March 2012 O&P Business News, March 2010 edition of Rehab Management, March 2009 & 2012 issues of Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation and most recently on the Fox Business News, National Science Foundation’s Whisker Robots, NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  Ability was recently recognized by The American Board for Certification for its advances in technology, quality patient care and state of the art facilities.  Ability operates eleven patient care centers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southeast.  Visit to find out more about how an orthotic brace or artificial limb can enhance your quality of life.

    Meet Bryan Fairbanks - Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics - Lexington, KY

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Bryan G. Fairbanks, CP is an American Board for Certification (ABC) Certified Prosthetist.  Bryan knew at a very young age that working with people in a health care setting was what he wanted.  Bryan was first introduced to the profession of prosthetics by a friend whose father was an amputee.  Before going to school for prosthetics, Bryan first realized his passion for prosthetics while volunteering at a local prosthetic clinic.  Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in Biological Science with a minor in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

    Bryan graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Prosthetic program, which is housed within the highly regarded Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  Upon graduating from Northwestern, Bryan completed his prosthetic residency at Quorum Orthopedics in Windsor, Colorado.

    After completing his prosthetic residency, Bryan found an opportunity with Bulow BioTech Prosthetics and moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee.  This opportunity provided him the ability to focus solely on prosthetics, allowing a more personalized approach for each individual.  Bryan shared his time working in Nashville and managing an office in Cookeville, TN.  While at Bulow, he had the opportunity to work with a variety of prosthetic patients with a wide range of activity levels, including highly active amputees.  At Ability, Bryan serves as a managing practitioner of the Lexington, KY patient care center.

    Bryan is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA).  Bryan is certified to provide the “Proprio” foot by Ossur, the world’s first bionic foot and ankle system, as well as the “C-Leg” and “Rheo” microprocessor controlled knee-shin system for above knee amputees.  In addition, he has experience with the VASS Harmony and e-pulse systems, which are vacuum assisted suction socket designs that reduce volume fluctuation in amputees.

    Bryan was born in Canada, but claims to be a native of Colorado, where he spent his entire childhood.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time outside, hiking, camping, snow skiing, playing the piano, and spending time with his family.  Bryan lives in Lexington, KY with his wife Eliza and three children, Kambria, Weston & Ainsley. 

    Bryan’s goal is to provide the best experience and outcome possible for his prosthetic patients, while providing necessary attention to detail and an innate care for each individual as a person.

    WalkAide Evaluation Day | September 18th in Greenville, SC!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Oscar Pistorius Talks About His Childhood and His Journey to the 2012 Olympics

    Last updated 1 year ago

    While the 2012 Olympics have produced many emotional stories and feats of athleticism, one remarkable man has gotten a lot of media attention. South African Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee, became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic games. In this video, you will hear Pistorius describe the early obstacles and hurdles that he had to overcome as an amputee athlete. Click play to hear his inspirational story.

    Modern prosthetics are incredibly advanced and can help amputees reach their full athletic potential, as Pistorius demonstrates. To learn about custom prosthetics and other personalized options in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern areas, contact Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics. Call us today at (717) 337-2273!

    Meet Nikki Hooks - Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics - Greenville, SC

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Nikki Hooks, CO/Board Eligible Prosthetist

    Nikki Hooks was born and raised in Anson County, North Carolina.  Nikki was first introduced to the field of orthotics and prosthetics at a young age through her grandmother, an artist who relied on the assistance of upper extremity orthotics to continue her career. 

    Nikki’s interest in orthotics and prosthetics deepened upon meeting a renowned paralympian while in college at North Carolina State University.  Prior to receiving her bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Pre-medical Studies/Zoology from NC State in 2006, Nikki volunteered at a local orthotic and prosthetic practice in Raleigh, NC, where she developed an even greater passion for the O&P field.  As she dreamed of working to help others through the realm of orthotics and prosthetics, Nikki declined acceptance into medical school, opting to attend the University of Connecticut’s Newington Program for Orthotics, which she completed in 2008. 

    While in Connecticut, Nikki completed an internship within the Orthotics division of the Children’s Hospital in Hartford, CT.  Upon completing her orthotics residency with Hanger Clinic in Beaufort, SC, Nikki returned Newington to complete her training in prosthetics.  She is now a board Certified Orthotist and Board Eligible Prosthetist.

    Nikki has received specialized training in orthotics, including upper extremity orthotics.  She is a specialist for the WalkAide neuroprosthesis used in the treatment and correction of drop foot.  Furthermore, she is an experienced provider of stance control orthotics, face masks, sports bracing and cranial remolding helmets (for infants with cranial deformities).  Dedicated to a lifetime of continuing education, Nikki focuses on providing her patients with the most up-to-date and technologically advanced orthotics available.  Additionally, Nikki completes yearly “training days” with local physical therapy training programs to instruct incoming therapy assistants on the use and application of orthotics in the rehab continuum.

    Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is paramount to Nikki’s sense of well-being.  In addition to exercising regularly, Nikki enjoys cooking healthy dishes.  She also visits local rehab facilities with her certified therapy dog, a one-eyed Pekingese, named Enzo. 

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