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Board Eligible Orthotist and Resident Prosthetist
Tyler Dunham, Resident Prosthetist and Board Eligible Orthotist, first discovered the field of O&P while completing an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa. Inherently partial to the hands-on nature and benevolent goals of an orthotist/prosthetist, he abandoned a traditional engineering career to pursue a life as a practitioner. By shadowing practitioners in Iowa City and Chicago, Tyler received great guidance from his mentors to apply for and complete a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
After graduating from Georgia Tech in 2011, Tyler completed his orthotics residency at Scheck and Siress of Chicago IL. There, he was fortunate to become involved with Blade Runners, a traveling team of amputee athletes who practice and compete together on a local, national, and international level. In fulfillment of his NCOPE directed research project, Tyler performed a study which measured the compliance of ulcerative patients wearing CROW boots, and how it affected their wound progression. He hopes to continue to study this relationship and help patients/practitioners understand the dedication required to achieve proper wound healing.
In addition to developing a passion for research in O&P, Tyler has also become an activist for the profession, becoming involved in O&P legislation and traveling to third world countries to assist patients in the most desperate of conditions. In 2011, Tyler attended the AOPA Policy Forum interacting directly with legislators to stress the importance of O&P benefits for the U.S. citizens. In 2012 Tyler sat in as a moderator/guest speaker at a University of Washington student debate regarding O&P licensure and competitive bidding urging them to take up the legislative cause.
As a new member of the Ability Team, Tyler is enthusiastic to begin the next chapter in his career. He feels that no other company can better offer him the tools for success. Tyler is poised to learn from and work with the tremendous team at Ability’s York office and is excited to attend to the O&P needs of York’s level one trauma center. Lastly, Tyler’s best friend and companion, Cassius, is also excited to be in York as he is an avid fan of the John Rudy Dog Park.
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Modern prosthetics can have life-changing effects on those who use them. To learn more about your prosthetic options, contact Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics today by calling (717) 337-2273. For additional information about our recent blogs, check out the resources below.
Learn about the Olympic journey of double-amputee Oscar Pistorius with this article from USA Today.
This information from the Society for Vascular Nursing offers tips for people with lower extremity amputations.
Read about the experiences of people with lower extremity prosthetics in this paper from the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.
This article by the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists explains recent technological advances in prosthetics.
HowStuffWorks.com offers detailed and straightforward information about prosthetic limbs.
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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 www.AbilityPO.com to find out more about how an orthotic brace or artificial limb can enhance your quality of life.
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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.