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    Teen Talking About His Prosthetic Hand on The Today Show

    Last updated 2 years ago

    What would it be like to live with a prosthetic limb? Most people will never experience the use of a prosthetic, but those who have just been fitted with a new prosthetic implement may be wondering how their prosthetic will feel and function.

    Michael Waldron was born with a malformation that caused a lack of all but a thumb on his right hand. After years of makeshift solutions involving rubber bands and duct tape, Waldron has been fitted with a rare new bionic hand. Learn more about his experience by watching this short video.

    Are you or a loved one in need of prosthetic assistance? Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics can help. We serve clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic with prosthetics, orthotics, and iLIMBs. Call us today at (717) 337-2273 for more information.

    Ability Recieves Professoinal Appointments

    Last updated 2 years ago

    September, 2012, Gettysburg, PA- Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. is pleased to announce recent professional appointments of two practitioners.  Brian Kaluf, MS, CP and managing practitioner of Ability’s Greenville, SC patient care facility has been appointed to the Outcomes Research Committee, which is a part of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists Research Council.  The committee’s goals are:  1) to increase awareness and application of outcome measures in clinical practice; 2) to assist members in determining how they can disseminate data collected from human subject research; and 3) to create a forum to connect researchers and clinicians within orthotics and prosthetics. 

    “I am proud to be a part of the committee,” says Kaluf, “With Ability recently universally adopting outcomes-based protocols for prosthetics, I feel I can bring some expertise to the group and thereby assist other practices to do the same.”

    For more information on the Academy’s Research Council, please visit: http://www.oandp.org/about/councils/research.asp

    Ability’s founder, Jeffrey Brandt, CPO & COO, recently accepted an invitation from the O&P Business News to join the SLACK Incorporated magazine’s Practitioner Advisory Council.  Like other council members, Brandt will provide industry expertise in support of the Business News’ mission to be the definitive information source for orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic and affiliate professionals by delivering timely, accurate, authoritative and balanced reports on business topics, clinical issues, reimbursement, governmental rulings, significant industry developments, as well as presenting clinically relevant information for the benefit of the patient.

    “The O&P Business News was the first publication I read when I was getting interested in the profession in 1993,” explains Brandt, “I look forward to adding my perspective to the publication.” 

    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.

    Ability Hires CFO & Billing Specialist

    Last updated 2 years ago

    September, 2012, Gettysburg, PA- Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Scotti Sawyer, CFO and Susi Ebersbach, MT(ASCP), MBA to the Ability team.   

    Scotti Sawyer, Chief Financial Officer and Controller, brings over 25 years of accounting and finance experience to Ability.  Scotti graduated from Temple University Fox School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in both Accounting and Economics.  Scotti’s careers in finance and accounting began when she joined the Chase Manhattan Bank’s Capital Markets Internal Audit group, and continued through her work at Commonwealth Bank and Fannie Mae. 

    Several years later, Scotti started her own consulting company, Castle Financial Consulting, which provided companies with SEC support, restructuring, and mergers & acquisitions.  In this role, one of Scotti’s major clients was NovaCare, which had over 265 O&P acquisitions.  Scotti was responsible for integrating these acquisitions into NovaCare’s general ledger, which included the on-site evaluation of inventory and AR.  Other clients included Service Merchandise, BetzDearborn, EMD Chemicals, Dopaco, and Pulse Electronics. 

    Scotti is honored to join Ability and looks forward to working within the O&P industry again.  When she is not at work, Scotti enjoys gardening, cooking, fly fishing and being a volunteer fire fighter and fire police.

    Susi Ebersbach, MT(ASCP), MBA, has joined Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics as an advanced billing and reimbursement specialist. Susi brings over 25 years experience in healthcare management and marketing of ancillary health services with the majority of her experience focused on the orthotics & prosthetics field. Susi holds a BS in Medical Technology from Miami University, Oxford, OH and MBA from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.

    Prior to joining Ability, Susi was employed as the director of reimbursement and compliance for Touch Bionics, Inc., and provided reimbursement assistance, as well as compliance and credentialing guidance in that role. As a healthcare marketing and management professional, Susi also served as an independent consultant to healthcare clients in practice management, business development, marketing and contracting activities.

    In addition to the aforementioned roles, Susi has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Allied Health Division at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio and the director of business development for POINT Health Centers of America, Inc.

    While not at work, Susi enjoys music, live theatre performances and travel.

    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.

    Meet Richard Brown - Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics - Hagerstown

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Richard W. Brown, CO, C.Ped is an American Board for Certification (ABC) Certified Orthotist, Pedorthotist and Prosthetic resident.  Richard was first exposed to the orthotics and prosthetics field while working in a surgeon’s office in Nashville, TN.    This exposure grew into a passion for Richard as he learned more about O&P as a “hands on” career in healthcare that would enable him to help people rehabilitate, move better, and find a better quality of life. 

                Richard completed bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.  In 2003, Richard graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Orthotic program, which is housed within the highly regarded Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.   Richard then completed his orthotic residency training in Nashville, TN with Hanger Clinic.  While in Nashville, Richard focused on complicated diabetic lower extremity conditions, spinal pathologies, pediatric and trauma care with eight local hospitals in the Nashville, TN area. In addition, Richard worked in one of the Southeast’s largest orthopedic clinics at Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance seeing both prosthetic and orthotic patients.

                In 2011, Richard graduated from the University of Connecticut’s Orthotic & Prosthetic program, which is affiliated with the highly regarded Newington Children’s Hospital.  Richard has joined Ability Hagerstown to fulfill his Prosthetics Residency.  Richard’s interest in Ability’s highly efficient, outcome based, practice model and tutelage under Jeffrey Quelet, CPO, brought Richard to the area from Tennessee.  

    Clinically, Richard is certified to provide the WalkAide, Providence night-time scoliosis orthosis, and stance phase KAFO technology from, Becker, Fillaurer, Horton and Ottobock.

                Richard is excited and thrilled to join the Hagerstown office of Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc. and is eager to provide quality patient care with the most advanced and appropriate technology available. 

    Meet Tyler Dunham - Board Eligible Orthotist and Resident Prosthetist

    Last updated 2 years ago

    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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