New Prosthetic Arm - First of a Kind, One of Kind

A recent issue of “Forbes NEXT” magazine’s Hungarian issue features a Dankmeyer patient, George Levay, on the cover with his new prosthetic arm.  According to Mark Hopkins, CEO of Dankmeyer, Inc., Mr. Levay’s prosthesis is one of a kind and first of a kind.  Dankmeyer is proud to have developed this novel prosthesis along with partner Infinite Biomedical Technologies (IBT).  Mr. Levay worked with IBT in developing the technology for the prosthesis. 

Mr Levay was featured in an article in the Baltimore Sun in September (click here), in which he talks about his own limb loss and interest in developing technology to make life easier for those those with upper limb loss.

This new device is a left above elbow fully externally powered prosthesis.  Some of the components are proprietary, while the power system (battery and charger) is commercially available.  More information will be available about the technology soon and the prosthesis will be commercially available at some point. Stay tuned for developments!

Congratulations Nina Bondre, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist!

Please join us in congratulating Dankmeyer practitioner Nina Bondre - as she is now a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist!  After completing her eighteen month residency program recently at Dankmeyer, Nina sat for her boards and has been waiting for her official stamp of approval.  She joins the ranks of the nearly 4000 certified P&O professionals with the American Board of Certification.  

Well done, Nina! 

Former Intern Sean Herrin Wins Unsung Heroes Award

Sean Herrin, former Dankmeyer high school summer intern, was recently named one of the winners of the McCormick Honors 2017 Unsung Heroes award.  This scholarship is awarded annually by McCormick & Company and is valued at $40,000 over four years.  Sean, of Delaney High School, was one of two students selected from over 111 honorees recognized as Unsung Heroes at the event on May 1, 2017.  These student-athletes represented over 65 Baltimore area schools.  The program was founded in 1940 by Charles McCormick Sr to recognize athletes for unselfish team play and to highlight the efforts of those who contribute selflessly to their teams.   

From the McCormick press release on the event:

"Sean Herrin took special pride in being a Peer Assistant on his Allied Soccer team for players with disabilities.  He spent his time with the kids getting to know them as peers, while helping them achieve athletic success on the field.  Herrin dedicates much of his time and energy to serving students with disabilities in other aspects of his life; he mentors disabled children in bowling, softball and ice hockey, volunteers at Kennedy Krieger’s ROAR for Autism fundraiser, and has spent three summers interning at a company that produces prosthetic limbs.  Richard Reed, Herrin’s Athletic Director, said that he is “quite an amazing young man, one who truly embodies the term ‘Unsung Hero’ on the athletic field and in the game of life.”  Herrin, a senior, will attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County next fall."

Sean Herrin (left) pictured at the Unsung Heroes 2017 award ceremony.

Dankmeyer's summer intern program is well sought after.  Angie Bryl, CPO, Clinical Director, runs the annual program.  Generally, the purpose of prosthetic/orthotic intern programs is to provide students early access to the profession.  Angie was recently interviewed for an article in the May 2017 issue of O&P Almanac about industry efforts to provide grade school and high school students this exposure to prosthetics and orthotics.  The growth of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in many schools provides a number of students who are interested in STEM related professional explorations.

According to the article, more than 90% of millennials like using their professional skills to benefit a good cause.  O&P offers an environment that embraces technology combined with patient care.  As part of Dankmeyer’s intern program, Sean would have shadowed staff, received hands-on training in the fabrication of devices, conversed with patients, and gained general knowledge about O&P.  Additionally, as the students learn from O&P professionals, the pros can learn from the students.  As Angie says in the article, “We can get stuck in our ways at times, and students often bring fresh ideas… They bring other things that they learned in the classroom or from their experiences to our work.”  Both intern and professional stand to benefit from the exchanges that occur in these programs.

As Sean prepares to graduate from high school, we will also be preparing to welcome a new batch of summer interns.   We are so happy for Sean and this well deserved honor and wish him the best of luck as he continues his education!

If you would like to know more about learning experiences with Dankmeyer, send an email to info@dankmeyer.com.

 

 

Congratulations Kristen Beltran, Board Eligible Prosthetist Orthotist

We are so happy to congratulate Kristen Beltran, who has completed her Residency in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Dankmeyer, Inc.  Kristen is now Board Eligible - and that means time to take some tests!

Originally from Kalamazoo, MI, Kristen joined the Dankmeyer team in 2015 to do her double residency.  She received a BS in Therapeutic Recreation with a Mathematics minor from Grand Valley State University, followed by her Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Northwestern University. Kristen first became interested in prosthetics and orthotics in high school, where she had a soccer coach who wore a prosthetic leg. She has worked with adaptive sports and recreation programs over the years.  Since coming to Dankmeyer, she has participated for the last two years in a local middle school 3D E-Nable project, providing resources for middle schoolers in the STEM program to learn about prosthetics and orthotics and the use of 3D technology.

English Setter Moxie on the Move

Moxie was first introduced to Dankmeyer in November of 2016, when she was seven months old and christened “Autumn” by her rescuers.  When found, this little English Setter mix was missing her left hind leg below the knee.  They approached Dankmeyer, Inc. about making her a prosthesis, and during that evaluation process, the pup was adopted by Dankmeyer staff member Jeanne Smith and her family.  She was renamed Moxie after Jeanne asked fellow Dankmeyer staff to make suggestions in a naming contest.  "Moxie" was the winner - meaning courage, determination, energy, and pep - and all those words describe this little bundle of fun!

Since then, the Dankmeyer team, headed by Jed Newhardt, CPO,  have been collaborating, creating and trialling different prosthetic designs in order to find the best fit for Moxie. The process takes time and patience; monitoring her day to day, taking her out in the community and parks for walks and runs to check the functionality, fit and comfort; then taking those results and tweaking and redesigning and refitting.  Moxie is adapting well to the challenges during this process. Soon she will be modelling her new high fashion leopard print designed prosthesis.

She is now learning to jump up in efforts to teach her balance and support when outside in the community.  She has now mastered, with her newfound confidence, descending the stairs without sliding on her belly!  As her confidence and strength grow, so does her love for meeting and making new friends.

Moxie is a true joy and inspiration to all who come in contact with her.

Here is a video of Moxie playing with her family, testing a prosthesis.

Easton Office Fully Repaired

If you saw our news last October, you know that we had an unexpected visitor at our newly opened Easton office!  With a crash and bang, someone accidentally drove through the front entrance.  No one was hurt, but it did quite surprise Patient Services Representative Moranda Ostrander, who was stationed at reception.  

So having recently invited patients to an Open House held just a month earlier, now we had to switch gears and invite patients to enter at the rear of the building.  The front entrance was boarded up and secured for safety.  Once Easton officials could inspect the damage, repairs could be started.  So, patients were directed around the back until such time as a temporary front door could be framed.

Getting at least one front door back in action didn't take too long.  Interior work, including replacing flooring, drywall and paint, quickly followed.  The front restroom was rebuilt.  It wasn't until last week that the exterior brick work was completed.  Finally, two new doors were installed! Now, all we lack is the lettering that should appear on the doors, and the office will have been restored to its Open House glory!  We were open all along, but now it looks much more presentable.  Thanks to our patients who were patient with the unexpected renovation.

Allegany College of Maryland Welcomes Mark Treasure, CP, BOCO

Providing resources for education to a variety of professionals and institutions is part of Dankmeyer, Inc.’s mission: “Enriching the lives of those we serve through excellence in patient care, research, education and maximum customer value.”  Lectures in Prosthetics and Orthotics augment Physical Therapy training programs among others.  Monday, January 30, 2017, Dankmeyer's Cumberland office practitioner, Mark Treasure, visited Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) as an annual guest lecturer to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.  This year the program’s director, Karin Savage, PT, DPT, asked Mark if he could possibly bring a patient who would be willing to share his (or her) life experience as an amputee.

Karin Savage, Joe Loibel and Mark Treasure at Allegany College of Maryland

Gerald “Joe” Loibel willingly agreed to participate in the program with his prosthetist, Mark.  Joe, a bilateral lower limb amputee, frequently speaks to organizations about his experiences and has participated in previous Dankmeyer teaching events.  An engaging storyteller, Joe shared with the students how he became an amputee after a motorcycle accident, and how with the use of prostheses, physical therapy and determination, he was able to walk, return to hunting in the woods and many other activities.  ( Dankmeyer is looking forward to Mr. Loibel sharing his story on the Dankmeyer website in the near future.)

Afterwards, Mark received a lovely letter from the ACM PTA Class of 2017 thanking him for his “dedication and expertise to the academic advancement” of the students:

“We are very fortunate to have your support.  You have been a dependable and foundational source of information for the PTA Program and the students for many years.  It is greatly appreciated…..”

Mark has been a staff member of Dankmeyer for 37 years, 26 of those as a Certified Prosthetist.  Before his training and certification as a prosthetist, Charles Dankmeyer (now retired, CPO and former owner of Dankmeyer, Inc.) sent Mark to a course to be an orthotic fitter/surgical appliance technician which trained him to, at the time, be able to fit surgical appliances such as custom fitted neck braces, back braces, knee braces and Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs.)  He would later pursue his orthotist certification through the Board Of Certification.  Mark, a native of Maryland, worked with plaster and molds growing up - his father was an artist and sculptor.  Mark says this work with his hands was influential in his career choice.    After work, Mark is an active member of the community with his wife Linda.  He is particularly active in his church, and is an accomplished musician.  He volunteers with various organizations when he is not composing music and encourages others to participate in the arts. 

At Dankmeyer, Mark loves the challenge of meeting the needs of his patients. When patients and their families come into the Cumberland area office, they are greeted by the ready smiles of Mark and Heather Iman, Patient Services Representative. He strives to successfully assess their needs and provide the devices and patient care that will see them out in the community, accomplishing their goals and fulfilling their dreams.  Mark looks forward to teaching opportunities to share his love for his profession and patients with other professionals. Congratulations, Mark, for 37 years of service to Dankmeyer and to Prosthetics and Orthotics!

If you are interested in Mark Treasure or any other Dankmeyer professional presenting a lecture or in service, be sure and contact our Patient Liaison, Toni Robinson, for more information (click here.)  

Congratulations to Newly Certified Orthotist, Kelsey Kasten!

Congratulations to Dankmeyer's Kelsey Kasten who is now a Board Certified Orthotist! Kelsey completed her Orthotics Residency at the University of Iowa and came to Dankmeyer last summer to start her Prosthetics Residency. In the meantime, she took her board exams and has been waiting for results. We are very happy for her success!  If you would like to know more about Kelsey, visit our Clinical Staff page, by clicking here.

The puppy formerly known as Autumn.....

We first introduced our new little puppy prosthetic patient to you last month.  At the time, this little girl English Setter mix was being fostered after being rescued from a local shelter.  Her rescuers contacted Dankmeyer to see if we could make her a prosthetic device, as her left hind leg is missing a foot.   We started the process and now she is waiting for the delivery of her device.  In the meantime, applicants were welcome to apply to adopt the seven month old puppy. 

The Charles and Jeanne Smith (Dankmeyer Patient Services Representative) Family is proud to announce the adoption of the puppy who has been renamed Moxie.  She was officially named Moxie through a voting process by her extended Dankmeyer family.  Moxie means courage, determination, energy and pep - all of which describe Moxie well.  Jeanne reports on their new family member:

“Her personality shows her to have a mild temperament and love for attention.   The partial loss of her hind leg does NOT slow her down. She loves to run, play and has become cleverly adaptive to her environment.  Climbing stairs is achieved with leaps and bounds; however, descending stairs is accomplished by sliding on her belly until she gets halfway down - then she proceeds to run to the bottom!”

Moxie is working with her prosthetist, Jed Newhardt, CPO, and the creative staff at Dankmeyer, to design and fabricate her a prosthetic foot.  We will continue to post updates and pictures of  Moxie's journey and experiences.