RAND Corp Study Says Advanced Prostheses Have Much to Offer

A recent study by the RAND Corp, "Economic Value of Advanced Transfemoral Prosthetics", (for the full study click here) shows what prosthetists have known for some time.  Microprocessor-controlled knees, commonly referred to as MPK's, substantially improve physical function and incidences of falls and osteoarthritis compared to non-microprocessor-controlled knees.  

Mark Hopkins, PT, CPO, MBA and CEO of Dankmeyer, Inc. writes:

We are constantly looking to improve the value of the services and prostheses we provide to our clients. That includes prostheses that are durable and allow for long term improvement in the client's quality of life. We have known for some time that microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knee joints are a value added product and that they improve safety and quality of life for our clients with limb loss at and above the knee. It is nice to know the science has finally caught up with our clinical intuition! Please take a look at this simple graphic display of some recent good news coming from the scientific literature. As always, please feel free to contact us with questions. We are here to help.

There are a number of prosthetic suppliers who have MPK's.  Dankmeyer uses products from several of these well respected innovators.  You can click on the links below to visit their websites for pictures and technical details of MPK's, as well as their patient stories.  Please contact us if you are interested in more information at 800-879-1245 or, email info@dankmeyer.com and we will be happy to assist.

Otto Bock and the Genium

Ossur and the Rheo 3

Freedom Innovations and the Plie 3

Endolite and the Lynx

We congratulate...... Rob and Nina and Megan!


We love sharing congratulations and this month we have three accomplishments to celebrate!

First up we have Robert Tyler, who passed his prosthetic board exams and is now a Certified Prosthetist.  Rob came to Dankmeyer in 2016 for his 18 month residency in prosthetics and orthotics. He completed that course of study this past December and now Rob is a Certified Prosthetist. If you would like to read more about Robert Tyler, CP Board Eligible Orthotist, click to visit our Clinical Staff page.  Congrats to Rob from all of us at Dankmeyer!

Next up we have Nina Bondre, CPO.  Nina was featured recently in the O&P Edge Magazine as a recent graduate, prepared to make her mark!  Nina completed her combined residency in prosthetics and orthotics in January 2017.  The Edge article highlights several young O&P professionals and describes the challenges they face in the ever changing healthcare world.  You can read the article by clicking here.  If you would like to read more about Nina, you can click here to visit our Clinical Staff page.

We are very proud of the accomplishments of all of our staff.  But Dankmeyer also has partners in research.  The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists had their annual meeting in New Orleans this February. Dankmeyer clinicians Nina Bondre, CPO and Kelsey Kasten, CPO attended the symposium. Megan Hodgson, from Infinite Biomedical Technologies (IBT), presented a poster at the meeting. Megan has been working with Mark Hopkins, CPO and CEO of Dankmeyer, and other Dankmeyer staff on this project.

Please join us in congratulating all three for accomplishing their goals and making their marks!

Holiday Gift Giving and our Community

In the spirit of "The Dankmeyer Difference", employees spread holiday joy to a community family through donations of gifts and toys over the holidays.  Employees were busy Elves checking the lists, shopping and wrapping to make "Christmas wishes" come true.  Throughout the year, Dankmeyer and it's employees initiate and volunteer in various Community Service projects as a TEAM and individually.  At the end of each year Dankmeyer unites for a company wide Holiday Community Service Project. You can read about individual Dankmeyer employees and their  community interests in our Dankmeyer in the Community blog.

Please continue to check our facebook and website in 2018 to "Experience The  Dankmeyer Difference" in the community.

Dankmeyer in The Business Monthly!


Dankmeyer recently appeared in The Business Monthly January 2018 issue, Page B-5.  The Business Monthly is a business newspaper of Howard & Anne Arundel Counties and the BWI Business District.  We are featured in a section dedicated as a Salute to the Central Maryland Chamber. 

Dankmeyer CEO, Mark Hopkins joins COO Joe Delorenzo and Director of Accounting Barbara Delorenzo in the interview.  The article contains information about the current state of technology in prosthetics and orthotics, as well as some Dankmeyer history.

You can click here to read the story.


Congratulations Robert Tyler, Board Eligible Prosthetist Orthotist!

Today, December 14, 2017,  we congratulate Robert Tyler on his first day as a Board Eligible Prosthetist Orthotist!  Yesterday Rob completed his eighteen month residency program in prosthetics and orthotics at Dankmeyer.  Over the next few months, Rob will be studying for his board exams - both written and practical, where he will work with "practice", or test patients.  When all is said and done he will be certified in these disciplines by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics - becoming a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist. (You can read more about our most recent residency graduates and their experiences in our October news.)

It has been a big month for Rob!  He recently celebrated his birthday, too.  So Happy Birthday, Rob, and congratulations for completing this step in your profession.

Rob Jones' 31 Marathons in 31 Days in 31 Cities

(This story is written by Sheryl Nathanson, CPO , four time Marine Corps Marathon finisher.) 

It isn’t every year that you get to celebrate a birthday of 242 years.  But that is exactly what the Marine Corps celebrated on November 10th, 2017.  This year, the Marine Corps birthday had extra special meaning for me, as I was able to celebrate it with a truly remarkable marine.

In 2010, Marine Sergeant Rob Jones was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by an IED (improvised explosive device). He lost both of his legs, a left knee disarticulation (through the knee joint) amputation, and a right transfemoral (above the knee) amputation.  Ever since his injuries, Rob has become an inspiration and a voice for the military community, raising awareness of the struggles that wounded soldiers face upon returning to the states – overcoming the injuries, both physical and emotional—in their recovery.  He competed and medaled in the 2012 Paralympic Games, and in 2013-2014, he biked across the country, raising $126,000 for charities that provide aide to wounded veterans.

From these accomplishments was born another idea to further raise awareness and funds.  Starting in October 2017, Rob set off on yet another journey—running 31 marathons, in 31 days, in 31 cities across three countries.  Running even just one marathon presents an exceptional physical demand for the average person, let alone running with bilateral prostheses!  Rob was determined to complete his journey with the support of his wife Pam, family, and a growing following from around the country with a passion towards his cause.

I stumbled across Rob’s journey through social media—specifically through a patient model of mine from P&O school, Scott Rigsby—another bilateral amputee who has completed multiple marathons and triathlons himself.  I was excited to see that Rob’s 30th marathon on his journey was to take place in Baltimore, and it also corresponded with the Marine Corps birthday. I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for Dankmeyer, Inc. to provide support and encouragement to Rob along his journey.  With Dankmeyer on board and with Scott’s assistance, I reached out to Rob’s wife, Pam. I asked her how we could be a part of Rob’s Baltimore marathon, and she asked if we would be able to contribute with an aide station.

After a few phone calls from Charles Dankmeyer and Mark Hopkins (Dankmeyer CEO), we coordinated through the Baltimore Orioles and with Pam, and were able to set up our aide station right by Rob’s RV just outside of Camden Yards.  The Baltimore Orioles, the Baltimore Police and yes, the Marine Corps were all there to participate and celebrate Rob’s efforts.  Prior to the event, we also reached out to local news stations in hopes that they would be as excited and inspired by this story as we were.  Before sunrise on that cold Friday morning, a small team of Dankmeyer staff (including myself, Jeanne Smith and Nancy Lee) arrived at Camden Yards to ensure everything was set up and ready to go before the start of his run at 7am. I don’t think anyone was expecting the weather to be in the mid-30s, but that didn’t dampen Rob’s or anyone else’s spirit. 

Rob was joined by at least 70 eager runners for his first loop of the marathon, including Baltimore police academy cadets, other marines, high school students, representatives from local running clubs, his family, outreach from the Semper Fi Fund, and others in the Baltimore area just inspired to run with Rob.  There were also multiple news stations, both from Baltimore and Washington, DC who were there to catch an interview and a glimpse of Rob’s journey.  His wife even noted that 3 times as many media and interviewers came out today, compared to other cities, and I’m hoping we played a small role in helping that happen!

While a few runners dropped off some treats prior to running, we were the only aide station for the run.  The marathon consisted of four different loops, so in between each, everyone came back to the aide station at Camden Yards to grab a drink and a snack before the next loop.  Everyone loved the sweet and salty treats, Gatorade, and water, and especially the cheers!  The nearby Hilton property, who has been a sponsor of Rob’s Journey from the beginning, came down to the stadium and treated everyone to some amazing hot chocolate!

Rob’s final loop for his Baltimore marathon consisted of laps around Camden Yards, the home of Rob’s favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles.  The organization opened up Eutaw Street, and Rob, along with his fellow runners, were able to soak in the stadium with each lap.  We know that this meant so much to him.  With Jeanne and Nancy manning the aide station, I was lucky enough to join Rob for his last four miles.  Running with him was so inspiring, I am still in awe of what he has accomplished.  When all was said and done, there were congratulations, pictures, a lot of camaraderie and then everyone packed up, wrapped up, and headed out.

Rob went on to finish the 31st and final marathon of his journey in Washington, DC the following day, on Veterans Day.  It was an absolute honor for Dankmeyer to have been a part of Rob Jones’ Journey.  I look forward to continuing to help this great marine share his cause and continue to inspire both his military family and the rest of us.

You can read more about Rob’s efforts on his website by clicking here.  You can follow him on his FB page by clicking here.  We have compiled a slideshow of the day's events that we hope you will enjoy.



Congratulations! Completing the Journey to Certified Prosthetist Orthotist

A little over two years ago, Dankmeyer's clinical staff was increased by the arrival of a new resident, Nina Bondre.  It wasn't long after that she was joined by Kristen Beltran, followed by Rob Tyler and then Kelsey Kasten.  Having four residents at a time is a bit unusual for a prosthetics and orthotics practice.  Angie Bryl, CPO and Clinical Director of Dankmeyer says, "We were lucky to have four very talented residents join our program at various times during the past two and a half years.  Each one of them has distinct skills and passions that they bring to the Dankmeyer team."

Angie explains that the purpose of the O&P residency is to take the recently graduated orthotics and prosthetics Masters students and provide them with structured opportunities for hands-on learning, real world experiences, and refinement of their skills over the course of 12-18 months. Once their residency is complete, they become board eligible, which means they must then complete both written exams and practical exams - the practicals involve working with test patients.  They must pass all of these rigorous tests in order to become certified in their disciplines by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics - thus Certified Prosthetist Orthotist.  Kelsey came to Dankmeyer as a Board Eligible Orthotist, having completed her orthotics residency elsewhere, to do her twelve month residency in prosthetics.  She passed her boards and became a Certified Orthotist during her prosthetics residency.  Nina, Kristen and Rob were all tackling combined residencies (both disciplines), which would take 18 months.  

All good things must come to and end, so the saying goes, and within the last four months, Nina, Kelsey and Kristen have completed various portions of their studies and exams.  We congratulate them for achieving their goals and are so happy to have them continue their professional careers at Dankmeyer!  Rob isn't far behind, as he will complete his residencies in December and become a Board Eligible Prosthetist Orthotist at that time.  Nina, Kelsey, Kristen, and Rob have each written a few words about their experiences and goals.

Nina Bondre, CPO

Residency at Dankmeyer was challenging but rewarding. I had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients at several different locations, primarily through Johns Hopkins and the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI). I discovered a passion and appreciation for the treatment and care of spinal cord injury patients. Managing the spinal cord injury clinic at KKI has been one of the greatest joys of my career thus far: working closely with a patient's care team has led to great outcomes for our patients. I became a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO) in July 2017, and I am excited to continue honing my clinical skills to provide the best patient care possible.

Kelsey Kasten, CPO

I am very happy to have now completed both of my residencies, and passed all of my board exams!  I completed my orthotics residency at another company, and passed these exams in January.  I then continued working as an orthotist while completing my prosthetics residency at Dankmeyer, and passed my prosthetics exams in September.  I spent most of my time in the Easton office, working with Jed Newhardt, CPO.  I feel I learned a lot about prosthetic care, while also improving my orthotic skills.  I had many opportunities to help people through the process of getting their first prosthesis after amputation, and that is a very rewarding experience for me.  Now that I am fully certified, I would like to continue to see prosthetic patients, while further delving into specialties I am particularly passionate about, such as pediatric orthotics and scoliosis treatment.

Kristen Beltran, CO, Board Eligible Prosthetist

I had a great residency experience – I had the opportunity to rotate around to multiple office locations, which helped me become familiar with a wide variety of patients and also to get to know Maryland better. I felt prepared going in to board exams, and I had a huge sense of accomplishment once I found out I passed. I am looking forward to continuing working with my patients and helping them reach their full potential. I have an interest in helping advance the field and in helping Dankmeyer keep up with emerging technology, such as scanning and 3D printing.

Rob Tyler, Resident Prosthetist Orthotist

Dankmeyer has surpassed my goals for a residency program.  I feel that I am able to see a wide variety of patients and many interesting cases.  It has also been helpful to have other residents in the office.  We have been able to bounce ideas off of each other as well as get advice from each other throughout our residencies.  I look forward to completing my residency in December and finishing the board exams soon after.

Dankmeyer is very proud and fortunate to have these four young professionals as part of our team.  We wish Kristen good luck with her final practical in prosthetics in January!  Rob will be a Board Eligible Prosthetist Orthotist before the holidays, and will face his first slate of exams soon after.  

A new national online residency application process is in the works, and as soon as that information and link are available, we will post them on our Professionals page.



My First Summer Job....at Dankmeyer

My name is Tyler Treff, and I'm 15 years old and a student at North County High School. I had my first job experience at Dankmeyer this summer in the Fabrication Department.  My Mom (Cindy French, Patient Services Coordinator) has worked at Dankmeyer for many years so I have heard a lot about orthotics and prosthetics and made a few trips through the Dankmeyer shop when I was little.  It was really neat to actually get to work in the shop and see what goes on.

Cindy French with son Tyler in Fabrication.

On my first day I was given safety instructions, toured the shop and was given a broom to clean up.  There was a lot of clean up from plaster. After a few days I was taught about the machines in the shop and got hands on experience on how to sandblast, use the Sutton shoe machine for metal, how to rivet straps and punch holes in prosthetic socks. I learned how to sift and mix plaster and pour a prosthetic cast.  I never knew there were so many steps that go into making a prosthesis and it was really neat to see how it is done from start to finish.  I really liked seeing how the custom lamination was done. A lot of hard work and detail go into everything.

Tyler with Jed Newhardt, CPO and Moxie.

I was able to participate in the Amputee Walking School at Dankmeyer in June.  I helped set up and clean up and I was allowed to participate with the amputee exercises and given a partner to work with.  It was a very rewarding experience.  

I was worked in the stockroom, packed, unpacked and stocked shipments and learned how to work the USPS shipping machine. I helped to give the shop a fresh coat of paint, made labels to help organize parts, sanded and refinished a work bench. 

Everyone in the shop and the practitioners took their time to explain and show me things so I could learn what they were doing.  I learned a lot and everyone was very supportive.  It was a great first job experience!  Now it is back to school and sports, until next time.



Back to School with Dankmeyer Academy

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Are our Physical Therapist friends ready for 2017 Back to School?  Are your books, backpack, computer, notebooks and pens/pencils all ready to go?  Well you don't need all that stuff and you don't need to go far because Dankmeyer is very excited to announce a new education program for professionals launching this fall.



We are offering this free continuing education series to physical therapists at their location.  This education is intended to be personal and ongoing, with a Dankmeyer clinician visiting your facility quarterly to provide the newest, most relevant curriculum relating to orthotics and prosthetics.  Kelsey Kasten, CO Resident Prosthetist and Nina Bondre, CPO are preparing those materials right now, which your physical therapists can utilize in the treatment of patients who benefit from a prosthesis or orthosis.  The courses we will provide have been submitted to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for review.  

The Academy opens in October 2017.  We will have more details in the very near future, so stay tuned!