Congratulations! Kristen Beltran, CPO

Please join us in congratulating Kristen Beltran, who is now a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist!  Kristen joined Dankmeyer in 2015 for her combined residency after completing her masters degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Northwestern University.  In addition to her interests in adaptive sports recreation programs, Kristen has been very active in Dankmeyer's education efforts with the STEM program at Anne Arundel County Schools annual 3D printing event.

Completing the rigorous requirements for her certification is a significant professional milestone.  We are very happy that Kristen is a part of Dankmeyer's patient care team.  Congratulations, Kristen!

Amputee Awareness 5K

Nina Bondre, CPO and Barbara DeLorenzo, Accounting Manager,  attended the 3rd Annual Amputee Awareness 5K held by Adventist Healthcare on April 28, 2018. The event was held at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, MD. Participants of all ages gathered to walk, run, or wheel the 5K in the beautiful 75 degree weather that day.

Barbara and Nina were on hand with Gatorade to keep the participants hydrated and energetic. They also had a chance to share about our 3D printed fellows, 3DPO and Digit, with the many children that stopped by to play with them. 3DPO and Digit were excited to attend again, as they had such a fun time last year!

Dankmeyer was one of the many sponsors for this event, with several other orthotic and prosthetic companies in attendance to show their support. Barbara and Nina also brought a few orthotic and prosthetic demos to show to the participants, to further educate them on how orthoses and prostheses work. Those that stopped by the Dankmeyer booth were most excited about learning more about orthotics and prosthetics, and in particular learning about 3D printing. We were so glad we could help to sponsor this event!

Amputee Coalition Hill Days 2018

Jeanne Smith, Dankmeyer Patient Services Representative, attended the Amputee Coalition Hill Day on April 17, 2018.   On behalf of Dankmeyer, Inc., she was there for the second year in a row to speak up and advocate for the limb loss community.  Along with other medical professionals, amputee family members and amputees, Jeanne met with US Senators’ and Representatives’ staff members to discuss insurance fairness, funding for research, and changes to the local coverage determination process for better access for prosthetic and orthotic care. 

We thank the following Senators’ and Representatives’ staffers for meeting with Jeanne during her visit: Cody Knipfer - Office of Representative Anthony Brown, Marc Broady - Office of Representative Elijah Cummings, Lauren Jee - Office of Senator Ben Cardin, and Alyssa Penna - Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen.  

Please visit the Amputee Coalition website www.amputee-coalition.org to learn more about the organization and their advocacy efforts and education.  After visiting the site to learn about the efforts, please take a moment to call, write or email your Representatives and Senators to AMPLIFY your voice.

 

 

 

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.