Summertime is a busy time of year and also can be a time for change. Some change jobs, graduate from school, go on vacation, and some grill outside, swim and boat, enjoy baseball (Go O’s!), and count the days until football starts again.
Dankmeyer is no exception to change and as a result, we are seeing some staffing changes this summer. This summer, we welcome two new Summer Interns, welcome back a familiar face, say goodbye to an intern and a practitioner.
Summer Interns: Noah Rogofsky and Kamilla Miller
Every summer, we welcome a few summer interns. These college students are interested in being immersed in day to day prosthetics and orthotics business operations. In the two months they are with is, they shadow clinicians, come to understand some fabrication techniques, learn about business operations and more. This summer, Noah and Kamilla are creating a suite of videos for Dankmeyer that we can use on our website and YouTube channel - exploring care and use instructions, basics on prosthetics and orthotics, and fabrication.
Kamilla is a senior at Towson University. She is planning to apply to O&P schools by the end of summer. She feels this internship experience at Dankmeyer is an incredible opportunity to learn about the daily responsibilities of a practitioner, while also being able to better understand the dynamic of patient and office interaction.
Noah Rogofsky is back for a second internship, as he was at Dankmeyer two years ago. Noah is a junior, majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of South Carolina. His goal at Dankmeyer is to gain some understanding of prosthetic patients and fabrication. He wants to eventually work in prosthetic design.
Tyler Treff is Back!
We also welcome back Tyler Treff - back for his 3rd summer with Dankmeyer. Tyler is Patient Services Coordinator Cindy French’s son. He will be working in the shop again this year stripping casts, sewing straps, making prosthetic socks and doing clean-up. He will be a Senior at North County High School this coming school year - a member of the Class of 2020! Tyler is planning on pursuing a career in the Coast Guard.
Tyler’s first summer job was at Dankmeyer, so he is a familiar face!
But, sadly, we also have a few goodbyes.
Michelle’s last day with us as part of her residency program was the end of June. Michelle is part of the unique prosthetics and orthotics program at Baylor in Houston, TX. The Baylor College of Medicine Orthotics and Prosthetics graduates are eligible to sit for both Orthotics and Prosthetics board certification exams upon completion of their M.S. degree. As part of this program, Michelle will go to several different prosthetic and orthotic practices to do 3-6 month residency rotations. She has been with us at Dankmeyer for six months and has moved on for the next part of her training. We will miss her!
Nina Bondre, CPO
Nina Bondre, who has been with Dankmeyer since 2015, is leaving us at the end of June. Nina's first exposure to orthotics and prosthetics was during a high school internship at Dankmeyer. She completed her BS in Neuroscience at Duke University and then her master's degree in Prosthetics & Orthotics from Northwestern University. She came to Dankmeyer to complete her residency and has stayed with us since then - spearheading our Dankmeyer Academy education program on top her work as a clinician. Nina is leaving to pursue a job as a Clinical Educator with Cascade Prosthetic and Orthotic Supplies.