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 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 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