We are proud of our expert professional staff at Dankmeyer Inc., who form a part of your multidisciplinary team. Whether you are our patient, or refer a patient to Dankmeyer, you can rely on a combined 175 years of professional practice and dedication to patient care and service. Our Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists have been educated at a number of fine institutions across the United States, but are all essentially home-grown! As children, some aspired to be artists, dancers, musicians, professional athletes, engineers and teachers. Ultimately, they were led to Prosthetics and Orthotics by their combined passion for hand skills, solving complex problems and a desire to enhance people's lives through the use of well designed and crafted prostheses and orthoses.
Our mission is to offer comprehensive and custom prosthetic and/or orthotic solutions for improving each patient's ability to function at home and in the community.
Here are some things you might not know about our clinical staff.
Mark is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist and a Licensed Physical Therapist, who has been with Dankmeyer since 1992. Originally from Newark, Delaware, Mark has a BS with a Certificate in Physical Therapy (PT) from the University of Delaware. It was during his internships there that he had several experiences with amputees. Later, when he began working in PT at Johns Hopkins, he started covering the Amputee Clinic. After meeting Charles Dankmeyer, he decided to go into the prosthetics program at Northwestern University Medical School Prosthetics and Orthotics Center, and earned a Certificate in Prosthetics there. Eventually he left Hopkins to come to work full time at Dankmeyer, Inc. where he became Clinic Director. During that time he completed his MBA at The Johns Hopkins University. He is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine School of Physical Therapy and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. A number of our patients know that Mark is a runner, who has completed several marathons.
Joseph DeLorenzo, CP
Chief Operating Officer (CV)
Joseph is a Certified Prosthetist. Joseph is one of our long-term Dankmeyer staff, having been with Dankmeyer since 1980, first as a technician, then as the Production Manager overseeing all aspects of device fabrication, and also a prosthetist. Currently, Joseph is the Chief Operating Officer. He has an Associates Degree in General Studies from Essex Community College in Essex Maryland, and a Certificate in Prosthetics from Northeast Metro Technical College in Minnesota. Joe is originally from Long Island, New York. He came to Baltimore as a young man and recalls working many summers at Dankmeyer scrubbing and cleaning floors. As a technician at Dankmeyer, he liked working with his hands, and decided to become a prosthetist. P&O combines his love of teaching, carpentry and hand skills, and helping people overcome their physical challenges. Joe played men’s fast pitch softball competitively for over 30 years.
Charles Dankmeyer, CPO
Charles is Certified Prosthetist Orthotist and a native of Baltimore. He has been with Dankmeyer since joining his father, Herb Dankmeyer, in the business as a young man - first cleaning the shop and moving the wood then used in prostheses. He began work as a CPO after receiving his BS from New York University and his Certifications in Prosthetics and Orthotics. During his tenure at Dankmeyer, Charles has served in a number of positions with various organizations, including the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, the Maryland Rehabilitation Association, and the Veterans Administration. Charles is currently President of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. At Dankmeyer, Charles has been a part of a number of “firsts” in P&O development, including the proportional switch control, single control site controlling multiple joints, and the powered shoulder. There are also a number of advances which Dankmeyer introduced regionally - totally plastic sockets, total contact below knee sockets, hydraulic knee control systems, pneumatic knee control systems, and Myoelectric controlled upper limb prostheses, among many others. Charles enjoys boating and sailing and is active in several conservation efforts in the Bay area.
Angie is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, who has been with Dankmeyer since 2006. A native of Linthicum, MD, her high school interests in science and math led her to study biological engineering in college, but she found P&O to be a profession where she could combine these interests with her desire to interact with patients, and most effectively help change their lives. She has a BS in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland, and Post-Baccalaureate Certficates in Prosthetics and Orthotics from California State University and Northwestern University respectively. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine School of Physical Therapy. Angie enjoys playing ice hockey locally in a number of mixed leagues, when she is not coordinating patient/Dankmeyer employee activities. You can read more about her recent efforts under Team Dankmeyer.
Sheryl is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, who has been with Dankmeyer since 2011.. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she received a BS in Kinesiology and a BA in Communications from the University of Maryland. While she was there, she was interested in sports broadcasting, worked as a student athletic trainer, and initially thought she might to pursue a post-graduate degree in physical therapy. Then she had the opportunity to volunteer at Walter Reed in the Prosthetics Lab and found she loved working with the devices and the patients. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she received her Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics, and completed her residencies at Dankmeyer. Sheryl is well known as an expert baker to Dankmeyer employees. She is a huge Baltimore Ravens fan, as well as an accomplished clarinetist.
Jed is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist, came to Dankmeyer in 2013. While in high school and exploring potential careers, Jed stumbled across a newspaper article about amputees, which triggered his interest in the field. His interest grew into a passion while he volunteered and later worked as an apprentice at a local prosthetic and orthotic facility where he grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He eventually made the decision to travel to Seattle, Washington to attend the University of Washington where he received his BS in Prosthetics and Orthotics. His prosthetic residency was completed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and he completed his orthotic residency at Dankmeyer. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and interacting with patients. Outside of work, Jed can be found exercising or spending time outdoors. He enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, and working on his motorcycle.
Mary is a Certified Prosthetist and Maryland native, who has been with Dankmeyer since 1999. Early, she wanted to be a robotic engineer and work with animatronics at Disney World. While researching other engineering options at college, she came across the field of prosthetics. She spent two summers volunteering at Dankmeyer, working in both the lab and patient care areas. She went on to complete her BA in Human Services Counseling from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, while consecutively completing her Associate of Arts in Prosthetic Technology at Century College. She stayed on at Century College to complete her Diploma in Prosthetic Practitioner Advanced Specialty. Mary returned to Baltimore, and to the place which inspired her career path, to complete her prosthetic residency at Dankmeyer.
Mark is a Certified Prosthetist and Board of Certification Orthotist, who has been with Dankmeyer since 1980. Mark was born in Baltimore and spent most of his childhood in Pasadena, MD. Mark's father was a musician, an artist and sculptor and Mark learned how to work with plaster and molds as he was growing up. Since he enjoys working with people and working with his hands, O&P was the ideal career choice. He started as a technician at Dankmeyer, and decided to pursue his education in prosthetics after about eight years in fabrication. After his Associate in Arts from Allegany Community College in Cumberland, he received his Certificate in Prosthetics from Northeast Metro Technical College in Minnesota. Currently residing in Granstville, MD, Mark is the practitioner at our Cumberland, MD office. Mark grew up in a musical family, and continues to write music and sing with his wife Linda at local events.
Kristen Beltran, CO, Board Eligible Prosthetist (CV)
Kristen is a Certified Orthotist and a Board Eligible Prosthetist who joined the Dankmeyer team in 2015. She is originally from Kalamazoo, MI. 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. While working in the therapeutic recreation field in Denver, CO, Kristen worked extensively with adaptive sports and recreation programs, where she gained further exposure to prosthetic and orthotic devices and their users. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and skiing, and traveling.
Nina is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist who joined the Dankmeyer team in 2015 and is originally from San Jose, CA. She completed her BS in Neuroscience at Duke University and then her Master's in Prosthetics & Orthotics from Northwestern University. Nina's first exposure to orthotics and prosthetics was during a high school internship at Dankmeyer. She was inspired to work with the Range of Motion Project in Ecuador, a non-profit organization that provides orthotic and prosthetic care to those who cannot aford it. In her spare time she enjoys weight lifting, cooking, and baking.
Kelsey Kasten, Certified Orthotist, Resident Prosthetist (CV)
Kelsey is a Resident Prosthetist who joined the Dankmeyer team in 2016. She is originally from Simi Valley, CA. She earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Westmont College, and then went on to earn her Master's in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Washington. She completed her Orthotic Residency at American Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Iowa Hospital. Kelsey was initially interested in physical therapy, and while working in a PT clinic for a year and a half, realized she enjoyed being a part of a patient's journey towards walking again. Prosthetics and Orthotics seemed a perfect avenue for her to help people in this way. Kelsey enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with friends.
Robert Tyler, Resident Prosthetist & Orthotist (CV)
Robert is a Resident Prosthetist Orthotist who joined Dankmeyer in June, and is originally from Old Lyme, CT. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. He later received his master’s degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics at the University of Hartford. Robert first became interested in the field when he worked with an amputee while interning at a physical therapy practice. Before graduating, Robert gained further experience interning at Dankmeyer during the summer months. Outside of work Robert enjoys outdoor activities such golf, fishing, recreational sports and skiing. Now that he lives in Baltimore, he is also looking forward to attending some Orioles' games!