Jacob Townsend, CPO at our Asheville, North Carolina patient care center and Jeff Quelet, Clinical Management Officer completed the 180 mile Cycle to the Sea Myrtle Beach ride (April 6-8, 2017). This event raises funds and awareness for the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program (ASAP) at Carolinas HealthCare System Carolinas Rehabilitation. Celebrating the 17th anniversary of Cycle to the Sea, riders on handcycles, tandem bikes, or road bikes finished this amazing ride. Congratulations to all! #cycletothesea
Ability has been a proud supporter of Cycle to the Sea for years and will continue to remain a committed sponsor.
Through the Diabetes Self-Management Program at the University of Pennsylvanias’ Chester County Hospital, Ability sponsored the annual Dash 4 Diabetes 5K, 2.5K Walk & Arthur Hall Insurance Kids Fun Run on April 1st in West Chester, PA. The Ability Team consisted of Exton, Pennsylvania patient care practitioners, corporate staff, friends and family. All proceeds from this event benefit diabetes education at Chester County Hospital.
Ability exhibits with MyoMo at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Centennial in Philadelphia from March 30th through April 1st. Ability practitioners, Eric Shoemaker, Regional Director and CPO of the Mechanicsburg office, Ramen Landon, MPO, CTPO of the York office, Julie McCulley, MPO, MS, ATC/L of the Exton office, and Chad Stalter, MSPO, CFo of the Hanover office all attended the conference along with MyoMo.
Ability sponsors York, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapist to attend the full conference. OT’s received up to 24 continuing education contact hours (24 NBCOT PDUs/2.4 CEUs).
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. presented two evening CEU courses for Physical Therapists on March 30th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Meritus Medical Center. The courses featured an Outcomes-Based Protocols for Prosthetics presented by Chris DiGioia, CP, CFo, at our Hagerstown Patient Care Center. The second CEU Course was on Ankle Foot Orthosis Design and Function for Ambulation presented by Tyler Cook, CPO at our Hagerstown Patient Care Center. Tyler has recently joined the team and made some great exposure to the PT community during this course.
Each of the courses has been approved for 0.1 CEU credits by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for a total of 0.2 CEU’s for the evening. We have several approved CEU Courses for PT’s and OT’s that will specialize in the highest technology in prosthetic care, as well as courses in treating lower and upper prosthetic and orthotic patients to improve outcomes and give each patient the best quality of care.
We had a great evening meeting new therapists and seeing familiar faces. Ability offers CEU courses in each of its 10 patient care centers in Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina. Contact your local office to learn about our upcoming events or to request a CEU Seminar at your therapy facility.
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics hosted the March OrthoCarolina Journal Club dinner meeting for physicians. Jeffrey Brandt, CPO, CEO and founder of Ability; Brian Kaluf, CP, clinical outcome and research director at Ability; and Tyler Dunham, CPO, of Ability’s Charlotte, North Carolina, patient care center presented about prosthetic and orthotic care at this meeting. This was a great opportunity for our team to raise awareness about the importance of comprehensive O&P care to doctors at one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices.
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) has invited Ability to present three research abstracts at AAPM&R’ s Annual Assembly held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO from October 12-15, 2017. Jeffrey Brandt, Founder, CEO, CPO, Brian Kaluf, Clinical Outcome and Research Director and the rest of the team have worked very hard on these posters. We look forward to attend this even and present Ability’s latest research. #AAPMR2017
1. Evaluating Amputee Mobility with AMPPRO and PEQ-MS: A 4.5 Year Retrospective Chart Review
General Rehabilitation Poster Hall
10/13/2017 – 10/14/2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2. Comparative Effectiveness of Microprocessor Controlled and Carbon Fiber Energy Storing and Returning Prosthetic Feet in Persons with Unilateral Transtibial Amputation: Pilot Study
General Rehabilitation Poster Hall
Improving Outcomes for the Lower Limb Amputee Free Paper Session
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM – Noon
3. Case Report on the use of Bilateral Myoelectric Elbow-Wrist-Hand Orthoses for the Remediation of Upper Extremity Paresis following a Spinal Cord Injury: Marlies Cabell, CPO
Volunteers go through donated prosthetics. Photo by: FOX Carolina
Every year the employees at Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics help people get back on their feet. Over the last several years those patients have helped others by donating their old prosthetics and attachments.
“Many of them grow out or progress out of their old devices,” explained Doctor Jacob Townsend, “They no longer do anything but take up space in their closet.”
Townsend and his team of volunteers break down the devices and sort what is usable and what is not usable.
“The most custom parts can’t be reused because obviously those are made for specific people but all the components,” explained Townsend, “The feet, the knees, all those things can be taken apart and separated and sent to folks piece by piece where they’re needed most.”
After the dozens of pieces are broken down into hundreds, the Range of Motion Project takes over and distributes them to areas around the world.
“You know third world countries where ROMP has clinics currently,” explained Kelly Gordon-Wylie.
Gordon-Wylie helps with ROMP’s, “Components for a cause in North Carolina.”
Over the last 12 years thousands of prosthetics have benefited people across the world because of the program.
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Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. Continues Growth and Strengthens Resources
Stephanie Morgan Greene, Esq.
Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc. (Exton, Pennsylvania) is proud to announce Stephanie Morgan Greene, Esq. has joined as Executive Director Compliance. Stephanie has been a part of the DMEPOS industry for over 20 years when she started her career as a respiratory therapist before attending law school. Her experience in all aspects of medical billing, revenue management, and medical necessity coverage requirements brings additional industry expertise and leadership to Ability’s. “We are extremely excited to have Stephanie on the management team. Her deep experience, industry expertise and compliance management leadership supports the forward leaning approach we take on behalf of our patients every day,” said Jeff Brandt, CEO & Founder.
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction (completion of Honors Thesis), Summa Cum Laude, Certified in Respiratory Care, from The Ohio State University. She obtained both her Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) license in the State of Ohio, practicing respiratory care at Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio. She then received her Juris Doctorate with Honors, from The Ohio State University School of Law, and member of the Order of Coif, with license to practice law in the State of Ohio.
Ramen Landon, BEP, Resident Orthotist
Ability is also proud to announce Ramen Landon, Board Eligible Prosthetist and Resident Orthotist has joined our York, Pennsylvania Patient Care Team. He will complete his Orthotic residency under Marlies Cabell, CPO. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to join the Ability team to provide advanced patient-centric solutions that will allow me to pull from a wealth of clinical, research, and technical exposure. I am blessed to have found a profession that allows me to make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Ramen earned his Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics and completed an extensive 18-month Prosthetic residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago which included a six-month research rotation and upper limb prosthetic project at the Center for Bionic Medicine within RIC. Ramen’s education and clinical experience will lend itself well to the York Patient Care Center. As Ability expands its territory, Ramen will be a great asset to the Ability Team and York office. Investing in our residency program is an ongoing strategic initiative at Ability and Ramen brings to us a robust education, deep prosthetics clinical residency experience and a desire to learn and grow through his orthotics residency. “We look forward to advancing his career and the care of the patients in York, Pennsylvania as Ramen deepens his clinical skills,” said Jeff Quelet, Clinical Management Officer.
Ability recently celebrated its team members by hosting its annual 2016 Year End Event in the historical city of Philadelphia. All members of the Ability Team enjoyed a two-day event encompassing Philly food, history, music, art, growth, museums, and many more exciting parts of the city of Brotherly Love. Ability’s Founder and CEO, Jeffrey Brandt, hosts the annual event in a location which serves to provide an experience for the staff that is educational, entrepreneurial and inspirational. Past events have been celebrated centered on the careers and contributions of Milton S. Hershey and A.I. DuPont.
Ability’s staff enjoyed a tour of the Constitution Center; a team building session focused on inspiring leadership, led by Joseph Campellone, OSFS; a tour of the historic Reading Terminal Market; capped off with a rousing performance by members from the Mummers’ Spartan, Woodland and Ferko String Bands.
As we close out 2016 and look forward to 2017, we would like to thank our incredible patients for the insight, teachings and influences that impart to continually drive Ability be a better practice. Thanks to all who support us.
Happy Holidays from Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics.