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Discover the amazing speakers at the AOPA National Assembly.

Mona Patel

Founder, San Antonio Amputee Foundation & 2017 Top CNN Hero

Speakers

Discover the amazing speakers at the AOPA National Assembly.

Molly Baumann, PhD

Biomedical Research Scientist with the DoD-VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence based at the Center for the Intrepid
Dr. Molly Baumann is a Biomedical Research Scientist with the DoD-VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence based at the Center for the Intrepid here in San Antonio. Her research is primarily focused on the interface of the prosthesis and the residual limb including how to measure and improve residual limb health.

Molly Linquist CPO, LPO

Gillette’s Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Molly Linquist earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2005., Molly focused her studies on prosthetics. She became a Certified Prosthetist after completing her clinical and Prosthetic residency at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Molly was credentialed as Certified Prosthetist Orthotist and has been employed by Gillette’s Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota for over 12 years. As a dual certified specialist in O&P, Molly provides innovative options for her patients and finds additional enjoyment helping the pediatric population. One of Molly’s most rewarding experiences was volunteering her services for the ROMP: Range of Motion Project in Guatemala. Molly has been active in her community and served as past-president of a multi-state local O & P chapter. Molly constantly strives to provide the best care for her patients, even when it pushes her out of her comfort zone.

Mona Patel

Founder, San Antonio Amputee Foundation & 2017 Top CNN Hero
Mona helps people realize their inner strength and resilience. This passion was ignited by a traumatic accident. At the age of 17 she was struck by a drunk driver resulting in the amputation of her right leg. Mona’s desire to empower the limb loss community has become her platform and life purpose. In 1997, she started a monthly amputee support group which has now morphed into a 501c3 nonprofit organization called the San Antonio Amputee Foundation, one of the largest and most active amputee organizations in the country. In 2009, Mona led successful grassroots legislative efforts to fight for fair prosthetic limb insurance coverage. A year after becoming nonprofit, she led a team of 9 amputees to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet. The project’s purpose was to show others that they, too with the right mindset, can climb the mountains of their own lives. She continues to challenge herself physically in activities such as hiking, rowing, biking, and running. Mona was selected as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes for 2017, an honor given to “everyday people doing extraordinary things to change the world.” This distinction has elevated the awareness of her foundation and mission, and has allowed her and the San Antonio Amputee Foundation to help amputees across the globe with support, guidance, and inspiration. Mona’s smile and story is also featured on several Lay’s potato chip bags for their “Smile with Lay’s” campaign, to remind everyone that their smiles can make a difference in other people’s lives. Mona has worked as a licensed clinical social worker for more than 20 years. Mona’s passion is a testimony that with strong heart and determination, disability is only a mindset.

Naomi Sheilds, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Tru Ortho
Dr. Naomi Shields is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine at Tru Ortho in San Antonio, TX.

Nikki Giamarino, CFm

Business Development Manager, American Breast Care
Nikki Giamarino is the Business Development Manager at American Breast Care and is an ABC Certified Fitter with over 20 years of experience in the medical and breast care industry as well as 10+ years as an educator. She holds a BS in health administration from Auburn University. Her personal experience, industry knowledge, and caring personality are the perfect combination for an exceptional learning experience.

Phil Stevens Med, CPO, FAAOP

Upper Limb Prosthetic Specialist as well as a Director within Clinical and Scientific Affairs, Hanger
Phil is an Upper Limb Prosthetic Specialist as well as a Director within Clinical and Scientific affairs, where he develops evidence-based clinical programs designed to help patients improve their orthotic and prosthetic outcomes. Through outcomes implementation, landmark research studies and the establishment of Clinical Practice Guidelines, Phil has set national standards of care based on science and at the forefront of O&P care. He has been intimately involved in the development of Hanger Clinic protocols and policies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Phil is a former President of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and received the Academy’s “Champion of the Profession” Award in 2017.

Rachel Brown, CMF, CFm

National Trainer, Amoena USA
Rachel Brown is the National Trainer for Amoena USA. She has been working as a Certified Mastectomy Fitter since 2011. Rachel was a Cancer Care Boutique Manager in Ohio, where she worked with local YSC and FORCE Chapters consulting about products and resources available after breast surgeries. Rachel is passionate about helping women through breast surgery recovery, and strives to empower others in the industry to do the same.

Rahul Kaliki, PhD

CEO, IBT
Ever since his teenage years, Dr. Kaliki has been fascinated with understanding how the brain controls our arms. His pursuit of this question led him to obtain a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and subsequently a PhD in Biomedical Engineering under Dr. Gerald Loeb at the University of Southern California in 2009. His PhD thesis was directly related to developing a novel control strategy for upper limb prostheses. With the desire to directly improve amputees’ lives through technology commercialization, Dr. Kaliki joined IBT in the fall of 2009. Since becoming the CEO of IBT in 2011, IBT has launched its first product to the market and is driving to push the boundaries of prosthetic technology even further.

Rebecca Snell

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Ms. Snell has over 40 years experience in computer application design, development, and business operations analysis in insurance, entertainment, and health care. She is a frequent lecturer at state, regional, and national O&P meetings on HIPAA and cyber security.

Rebecca Stine

Manager, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Motion Analysis Research Laboratory
Rebecca Stine is the Manager of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Motion Analysis Research Laboratory which is located within the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. She has extensive experience in the field of human movement biomechanics as well as technical expertise in the areas of motion capture and instrumentation. She has considerable research experience assessing individuals who ambulate with prostheses and orthoses.

Rebecca Weldon-Martin, CFm, CMF

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Rebecca Weldon-Martin, CFm, CMF

Rebekah Samii

Human Resources Manager at Cornerstone Prosthetics and Orthotics
Rebekah Samii is the human resources manager at Cornerstone Prosthetics and Orthotics, a Microsoft consult for KG Simple Solutions, and an executive assistant at Proclaim Billing Services. Rebekah is passionate about improving the culture and communication within organizations. Rebekah has her bachelor’s degree in business management.

Renee Van Veld, PT, DPT

Lower Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist, SRT Prosthetics & Orthotics.
Renee Van Veld, PT, DPT, Lower Extremity Clinical & Education Specialist, SRT Prosthetics & Orthotics. Dr. Van Veld has over 23 years of experience as a physical therapist treating patients with lower extremity amputations and 17 years teaching in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Russ Marable , Product Manager

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Mr. Russ Marable is a versatile marketing, sales and engineering professional with demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams and in launching new medical devices targeting clinicians, hospitals, alternate site care providers and group purchasing organizations.

Russ Lundstrom, MS

Ottobock
Russ Lundstrom has over 30 years of experience in the medical device industry, having worked in research, product development and clinical research in a variety of disciplines including cardiac pacing and defibrillation and neurostimulation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Master’s in the Management of Technology. Russ has been working for the last 10 years developing clinical research strategies for Ottobock.

Ruth Reese

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Sagar Shetty, BOCPO

Director of Clinical Operations, Bionic Prosthetics and Orthotics Group
Sagar Shetty, BOCPO has been practicing O&P for over 18 years, part of which was in India, where he completed his education in the field. Having been exposed to a variety of technologies throughout his career, from low cost to advanced, he brings a different perspective on the feasibility and accessibility of advanced technologies like 3D printing for patients of all socioeconomic backgrounds. He is actively involved in DOD funded research projects in collaboration with the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR), studying the strength and durability of 3D printed prosthetic sockets. He currently serves as the Director of Clinical Operations with Bionic Prosthetics and Orthotics Group, and oversees the adaptation of 3D printing technology at their network of clinics across the U.S.

Samantha Stauffer, CPO, MSOP

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Samantha Stauffer is student in the University of Delaware Prosthetics-Orthotics Clinical Practice and Biomechanics and Movement Science PhD Dual-Training Track program, where her research focuses on improving outcomes after limb amputation. Ms. Stauffer is a practicing board-certified prosthetist-orthotist, as well as a guest lecturer in the University’s Physical Therapy program.

Sashwati Roy, PhD

Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Research, IUH Comprehensive Wound Center
Sashwati Roy, PhD is a Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Research at IUH Comprehensive Wound Center. She is an expert in inflammation and tissue repair including limb health. Dr. Roy has over 225 peer review publications. Her research program is funded by National Institute of Health and Department of Defense. She has served as committee chairs, secretary, and executive board member at the national Wound Healing Society where she is currently serving as the President.

Scott Wimberly, RTPO

Lean Implementation Officer, Fabtech Systems LLC
Scott Wimberley RTPO is the Lean Implementation Officer and manages operations at Fabtech Systems LLC, a P&O central fabricator and manufacturing product distributor located in the Pacific Northwest. Scott has been involved with the P&O industry since his right leg was amputated in his early childhood. Scott is a technical lecturer at numerous O&P industry conferences and seminars for the past nine years. Scott is also an active board member of OPTA.

Shane Wurdeman PhD, CP, FAAOP (D)

Director, Clinical Research, Hanger Institute for Clinical Research and Education
Shane Wurdeman, PhD, CP, FAAOP(D) -is the Director, Clinical Research, Hanger Institute for Clinical Research and Education. Dr. Wurdeman holds a degree in physics, a Master’s in prosthetics and orthotics, and a PhD in biomechanics. He entered the field of O&P as a technician before going to school to become a practitioner. He also serves on the Board of Directors for AOPA as the Research Director. He is a 4-time Thranhardt winner and the 2020 Academy Research Award winner.

Shawn Farrokhi, PhD, PT

Facility Research Director with the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence
Shawn Farrokhi, PT, PhD is the Facility Research Director with the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence team at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. With more than 19 years of combined experience in academia, clinical research, and patient care, Dr. Farrokhi offers a unique perspective towards advancing the field of musculoskeletal rehabilitation for military Service Members and Veterans with traumatic extremity injuries and limb loss.

Shelly Carlson

Education Consultant, Provider Outreach and Education for Noridian Healthcare
Shelly Carlson currently serves as Education Consultant, Provider Outreach and Education for Noridian Healthcare.

Sienna Newman

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Stacy Toner, CBCS

Chief Operating Officer, CBS Medical Billing and Consulting
Stacy Toner is the Chief Operating Officer of CBS Medical Billing and Consulting and a certified billing and coding specialist. She has dedicated her 11-year career in orthotics and prosthetics to optimizing revenue cycle process management. When she isn't diving into Medicare LCDs you can find her at the beach surfing or performing with her reggae band.

Steinþóra Jónsdóttir, B.Sc, MPH

Investigation Specialist, Ossur
Steinþóra Jónsdóttir completed a B.Sc in physiotherapy from the University of Iceland in 2012. After spending a few years in clinical practice she went on to receive her Master's in Public Health from Cardiff University. Steinþóra currently works as a clinical evaluation and investigation specialist at Össur ehf. She has spent the past three years conducting and managing research projects in the prosthetic field focusing on socket interfaces and powered prosthetics.

Stella Thai, MSPO, CPO

Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics
Stella Thai studied mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and graduated from Georgia Tech’s MSPO program in 2019. With a passion for treating the pediatric population, Stella completed her orthotics residency at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where she had extensive training on cranial remolding, scoliosis, clubfoot, pectus carinatum, and toe-walking, among other things. She completed her prosthetics residency in upstate New York at Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates (POA) where she learned how to incorporate scanning and digital modification tools into her prosthetic practice and patient care. Stella is now a CPO at Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics in St. Joseph, MI where she specializes in lower extremity prosthetics and pediatric orthotics.

Stuart Campbell PT, MSPT

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Major (RET) Stuart M. Campbell PT, MPT retired from active duty in 2010, he served as the program Manager at the Center for the Intrepid and is now Chief, Global Health Engagement for the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence. During his more than 20 years of experience working with people with limb loss, he has treated people in a variety of practice settings from the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio to a barracks room in Iraq.

Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed, FAAOP(A)

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Séamus Kennedy has been a Certified Pedorthist since 1996 and is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He originally studied Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin and worked in industry for 7 years. Seamus and his brother bought Hersco Ortho Labs in 1995 and developed it into a modern central fab for custom foot orthotics, AFO’s, gauntlets and 3D Printing.

Tanya Baer, CFom

contracting, billing and A/R specialist and works for a Northern California Prosthetic-Orthotic clinic
Tanya has been in the insurance and O&P field for over 20 years. She is a contracting, billing and A/R specialist and works for a Northern California Prosthetic-Orthotic clinic as well as offering consultant services to various practices.

Terry Supan, CPO(E), FAAOP(E), FISPO(E)

President and CEO, Supan Prosthetic Orthotic Consultations
Terry J. Supan, CPO(E), FAAOP(E), FISPO(E), is President and CEO of Supan Prosthetic Orthotic Consultations. He is a Clinical Professor (Retired) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Throughout his career he has provided Prosthetic and Orthotic Expert Witness services for both plaintiff and defense counsels.

Thomas Gavin, CO

Clinic Manager, Bionic Prosthetics & Orthotics
Thomas Gavin, CO brings an extensive list of accomplishments in his field, having served as the first non-doctoral member of the North American Spine Society in 1991, as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics from 1996 to 2000, and as a consultant for the VA, NIH, and WHO. Thomas has taught worldwide and published his pioneering research in the form of over 80 book chapters, journal articles, and abstracts about the spine. Thomas Gavin’s work has led to developments in the non-operative orthotic management of traumatic spinal fractures, chronic back pain, and the restoration of upright posture for the forward-leaning spinal aging population. He is a Clinic Manager with Bionic Prosthetics & Orthotics at their Chicago, Illinois location.

Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO, LPO, FAAOP

Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO, LPO, FAAOP, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She received her bachelor's degree in Engineering Science from Trinity University and her master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds leadership positions within the AAOP and is a two-time recipient of the AOPA Thranhardt Award. Her research centers around outcome measures of cranial remolding orthoses.

Tim Cooney, CPO

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Todd Farrell

Director of Research at Liberating Technologies, Inc.
Todd Farrell, PhD is the Director of Research at Liberating Technologies, Inc. – a Coapt R&D Company. He leads a research team that has been fortunate enough to receive multiple awards from the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, and Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Dr. Farrell received his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2007 with a focus on myoelectric control of upper limb prostheses.

Wendy Miller, BOCO, LO, CDME

Special Assistant to CEO, BOC
Wendy is responsible for managing a variety of projects that support the direction, strategy, policies, and daily operations of Board of Credentialing/Accreditation (BOC) credentialing programs. She has played an integral part in the creation of the organization’s fitter programs, including the certified mastectomy fitter (CMF). Wendy is a former BOC Board member, has served as a subject matter expert (SME) for exam development, and performs job task analyses. Her vision, field expertise, and leadership have been an integral part of the expansion of BOC products and services As a certified and licensed orthotist, Wendy brings a practitioner’s perspective to her current role as she serves as a BOC “brand ambassador” and partners with the CEO to ensure smooth-running governance-related activities.

William Stuart, CPO

Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center
William Stuart CPO has been in the field of orthotics for over 45 years, most recently being associated with Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center, providing orthoses for patients with all types of disabilities, including some of the most complex lower leg deformities. He entered this profession after he sustained a serious spinal cord injury at the age of 19 years old, fracturing the L1 vertebrae, leaving him a partial paraplegic. After extensive research, Mr. Stuart, developed an innovative KAFO casting technique to provide realignment of a lateral thrust gait. He personally benefits from two KAFOs he wears, designed from this method. He currently operates his company, Poliorthotist, and it is his goal to teach this unique custom casting method to other professionals in the orthotics field to provide these benefits to patients everywhere.

Zachary Wright, PhD

Research Principal Investigator, Coapt, LLC
Zachary Wright, PhD is Research Principal Investigator at Coapt, LLC. Dr. Wright earned a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and performed his research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in the Robotics Lab. His research has focused on human motor control and neurorehabilitation with a special interest in robotic therapy for stroke survivors. He is currently dedicated to advancing the field of upper-limb prosthetics and myoelectric pattern recognition control.
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