Dr. Giancarlo Barolat has been practicing neurosurgery and neuromodulation in Denver, Colorado since June 2005. He is affiliated with the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. He has performed over 9,000 neurostimulation procedures during the past 40 years. Dr. Barolat was president of the International Neuromodulation foundation, was a founding member of the North American Neuromodulation Society and is on the editorial board of the journal Neuromodulation. He is the author of over 100 medical articles and book chapters. Dr. Barolat has made more than 260 lectures in the United States, China, France, England, Italy, Turkey, South Korea, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Yugoslavia, Hong Kong, Mexico and Germany.
Jo Beckwith is a social media content creator who speaks to her audience about her life as an amputee, on disability, and on mental health. When she lost her leg four years ago, she began sharing honestly about the ups and downs through YouTube videos on her channel Footless Jo. She lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with her two german shepherds. When she isn’t in front of a camera, you’ll find her competing in jiujitsu or out exploring the mountains on foot.
Ilene Brandon is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice serving adolescent and adult clients. She earned her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, Lowry campus in December, 2016. Additionally, she counsels clients pro bono who have experienced limb loss. Ilene became a double amputee unexpectedly in the autumn of 2011 from Necrotizing Fasciitis and Toxic Shock Syndrome. Ilene serves as a volunteer peer visitor for the Amputee Coalition and served on the board of LIM359 (Living in Motion), an activity- based support group. She has been requested as a motivational speaker in the community sharing her story of resilience. Ilene lives in Highlands Ranch with her husband, Tim, and two cats, Alvin and Simon.
Inger Brueckner, PT
Inger Brueckner is a Physical Therapist practicing in Denver at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and has been the lead PT of the amputee program since it started in 2005. She also provides continuing education for therapists on the topic of limb loss rehabilitation across the US for Education Resources Inc. She has been invited to speak at several national and international conferences.
Jeffrey Cain, MD
Jeffrey Cain is a family physician who teaches at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and co-founder of Tar Wars, the national youth tobacco-free education program. After bilateral below-knee amputations from trauma 20 years ago, Dr. Cain has continued an active life that has included flying vintage airplanes, long-distance cycling, adaptive skiing, and winning the Gold Medal in slalom in the first U.S. national adaptive snowboarding championships. Dr. Cain is a passionate champion for amputee advocacy and has served the Amputee Coalition board of directors.
Tyler (or TC) is a 3x Paralympian in Alpine Skiing and a below the knee amputee due to being without a fibula in his right leg. TC has competed at multiple World Championships, World Cups, the 2014 Sochi Paralympics and the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympics. He recently completed his career at the Beijing 2022 Paralympics where he was named as one of the Flag Bearers for the Opening Ceremonies. TC is a strong believer in giving back to communities and volunteers with various organizations promoting living healthy and active lifestyles.”
Wendy Clyne is a Rehabilitation Psychologist who worked for over 30 years in the CU Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She worked with patients and families with a wide range of medical problems, both inpatients and outpatients. Two areas of expertise were working with people coping with amputations and burn injuries. Dr. Clyne has extensive experience in facilitating disease specific support groups and was one of the founders of the University Hospital Amputee Support Group approximately ten years ago. Dr. Clyne is mostly retired but enjoys an ongoing role as a facilitator in the Amputee Support Group and the University Hospital Brain Tumor Support Group.
Steve Crawford is a retired military veteran who was injured in a motorcycle accident in 2020. After undergoing limb preservation procedures, Steve later opted for amputation so that he could enjoy a more active lifestyle. He is an active member with many adaptive sport, limb difference groups and organizations, including his service as peer mentor and other volunteer work with the Limb Preservation Foundation.
“I am so stoked to attend the 2nd symposium to learn about the advances in the onp world.”
Maria Geis is a high school senior from a small town in Wyoming who nearly lost her leg from a farming accident. Maria bravely underwent multiple surgeries and procedures to preserve her leg. She is involved in 4-H, Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society and her church youth group. She is planning to study Agriculture, Communications and Business this coming year as she begins her undergraduate studies.
Chris Gregan is a Senior Product Development engineer with Onkos Surgical, focused on designing and developing patient-specific implants in the orthopedic oncology and complex revision space. Chris works closely with orthopedic surgeons across the country to design and provide patient specific implants, typically 3D printed, for patient’s whose conditions, whether oncologic or otherwise, cannot be treated with traditional standard implants.
Colby Hansen, MD
Dr. Colby Hansen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah. Dr. Hansen received his MD degree from the University of Iowa and completed his residency training at the University of Utah, where he also served as co-chief resident. Dr. Hansen has directed the amputee rehabilitation clinic at the Craig Nielsen Rehabilitation Hospital at the U of U since 2010. His research interests include rehabilitation and medical issues of amputees, with a particular focus on the management of residual limb hyperhidrosis.
Lacey Henderson is a Paralympian, Speaker, Model and Sport and Performance Psychology Professional. She has written numerous published works, been featured in international commercials, served in varying capacities in local government. Her most important accomplishment is sharing her experience and knowledge to empower and spread resources with those around her.
Matt Iorio, MD
Dr. Matt Iorio is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon affiliated with the University of Colorado Hospitals. He completed his residency and focus on limb salvage at Georgetown University, and then a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the University of Washington. He was in practice in Boston and was on faculty at Harvard Medical School prior to moving to Denver in 2018. Dr. Iorio is a surgeon, clinician and researcher dedicated to limb preservation techniques, as well as the treatment of chronic and phantom nerve pain.
Meet inspiring patient, Troy Karnes! Troy’s experience began in the summer of 2021 when he was diagnosed with Chondrosarcoma in his right shoulder blade and in the joint. After months of surgery and the removal of his right shoulder blade and joint, he is happy to share that he is cancer-free! Troy recently became a real estate agent, in addition to working as a business coach and consultant. Related to his limb challenge, Troy wants to regain 120 degrees of movement and is really leaning into yoga. Read more about Troy, and his recovery journey here: https://limbpreservation.org/inspiring-patient-story-troy-karnes/
Tommaso Lenzi, Ph.D
Dr. Tommaso Lenzi is a scientist, engineer, and inventor interested in bridging the gap between robotics, controls, design, prosthetics, biomechanics, and rehabilitation. His research interests are related to optimizing the dynamics of human-robot cooperation within the context of physical disability. He is the director of the Bionic Engineering Lab with the Utah Robotics Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah.
Daniel Lerman, MD
Daniel Lerman, MD is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the care of patients with benign and malignant tumors of the bone and soft tissue. His clinical expertise includes limb-sparing surgery, sarcoma surgery and the treatment of complex musculoskeletal conditions, such as pathologic fractures, amputee care and complex total joint reconstructions.
Guy Lev, PT, DPT, COMT
Guy Lev is a Physical Therapist focused on Amputee care. He holds a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and manages the Central Park rehabilitation clinic at UCHealth. He also directs the Osseointegration rehabilitation program as a team member of the UCHealth Limb Restoration program. Guy started the UCHealth amputee support group 10+ years ago. He lectures on amputee care at Regis University and the University of Colorado Physical Therapy programs. Guy has been a researcher in a variety of aspects of amputee care. He lives in Golden, CO with his wife, Rusha, who is a pediatrician and their four children.
Kristine McGuire, LCSW, CCTP
Kristine McGuire is the Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the University of Colorado Hospital Orthopedics Clinics. She provides clinical and psychological support to patients involved with the Limb Restoration & Osseointegration clinics, orthopedic trauma, amputee, orthopedic oncology and other orthopedic specialty services. Kristine was appointed as the inaugural Regional Advocacy Ambassador for this region of the Amputee Coalition which is a program that was created to serve as “the voice of the advocate” for the organization. She is also part of a small group of dedicated individuals helping to advance the So Colorado Kids Can Move campaign (HB23-1136) with Rep. David Ortiz regarding prosthetic devices for recreational activity in kids.
Alec McMorris lost his right leg above the knee in an auto-pedestrian accident in late 2013. Alec has worked for Freedom Innovations as a knee tech, gaining a great understanding of microprocessor knees mechanically and how they feel for a user. He has consulted for Ottobock and other prosthetic manufacturers. Alec has worked with Dr. Tomasso Lenzi and The University of Utah Bionic Engineering Lab as a study subject since 2017. Alec enjoys anything active in his free time, snowboarding in the winter and being on the lake in the summer. He is a patient advocate, junior high school teacher, and high school football coach.
Jenna McMullin is the vice president of Communications for Lockheed Martin Space. She leads the strategic development and execution of communications to support the nearly $12 billion Space business area at Lockheed Martin spanning space exploration, satellites and spacecraft, mission solutions, national security programs and strategic and missile defense systems. Jenna was named an Outstanding Woman in Business in 2022 by the Denver Business Journal and is a sought-after public speaker. She is also a survivor of Ewing’s Sarcoma, a limb-threatening bone and tissue cancer, and breast cancer. She is the beneficiary of limb-preservation surgeries and is a bone and tissue donation recipient.
Michelle Oliveti is the Director of Orthopedic, Therapy and Wound Care Services at Swedish Medical Center. Michelle has been practicing Physical Therapy for the past 20 years and Wound Care for 12 years. She manages the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Rehab Therapy, and Wound Care departments at Swedish, as well as the Orthopedic Service Line. Michelle is passionate about patient care and specifically early mobilization and pressure injury prevention. She is proud to lead an engaged group of colleagues that elevate patient care every day.
Samantha co-founded Open Bionics in 2014. Samantha has an exceptional business acumen and brings valuable experience in project management, marketing and business development. Samantha has elevated Open Bionics to a globally recognized brand and has recently won several awards celebrating her entrepreneurship.
David Schnur, MD
Dr. Schnur joined the Plastic Surgery Clinic in 2004 after nearly two years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Health Science Center and Colorado Children’s Hospital. He received his board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery over a decade ago. He has been a leader in the medical community serving as President of the Medical Staff at Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center and has been recognized by his peers as a “Top doc” in 5280 magazine.
Jason Souza, MD
Dr. Souza is Director of the Orthoplastic and Advanced Amputation Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Orthopaedics. As a surgeon scientist, Dr. Souza has been at the forefront in advancing reconstructive surgical science for the care of the Wounded Warrior. He continues to serve on the Steering Committee for the Department of Defense Osseointegration Program, and in concert with his orthopedic partners, has performed the largest number of osseointegration surgeries in the United States, having provided this state-of-the-art care to almost 100 amputees to date.
Jason Stoneback, MD
Dr. Stoneback is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Orthopedics at the CU School of Medicine. He is the Director of the multidisciplinary Limb Restoration at University of Colorado Hospital which combines comprehensive orthopedic, vascular, wound, and rehabilitative care to serve a growing number of patients with complex extremity injuries. Dr. Stoneback focuses on the interdisciplinary approach to optimize health outcomes in patients who lose or are at risk of limb loss. The LRP specializes in cutting-edge osseointegration surgery for amputees and treats a variety of conditions such as bone malunions, limb-length discrepancies, and deformity correction.
Bill Tettelbach, MD
Dr. Tettelbach is a certified wound specialist physician actively board- certified in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Internal Medicine while retaining academic appointments at Duke University School of Medicine and Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine. He currently serves as the Executive Medical Director of the newly established Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Care Service line for the Mountain Division (Alaska, Idaho & Utah) of HCA Healthcare. He is also a committee member for The Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders which acts as one of the voices for Wound Care in the Government Affairs health policy arena. His career has been dedicated to teaching providers and improving patients’ lives requiring the services of Advanced Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Infectious Diseases.
Gini Thomas lives in Montgomery, AL, and is an ambassador with Integrum. She was injured in a motorcycle wreck in 2012, and had multiple limb salvage surgeries before opting for above knee amputation in 2015. Struggles with numerous revisions for heterotopic ossification left Gini with a short residual limb, making traditional sockets difficult to fit. Hoping to regain an active lifestyle, she chose osseointegration with the Integrum OPRA implant system a little over a year ago. Gini now enjoys traveling and sharing her story with amputees, prosthetists, physical therapists, and others in the medical field.
Glen Thompson, CPO
Glen is a Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO) at Rise Prosthetics and Orthotics in Denver, Colorado. Glen received his Master of Science Degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas after completing his residency at various clinics across the country. Glen is passionate about providing holistic and evidence-based care for those in need of prosthetic care.
Eric Weber, LCPO, FAAOP (D)
Eric Weber is a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist and a Fellow with distinction with the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He currently divides his time between patient care and his role as a member of Hanger’s Clinical and Scientific Affairs and Hanger’s Institute for Clinical Research and Education acting as a Clinical Research Associate. His focus is on outcomes, clinical practice guidelines, education and product development. He is an active presenter, educator, and clinical support specialist participating in product development and clinical research nationwide. Eric currently resides in Seattle, WA
Kevin Whitten serves as Chief Commercial Officer for AlloSource. He is responsible for developing the Global strategic sales plan, managing all upstream and downstream marketing and communications efforts, ensuring growth and sustainability and setting the direction for the commercial organization. With more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and contracting for pharmaceutical/biotechnology, GPO’s and medical device companies, Kevin has made a strong impact helping to guide and direct AlloSource’s future growth.
MEET OUR MODERATORS
Matthew Hammond serves as Director of Education and Outreach for Evergreen Prosthetics & Orthotics, where he has worked since 2013. Matt’s role includes creating and building resources for the limb loss/limb difference community. His goal is to improve information available and strengthen healthcare processes to generate more collaborative and positive outcomes. Matt completed his Psychology and Business degrees at the University of Oregon and holds a Graduate Degree in Sustainable Business Management from the University of Montana.
Adam George serves as Vice President of Service Lines for Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. He has served in a variety of leadership roles for the HCA Healthcare System for more than 18 years. Adam is a Physical Therapist by background.
Jennifer Moe serves as Executive Director of The Donor Alliance Foundation, previously working for three years at Rose Community Foundation as the Director of Marketing. Prior to that, she spent nearly ten years as both the Director of Communications and PR and Community Relations Coordinator at Donor Alliance, the federally designated, nonprofit organ procurement organization and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming.
Tracy Revell is the Business Development Manager for RISE Prosthetics and Orthotics in Denver. She is also a motivational speaker and “Embodied Confidence” coach. She has worked with a wide variety of individuals, from people with special needs to businesswomen wanting to build their confidence to athletes focused on improving their performance. Throughout her career, she has combined her background in Therapeutic Recreation, movement therapy and injury rehabilitation within the healthcare space.
Larry Borowsky is the editor of Amplitude Magazine. A longtime Colorado journalist, Borowsky has held staff positions at Westword, 5280, Aspen Magazine, and Colorado History. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Huffington Post, the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Business Journal, and many other publications. In addition, Borowsky is an award-winning museum-exhibit writer who has consulted for institutions in 20 states. Within Colorado, he has worked on exhibits for History Colorado, Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Boulder Public Library, and Denver Botanic Gardens.