MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Brickelle Bro
Brickelle Bro
Brickelle Bro is currently an associate attorney at Whitcomb Selinsky, PC. Before joining the firm, Brickelle held several law clerk positions, including working with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, Switzerland. In this position, she aided the UN Secretary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during the 24th session of the committee.
Sgt. Justin Dodge
Sgt. Justin Dodge
Denver Police METRO SWAT Sgt. Justin Dodge was engaged with crowd control during the 2023 Nuggets Championship Parade when his leg was ran over and trapped under a massive 40-ton fire truck, leading to limb loss after an unsuccessful limb salvage effort. As a senior Team Leader, he is trained in alleviating and mitigating highly charged situations. Justin will share how these experiences and professional training have served as the foundation for his holistic healing and road to recovery, inspiring others along the way.
Jacob A. George, PhD
Jacob A. George, PhD
Jacob A. George, PhD, Director of the Utah NeuroRobotics Lab at the University of Utah, is developing next-generation prostheses that are integrated with the arm nerves so that they can be controlled by thought and even restore a sense of touch. Dr. George was named to FORBES 30 Under 30 brightest entrepreneurs and awarded the University of Utah Innovator of the Year Award. Dr. George has licensed technology to Biologic Input Output Systems (BIOS) to bring this futuristic technology to the market.
Zach Harvey
Zach Harvey
Zach is an ABC-certified prosthetist/orthotist for Hanger Clinic in Englewood, CO. He is skilled in both upper and lower extremity prosthetics and specializes in adaptive sports prosthetics. He is based out of Hanger Clinic in Englewood, Colorado and travels locally as an upper extremity specialist. Zach has a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. He spent six years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and was recognized by President George Bush for his work volunteering in Latin America.
Troy Karnes
Troy Karnes
Meet inspiring patient, Troy Karnes! Troy’s experience began in the summer of 2021 when he received a diagnosis of Chondrosarcoma. He underwent two surgeries. The first to remove the tumors, his shoulder blade, and the joint, and the other to implant new titanium parts. Thanks to the tremendous work of his surgical team, he is cancer-free! For work, Troy supports emerging brands align their vision with strategies to turn them into reality. Otherwise, he wrestles his two boys, walks his dogs, does a bunch of yoga, and tells his wife silly jokes until she laughs.
Tommaso Lenzi, Ph.D
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
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.
Danielle Melton, MD
Danielle Melton, MD
Danielle is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Melton received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Melton specializes in the rehabilitation of Orthopedic Trauma with an emphasis on non-surgical management of patients with limb salvage and amputation encompassing pre-prosthetic or bracing management, prosthetic design and prescription, rehabilitation and pain management following patients long-term to provide comprehensive continuity of care.
Trenaya Reid
Trenaya Reid
Trenaya Reid is the Workforce Manager for the Amputee Coalition. Her primary goal is to build and implement trainings and resources for the new Workforce Development Program. Trenaya has more than seven years’ experience working with individuals with disabilities and those within diverse/underrepresented populations. Being a person within the limb difference community, she has a personal interest in being an advocate and mentor for those with diverse backgrounds. Trenaya is grateful to come aboard to support the mission of the Amputee Coalition.
Bill Tettelbach, MD
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. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for RestorixHealth and Onsite Advanced Care. One of his regulatory activities includes being a member of the CMS Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment & Chair of the Data Sub-Committee. His career has been dedicated to teaching clinicians and improving patients’ lives requiring the services of Infectious Diseases, Advanced Wound Care, and Hyperbaric Medicine. He remains clinically active in treating patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings, in addition to his administrative duties.
Kayla Inman
Kayla Inman
As the Social Impact Manager and Peer Support Advocate at Evergreen Prosthetics & Orthotics, Kayla embodies resilience and advocacy in the face of adversity. Her journey took a profound turn in September 2021, when she underwent a life-changing amputation below the knee after battling complex regional pain syndrome. This challenging but transformative experience redirected her path towards championing accessibility and support for amputees. Two months after losing her leg, Kayla founded the Grand Valley Amputee Support Group, which started with 4 members and has expanded to 80 members across Western Colorado. Kayla proudly delivered a TEDx speech, sharing her story and shedding light on the resilience of the human spirit. Kayla’s determination and perseverance have led her to take on challenges, both physical and mental, and emerge stronger from each one.
Geoffrey S. Marecek, MD
Geoffrey S. Marecek, MD
Dr. Marecek is a board-certified orthopaedic trauma surgeon who treats fractures of the upper and lower extremities, pelvis and acetabulum. He specializes in “problem fractures” with an emphasis on post-traumatic reconstruction and limb salvage. He has particular expertise treating nonunions, malunions, bone defects, limb length discrepancy, skeletal deformity, and osteomyelitis using internal fixation and circular external fixation. He employs cutting-edge technologies for internal fixation and structural and biologic augmentation of fracture healing.

Dr. Marecek is considered a national expert in the treatment of open fractures, tibial plateau fractures, and post-traumatic reconstruction. He is active in clinical research and has published in leading journals and textbooks.

Samuel L. McMurry, DO
Samuel L. McMurry, DO
Dr. McMurry is a board certified radiologist specializing in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He earned his DO at Oklahoma State University College of Medicine in Tulsa, and continued his training at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine in Little Rock, where he received his Radiology Residency training. Dr. McMurry received his Fellowship training in Interventional Radiology at University of Colorado.

Throughout his education and training, Dr. McMurry received numerous honors and awards, including induction into Sigma Sigma Phi National Honor Society and multiple scholarships. Further, Dr. McMurry has contributed to several publications and scientific presentations as well as sharing his expertise through volunteer, leadership and teaching roles.

Torie Mugo
Torie Mugo
Victoria Mugo is a mother, wife, inspiration and avid athlete. Victoria (Torie), born and raised in Nairobi-Kenya, traveled to the United states at the age of 19 to pursue further studies. After graduating with a degree in International Business, she and her husband started their Real Estate and Property Management company. She became a mother at the age of 35 and unfortunately lost her limbs three years later.

Victoria also enjoys cooking with her son, volunteering in amputee communities and mentoring new amputees through her founded Sepsis Support Group. She credits her family and friends and various amputee communities for the incredible support that she continues to receive daily. Faith is what makes Victoria shine because it fuels her purpose. She has become an inspiration to many by publicly and privately displaying her accomplishments to encourage her community that challenges are always opportunities for growth. Her motto being “I am enough because all I have is all I need”.

Kristine McGuire
Kristine McGuire
Kristine McGuire is a licensed clinical social worker at the University of Colorado Hospital Orthopedics clinics. She has been in the field of social work since 2008 and has worked in various specialty areas including forensics (courts/jails/prisons) as well as within the healthcare setting. Kristine started working at UCHealth Orthopedics in 2020 which has been an exceptionally rewarding experience for her. She feels fortunate to be able to work in such a capacity to help support patients and their families during the limb salvage process, as well as pre and post-amputation, as it can often become psychologically (and financially) taxing. She says, “watching a patient stand for the first time with their prosthetic is such a powerful and rewarding experience that never gets old”.
Matthew Iorio, MD
Matthew Iorio, MD
Matthew Iorio, MD is the Co-Director of Hand Surgery, Extremity Microsurgical Reconstruction and TM, and the Wound Care Program at the University of Colorado Anshutz Medical Campus. Matthew graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2007 and has been recognized for his expertise in plastic surgery. Matthew believes in a team approach to improve patient care, especially in the event of a devastating injury. He is involved in multi-disciplinary care with hand and physical therapists, orthopedists, infectious disease and oncologic specialists and others to maximize his ability to discuss and help manage the full scope of a patient’s care.
Srikant Sivaraman, MD
Srikant Sivaraman, MD
Srikant Sivaraman, MD, RPVI, FACS, FSVS, obtained his medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine in 2012, followed by successfully completing his General Surgery Residency at the University of Maryland in 2017. He completed his Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Wayne State/Detroit Medical Center in 2019. Dr. Sivaraman holds dual board certifications in general surgery and vascular surgery.

Dr. Sivaraman is committed to providing comprehensive care to his patients, specializing in all aspects of vascular surgery, with a special passion for carotid artery disease, advanced limb salvage techniques, and vascular trauma.

Beyond his professional achievements, Dr. Sivaraman finds fulfillment in various activities. He is an avid long-distance runner, biker, and skier. Additionally, he enjoys time with friends and family.

Stephanie Boyd, MS, BSN, RN
Stephanie Boyd, MS, BSN, RN
Stephanie Boyd is a Nurse Navigator at University of Colorado Hospital. She has been a nurse for over 18 years, starting her nursing career on an Orthopedic unit and then moving to the role of Nurse Manager of an Ortho Neuro Spine unit after obtaining her MSN in 2012. Stephanie moved to the outpatient nursing world in 2022 when she was recruited for the for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Orthopedics/Hand, and Wound Care Nurse Navigator role.
“Many of our patients see multiple specialties and it can become overwhelming as they navigate appointments, tests, and procedures. It’s important that people be recognized as individuals with unique concerns and needs, and I’m thankful to be in a role that allows me to spend my time helping people feel more comfortable and confident in their experience.”
Rachel Kaplan
Rachel Kaplan
Along with 1000+ hours in formal training, including certifications in Adaptive Yoga, Yoga For Amputees, Bedside Yoga, and Pain Care Aware Yoga, Rachel Kaplan is a Certified Nurse Assistant who can offer safe support to folks experiencing transitions in their lives that involve medical plans, changes in diagnosis, amputations, mobility restrictions, and both new and chronic medical considerations. Rachel is the Program Director at Guided By Humanity and a Yoga Therapist in Training. She strives to offer a fun and engaging class that helps people feel good. As Marsha would say, “Together, through yoga, we will nurture a sense of gratitude to overcome challenges and reclaim wholeness.”
Patrick Richard, MD
Patrick Richard, MD
Patrick Richard, MD, MPH, is a board-certified radiation oncologist with Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, providing comprehensive cancer care in the Boulder area. He primarily specializes in the use of external beam radiation for the treatment of several types of malignancies and has a particular focus in delivering stereotactic body radiation (SBRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) which uses highly ablative radiation doses for various tumors and certain benign conditions. He also has a passion for integrative oncology, where he blends principles of conventional oncology care (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) with naturopathic and lifestyle medicine principles to give his patients the most holistic care before, during, and after their radiation treatments.
Robyn McCahill
Robyn McCahill
Robyn has been an RN for 13 years and is currently an RN at RMR VA here in Aurora. Robyn is happily married to her husband Neil who is an above the knee amputee and they share a beautiful baby girl together. Robyn and Neil have been through many trials and tribulations together with his amputation and are currently in the process of getting approved for osseointegration
Susan Brochstein
Susan Brochstein
Susan Brochstein, a longtime supporter and volunteer for LPF. Susan became a caregiver for her husband, Maury, after an accident in 2012. Susan graciously shares her insights, tips, and strategies to those in the LPF community.
Bob Bloom
Bob Bloom
Bob Bloom became a caregiver when his daughter suffered a traumatic amputation two months before her 18th birthday. Bob and his wife were both present on a constant basis from the time Molly was hospitalized until Bob returned to work six weeks after her discharge. Bob’s wife, who was more involved in the day to day care than he was, continued on a daily basis until Molly asserted her independence. He felt like my role constantly changed from day one until my daughter moved out of the house.
Meghan McCullough, MD
Meghan McCullough, MD
Meghan McCullough, MD, MS is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with specialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. McCullough’s practice covers the full spectrum of plastic and reconstructive procedures as well as reconstruction of complex injuries of the upper and lower extremity.

Dr. McCullough earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Emory University. She completed her training in plastic surgery at the University of Southern California, where she also pursued a masters degree in Clinical Research, and received her hand surgery training at Stanford University.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. McCullough has published more than 30 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and presented her research both nationally and internationally. Her research interests include surgical education, health systems strengthening in low-and-middle-income countries and utilizing technology and a multi-disciplinary approach to creatively investigate both clinical and care delivery challenges.

Paul & Mike Martens
Paul & Mike Martens
Paul grew up in a close knit family. His siblings are older sister Megan, twin brother Peter and younger brother Eric. Paul is a Lockheed Fellow and has worked at Lockheed Martin in Boulder Colorado for 17 years. When he is not working Paul enjoys skiing and cycling. He used to shame his dad at long distance cycling events. He has been very involved in supporting Mike and Marjie throughout Mike’s diagnosis, surgeries and recovery.

Mike Martens is 72-year-old with a transfemoral amputation (AKA) due to cancer. He was an active cyclist and runner who participated in half marathons and long-distance rides as well as multi-day cycling tours with his wife Marjie on their tandem bicycle. Mike is lucky to have the support of his wife – a retired registered nurse – and his four children, who were all involved with his recovery. He splits his time living in Estes Park, Colorado and Bend, Oregon where he is currently the head baby goat holder/warmer and carpenter at Blue Bird Farm.

Ruben Ruiz
Ruben Ruiz
Ruben Ruiz is a below-knee amputee (BKA) who lost his leg in May of 2022. He works and lives in Palmdale, California. He has a love for sports and grew up playing competitive baseball and ice hockey. In his most recent years, he spends his time snow skiing, boating, and on the golf course. Ruben’s competitive nature keeps him active and driven to adapt and embrace new challenges.

MEET OUR MODERATORS

Jennifer Moe
Jennifer Moe
Jennifer brings significant experience in both communications and philanthropy to Limb Preservation Foundation (LPF). Prior to her current role, she served as Rose Community Foundation’s Director of Marketing for three years and nearly fifteen years as both the Director of Communications/PR and as a Community Relations Coordinator for Donor Alliance. Donor Alliance has worked with LPF for many years, supporting its mission through events and partnerships. Jennifer serves on LPF’s Nomination/Governance committee. She is currently working on her Master of Business Administration, is married with two teenage daughters and camps and hikes regularly with her Australian Shepherd, Pearl.
Guy Lev
Guy Lev
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.
Glen Thompson
Glen Thompson
Glen Thompson is currently a Regional Business Development Manager in the western region for Integrum Inc. While in this position, he also serves with the American Academy of Orthotist and Prosthetists as the co-chair of the Bone Anchored Prosthetics Society and the vice chair of the Outcomes Research Committee. Prior to these positions, he graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Dordt University in 2017 and his Master of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Baylor College of Medicine in 2019. While at Baylor, he was also the recipient of the Lehmann Outstanding Student Award. Glen is passionate about the development of osseointegration and driving evidence-based outcomes within clinical practice. When he is not working, you can find him on a golf course or enjoying a nice hike.
Lawrence Dimacali
Lawrence Dimacali
Lawrence Dimacali is a Physician Assistant (PA) working with the orthopedic trauma department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA and received his master’s degree and professionalism award from Oregon Health and Science University. He began his career as a PA in Salem, Oregon with Hope Orthopedics (Currently Salem Health Orthopedics) and moved back to California to be closer to family. He works closely with Dr. Geoffrey Marecek ensuring continuity of care for patients in the hospital and in clinic as well.
Dessie Fafoutis
Dessie Fafoutis
Dessie Fafoutis is the Vice-President of Marketing at AlloSource (Centennial, Colorado), one of the largest human tissue providers, honoring donors by helping heal patients. AlloSource has sponsored the Limb Preservation Foundation for many years, fueled by synergistic goals of supporting innovation and enhancing patient lives. Dessie also serves as a committee member on Donor Alliance’s Fund Advisory Board. She holds a master’s degree in Microbiology and Business Administration. In her free time, Dessie enjoys playing tennis and participating in any type of card or board games with her husband, family and friends.
Nicole Ehrhart, Ph.D
Nicole Ehrhart, Ph.D
Dr. Ehrhart is the Director of Colorado State University’s Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging and a Full Professor in Clinical Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She holds the Ross M Wilkins MD Limb Preservation Foundation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Biology and Oncology. She is the Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Musculoskeletal Oncology and Traumatology and has been involved in limb preservation research, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and cancer research for the last twenty years. She is actively engaged in translational aging and musculoskeletal research to improve health and lifespan for aging patients-both human and canine- and she focuses on comparative medicine as a powerful tool to bring new therapeutic strategies to address challenging musculoskeletal conditions and prevent limb loss.
Jennie Feight
Jennie Feight
Jennie Feight is the national Director for Health Policy at MIMEDX, the leading manufacturer of placental-based skin substitutes. She proudly hales from western Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a Masters in Health Services Administration. As an AAPC-certified coder, auditor and instructor, she currently serves as President for the AAPC Local Chapter. She was also honored to receive a 2022 Rising Star Award from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Animal rescue is near and dear to her heart, and she and her husband Michael enjoy their home in the woods with multiple pets.