Optimus Prosthetics
News and Notes for MEDICAL PROFESSIONALSJanuary 2011
In This Issue
Optimus Welcomes....
Ted Macy and Marvin Winton
Optimus Academy Update
Our Calendar


Scott at Point Conference Tucson, AZ

John at Aileron for Course for Presidents


Completing the

first course

'Prosthetic Overview'

this month:



8:00 am

Mary Scott



12:00 pm

Pinnacle Point


Completing the

 third course

'Transfemoral Prosthetics'

this month:


12:00 pm
Miami Valley

 Completing the
 fourth course
'Amputee Mobility Predictor' this month:


 12:00 pm

Completing the fifth course 'Transtibial Gait Training and Deviations' this month:



12:00 pm

Dayton Rehab


8:00 am




12:00 pm

Kettering Rehab


12:00 pm




12:00 pm

Greene Memorial



7:30 am

Maria Joseph


 12:00 pm



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Optimus Welcomes a New Practitioner

Tim Riedlinger


Optimus Prosthetics is proud to introduce the newest member of our team, Tim Riedlinger, CPO, LPO. 

Tim joins us after 20 years of providing prosthetic and orthotic care in the Columbus area.  Tim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1994.  He is currently the President of the Ohio Orthotics and Prosthetics Association.  His addition to our team is a direct result of the support and referrals we have received from you, and we want to extend our sincere appreciation. 

Please join us in welcoming Tim to Optimus Prosthetics!

Introducing:  Ted Macy, Marvin Winton, and the Dynamic Arm

This month, we continue to follow Ted Macy and Marvin Winton, two patients who suffered high level, above elbow amputations. 

Ted Macy was 21 years old when he was in a motorcycle accident, seriously injuring his right arm.  Hoping to regain function, he immediately underwent nerve transplant surgery; however, it was unsuccessful.

Ted spent the next 20 years with no function in his right arm.  "I was in pain all of the time," Ted said.  "My arm just hung there, so it caused back pain and shoulder pain, and I was on lots of medication.  Finally, I decided I wanted to do something about it." 

This past April, Ted opted for transhumeral amputation surgery. "My arm was causing so much pain every day, and I couldn't use it for anything, so I decided I had let it go long enough."  Ted felt that, even if a prosthetic arm wasn't an option, the amputation would be worth it to relieve some of the pain caused by his arm.  When asked how he felt about his decision, Ted stated, "I should have done it a long time ago!"

We began working with Ted shortly after his surgery, and after his initial evaluation, John Brandt, CPO, felt Ted would be a good candidate for the Dynamic Arm.  Further evaluation by upper extremity expert, Randy Alley, of Biodesigns in Southern California, confirmed this, and with Randy's assistance, we began the process of fitting and fabricating Ted's right transhumeral Dynamic Arm.

Ted has had his finished arm for several weeks now, and he states that the more he practices with the prosthesis, the more functional it becomes for him as he integrates it more into his everyday life.  Since he has gotten so used to left side single limb tasks because of his long term brachial plexus injury on his right side, now having a functional prosthesis that can assist him in tasks is going to take some getting used to.  That is something that he is looking forward to!   He is very pleased with the results so far!


Ted Macy

Marvin Winton was first referred to Optimus in November, 2009, following a left shoulder disarticulation amputation due to severe infection.  He originally opted for a body-powered prosthetic arm; however, progress was halted early in March, 2010, when he also underwent a right transfemoral amputation.


Once Marvin had healed from his transfemoral surgery, John Brandt re-evaluated him, determining that Marvin would also be a good candidate for the Dynamic Arm.  As an above elbow and above knee prosthetic wearer, Marvin faces very unique challenges, but has maintained a strong determination to get the most out of his prosthetic devices as he possibly can.    


As an Army Veteran, Marvin receives physical therapy at the VA, and is gaining the strength and stability needed to walk on his prosthetic leg.  In the meantime, he states that he gets quite a bit of use out of the Dynamic Arm.  


"I wear it every day, and when I'm in my wheelchair, it's very helpful to pick small things up, and pull things toward me."  Marvin explained that, as he practices every day, he is getting better at controlling its movements, and he states,

"I'm VERY glad I got it!"


Marvin Winton

Reminder:  The 8th course in the "Prosthetics for Therapists" series will cover Upper Extremity Prosthetics.


Optimus Academy 'Prosthetics for Therapists' Update
by Scott Schall
We would like to welcome Wright Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Pinnacle Point, and Mary Scott Nursing Center to the Prosthetics for Therapist Series.

We are scheduling for 2011 - Call to book your course today!


Quarterly Course Listing

  1. Prosthetic Overview
  2. Transtibial Prosthetics
  3. Transfemoral Prosthetics
  4. Amputee Mobility Predictor
  5. Transtibial Gait Training and Deviations
  6. Transfemoral Gait Training and Deviations
  7. Partial Foot / Symes / Knee Disarticulation / Hip Disarticulation
  8. Upper Extremity Prosthetics
  9. Computer Alignment System (COMPAS)
  10. Microprocessor-Controlled Knees

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