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Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical Staff

RIC Prosthetics & OrthoticsOur prosthetists and orthotists work with you to design, fabricate and provide a custom device that works best for your active lifestyle.

The unique environment at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) allows direct interaction between all members of the rehabilitation team, including staff physiatrists (doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) as well as occupational and physical therapists.

Blending research and clinical care, our team works collaboratively with engineers and research scientists from the Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM) to translate new research into improved patient outcomes.

Members of our clinical staff have received training and certification to fit the following devices:

List of Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices

List of Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) devices, including:

Bioness NESS L300

Innovative Neurotronics Walk-Aide.

Orthotic stance control knee joint systems, including:

Otto Bock E-Mag Active

Otto Bock Sensor Walk

Otto Bock Free Walk

Becker PreStride

Spinal Orthotic Systems, including:

Boston Scoliosis Brace

HALO systems

Microprocessor lower limb knees and feet, including:

Freedom Innovations Plie 2.0

Otto Bock C-leg

Otto Bock Genium

Ossur Rheo

Ossur Proprio

iWalk BiOM

Prosthetic socket and suspension systems, including:

Otto Bock Harmony P2, HD, P3, and ePulse

Ohio Willow Wood LimbLogic VS

MAS Transfemoral Socket Design

Externally Powered (myoelectric) systems, including:

Otto Bock Myobock system

Otto Bock Dynamic Arm

Otto Bock TMR Dynamic Arm

Otto Bock Michaelangelo Hand

Touch Bionics iLimb Ultra

Motion Control Utah3

Motion Control ProControl system

Liberating Technologies BostonArm.

RIC Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical Staff

Walter Afable, CP

Walter is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist and serves as the Clinical Operations Manager of the Prosthetics & Orthotics Clinical Center, Wheelchair & Seating Center, and Rehabilitation Engineering. Walter’s clinical interests include lower limb adult special-use prostheses such as running legs, microprocessor-controlled knees, and powered foot and ankle systems.

Walter received his Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He received Prosthetic Technician and Prosthetic Practitioner certificates from Century College in White Bear Lake, MN and completed his prosthetic residency with MD Labs in Chicago. Before coming to RIC, he worked at Dankmeyer, Inc. in Baltimore, MD. Walter has served as an independent course consultant for Freedom Innovations. He currently serves on an Online Training for Residency Directors committee through the National Commission for Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) and is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and serves on the board for its Midwest Chapter (MWCAAOP).

Robert D. Lipschutz, CP

Robert is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist and serves as Director of Prosthetic and Orthotic Education. Robert also works as a research prosthetist with RIC’s Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM), and he is a clinical instructor with the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center. Robert’s clinical interests include upper limb and pediatric prosthetic fittings. Robert’s research focuses on controls and fittings of powered prostheses for the upper and lower limb. Robert received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He received his certificate in prosthetics and orthotics from New York University’s Post Graduate Medical School in 1990. He then completed his prosthetics training at the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children in Springfield, MA. Robert continued his clinical endeavors at Newington Children’s Hospital in Newington, Connecticut prior to joining RIC in 2000. Robert is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC). Robert frequently performs national-level presentations on topics such as his work with powered prostheses, Targeted Muscle Reinnervation prostheses, and working with children with congenital limb differences.

Nicole T. Soltys, CP

Nicole is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist and serves as the Clinical Coordinator for Prosthetics and Orthotics. Her clinical interests include pediatric prosthetic management, upper-limb prosthetic fittings including Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR), and management of complex prosthetics patients such as those with quadrimembral limb loss. She has co-authored a series of patient education booklets about below-knee, above-knee and upper-limb amputation. Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. She then completed the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center certificate program in prosthetics in 2003 and completed her prosthetic residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Nicole is a member of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics. Nicole has spoken at a national level at several conferences, including the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC), American Burn Association (ABA), and the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) conference.

Martin Buckner, CPO

Martin is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist/Orthotist and serves as the Inpatient Coordinator for Prosthetics and Orthotics. Martin’s clinical interests include working with spinal orthoses, upper extremity orthoses and acute inpatient orthotic management. Martin has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He completed the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center certificate programs in Prosthetics in 1997 and Orthotics in 2001. He then completed his prosthetics residency at Springer Prosthetics in Lansing, MI and his orthotics residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. Martin has worked as an adjunct faculty member in the Orthotic Prosthetic Technician (OPT) program at Joliet Junior College (JJC). His work on a unique custom shoulder orthosis has been featured as a poster presentation at the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Annual Meeting.

RIC Orthotics Clinical Staff

John Adamski, CO

John is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist. John’s clinical interests include treatment of idiopathic scoliosis and adult and pediatric lower limb orthotic management. John holds a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) clinic each month at the RIC Outpatient Center at Northshore. John provides orthotic care at several RIC sites of care, including the Flagship Hospital, the RIC DayRehabCenter and Outpatient Center at Northshore, and at the RIC DayRehab Center at Wheeling. John received a diploma in Orthotic-Prosthetic Technology from Delgado Junior College in 1973. He then completed the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center certificate program in orthotics in 1977. He received an Associates Degree in Arts with High Honors from City Colleges of Chicago in 1980 and also completed an Orthotic Technician Apprenticeship through the U.S. Department of Labor that year. John is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). He was also a Fellow of the Academy from 2000-2005, and previously held the position of President of the Illinois Society of Orthotists, Prosthetists and Pedorthists.

Ken Boggs, CO

Ken is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist. Ken’s clinical interests include pediatric lower limb orthotic management. He attends Smartwalker and AFO Tuning clinics each month. Ken provides orthotic care at RIC's Flagship Hospital and also at the RIC DayRehab Center at Ravenswood. Ken has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design from Southern Illinois University. He gained experience in direct fabrication of orthotic devices as an orthotic technician at MD labs in Chicago. He completed the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center certificate program in Orthotics in 1998. He then completed his orthotics residency at Keller Orthotics in Chicago, where he remained as a clinician treating both adult and pediatric patients before joining the team at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 2005. Ken is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC). Ken has presented his work with AFO Tuning at a national level at the ACPOC Annual Meeting.

Bill Gallagher, CO

Bill is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist and provides orthotic care to inpatients at RIC’s Flagship Hospital. Bill’s clinical interests include pediatric and adult inpatient orthotic management. Bill received his Associates Degree in Arts from Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, IL. He completed the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center certificate program in Orthotics in 1982 and Prosthetics in 1983. Bill is an exceptional educator and mentor, and enjoys introducing students and residents to the field of prosthetics and orthotics.

Tim Lewandowski, CO

Tim is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist. Tim provides orthotic care at the Flagship Hospital and at the RIC DayRehab Center and Outpatient Center at Homewood. Tim’s clinical interests include pediatric orthotic management, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), and stance control knee orthoses. He is trained and certified to fit the WalkAide and Bioness FES Systems. Tim provides orthotic coverage for RIC’s multidisciplinary pediatric neuromuscular clinics and he also holds monthly multidisciplinary Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) clinics for both adult and pediatric populations at the Flagship Hospital. Tim also participates in research with RIC’s Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM). Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He completed the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center certificate program in orthotics in 2008. He then completed his orthotics residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Tim has presented at the RIC Academy’s Pediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management program. He lectures on postoperative care and contracture management, and assists with orthotic education of students at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. He also participates in inter-departmental education programs on indications and use of FES Systems in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Lynda McCracken, CPO

Lynda is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist/Orthotist. Lynda’s clinical interests include lower limb orthotic management of children and adults with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy. Lynda provides coverage for RIC’s multidisciplinary pediatric clinics and participates in a monthly AFO Tuning Clinic and a monthly FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) clinic. Lynda received her Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from University of Michigan. Lynda completed the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center certificate program in Orthotics in 2007, then completed the Newington Certificate Program in Prosthetics in 2009. Lynda completed her orthotics residency at Scheck & Siress in Chicago, IL and prosthetics residency at Springer Prosthetics in Lansing, MI. Lynda is a member of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP).

Donald McGovern, CPO, FAAOP

Don McGovern is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist/ Orthotist. He serves patients at both the Homewood and Willowbrook RIC Day Rehab and Outpatient Centers. Don graduated from the University of Illinois with Honors in Occupational Therapy in 1979. He completed the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center Certificate program in Prosthetics in 1980 and in Orthotics in 1982. Don has worked in the field since 1979 with a focus on pediatrics. Don has spoken nationally and internationally on orthotic interventions for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and AFO-Footwear Combination/Tuning at several conferences including at the Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC), the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), a APTA Combined Sectional meeting, and at American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association National Meetings (AOPA). Locally, Don has presented to the Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. His present areas of focus include the use of new strategies and processes regarding ankle alignment in Ankle Foot Orthoses to improve functional gait and is involved in two related research studies. Don has also done numerous educational presentations for physicians and therapists in the rehabilitation community. Don is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (FAAOP).

Vari McPherson, CPO

Vari is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Orthotist/Prosthetist. Vari’s clinical interests include upper and lower limb adult and pediatric orthotic management, including Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) devices. Vari participates in research with the Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM) and its Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Laboratory. Vari completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanics and Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada in 1997 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 2001. Vari completed her orthotic residency at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT and her prosthetic residency at Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics in Chicago, IL. Vari is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association.

RIC Prosthetics Clinical Staff

George Du, CP

George is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist. George’s clinical interests include transfemoral fittings, including hydraulic and microprocessor knee systems. George provides prosthetic care at RIC’s Flagship Hospital and at the RIC Homewood Outpatient Center. George received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghuan University and had worked for the Chinese government in the area of myoelectric research for ten years. He attended the Century College prosthetic practitioner program and technician program, earning his certificate in prosthetics in 1991. He then completed his prosthetics training in Chicago and Michigan. George furthered his education by receiving his Masters of Science in Allied Health (with a concentration in prosthetics) from the University of Connecticut. George has been involved with developing the relationship between China and the United States in the prosthetics and orthotics field, and has traveled to China to speak about his work in prosthetics. George is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP).

Kelly M. Lee, CP

Kelly is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist. Kelly’s clinical interests include pediatric and upper extremity prosthetics, particularly fitting prostheses following Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) surgery, and management of complex prosthetic patients such as those with quadrimembral limb loss. Kelly also participates in research with RIC’s Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM). Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She then received her Prosthetic Certificate from Rutger’s University in 2001. She completed her prosthetic residency with Allied Orthopedic in Brooklyn, NY. Kelly authored an article that was published in Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation, and has spoken on a national level at the Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) and Skills for Life III conferences. Kelly is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP).

Sarra McClintock, CP

Sarra is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist. Sarra's clinical interests include fitting patients with high level transfemoral and hip disarticulation prostheses. Sarra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Design/Media from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She gained her prosthetics technical experience while working in a prosthetics and orthotics facility in Fairfax, VA. She then completed the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center certificate program in prosthetics in 2006 and completed her prosthetic residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Sarra has also served the community through prosthetic sustainability projects, collecting prosthetic components and assistive devices for those in need in the developing world. Sarra is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP).

Laura A. Miller, PhD, CP

Laura Miller is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed prosthetist. Laura's clinical interests include high-level upper limb prosthetic fittings, including fitting patients following Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR). Laura is also an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University and works as a research prosthetist with RIC's Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM). Laura is particularly interested in the application of pattern recognition as a method for controlling upper extremity powered prostheses. Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She received a Masters of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, completing research on the Ossur Reflex VSP shock absorbing foot. She completed the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Clinical Center certificate program in prosthetics in 1999, then completed her prosthetics residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2003. The title of her thesis is "Theories of Human Ambulation with Application to Swing-through Crutch Gait". Laura has multiple publications in the area of normal gait and lower limb prosthetics. She has also been an author in publications in the area of high-level upper limb prosthetic fittings. Laura frequently presents her clinical work and research on an international level. Laura is on the board of the US Chapter of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and the editorial board of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. She is also a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and its Midwest Chapter.

Roberto Philippe, CP

Roberto is an ABC-Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist. Roberto’s clinical interests include lower limb adult prosthetic management. Roberto received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. He then worked as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) in the Chicago area. Roberto completed the Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center certificate program in prosthetics in 2008, then completed his prosthetics residency at Chicago Prosthetics.