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Össur Academy Personnel

Our Össur Academy team has a strong professional commitment to render the best possible services to our customers. Comprised of well educated professionals, all team members are dedicated to the goals of the Össur Academy: "To further the level of education and quality of prosthetic and orthopedic knowledge among professionals, patients and their families".

Össur Academy - Prosthetics

Justin Pratt, CP

Director of Clinical Education - Prosthetics

Justin is an ABC Certified Prosthetist who completed his P&O program in Pittsburgh, PA in 1994. He holds a B.S. in Intelligence Analysis from APU which he completed in 1996. Continuing his work on prosthetics, he has been a lab technician, progressing to a Practitioner’s Assistant then he pursued his certification with ABC. Acquiring CP status in 2004, Justin continued as a Certified Prosthetist with Progressive Prosthetics in VA Beach, VA until joining Ossur as a Regional Clinical Manager in 2010. Since joining Ossur, he has proven successful as a Clinical Specialist as well as a National Clinical Manager of Bionics. In April of 2015, Justin was appointed the role of Director of Ossur Academy. Throughout his career, he has worked with a patient population that was very diverse and dynamic. He provided treatment to a population ranging from children, active adults, athletes, geriatrics, and members of the US Military’s Special Warfare units. He joined Ossur with a vast knowledge of products, fabrication techniques, and unique approaches to patient management and business management.

Kurt Gruben, MSBE, CPO

Sr. Clinical Specialist, Prosthetics

Kurt is a Senior Clinical Specialist in the Ӧssur Global Academy, specializing in Bionic Technology. He is an ABC certified CPO of 21 years, 13 of them while working at Ӧssur. Kurt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Universities of Illinois and Iowa, respectively. Kurt is a graduate of the Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center with clinical experience in both prosthetics and orthotics. Kurt currently resides in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with his wife and three children.

David Mitchell, CPO

Clinical Specialist, Prosthetics

David has worked in O and P for 22 years, first as a lab tech in 1996, then as a resident in 1998, before ultimately becoming certified in early 2000. Since that time, he has worked for several independent practices and Hanger in the southeast before joining Össur in 2012. He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Delaware, and he graduated from Northwestern University Prosthetic and Orthotic Center in 1997. He is ABC certified in Prosthetics and Orthotics and is also licensed in the state of Georgia. He resides in northeast Georgia with his wife and daughter.

Michael Shelburne, CP

Director of Custom Solutions

Michael Shelburne

Michael received his undergraduate degree in physiology from Indiana State University. He completed his Orthotic & Prosthetic degree at St. Petersburg College. After Orthotic & Prosthetic school, he completed his residency at Prosthetic Design Inc. (PDI)/ Dayton Artificial Limb Clinic (DALC) in Dayton, OH. While at PDI/DALC, Michael became proficient in using CAD and 3D design software in prosthetics. Michael had the opportunity with Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Research in Dallas, TX to become their Clinical Director and Chief Prosthetist. He spent three years working directly under Scott mastering the Sabolich Socket, fabrication processes, and becoming an expert on hard to fit patients. Since joining Össur, Michael has worked to standardize the fabrication processes at Össur Custom Solutions. Currently resides in DeLand, FL with his wife, Danielle, and son, Brooks.

Greg Brauntz, CP

Clinical Specialist, Prosthetics

Greg is an ABC Certified Prosthetist and Mechanical Engineer who began his career in the Aerospace and Engineering Design Industries. After leaving Engineering, he was introduced to O&P by family in Ohio where he grew up. After a short time as a technician, Greg returned to school for Prosthetics in 2011 and completed his education at Northwestern University. This was followed by six years in clinical practice in Denver, CO where he often worked directly in the OR with Limb Salvage, Vascular, and Plastic Surgeons, as well as Physiatrists and Physical Therapists to help enhance patient outcomes.

His ability to bring together a well-rounded healthcare team resulted in outstanding patient outcomes, business growth, and consultation for Amputee Life Care Planning. Before joining Ossur Americas as a Clinical Specialist, his focus on enhanced patient outcomes, optimised socket design, and utilization of new technologies enabled him to motivate patients to dream bigger. His high energy and knowledge of Ossur products adds to a great team who all share the goal of helping patients Live Life Without Limitations.

Wayne Fichtel, C.P

Clinical Specialist, Prosthetics

A.B.C. Certified since 1994, Wayne began his career in Orthotics & Prosthetics as a technician at the S.I.U. School of Medicine in 1987, followed by completion of the Northwestern University program and a clinical residency at the Cleveland Clinic. His work includes the private, institutional, and manufacturer realms. He has worked internationally in humanitarian efforts, and was clinical manager of Touch Bionics’ patient care facility in Scotland. He has presented to the field, to allied health professionals, and to students in prosthetic, physical therapy and physician training programs.

“Every Ossur Clinical Specialist has an experience-based appreciation of the challenges facing our clinical customers and a genuine determination to support their patient care efforts, just as we’re supported by the entire Ossur organization. We use global resources to provide local support. It’s a great way to work, and it’s a great team to be a part of."

Steven Hoover, CP, LP, COA

Clinical Specialist, Prosthetics

Steven Hoover, CP,LP,COA brings a unique perspective to prosthetics, being an amputee for over 45 years, and working in the field for over 25 years. In addition to having been a technician and clinician, he has also worked as Technical Service Manager and Education Director in the manufacturing realm. He is passionate about patient care and has done humanitarian work around the globe. Steve’s mission in prosthetics has remained the same throughout; to bring the best technology to bear to help patients achieve whatever goals they desire!

Aaron Jacobsen, CPO

Clinical Specialist, Prosthetics

Aaron joined Ossur’s clinical team in 2017. He was introduced to Orthotics and Prosthetics in 2001 as a technician while finishing a Bachelors of Science in Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska. He went on to work as a research engineer at the University of Washington, performing research on trans-tibial amputees. Aaron later received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Washington in Prosthetics and Orthotics and worked in clinical practice for nearly 10 years before joining the manufacturer side of the industry at BiOM. He resides in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and 3 children.

Össur Academy - Orthotics

Katie Swanson, CHES, CFo

Össur Academy Manager, OA and Injury Solutions

Katie graduated from Western Washington University in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Education. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist as well as an ABC Certified Fitter of Orthotics. Since completing her formal education, she worked as an Injury Prevention Educator for the Visiting Nurses Association and as a Patient Services Manager for the American Cancer Society of South NJ.

She joined Össur Americas as Product Specialist in 2004 and has since held various roles in Sales, Marketing & Training. She currently manages Össur Academy for Bracing & Supports. Katie resides in Seattle, WA with her husband Mitch.

Ryan Berry, ATC

Senior Clinical Specialist, OA and Injury Solutions

Ryan comes to the Academy after having served Össur Americas as the Wisconsin Orthopedic Territory Manager since 2008. He completed his undergraduate and graduate coursework in Kinesiology and Health Education respectively from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ryan is a nationally certified and state Licensed Athletic Trainer who began his career with the UW Sports Medicine program in Madison-WI where he served in various outreach and senior clinical roles in the Department of Orthopedics.

After leaving the UW, Ryan founded a Safety and Medical Management Company providing contract and consulting medical services to business and industry as well as CME to medical and safety professionals. Ryan has served the profession of Athletic Training as past state and district Governmental Affairs Coordinator, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the AT Affiliated Credentialing Board at the Department of Safety and Professional Services for the State of Wisconsin. Ryan resides in Appleton Wisconsin with his wife Melissa and their two boys Hunter and Brayden.

Andrew Orsillo, ATC, CFo

Clinical Specialist, OA and Injury Solutions - East

Andrew is a Certified Athletic Trainer; he received a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition Science from Florida State University. While at Florida State he was a member of the Athletic Training Staff for the 1999 National Championship Football team. Before returning to Mississippi State University to earn a Master's Degree in Sports Administration Andrew worked for Tallahassee Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Andrew has had the opportunity to work with athletes ranging from high school state champions to both MLB and NFL. He joined Össur in 2012 as a Regional Clinical Manager and currently resides in Tallahassee, FL.

Dave Weeks, MS, ATC

Clinical Specialist, OA and Injury Solutions - West and Central

Dave is a Certified Athletic Trainer who completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Delaware in Exercise Sports Science and a focus in Fitness Management. He earned his Master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Hawaii in 2007. Before joining Össur in 2014, Dave worked for seven years as Athletic Trainer for the Naval Base San Diego Sports Medicine and Reconditioning Team Clinic. Previous to his position with the military, Dave also worked as an Athletic Trainer for Southern California high schools and physical therapy clinics.

He currently resides in San Diego and enjoys living near the ocean, surfing and traveling.

Daniel Canty, ATC

Clinical Specialist - Northeast

Daniel is a Certified Athletic Trainer, practicing since 2012. He graduated from Salem State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences, concentrating on Athletic Training. He has worked professionally in a variety of areas. He has three combined years of work at an outpatient Physical Therapy clinic as well as serving as Athletic Trainer of Bishop Fenwick High School in Massachusetts, where he was an integral part of a state championship football program. Prior to Ossur, he most recently worked for two years at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts in charge of DME distribution, application, and education for the orthopedic, emergency, and internal medicine departments. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts