Meet Our Staff
Dan has more than 20 years of experience in providing amputees with high quality prosthetic services. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, a B.S. from Michigan State University in 1989, and a graduate certificate in prosthetics at Northwestern University Medical School in 1993. He obtained his ABC Certification in Prosthetics in 1995. From 1995-1998, Dan served as the branch manager at NovaCare Sabolich Prosthetics & Orthotics in Atlanta, and from 1998-2001, he taught the Sabolich Socket course for the above-knee amputee. He became owner and president of Georgia Prosthetics in 2004.
Dan is a board member of the Georgia Society of Orthotists & Prosthetists and has served in various leadership roles in the organization. He served as director from 1997-2001, and became president in 2001. As president (2001-2002), Dan worked to pass House Bill #828, legally requiring orthotics and prosthetics practitioners in Georgia to be licensed. He has served as treasurer of GSOP since 2004.
Considered an authority in the field, Dan has delivered lectures at Brenau University School of Physical Therapy, Emory University Medical School, the Georgia State University Case Management Master’s Program, the Veteran’s Administration Prosthetic Lab National Training Program, and the State Board of Workman’s Compensation.
Dan is also a board member of Childspring International, a faith-based charitable organization that provides medical treatment, scholarships, and other support for children worldwide.
Ryan began his career in 2005 learning the skills of a Prosthetics Technician. He worked fabricating devices for Georgia Prosthetics while finishing his undergraduate degree. He graduated with a B.S. from Kennesaw State University in December 2008, and soon after was accepted into Northwestern University Prosthetic program. Ryan graduated from the Northwestern University in March of 2010.
He returned to Atlanta and began his residency with Georgia Prosthetics. He became an ABC Certified Prosthetist in February 2012. Ryan holds a Georgia Medical License in Prosthetics. He has experience in fitting many kinds of prosthetic devices, from exoskeletal transtibial devices to myoelectric upper extremity devices.
We met her at the annual Georgia Society of Orthotists and Prosthetists educational meeting. She was there with Russ Hornfisher who works for Becker Orthopedic and was an exhibitor and presenter at the meeting. Russ and his wife, Bonnie, had 3 golden retrievers, and they were fostering Dusty.
Much of her story is missing, but this is the best account we have been able to put together. Dusty was neglected by her original owners in Ohio. She and another dog, thought to be from her litter, were left without attention in their yard. A neighbor complained about their condition and Animal Control issued a warning to correct the situation to the owners.
When Animal Control returned 30 days later, conditions had worsened. Something had got wrapped around Dusty’s right front leg and it was severely injured. She couldn’t put any weight on it. She had heart worms, intestinal worms, and was missing lots of hair. Animal Control took both dogs, and the owners did some time in jail. The golden retriever rescue society took over the rehab for Dusty. Because she couldn’t put weight on it, they tried physical therapy in the water, but the leg was so weakened that it broke, and it had to be amputated.
After the surgery, the rescue society contacted Russ and Bonnie because of their other regularly fostered dogs within their “pack.” Dusty spent the first week in their garage because she was so weak that she could only take a couple steps before lying down and resting. The veterinarian thought that she was a lost cause and that she may not survive, but she gradually got stronger and healthier.
After a couple failed adoption attempts, Russ decided he would keep her. So he and Bonnie adopted her themselves. We didn’t know this story at the time we met her. The conference was about one year after her surgery, she was over her heart worms and intestinal worms, her coat had grown back in, and she was a great dog.
We took drove up to Knoxville to visit Dusty at their home. Russ and Bonnie were planning a trip for a long weekend so we arranged to have a visit and Dusty stayed at our home during the trip, and she never left. We completed the adoption paperwork and she has been our “therapy dog” since 2009.
While we adopted and rescued Dusty, Mitchell rescued and adopted us. We were camping at Lake Lanier the week after Memorial Day 2012. It was after dinner on Tuesday and the campground was largely empty after the holiday weekend. Our teenage daughter, Hannah, was doing the dishes at the picnic table and I was putting Dusty’s leash on for an after-dinner walk when this stocky, little black and tan puppy came running up to Dusty.
We don’t know where he came from. He had no collar and we think he was about 6 weeks old. Hannah came and picked him up and we went to the few campers we could find to ask if anyone had lost a puppy. No one had. We went to the camper host, and he said he had never seen the puppy before, but dogs in the campground were supposed to have on collars and be on a leash. He informed us that a new family had just checked in, and he went to see if it was their puppy.
While he was not their puppy, they said that a lady had driven by just a little while ago asking them if they wanted a puppy. So we are quite sure he was abandoned in the campground. He stayed with us the rest of the week, slept in our beds in the camper, and I wove a collar from him out of clothes line. Like Dusty, he never left either!