Staff

John Horne

CPO, CPed.

All Locations

John has 17 years experience in the prosthetics and orthotics field and is certified by the American Board for Certification (ABC) in prosthetics, orthotics and pedorthics. John has completed the Prosthetic/Orthotic Certification Course at Northwestern University. Prior to founding Independence Prosthetics – Orthotics, John worked at the Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital in Columbus, Georgia and also treated patients at the Roosevelt Warm Springs institute in Georgia, a well-known polio treatment center founded by Franklin D. Roosevelt. In addition, he completed clinical training at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and managed offices in Philadelphia for three Philadelphia hospitals.
 
At the age of 15, John was diagnosed with bone cancer and underwent an amputation below the knee to remove the tumor. His personal experience with prosthetics led to an interest in the field, an internship in an orthotics laboratory and, ultimately, the founding of Independence Prosthetics – Orthotics. He enjoys outdoor camping and adaptive snow skiing. He has bungee jumped, biked nearly 100 miles to the beach and skydived—all as an amputee.
 
For John, the best part of the job is making a positive difference in the lives of others and working with a team of dedicated professionals with high standards for quality service and workmanship.

Julia Fry

Resident

Julia is a recent graduate of Northwestern University Prosthetics and Orthotics Center with a Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics. She has joined our team to complete a dual Prosthetics and Orthotics Residency. Julia has also completed a B.S. in Marketing, an A.S. in Allied Health Sciences, and an A.S. in Bioenvironmental Engineering and Technology.
 
Julia became interested in the field after her brother sustained a traumatic amputation as an adult.  Through her interactions with her brother, his journey and seeing his needs, she decided to pursue her career in prosthetics and orthotics.
 
Julia is a 16-year member of the United States Air Force Reserves. She volunteers with the Chicago-based paratriathlon club Dare2Tri. Julia is a runner and has completed several marathons. She currently runs with the Red White and Blue running club.
 
Julia is here to provide compassionate, relevant, and cutting-edge care.

John Given

CO Certified Orthotist

Dover

While working at a durable medical equipment company, John had the opportunity to take an orthotics course. Now 30 years later he is an ABC Certified Orthotist. John likes being part of the Independence Team because “it is a growing company that offers the latest technology while focusing on patient care”. John is a Life Member of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company where he is an EMT. In his free time, he enjoys working on automobiles, doing yard work and spending time with his family.

Cassandra Gorman

CPO, MSPO

Newark

Cassie came to IPO after receiving a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Hartford and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Rochester. She was drawn to Delaware by the research being done at the University of Delaware, but quickly discovered a passion for patient care. She has completed her residency and looks forward to taking her certifying exams in the near future. Outside of work she enjoys cheering for Syracuse University’s men’s basketball team, being outdoors and volunteering with Team Red White and Blue.

Jennifer Motylinski

CO, MSPO

Newark

Jennifer was introduced to the Orthotics/Prosthetics industry while pursuing a bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins. She began shadowing at local clinics which solidified her desire to work in patient care. She earned a Masters of Prosthetics and Orthotics at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. Since graduating, she completed her residency and passed her board exams all while working at Independence PO. Outside the office, she enjoys participating in adult sports leagues including field hockey and corn hole, cooking, and spending time with family.

Cameron Willman

Resident

Newark

Jocelyn Wong Neill

CPO, MSPO

STAR Campus

Jocelyn is a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist (CPO) and the clinical director of our STAR Campus office in Newark, specializing in lower limb prosthetics. She hails from California and learned about the prosthetics profession as a research intern in college, and while racing alongside athletes who used prosthetic legs in local triathlons.

She graduated from Georgia Tech’s MSPO program in 2006 and did her residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and at Gary Berke Prosthetics (affiliated with Stanford University Hospital). She has the unique distinction of competing as a professional triathlete (swim/bike/run) on an international pro team, specializing in the Ironman distance, from 2009-2011. While training and racing overseas, she made the time to volunteer at prosthetic medical missions with
the Physicians for Peace chapter in the Philippines and the Prostheses Foundation of Thailand. As an Independence PO employee, she had the opportunity to serve as volunteer team leader for Healing the Children’s annual trip to El Salvador in both 2011 and 2012, providing orthotic care to hundreds of pediatric patients in the course of one week.

Jocelyn originally joined the Independence PO team in 2011 as a CPO and later had a chance to work as a contract prosthetist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD from 2013-2014. At Walter Reed, she helped injured servicemembers (typically those with multiple amputations) return to high activity levels. Through her experiences in both clinical prosthetics and competitive athletics, Jocelyn is able help patients set and achieve the highest goals they desire. In 2015, Jocelyn returned to Independence armed with the knowledge and experience to bring the same level of care to Delaware’s prosthetic population, providing them with best-in-class prosthetic solutions, advanced prosthetic technologies, and the clinical and personal support to achieve their mobility goals.

Her passion for endurance sports and understanding of the therapeutic value of exercise ties in well as she works to provide the latest prosthetic designs for both everyday activity and sport. Her favorite part of working at Independence PO is encouraging patients to be more active and participating at various sports clinics put on by Independence. While she has retired from professional triathlon, she continues to stay active by competing in local running events and playing with her puppy “Aero”.
 

Ronnell Upshur

Resident

All Locations

Ronnell Upshur is from the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area and currently resides Delaware. He is a 20 year Navy veteran who completed numerous tours of duty both domestic and overseas as a dental technician and hospital corpsman.

After retiring from the military, he enrolled in and completed a B.S. degree in Health administration at Eastern Michigan University. After graduation from the program, Ronnell applied for and was accepted into the Vocational Rehabilitation Program for veterans where he was able to complete a M.S. degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics. He also has A.S degree in Applied Health Sciences

Ronnell joined the IPO team in 2015 as the orthotic resident. He completed his residency in 2016 and now focuses on completing requirements as a prosthetic resident.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family participating in community activities and support his hometown sporting teams.

Rachel Beeson

RN

STAR Campus

Rachel originally joined Independence in October 2009. During her time as an administrative assistant she was inspired by the work being done around her finding that she had the desire and passion for being more hands-on with patients. With tremendous support from her family and IPO, Rachel returned to school for a degree in Nursing, graduating in December 2014. As a Registered Nurse, Rachel practiced nursing in a few different settings, including an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and inpatient hospice care. 
 
After 2 years of practice, she knew her heart was in prosthetic patient care and in March 2017, Rachel rejoined the Independence team. As a Clinical Prosthetic Liaison Rachel brings her previous knowledge and new experiences to continue to help patients on their journey. Rachel has a true passion for helping others; interacting with patients, practitioners, physicians and physical therapists daily, continuing to learn and grow in the field of prosthetics. She finds that following the process from start to finish is very rewarding, with a positive patient outcome and experience always being the main goal. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys time with her family and friends. She loves going to the beach, traveling, going on bike rides and working out. Her favorite down time activity is snuggling with her pup Allie.

Steven Sims

Senior Lab Technician

Newark

Steve Sims has been fabricating Prosthetics and Orthotics since 1985. Steve has completed a Freeman Fitting course and a Physical Support Systems course. A Veteran from the military, he started as a technician after four years in active duty Air Force and then joined the Air Force Reserves completing 20 years of service. Steve, whose spare-time pursuits include cars and computers, finds tremendous satisfaction in helping patients.

James Edwards

Technician

Newark

Jim liked working with his hands. After working with John in the past at other practices, the timing was right when he needed a tech and Jim stepped up, looking for another opportunity to work with John again. Jim enjoys the fact that my work directly helps individuals and families throughout the area and beyond. The diversity of work done at IPO keeps life fresh every day.
 
On his days off, Jim is an avid motorcyclist often putting more miles on my Harley then his truck. He enjoys participating in charity rides for good causes.

Stephen Fine

CPA, CFO, Prosthetic Technician

Newark

Stephen has worked in the Prosthetics and Orthotics field for more than 21 years, since losing his leg in a bike accident. Stephen holds a Certified Fitter – Orthotics (CFO) certification with the ABC.

Stephen works hard to encourage and guide fellow amputees through what can be a very frustrating process to obtain the right fit that will allow the patient to live life to the fullest. For him, the best part of his job is being able to instill confidence and hope in the patients he meets. He also has done volunteer work for countless non-profit organizations, including the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia, the Hospital for Special Surgeries in New York, A.S.P.I.R.E. Learning Organizations and as a patient demonstrator for Advanced C-Leg courses.

David Ford

Orthotic Technician

Newark

David has worked in the P&O field for 17 years. He worked at A.I. Dupont Children's hospital for 12 years before joining the IPO Team. The best part of the job has always been getting people back on their feet. David spends his free time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys playing recreational football, basketball, softball, and coaching baseball.

Joseph Merkel

COA, CFO, Lab technician

Newark

Joe entered the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics in 1991 as an Orthotic Technician. He has continued his education and has earned his Certificaton as a Certified Orthotic Assistant, and a Certified Orthotic Fitter. Joe proudly continues working with the Independence team at the Newark location. Joe spends his free time with his family, friends, and church. He also enjoys playing, recording and teaching guitar.

Sean Walker

Lab Technician

All Locations

Sean joined IPO in 2015 in September because he likes creating with his hands. Being a technician for Independence allows him to make things that help people as well as making things for human enhancement. When Sean has free time, his is an active member in the Maker's Movement. Recently he has started to dabble in 3D printing by using his home model. 

Annette Dawson

Office Manager

All Locations

Annette joined Independence in April 2015.  Before coming to IPO, Annette worked for 25 years at Invista (formerly DuPont). There she specialized in customer service, accounting, and procurement.  After all those years in a big corporation, Annette wanted to change career paths and use her experience to help make a difference in the lives of others.   She chose Independence since it was a small family owned company that did a great deal for their employee’s and others in the community.   Annette’s role at Independence is to oversee the day to day operations to facilitate the best possible care for our patients.  In her free time, Annette likes to travel with her family, play cards and relax.

Sarah Brase-Davis

Regulatory Attorney

Newark

Sarah Brase-Davis, Esq. started her legal career in 2005 as a Regulatory Attorney working for Medicare. She continued on with a private corporation representing a majority of the hospitals located around the US before landing at Independence Prosthetics-Orthotics.

Sarah Brase-Davis, Esq. has been with IPO for over 2 years and functions as their Regulatory Attorney and In-house Counsel. She loves the constant challenges present in her everyday work and most enjoys helping patient’s navigate through their appeals process. She also appreciates the research involved in the perpetual changing laws related to Healthcare.

In her spare time she volunteers as a bartender at The Grand Opera House and the Playhouse at Rodney Square. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her shih-tzu and her father with whom she is very close.

Jennifer Demby

Billing/Administrative

Dover

Jennifer describes the way she got into the Prosthetic and Orthotic field as, “sheer luck”.  She came to IPO with medical background and continues to reinforce her knowledge.  While working with IPO Jennifer completed the Trulife Orthotic Fitters course with Diabetic Foot Outline course and Live Lab at St. Petersburg College in Florida. She plans in the near future to take the Orthotic Fitters Exam.  She enjoys spend time not at work with her four children, shopping and going out to eat.  When asked what she likes most about her job she reports, “We have the best clients!”  She also notes that she loves her coworkers and appreciates their work ethic.

Carly Cagle

Administrative Assistant

Philadelphia Riverfront

Carly joined IPO in October of 2014. She has always found herself getting involved with helping others. She enjoys working with such a great team of people and feels fortunate to work for a company that does so much not only for their employees but their patients and the outside community as well. Outside of work, Carly enjoys all her extra time with her two kids, traveling to the beach and enjoying time with family.

Judi Camp

Administrative Assistant

After years in the Transportation Industry, Judi has made a great change into the DME field. The switch to interacting and helping patients has been a welcome one. On her spare time, Judi loves spending time with her wonderful husband and family.  They love spending time with their friends on the weekends, taking long rides on their motorcycle.

Rachel Klevis

Administrative Assistant

STAR Campus

Rachael has been with Independence since 2014. She came to us with over 10 years of experience in administration including her time as a licensed insurance agent and later as the secretary of a decorative retail store in Newark, DE. She currently assists patients at the IPO Star Campus office that specializes in prosthetics. If you asked her what she loves best about IPO it would be interacting with patients. “Getting to meet great people that have overcome struggle and continue to achieve their goals is uplifting and very rewarding.” To further her desire to help others, Rachael is a part time student at Delaware Technical Community College Stanton campus studying to become a Registered Nurse. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and taking on new home improvement projects. 

Lauren Ogden

Administrative Assistant

Dover

Lauren comes to IPO with a six year background in the dental field.  She has achieved her certification in Dental Radiology.  She loves her two children and has a love of animals.  A goal she has is to travel the world with her family.  Lauren enjoys meeting new clients everyday and working with such great staff and excellent teamwork.  She hopes to continue to grow her O&P knowledge with Independence.

Noreen Spangler

Administrative Assistant

Newark

Noreen joined the company in November 2015 as an Admin. She brought many years of experience and organization skills with her from previous roles. She is married and has a daughter who is currently studying to be an Occupational Therapist. Her outside interests include family, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Aubrey Volpe

Administrative Assistant

All Locations

Aubrey has been with Independence since 2014 and was hired after her cooperative experience with the company. She is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at Widener University and will be graduating with her undergraduate degree in Spring 2017. She was accepted into Widener's five-year engineering Masters program and will be graduating with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering in Spring 2018. Aubrey currently assists patients at the Brookhaven, PA location and has been to each of the five locations at different times since working at Independence. If you asked her what she loves best about working at Independence, it would be the close group of dedicated workers. The experience with working at Independence has helped with knowledge in the classroom as well as work experience in the biomedical engineering field Aubrey is interested in.
 
Outside of work and school, Aubrey enjoys spending time with family and close friends, playing video games, eating at a variety of places, cooking, and working out in her free time. 

Tricia Williams

Administrative Assistant

Tricia Williams learned from a young age that she liked to get involved with helping anyone as much as she could. She graduated in 2016 from UMA with her Medical Administrative Assistance Diploma. She joined IPO in July 2016 as an Admin.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family at the park. She recently rescued a Labrador mix from a shelter at 11 weeks old.

Kristina Drago

Administrative Assistant

Dover

After many years in the car industry, Kristina has started a new journey in the DME field. She has found enjoyment in meeting new patients and her coworkers in this exciting field. When she is not at work she spends time with her two wonderful children and loving husband. They have a passion for all sports and outside activities!

Evin Yockey

Administrative Assistant

Newark

Evin Yockey has been with IPO since 2013. She is an Administrative Assistant and is a big team player. She received her national insurance specialist certification from Dawn Career Institute in 2012 and is up to date on her certification. Evin assists in numerous administrative duties and enjoys helping her co workers get difficult issues resolved.

In her spare time she enjoys being a soccer mom! She loves to go on hiking adventures with her son at the local state park.

David Staley

Office Assistant

Newark

David Staley joined IPO in June 2016. He is in charge of IPO’s inventory and media outreach. In the past, he has worked with different organizations such as the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity by working with their inventory and donated items.

In his spare time he trains BJJ at Elevated Studios and helps raise money for MS research through his Bike to the Bay team, the Cowbells.

Joseph Scott

Office Assistant

Joseph was originally a patient at IPO down at the Dover office. In January 2017 he came on full time to help manage IPO's Inventory due to his experience in Inventory management and customer service. In his spare time, he likes to drive his modded Nissan SL around Dover.

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