Staff

John Horne

Founder, CPO, C. Ped

All Locations

John has over 20 years of 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 Inc., 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, Inc. 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.

Andrew Dirks

Director of Operations

Corporate Headquarters

Andrew graduated from the University of Delaware in 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Before joining the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team, Andrew spent a year developing an O&P Tech company along-side President John Horne and Sean Walker which focuses on developing innovative and affordable Orthotic and Prosthetic solutions to better serve our patients. The start-up was the result of a University project to design a safer way for lower-mobility amputees with single-axis manual locking knee joints to transition to and from the seated position. The project resulted in the design of a novel, patent-pending, prosthetic knee joint and the birth of Empowered Technologies, LLC. Andrew's role at Independence is to aid in tracking performance of the clinics and stream-lining processes both holistically and locally.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending his free time with family and friends and remaining active through outdoor activities such as sailing and adult league sports.

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, Delaware 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 Prosthetics Orthotics 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 Prosthetics Orthotics 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 service members (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 Prosthetics-Orthotics 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 named Aero.

Jennifer Motylinski

CPO, MSPO

Philadelphia

Jennifer was introduced to the Orthotics and Prosthetics industry while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She began shadowing at local clinics which solidified her desire to work in patient care. She earned a Master’s degree 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 Prosthetics-Orthotics.

Outside of the office, she enjoys participating in adult sports leagues including field hockey, and kickball. She also cooking, and spending time with family.

Cassandra Gorman

CPO, MSPO

Dover

Cassie joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team after receiving a Master’s degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester in New York. She was drawn to Delaware by the research being done at the University of Delaware, but quickly discovered a passion for patient care.

Outside of work she enjoys cheering for Syracuse University’s basketball team, being outdoors and volunteering with America's Veterans Team Red White and Blue.

Ronnell Upshur

CPO, MSPO

STAR Campus

Ronnell joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthoics team in 2015. He is from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and currently resides in 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 Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. After graduating, Ronnell was accepted into the Vocational Rehabilitation Program for veterans where he was able to complete a Master’s degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics. He has Associate’s degree in Applied Health Sciences.

Ronnell enjoys spending time with his family, participating in community activities and supporting his hometown sporting teams.

John Given

CO

Dover

John joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team in 2011. While working at a durable medical equipment company, John had the opportunity to take an orthotics course. Now, 30 years later, he is an  American Board for Certification (ABC) Certified Orthotist (CO). John loves being a part of the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics 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.

Michael Egan

C. Ped, CFo

STAR Campus

Michael was raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and graduated from Widener University in Chester, PA.  He started his career as a Certified Pedorthist (C. Ped) in 2004 at Foot Solutions, a specialty retail store. With an expertise in providing proper fitting shoes as well as custom foot orthotics using Amfit's patented electronic 3D scanner, he was able to offer solutions to common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, arthritis and heel spurs. In 2007, he became a Certified Practitioner of MASS Posture Theory; a comprehensive alternative theory to Neutral Position theory and methodology.

In 2012, Michael joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team and specialized in short articulating ankle foot orthoses (AFO’s), custom foot orthotics, diabetic foot complications, partial foot amputations and custom molded shoes.  In 2017, he accepted a position in Pittsburgh and became a Certified Orthotic Fitter (CFo).  Wanting to be closer to his hometown and family, Michael decided to leave Pittsburgh and re-joined the Independence team in 2018.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family at the Jersey shore, hiking in the Poconos and jogging on weekends.  

Max Spencer

Orthotic Resident

STAR Campus

Max joined the Independence Prosthetics orthotics team in 2019. He became interested in Orthotics and Prosthetics during his undergraduate years as a co-op with Independence P&O. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Max recently graduated from Georgia Tech's (Georgia Institute of Technology) Master's of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO) in May 2019. He is an advocate of evidence-based practice and improving patient outcomes. The most fulfilling part of Max’s day is having the privilege to care for patients.

Max enjoys long walks on the beach, playing soccer, and supporting Philadelphia sports teams.

 

Rachel Beeson

RN, Prosthetic Liaison

STAR Campus

Rachel originally joined Independence Prosthetics Orthotics in 2009. During her time as an Administrative Assistant, she was inspired by the work. She discovered that she had the desire and passion for having a hands-on experience with patients. With tremendous support from her family and the Independence team, Rachel obtained a degree in Nursing, graduating in December 2014. As a Registered Nurse, Rachel practiced nursing in a few different settings, including inpatient rehabilitation and inpatient hospice care. 

After two 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 in collaboration to help patients on their journey. Rachel has a true passion for helping others; constantly interacting with patients, practitioners, physicians and physical therapists, continuing to learn and grow in the field of prosthetics. She finds that following the process from start to finish is very rewarding. The main goal for Rachel is always a positive patient experience and outcome.

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves going to the beach, traveling, bike riding and working out. Her favorite down time activity is snuggling with her dog named Allie.

Joseph Merkel

COA, CFo, Lab Technician

Dover

Joe entered the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics in 1991 as an Orthotic Technician. He has continued his education and has earned his American Board for Certification (ABC) as a Certified Orthotics Assistant (COA) and a Certified Orthotic Fitter (CFo). Joe proudly continues working with the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team.

Joe spends his free time with his family, friends, and church. He also enjoys playing, recording and teaching guitar.

James Edwards

CPA, CTP, Lab Technician

Corporate Headquarters

Jim has always enjoyed working with his hands. Jim had previously worked with John Horne before Independence Prosthetics Orthotics was founded. When John needed a tech for the new company, Jim reached out, looking for another opportunity to work with John again. Jim enjoys the idea that his work as a technician directly helps patients regain their strength and confidence to walk again. Jim believes that the diversity of work done at Independence Prosthetics Orthotics, Inc. keeps life interesting every day!

Jim is an avid motorcyclist and often puts more miles on his Harley Davidson than his truck! In his spare time, he enjoys participating in charity rides for good causes, like canned food drives!

David Ford

Lab Technician

Corporate Headquarters

David has worked in the Prosthetics and Orthotics field for 17 years. He worked at a local Delware children's hospital for 12 years before joining the Independence team. David believes that the best part of the job has always been getting patient 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.

Annette Dawson

Office Manager

Corporate Headquarters

Annette joined Independence Prosthetics Orthtoics, Inc. in April 2015.  Annette has 25 years of exepreience in customer service, accounting, and procurement.  After many years in a large corporation, Annette wanted to change career paths and used her experience to help make a difference in the lives of others.  

In her free time, Annette likes to travel with her family, play cards and relax.

Jennifer Demby

Billing/Administrative

Dover

Jennifer joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team in March 2011.  She came to our team with a large medical background and continues to reinforce her knowledge.  While working with Independence, Jennifer completed the Trulife Orthotic Fitters course and Diabetic Foot Outline course with a Live Lab at The University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the near future, Jennifer plans to take the Orthotic Fitters Exam to become an American Board for Certification (ABC) Certified Orthotic Fitter (CFo).

Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her five 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.

Lauren Ogden

Administrative Assistant

Dover

Lauren joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team with a six year background in the dental field while achieving her certification in Dental Radiology.  She has two children and a fond love for all animals. Lauren hopes to continue to grow her O&P knowledge with Independence Prosthetics Orthotics. Lauren demonstrates excellent teamwork, enjoys meeting new patients and working with such a great staff every day!

In her free time, she emjoys spending time with her family and friends. A future goal of Lauren's is to travel the world with her family.

Evin Stephens

Administrative Assistant

Corporate Headquarters

Evin has been a part of the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team 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. 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 her local state park.

Rachael Klevis

Administrative Assistant

STAR Campus

Rachael has been with Independence Prosthetics Orthotics since 2014. She came to us with over 10 years of experience in administration including her time as a licensed insurance agent. She also has experience as the secretary of a decorative retail store in Newark, DE. If you asked Rachael what she loves best about Independence 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, Rachael enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening and taking on new home improvement projects. 

Noreen Spangler

Administrative Assistant

STAR Campus

Noreen joined Independence Prosthetics Orthotics in November 2015. 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.

Kristina Drago

Billing/Administrative Assistant

Dover

After many years in the car industry, Kristina started a new journey in the O&P field with Independence Prosthetics Orthotics in September 2016. Since beginning with Independence, she has found enjoyment in meeting new patients and coworkers in this exciting field.

When Kristina is not at work, she spends time with her two wonderful children and loving husband. They have a shared passion for all sports and outdoor activities!

Kathryn Britton

CFo, Administrative Assistant

Brookhaven

Katie joined the Independence Prosthetics orthotics team in June 2017. She graduated from The University of Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences. Katie was introduced to the Prosthetic and Orthotics field as a result of shadowing experience at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. Katie became an American Board for Certification (ABC) Certified Fitter of Orthotics in the Spring 2018. In the near future, Katie plans to apply to an O&P Master's Program. It has been a rewarding experience for Katie to be part of a team that makes such a difference in the lives of people and families that Independence supports.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends at the Jersey shore and likes to travel as much as possible.

Jeanette Hall

Administrative Assistant

STAR Campus

Jeanette joined Independence Prosthetics Orthotics, Inc. in February 2019.  She has years of experience in the medical field and successfully ran a home based medical transcription business while raising her son.

Outside of work, Jeanette enjoys spending time with her family and friends, kayaking and camping.

JT Scott

Inventory Specialist

Corporate Headquarters

Originally a patient of Independence, JT joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team in January 2017. He started full time to help manage the Independence inventory due to his experience in inventory management and customer service.

In his spare time, JT enjoys the gym, hands-on projects, and keeping himself busy.

Andrea Fiala

Cooperative Intern

Philadelphia

Andrea joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics Team in April 2019. She is a currently an undergraduate Senior at Drexel Univeristy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Biomedical Engineering. Andrea has previously completed co-ops for Chemical Formulation in Bristol, PA and Biomechanics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She became interested in the field of Prosthetics & Orthotics while participating in Biomedical Therapeutics Research at UNL, leading to the decision to spend her third co-op at IPO!

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kickboxing, and going on road trips with friends.

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