Staff

John

John Horne

President, CPO, CPed

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.

Jocelyn

Jocelyn Wong Neill

MSPO, CPO

New Castle County

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

Jennifer Motylinski

MSPO, CPO

Philadelphia and Delaware Counties

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 loves cooking, and spending time with her family.

John

John Given

CO

Kent County

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

Michael Egan

CFo, CPed

New Castle County

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.  

Samantha

Samantha Stauffer

CO, Prosthetic Resident

New Castle County

Samantha joined the Independence Prosthetics Orthotics team in September of 2019. Samantha was introduced to the field of O&P when she was a high school student. She decided to earn a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) while collaborating with their orthotics and prosthetics program on research. She loved it so much that she went on to earn her Master's of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics at EMU. Since graduating, she completed her orthotics residency at the University of California, San Francisco and has now started her Orthotic Residency with Independence Prosthetics-Orthtoics, Inc.!

Outside of the office Samantha enjoys roller skating, board games, and backpacking/traveling!

Joseph

Joseph Merkel

CFo, COA, Laboratory Technician

Kent County

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

James Edwards

CPA, CTP, Laboratory 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

David Ford

Laboratory 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

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

Jennifer Demby

Lead Administrator, Billing Manager

Kent County

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

Lauren Ogden

Administrative Assistant

Kent County

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

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

Rachael Klevis

Administrative Assistant

New Castle County

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

Noreen Spangler

Administrative Assistant

New Castle County

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.

Kathryn

Kathryn Britton

CFo, Administrative Assistant

Philadelphia and Delaware Counties

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 a 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 and is currently earning her MBA in Health Administration at Eastern Unviversity in St. David, PA. 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

Jeanette Hall

Administrative Assistant

New Castle County

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.

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