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July 10, 2019


The Iowa Amputee Golf Association 28th Annual Tournament is July 12-14 at Willow Creek Golf Course in West Des Moines! Check out a little promotion featuring Cory Watson, President of IAGA and Nick Ackerman of APO and IAGA. Thanks to We Are Iowa Local 5 News!

June 12, 2019


American Prosthetics & Orthotics partnered with On With Life to sponsor the Putting Green on its Therapeutic Grounds Project. A two-year project, funded by philanthropic donations, On With Life transformed 1.5 acres of green space into multi-faceted outdoor ADA-accessible therapeutic grounds providing sensory stimulation experiences, therapeutic challenges, and respite for those On With Life serves and their families. The therapeutic grounds transformation consists of multiple outdoor therapy areas including an enabling garden, music/zen garden, putting green, amphitheater, family shelter, butterfly garden, and all-inclusive playground. The creation of this new outdoor space has numerous physical, psychological, and social benefits as working within this type of outdoor setting helps rehabilitation become more like real-life.

The ribbon cutting was attended by Rod Cheney, CPO, LPO, executive vice president of American Prosthetics & Orthotics and his wife Tracy.

On With Life is a not-for-profit organization and a Midwest leader in brain injury rehabilitation. Since opening in 1991, it has served more than 4,000 individuals and their families. On With Life offers a continuum of services for people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumor, aneurysm, or other brain injury.

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June 3, 2019


Rod Cheney, CPO, LPO, Executive Vice President of American Prosthetics & Orthotics (APO), received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Prosthetic, Orthotic and Pedorthic Association (IPOPA), at its annual meeting April 6.

IPOPA advocates for licensing and accreditation for O&P practitioners in Iowa and to provide information and resources for O&P patients. It is the goal of the IPOPA to create a standard of care for O&P practitioners and their clients in the state.

Cheney has been a member of IPOPA since its founding in 2007 and is executive vice president of APO, where he oversees operations including personnel, marketing and business development. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and Northwestern University’s prosthetic/orthotic program.

APO has provided orthoses and prostheses to patients of all ages with limb loss or other physical disabilities since 1951 with patient care facilities in Ames, Clive, Des Moines, Davenport, Iowa City, West Burlington, and Moline, Ill.

Jean Ann Bailey, immediate past president of IPOPA; Rod Cheney, CPO, LPO; and Matt Husnik, CPO, LPO, ATC, Iowa City office.

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November 2, 2018


APO’s Director of Prosthetics Nick Ackerman, CP, LP, recently had the honor of speaking to Sidney Eagles Wrestling Club supporters in Montana at the club’s Annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Sidney Elks Lodge, where he had a chance to share his story with the Sidney Eagle Wrestling team. As many who follow this page know, Nick is bilateral amputee. He wrestled while attending Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa where he made it to the 2001 NCAA Championships, defeating a wrestler who had been undefeated. Nick was awarded the Hodge Trophy, presented annually to the outstanding wrestler of the year.

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October 11, 2018


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June 21, 2018


Debbie Roberts (Right) had a great time this weekend at the Miss Iowa pageant Saturday in Davenport. Debbie was the invited guest of Miss Iowa 2013, Nicole Kelley. Debbie and Nicole are both wearers of the bebionic prosthetic hand with Coapt pattern recognition technology. Debbie is a long-time patient of APO, working first with Ron Cheney, CPO and president of American Prosthetics & Orthotics, when she was a child and currently with Maggie Siebel, CP, LP, in Clive. Debbie had not worn a prosthesis on a regular basis, but was inspired by Nicole. “If Miss Iowa can wear a prosthetic arm, then I can too,” she said.

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February 14, 2018


Proper care of the skin is vital whether or not a person is an amputee. But for those who wear a prosthesis, consistent, thorough hygiene helps prevent disabling skin conditions and fosters a normal, active life. A combination of regular cleansing and the use of medicated soaps and anti-bacterial lotions will give the skin the protection it needs to stay healthy.

The Residual Limb

Cleansing is best done at day’s end since damp skin inserted in a socket is more likely to swell and become irritated.

  • Wash with warm water and a medicated lotion soap. Use additional water to generate more lather.
  • Rinse thoroughly; remaining soap film contributes to skin irritation.
  • Dry completely. Damp skin inserted in a socket can swell and become irritated.
  • Apply a medicated skin lotion or cream to keep the skin supple. Using a softening lotion on a regular basis also diminishes the formation of calluses, abrasions, and extreme toughening of the skin.


Sockets should also be cleaned regularly.

  • Wash with warm water and mild soap.
  • Wipe out with a cloth dampened in clean water.
  • Dry thoroughly before donning; dampness may cause the skin to stick, rub, and become irritated.

Socks and Liners

  • Wash anything that comes into contact with your skin. Use mild soap and warm water.
  • Rinse thoroughly and dry.

If Skin Problems Arise

Consistent, thorough hygiene and a well-fitting prosthesis should keep skin supple and healthy. However, irritation or other problems are always a possibility. Closely monitor the appearance of skin and, if a sore or abnormal condition develops, notify your prosthetist and/or physician without delay.

September 2017


Adam McfarlandAdam McFarlane, CPO, LPO, has expanded his service area by working with patients at the APO office located at UnityPoint – Des Moines, Methodist Medical Plaza II.

In addition to seeing patients at UnityPoint, he continues working with patients at APO’s Clive office as well as a satellite clinic in Ottumwa. Adam will also focus on community outreach and educational programming to allied healthcare professionals.

Certified in orthotics and prosthetics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC), Adam completed his orthotic studies at Northwestern University’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Center (NUPOC) in 2011 and his prosthetic studies in 2012.

April 2017


Cole CheneyVarious members of the APO staff attended the Iowa Prosthetic, Orthotic, Pedorthic Association Annual Meeting, held in late spring in Urbandale. Clinicians from across Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska were at the event, which featured educational workshops and a manufacturers’ exhibit.

  • The agenda included Brent Morgan, CPO, LPO, presenting “iButton Use for Idiopathic Scoliosis Treatment, an Update.”
  • Don Shurr, CPO, PT, LPO, participating in a panel discussion, “A Review and Evaluation of the IDEO-like Energy Storing AFOs.”
  • Cole Cheney, MD, PM&R resident at the University of Utah Hospitals, presenting “PFAs and a Complex Medical Course.”


June 21, 2017


The Iowa Amputee Golf Association’s (IAGA) 26th annual golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 14, to Sunday, July 16, at the Willow Creek Golf Course, 140 Army Post Road, West Des Moines. Friday’s events begin at noon; Saturday’s and Sunday’s events begin at 8 a.m. American Prosthetics & Orthotics is sponsoring the event for the 22nd consecutive year.

“We’re proud to have such a long partnership with the IAGA as a tournament sponsor,” said Rod Cheney, CPO, LPO, and executive vice president of APO. “The IAGA’s longevity is a testament that golf can be enjoyed by people of all abilities.”

A four-person, best-shot scramble competition, which is open to the public, is set for Friday via shotgun start; scores will be compiled on a scratch basis. Following the scramble, participants are invited to attend an awards ceremony and door prize drawings at the Willow Creek Clubhouse. As in past years, the competition raises scholarship funds for Iowa amputees, as well as immediate family members of amputees.

Amputee golfers of all abilities will compete in one of several flights on Saturday. On Sunday, golfers will be paired according to their previous day’s score. Trophies will be awarded for first through third place in each division. The tournament winner will be the person with the lowest two-day score in any division.

“Every year we are treated to outstanding golf,” said Mary Stark, IAGA board member. “The IAGA golf tournament demonstrates that amputation doesn’t have to diminish the quality of life, achievement, or participation,” Stark said. “Anything is possible.”

Registration and more details can be found at

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May 24, 2017

My Winning MomentSubmit a photo or video that captures your Winning Moment

We all have them. Winning moments! Now through June 30th, all of our prosthetic clients are invited to enter Össur‘s #MyWinningMoment contest. It is a way to celebrate the joy of independence and a sense of achievement. This year, the contest runs through to June 30th. If you are living with either upper- or lower-limb difference, we can’t wait to see your photos.

Submit a photo or video that captures your #MyWinningMoment before June 30th, 2017 for a chance to win a trip to Iceland. Go to Make sure you include American Prosthetics & Orthotics in your entry and good luck!

March 23, 2017

LuAnn Kleemeyer, patient of Jeff Palmer, CPO, LPO, is headed to D.C. to advocate for amputees.

Winter 2017

Our Iowa City office is proud to have been able to donate a variety of previously used parts, prosthetics, and supplies as well as new footwear to the Keep Walking Association (KWA), an organization helping O&P patients in Dominica, Jungle Bay, West Indies.

Jeff Palmer, CPO, LPO, Branch Manager/Director of Operations and his Iowa team, became aware of the need for donations from a clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dr. Jeanine Abrons.

Dr. Abrons has worked with the underserved in Dominica for nine years and became acquainted with KWA founder, Marc Helie. An amputee himself, Marc saw the need for helping the disabled in Dominica who did not have access to O&P care. In partnership with a French firm, Orthopedics Bontoux Avignon, he developed the program of refurbishing prosthetic legs and components to benefit patients in Dominica; however, their resources are limited.

Dr. Abrons reached out to APO for help and boxes of donations have made their way to Dominica. She tells Jeff that she has heard from many very appreciative people from Dominica, who are sharing smiles and stories.

January 31, 2017

Check out APO prosthetist Nick Ackerman and his patient in this feature on WHO-TV.

Winter 2017

Great article by Don Shurr, CPO, LPO, PT, American Prosthetics & Orthotics Director of Education and Director of Special Projects, on the “Benefits of Completing a Residency With a Private O&P Company Located Within a Teaching Hospital” published in American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists Academy TODAY, Winter 2017. Click Here to read the article.