Ron Cheney, President, CPO (e)
Ron Cheney, CPO (e) and president of American Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., began his career shortly after graduating from high school when he was presented with two job opportunities, both involving creating products from wood. One was in cabinetry, and the other in prosthetics. By choosing prosthetics, Ron’s career has enabled him to provide a service that would help people improve their quality of life. From early on, Ron had commitment to the company and his patients, learning not only savvy business strategies to build APO into a strong company with a top-shelf professional staff, but continuing his own education in the profession. Ron is certified by the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics & Orthotics. Ron started his career at the Winkley Artificial Limb Co. in 1958. In the mid-1960s, the company was separated from Winkley and renamed American Prosthetics, Inc. Ron and three colleagues purchased American Prosthetics, Inc. in 1972. Ron acquired the entire firm in 1988. That purchase resulted in a total of eight offices in Iowa and one in Moline, Ill. It was renamed American Prosthetics & Orthotics in the 1990s to reflect its comprehensive services. The firm employs two generations of the family, too. Son Rod Cheney, CPO, is executive vice president of APO. His son Brent Cheney, CO, is APO’s Director of Material Management. Ron’s wife, Rikki, is Director of Internal Affairs. “I believe that if he had taken his job offer at a cabinet store, he’d own his own furniture business,” said Rod. “His work ethic and savvy would have propelled him to success no matter what path he had chosen.”
Rod Cheney, CPO/L, Executive Vice President
Rod Cheney, CPO/L, is executive vice president of American Prosthetics & Orthotics (APO) and oversees operations, including personnel, marketing, and business development. Rod received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and then completed Northwestern University’s prosthetic/orthotic program. He is ABC-certified in prosthetics and orthotics. From 2002-2009, Rod served as Director at Large for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). Rod and his wife, Tracy, reside in West Des Moines. They have two adult sons, Cole and Blake.
Brent Cheney, CO/L, Director of Materials Management
Brent Cheney, CO/L, is director of materials management for APO’s Clive and Des Moines offices. Brent studied at the University of Iowa and the Pittsburgh Institute of Technology and is an ABC-certified orthotist. Brent is certified by Bioness, Inc. as a fitter of its orthotic systems including the NESS L300. Brent and his wife, Tina, live in West Des Moines with their two children, Parker and Sidney.
Gary A. Cheney, CPO/L, FAAOP, Director of Compliance & Patient Services
Gary A. Cheney, CPO/L, is Director of Compliance and Patient Services for APO. He oversees the Corporate Compliance Program and monitors health, safety, payer, patient, and industry related issues for the company. Gary completed orthotic and prosthetic certificate courses at Northwestern University and New York University. He has served the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) as a Regional Director as well as a member of the Coding Committee. Gary has also served as an examiner for the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC). He is ABC-certified in prosthetics and orthotics, and a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. Gary and his wife, Cindy, reside in Waukee. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Nick Ackerman, CP/L, Director of Prosthetics
Nick Ackerman, CP/L, is APO’s Director of Prosthetics. An ABC-certified prosthetist, he is C-Leg®4 and RHEO KNEE® certified and sees patients in the Des Moines office. Nick, who has been an APO patient since childhood, joined the staff in 2001. He is a graduate of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, as well as the prosthetics program at Northwestern University. In addition to seeing patients, Nick is responsible for educating staff on new developments in prosthetics, establishing company-wide prosthetics practices and protocols, supervising prosthetic residents, and developing curriculum for training. Nick resides in Polk City with his wife, Rachel, and children, Mason, Grayer, and Finn.
Andy Besser, CPO/L, Davenport Branch Manager
Andy Besser, CPO/L, is Davenport Branch Manager for APO. Andy joined the firm as a prosthetics technician after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in biology. He completed the orthotics and prosthetics programs at Northwestern University, serving his residencies in both at APO. He is ABC-certified in both fields and is C-Leg®4 certified. Andy manages clinic operations and staff, as well as sees patients. Andy and his wife, Kathie, reside in Davenport with their children, Alexa, Graham, and Kate.
Steve Galluzzo, CPO/L, Des Moines Branch Manager
Steve Galluzzo, CPO/L, serves as the manager of the Des Moines patient care offices of APO. He is responsible for clinic and field operations, as well as staff management. Steve also sees orthotic and prosthetic patients. Steve earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Missouri State University and his Orthotic and Prosthetic certifications from Northwestern University. He is an ABC-certified practitioner with more than 22 years of experience in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics. Steve is an active member of The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP). He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in West Des Moines with their three daughters, Natalie, Rachel, and Sarah.
Jeff Palmer, CPO/L, Iowa City Branch Manager
Jeff Palmer, CPO/L, is the Branch Manager and Director of Operations of the Iowa City offices. Jeff, an ABC-certified prosthetist/orthotist, is C-Leg®4, RHEO KNEE®, and PROPRIO Foot®-certified. In addition to managing staff and orthopedic clinics, Jeff is the mentor/director of the orthotic and prosthetic residency program in Iowa City. His specialties include fitting above-knee amputees and cranial bands for pediatric patients. Jeff has advanced training for upper extremity amputees in myoelectric fittings and is certified and trained in i-digits™ through Touch Bionics. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Ambrose University and completed the educational requirements for orthotics and prosthetics from Northwestern University. He began his professional career with APO in 2003 and is a member of the Iowa Prosthetic, Orthotic and Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). A native of Davenport, Jeff and his wife, Molly, reside in Swisher with their children, Jackson, Sophia, Norah, Graham and Luciana.
Leonard Orzechowski, CO/L, Davenport Assistant Manager
Leonard Orzechowski, CO/LO, is assistant manager of APO’S Moline, Davenport, and West Burlington offices. Part of the APO staff since 1991, Len has over 36 years experience in the prosthetic and orthotics industry, having received his formal education in Harmerville, Pennsylvania. He offers a full range of services with specialties in pediatric devices as well as foot and ankle orthotics. A member of the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic and Pedorthic Association (IPOPA), Len is ABC-certified and licensed to practice in Illinois and Iowa. Growing up around the Pittsburgh area, he is an avid Pittsburgh and Penn State sports fan. Len has been an active hockey referee with USA Hockey, the NCAA, and the ACHA for the past 25 years. He has lived in Davenport with his significant other, Karen, for more than 20 years. They have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Malena Billups, CPO/L, Director of Education
Malena Billups, CPO/L, an employee of American Prosthetics since 2007, is an ABC-certified orthotist and prosthetist and sees patients at all three of APO’s Iowa City offices. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in athletic training. Her orthotic and prosthetic studies were completed at Northwestern University. Malena is certified to fit the C-Leg®4 microprocessor knee from Ottobock, the Össur microprocessor RHEO KNEE®, and for upper extremity amputees, the i-limb® Hand. She is also a member of the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). Malena and her husband, Nate, and their children, Amelia and Charlie, reside in the Amanas.
Matt Husnik, CPO/L
Matt Husnik, CPO/L, is the assistant manager at the Iowa City office. He began his career at APO in 2009 as an orthotic resident and since that time has become certified in orthotics and prosthetics. Matt studied physiology at the University of Iowa and has a background in athletic training. He then studied prosthetics and orthotics at Chicago’s Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center and received his certification in orthotics in 2011 and prosthetics in 2013. Currently, Matt is the Residency Director for the Iowa City offices and a member and past president of the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). Matt is also a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa Physical Therapy program and is active with several ongoing research projects at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is i-limb®/i-digits, RHEO KNEE®3/XC, C-Brace, and C-leg®4 certified. He lives in Iowa City with his wife, Lindsey, and their two boys Theo and Reece. They enjoy spending time boating and fishing as well as attending all types of Hawkeye sporting events.
Laurie Barr-Cronin, CPO/L
Laurie Barr-Cronin, CPO/L, sees patients at APO’s Clive and Methodist Medical Plaza II offices. An ABC-certified practitioner, she has more than 25 years of experience in O&P practice. Laurie earned her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and completed the degree programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics separately at Northwestern University. She is a member of the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic Pedorthic Association (IPOPA) and Amputee Coalition, and participates in the Central Iowa Amputee Support Group (CIASG). She also conducts orthotic and prosthetic clinics in Albia, Centerville, Corydon, and Chariton, Iowa, on a biweekly basis and works as a clinical instructor and guest lecturer in the Department of Podiatry at Des Moines University. Laurie and her husband, Dave, reside in Des Moines.
Micheala Hala, MSPO, CPO/L
Micheala Hala, MSPO, CPO/L, currently sees patients at the Iowa City office and rotates hours through the Sports Medicine and Muscatine offices. She studied at the University of Northern Iowa where she received a degree in athletic training. Following that, she attained a Master of Science degree in prosthetics and orthotics from the University of Pittsburgh. Beginning in 2016, Micheala was a clinical intern at APO and did both of her residencies with the company. Board certified, Micheala excels with all ages in both simple and complex medical cases. She enjoys working with the pediatric population and utilizes the SmartSoc System to 3D scan for cranial remolding helmets from the Orthomerica STAR Family of Cranial Remolding Orthoses. She integrates 3D scanning and modification into lower extremity orthotics and prosthetics as well. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and the Iowa Prosthetic, Orthotic and Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). Micheala has completed the RHEO KNEE®3/XC course through Ossur and received the Northwestern University Subischial Prosthetic Socket Course Certification. She resides in Williamsburg with her husband, Brody, and their German Shepherd, Jax.
Michael Hatfield, CPed, LO
Michael Hatfield, CPed, LO, is an ABC-Certified pedorthist in the Des Moines office. He joined the APO team in 1999 as an orthotic technician. Michael received his pedorthic training from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia. He is an active member of Adaptive Sports Iowa and participates regularly in that group’s wheelchair basketball and cycling activities. He has ridden in the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) every year since July 2012. He is married to Mary Ann and the couple resides in Des Moines with their son, Preston, and their dog.
Dan Huffman, LO
Dan Huffman, LO, is licensed in orthotics and sees patients at the UIHC and Sports Medicine offices in Iowa City. He has been a member of the Iowa City office team since 1992. Prior to his current clinical position, he worked as an orthotic and prosthetic technician. In his free time, he is a musician and handcrafts musical instruments. He resides in Riverside with his wife, Carrie, and daughter, Gracie.
Kelvin Lee, CPO/L
Kelvin Lee, CPO/L, is ABC-certified in orthotics and prosthetics and sees patients at the West Burlington office. He is certified in C-Leg®4 microprocessor knee technologies. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical education and fitness development from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He completed his prosthetic degree program at Century College and his orthotic degree program at Northwestern University. Kelvin joined APO in 2011 and is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) and the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). He resides in Burlington with his wife, Ashley, and son, Henry.
Angie Luckritz, CPO/L
Angie Luckritz, CPO/L is ABC-certified in orthotics and prosthetics. She has more than 12 years of experience in the industry and has been a member of the APO staff since 2006. Angie sees patients in the Davenport and Moline offices. An engineering graduate of Iowa State University, she completed her orthotics and prosthetics training at Northwestern University. Angie is certified to fit the microprocessor RHEO KNEE® from Össur. She is a member of the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). Angie and her husband, Josh, reside in Princeton along with their two children, Colin and Kinsey.
Nick Marvin, CPO/L
Nick Marvin, CPO/L, started his career with APO at the Davenport office in 2018. He has been an above-the-knee amputee since childhood and began his orthotic and prosthetic career in high school as a technician. Following his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training, Nick graduated from the Orthotics and Prosthetics program at Century College, White Bear Lake, Minn., in 2004. He completed his residency at Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Nick is personally and professionally knowledgeable in microprocessor and non-microprocessor knees and feet. He is also involved in disabled sports around the Quad City area. Nick resides in Princeton, Iowa with his wife, Joy, and their three children, Sophia, Alex, and Zoey.
Adam McFarlane, CPO/L
Adam McFarlane, CPO/L, was certified in orthotics in 2013 and prosthetics in 2014 by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC). Adam sees patients at the Clive office as well as a satellite clinic in Ottumwa. Adam completed his orthotic studies at Northwestern University’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Center (NUPOC) in 2011. He then did one year of residency in Waterloo before returning to NUPOC for his prosthetic education, which he completed in June 2012. He is a 2005 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Adam also achieved Eagle Scout and is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association. A native of Cedar Falls, Adam now resides in Urbandale.
Brent Morgan, CPO/L
Brent Morgan, CPO/L, joined the APO team in 2011. He is ABC-certified in orthotics and prosthetics with more than 14 years of experience in the fields and sees patients at the firm’s offices in Iowa City. Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa and received his O&P training from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. He resides in Iowa City with his wife, Becca, and their sons, Thomas, John, and Matthew.
Josh Norton, CPed/L
Josh Norton, Cped/L, is ABC-certified in pedorthics. He is a graduate of the Academy of Pedorthic Science at Kennesaw State University, Atlanta. Josh sees patients in Davenport, Burlington, Moline, and various clinics. A resident of the Quad Cities, he enjoys cooking, nutrition, motorcycles, and bicycling.
Evan Ross, CPO/L
Evan Ross, CPO/L, is ABC-certified in prosthetics and orthotics and joined APO in 2011. Before graduating from the prosthetics-orthotics program at Northwestern University, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering from St. Louis University and a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from Drexel University. He sees patients in Iowa City and is a member of the Iowa Prosthetic, Orthotic and Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). He resides with his wife and children in the Iowa City area. He is certified to fit the C-Leg®4, Genium®, and Unity® Vacuum System.
Stephen Sengbusch, MPO/L, LAT/C
Stephen Sengbusch, MPO/L, LAT/C, is a nationally certified and licensed prosthetist/ orthotist that started his career with APO in 2012 at the University of Iowa Sports Medicine Clinic. He received his degree in athletic training from the University of Iowa, and completed his Master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics from Northwestern University. He has completed the RHEO KNEE®3/XC course, and has received the Northwestern University Subischial Prosthetic Socket Course certification. He is actively seeing patients in the Des Moines area, integrating 3D scanning and modification into collaborative evidence-based treatment plans for patients in his community. Highlights of his experience include amputee rehabilitation, stroke management, sports medicine, and inpatient care at a level 1 trauma care center. Stephen is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP), the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), and the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic and Pedorthic Association. Stephen and his wife, Amanda, reside in Des Moines.
Maggie Siebel, CP/L
Maggie Siebel, CP/L, joined APO in 2006. She sees patients in APO’s Clive and Ames offices. She is ABC-certified in prosthetics and completed her residency requirements with APO. Maggie graduated with high distinction in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2005. She completed her prosthetic training through Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center and was part of the first Blended Learning module class in 2007. In February 2018, Maggie began implementing 3D scanning and digital modifications into practice at APO. She is certified to fit the C-Leg®4 microprocessor controlled prosthetic knee from Ottobock and Össur’s RHEO KNEE®, PROPRIO® Microprocessor Ankle, RHEO KNEE® XC, and Pro-Flex® foot. For upper extremity amputees, she is certified to fit the i-limb® hand, Pro-Digits™ myoelectric partial hand prostheses, and CoApt Myoelectric Pattern Recognition system. Maggie also is a member of the Iowa Prosthetic Orthotic Pedorthic Association (IPOPA). She lives in Urbandale with her husband, Aaron, daughter, Chloe, and son, Owen.
Don Shurr, CPO/L, PT
Don Shurr, CPO/L, PT, is Director of Education and Director of Special Projects for APO. He has been a practitioner with the company for 25 years. Don holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa. He graduated from the orthotics and prosthetics programs at Northwestern University. Through his career, Don has written numerous articles and has been active in research studies with the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics, where he is also an instructor. Don co-authored Prosthetics and Orthotics, a textbook for entry level physical and occupational therapy students. He is also an adjunct lecturer in physical therapy education at the University of Iowa and a board member of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA). Don and his wife, Marilyn, live in North Liberty. They have two grown daughters and seven grandchildren.
Ric Volk, CO/L
Ric Volk, CO/L, joined the APO team in 2011. He is an ABC-certified orthotist and sees his patients at APO’s Ames office. Ric received his training at Chicago’s Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied human and sports physiology from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. Residents of Ankeny, Ric and his wife Angela enjoy boating, fishing, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.