Technical Advisory Board
The company has a world class technical advisory board consisting of both leading researchers and practitioners including:
Judith M. Burnfield, Ph.D., P.T., is Director of the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering, Director of the Movement and Neurosciences Center and the Clifton Chair in Physical Therapy and Movement Sciences at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. She also directs the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and holds adjunct faculty appointments at several universities. Dr. Burnfield’s research and clinical interests aim to enhance the independence and quality of life of individuals with and without disabilities, emphasizing locomotive disorders such as gait. Dr. Burnfield holds multiple patents emerging from her technology development efforts and is currently developing therapeutic training technology for use across the continuum of care including home settings. She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored the book, Gait Analysis: Normal and Pathological Function.
Paul De La Torre CPO, C.PED, CHAIRMAN, Mr. De La Torre is Chairman of De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a certified prosthetist and orthotist he is responsible for oversight of all clinical direction for one of the largest O&P facilities in Pittsburgh. Paul earned his degrees from Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, IL and he has done advanced work in pedorthics (treatment of the foot, ankle and lower extremities’). Mr. De La Torre has hosted and led seminars for virtually all the major HMOs, hospitals, and many of the physician groups in the Pittsburgh area. For knee orthoses , De La Torre sees a variety of patients , from those who need knee compression to those who need unloader braces and more. He has become more active in the last year managing patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, one of the most common inherited neurological disorders (typically includes weakness of the foot and lower leg muscles).
Daniel Ferris, Ph.D., is Director of the Human Neuromechanics Laboratory at The University of Michigan. Professor Ferris' research focuses on the biomechanics and control of human locomotion, both in health and disability. The Human Neuromechnics Laboratory uses standard techniques from biomechanics and neurophysiology along with more nontraditional approaches such as robotic lower limb exoskeletons, mobile brain imaging, and virtual reality environments. The goals are to reveal basic principles governing human locomotion and aid gait rehabilitation after neurological and physical injury. Professor Ferris is considered one of the leading experts in the world on human adaptation to powered orthoses and robotic exoskeletons.
Kharma Foucher, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Director, Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This Laboratory’s mission is to provide solutions to problems associated with the health, independence and quality of life of older adults. Dr. Foucher’s research interests involve the role of gait biomechanics in hip and knee osteoarthritis, from disease initiation through recovery from joint replacement. Current studies include identifying biomechanical indicators of hip osteoarthritis severity and investigating the relationships between gait mechanics and clinical outcomes after joint replacement. Dr. Foucher received an S.B. in Engineering Sciences (Biomedical) from Harvard University and her Ph.D. (Bioengineering) and MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Cara Lewis, PT, PhD, is Director of the Human Adaptation Laboratory at Boston University. The goal of Dr. Lewis’ research is to further the understanding of motor adaptation and to develop interventions, which reduce hip and knee joint pain. One of Dr. Lewis’ current research projects is using a robotic hip exoskeleton to study the way people adapt to walking with assistance or resistance provided at the hip joint. In another project she is studying the way people move to determine if people with hip pain move differently than people without hip pain. Combining these two lines of research may lead to the effective use of robotics in gait rehabilitation for people with hip and knee joint pain.