Eric founded International Prosthetics and Orthotics in 1999. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1993. Eric immediately entered the Prosthetics and Orthotics field to put his engineering education to good use working as a technician for a local practice. He subsequently enrolled in the Prosthetics and Orthotics program at Northwestern University and achieved his certification through the American Board for Certification (ABC) in 1998.
"The most exciting part of my job is being an integral part of the design process from start to finish. I am very fortunate to have seen so many patients achieve things they never thought possible because of something I designed. The family atmosphere that patients experience when they walk through our door is instrumental to our patient's success. Many of them have very unique obstacles to overcome and I believe our innovation and collaboration are the only ways to conquer these obstacles."
Eric continually learns about new technologies so that he can provide these beneficial advancements to his clients. "If you are not continuously learning, you are not giving your patient's the best chance to succeed."
Eric is happily married for more than twenty years and has three beautiful daughters. He enjoys traveling, history, playing tennis and spending time with his family.
Erica Tolin began working in the field of prosthetics and orthotics in 2006. She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development from Cornell University, her Masters in Biomechanics and Ergonomics from New York University, and became a certified prosthetist and orthotist through Northwestern University’s Prosthetics and Orthotics Center.
One of the reasons she enjoys working in this field is because "Prosthetics and orthotics is biomechanical at its core, but then you get to add a personal touch and utilize some creativity. Every case presents its own set of unique challenges and I like the critical thinking and problem-solving behind each one. "She also enjoys working face-to-face with patients. "People tend to want to share their stories', and I really like listening to them."
Our prosthetists connect with people on a very personal level. “At International Prosthetics, the patient comes first. We are a small and close group of professionals who all have different backgrounds. We each bring something different to the table, work collaboratively, and bounce ideas off each other.”
Erica is our cranial specialist and loves working with babies. She is a proud mother of a young son and enjoys living close to the beach.
William B. Gibbs
American Board Certified Prosthetist
William B. Gibbs entered the field of prosthetics and orthotics 2010. He received his BSE in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Hartford, his graduate certificate in prosthetics from Newington Certificate Program, and has completed a 12-month NCOPE residency.
When asked why he likes being a prosthetist, Bill said: “I enjoy the patient care aspect. I enjoy doing something where I can work hands-on from start to finish to follow-up. With prosthetics, it’s not as if you work on just one thing just one day and never see it again; I can see at the end of the day that I have made a difference.”
Bill believes in International Prosthetics’ dedication to strong follow-up protocol. He contributes to our extremely experienced staff. “With our combined knowledge base there are no problems we have not seen or cannot solve.” Bill is actively doing research in prosthetic rehabilitation techniques at Columbia University.
Stephen is an American Board Certified Orthotist since 1998. Upon graduating from State University of New York at Cortland in 1991 with a B.S. in Biology he completed his certificate in orthotics in conjunction with the University of Connecticut and Newington Certificate Program in 1996.
Stephen’s approach to patient care is always meeting the patient’s individual needs with the best orthotic intervention to maximize positive outcomes and goals. He believes in the team approach and will work closely with your physician and/or Physical Therapist to provide the best orthotic treatment plan.
Stephen has expertise in all phases of orthotic interventions for pediatric and adult populations. He specializes in pediatric, spinal and scoliosis bracing. He is certified in the most successful scoliosis bracing systems to prevent the progression of scoliotic curvature. These systems include the Boston Scoliosis Brace, Providence Night-time Brace ,Charleston Bending Brace and Spine Core Dynamic Brace Systems. He understands the difficulties and challenges an adolescent faces when having to start a spinal brace treatment.
No matter which orthotic intervention is indicated, he treats every patient with the utmost in patience and compassion to achieve maximal independence.
CO, CPA, CTP
Robert has been an American Board Certified Technician in Prosthetics since 1989. He expanded into patient care by achieving his certification in orthotics from the American Board of Certification (ABC) in 2004. In 2005, he joined the team at International as lab manager. He achieved the certification of Prosthetic Assistant from ABC in 2011. He has a strong desire to insure that every device is designed and fabricated to the highest standards and completed in a timely manner. He is trained in the use of the most technologically advanced prosthetic componentry such the Genium, C-Leg, Plie’ and Rheo Microprocessor Knees. He is well versed in the fitting, function and fabrication of Vacuum Assisted Sockets (VAS). His extensive and varied experience is an asset to the younger practitioners.
Mary Ellen Pierce
Mary Ellen has been the office manager at International for over 11 years. She has been working in the medical field for over 20 years. The various diagnoses our clients are presented with can create much stress and anxiety. Coupling this with insurance coverage challenges results in an added layer of difficulty. Her kind manner and organizational skills enable her to relieve this component and put our clients at ease so that they can better focus on healing. She works tirelessly to ensure every patient’s experience is positive.
Veronica has been working in the orthotic and prosthetic field for over 8 years. She is fluent in Spanish and has held multiple positions over the years that allowed her to extend her learning and expertise to every aspect of patient care. Her primary focus is the management of the pediatric population in regard to their orthotic needs. Her desire to provide efficient and personal patient care led her to further her education and become an American Board Certified Orthotic Assistant in 2012. Veronica takes pride in providing exceptional care and education to assure that the patients and family members understand every step of the process that goes into their orthotic care.
Jeff started working with International as an Orthotic Technician in 2009. He immediately began training in the fabrication of the various prosthetic devices we provide at International. His steady and high quality work has become a staple in the laboratory. He is well versed in the fabrication of any orthotic device and has become an expert in prosthetic thermoforming techniques and Carbon-Reinforced Laminations. His calm demeanor allows him to overcome any fabrication challenge he is faced with and is instrumental in the success of every patient we encounter.