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ABC Board Eligible Prosthetist Orthotist, Elizabeth Bianchi-Knod, Joins Reichert Prosthetics Orthotics

KENOSHA, WI – July 2, 2018 — Reichert Prosthetics Orthotics (RPO) is pleased to announce that ABC Board eligible prosthetist and orthotist, Elizabeth Bianchi-Knod has joined the company. Bianchi-Knod has just completed a two year dual prosthetic and orthotic residency with Chicago-based O & P group, Scheck & Siress. During her residency, she worked to hone her skills in collaboration with specialists in different aspects of the field including scoliosis, vacuum, subischial and PFFD prosthetics, in addition to pediatric orthotics and custom burn masks.

Bianchi-Knod’s passion for the O & P field began with the influence of a family committed to medicine and helping others. Growing up in Minneapolis, Bianchi-Knod participated in a High School Mentee Program at the Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Burnsville campus. There she worked with the Orthotics department where she was first exposed to the wide variety of patient treatments and bracing devices that could be used to support specific pediatric scoliosis conditions.

“We are pleased to have Elizabeth join the RPO team,” said Doug Reichert, Owner and Lead Prosthetist for Reichert Prosthetics Orthotics. “Elizabeth’s strong educational background in biomechanics and recent residency with Scheck & Siress is great preparation to join RPO, and really hit the ground running,” Reichert said. “With our new location in Racine, along with increased activity in Gurnee and Kenosha, we welcome Elizabeth’s energy and fresh perspective as a practitioner.”

When Elizabeth is not working with patients, you can find her enjoying the outdoors, running, woodworking, reading, and doing arts and crafts. If you can’t find Elizabeth, she and her husband, may be on their way to Thailand or Peru to explore and hike!!


TEAM RPO Gears Up and Trains For 2018 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure

On Saturday, July 14, 2018, Kenosha-based Reichert Prosthetics Orthotics (RPO) is gearing up and sponsoring a bike/walk/run team for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure.  The event, to be held in Wauwatosa, WI this year, allows the RPO team to do its part to raise awareness and funds towards stopping diabetes.

“We are committed to ride/walk/run and raise money for this inspirational and inspirational and important event, not only because close to 30 million children and adults in the US have diabetes, but because we personally and professionally know some of them, and want to do something about it,” said Bill Whalen, RPO lead orthotist and Tour de Cure Team Captain.  “We have had the privilege of having several of our prosthetic patients join the RPO bike team and ride for the Tour over the years,” Whalen shares.  “With the Tour de Cure’s additional events including a 5K walk and a 5K run, we are actively talking up the July event to patients, doctors, and PTs in hopes that those who wish to try riding, walking or running can join in our spring training.”

To learn more about Reichert Prosthetics Orthotics’ efforts to raise diabetes awareness, to make a donation or to join the RPO Tour de Cure team, please contact Laura Reichert at 847.331.8014 or go to http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?team_id=744248&pg=team&fr_id=12320


RPO Sponsors 2016 Tri My Best Triathalon

Reichert Prosthetics Orthotics is excited to sponsor and volunteer at this year’s Tri My Best Triathalon to be held on Sunday, August 7 at the Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd Street in Kenosha.  Tender Touch Therapy and the Kenosha YMCA Callahan Family Branch are hosting the Triathalon for its 2nd year.

The Tri My Best Triathalon is a “swim/bike/run” event for children (ages 5 and up) and young adults with developmental disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, global delays, etc.  Children of ALL abilities are welcome, including those that may require the use of flotation devices, adapted bikes, walkers, power wheelchairs and other assistive devices.  All athletes will be paired up with volunteers to encourage, assist and ensure safety.

Additional information about the event, including Athlete and Volunteer registration forms, can be found by going to http://www.tendertouchtherapyllc.com/NewPage.html , calling Linda Niemela at 262.653.0850 or emailing Linda at lniemela@tendertouchtherapyllc.com.


TEAM RPO Rides for Diabetes in 2016 Tour de Cure…

Reichert Prosthetics Orthotics is pleased  to announce that its support of the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure national bike ride continues for a second year and with Team RPO doubling in size.  On Saturday, June 18, Team RPO will join 28 teams in Grafton, WI to raise money and awareness for diabetes research and community-based education programs.

Returning to the RPO team is amputee, Betty Dennik, who, with the assistance of a new “bike leg” developed by her prosthetist, Doug Reichert, last spring was able to ride 25K for the first time in more than 10 years since she had lost her leg in a motorcycle accident.  Joining Betty for this year’s ride is her son, Shawn, and another RPO patient, who also lost his leg in a motorcycle accident less than a year ago.  Several RPO employees, including RPO owner and prosthetist, Doug Reichert, RPO team captain and orthotist, Bill Whalen, Zack Ebner, RPO technician, and Doug’s two sons, 17 year old Jacob and 20 year old Ben, will be riding for the Cure on Saturday, June 18.

If you wish to make a donation to any of the riders individually, or to Team RPO as a whole, please go to http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=team&fr_id=11098&team_id=724385

Team RPO rider and amputee, Betty Dennik, shares some of her thoughts after her second Tour de Cure ride. Click here. 

Read Kenosha News article featuring RPO team member and amputee, Betty Dennik, from last year’s Tour de Cure ride.  Click here.


RPO Opens Illinois Office

To better accommodate a growing number of Illinois patients, RPO has opened an office at 15 Tower Road in Gurnee, IL.  Conveniently located off of Washington Avenue between Route 41 and Milwaukee Avenue, RPO is pleased to have this second location in order to see patients who find it easier to get to the new Gurnee location.  Please contact RPO’s office at 262.654.4300 to schedule an appointment.


RPO Heads to Haiti

RPO owner and lead prosthetist, Doug Reichert, headed to Haiti to the Mission of Hope at the end of March, 2016 to work with their prosthetics lab, Prosthetics of Hope.  Not only did he meet some incredible people on the ground in Haiti, working alongside the resilient, hope-filled people of Haiti, to rebuild the country, Doug had the privilege of working with Nono and Patrick in the Prosthetics of Hope clinic all week, meeting with patients of all ages daily, many of whom lost limbs in the 2010 earthquake.  Doug and others at RPO look forward to traveling to Haiti in the future to continue to work with Mission of Hope and the Haitian people — target date…Summer, 2017.  In the meantime, check out RPO Facebook page to see photos of this year’s trip.