National Good Deeds Day, March 15

Good Deeds Day
March 15, 2015

Chicago Blade Runners Starting Up for Summer

The Chicago Blade Runners is starting up for spring/summer. 

Our group is made up of amputees of all levels who were either born without a limb or have lost limbs due to trauma, disease or military service. We also have athletes with spinal cord injuries that compete in racing wheelchairs. 

We are also looking for partner runners. 
This is a wonderful and very fun group!


Main Contact: 
Melissa Stockwell, CP     

Summer Camp for Kids

The Amputee Coalition’s Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The camp offers challenging activities that build campers’ confidence regardless of skill level and takes place at Camp JOY in Clarksville, OH.

Chicago Area Amputee Support Group

Looking for a local Support Group?

It is my pleasure to be a supporter of the 
Chicago Area Amputee Support Group. 

The group is held every other week and 
is open to amputee's, spouses, and family members.

Please contact Korrel Rosenberg, Support Group Leader, 
for more information at:
(847) 224-7752

Meetings are held at the 
Arlington Heights Village Hall
33 S. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Thank you....

Thank you to all of our military for your service. 
Words cannot express our gratitude....

Veterans Day 2014

The Tradition Continues...

The Scheck and Siress Crew at the Schaumburg office has done it again! 
Great costumes! (I am Emmett from The Lego Movie.)

New NIH Grant: The Sensor (Epidermal Electronic Device)

NIH Grant:

Northwestern University developed a extremely thin electronic device. The resulting 'epidermal' electronic device can be used as a monitoring system, designed to promote residual limb health in persons who wear prostheses, in physical forms that are 'skin like', may demonstrate key technological and scientific advancements towards evidenced-based and person-centered prosthetic care. 

The work involves " Development of 'skin-like' pressure, strain and temperature sensors, with wireless operation, as well as hydration and blood flow sensors. " Development of computational modeling and algorithms for statistical signal processing of the sensor data and pattern recognition to create a user-friendly interface for clinicians and patients. " 

We are very excited about this new NIH Grant. 
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

No Limits

Tom's Sky Diving Video (click here if it does not link)

I have been working with Tom for several years now. It is an honor to be involved with such an amazing person! The are truly no limits. So proud!


Dr. Stefania Fatone and I were invited guest speakers at the 
 Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics (CAPO) this past weekend.

We presented the research being conducted at Northwestern. 
It was wonderful to reconnect with friends I met in Spain and make new friendships.



This is a nice video reminding us that we are all important to one another, 
no matter how big or small we are in someones life. 

OT World Congress, Germany

It was a great honor to be an invited speaker and prosthetic session Chairperson at the  OT World Congress in Leipzig, Germany.  I presented my research on vacuum suspension and socket technology to an audience of industry leaders.  

I specifically presented on the interface between socket and residual limb being crucial to the overall success of the prosthesis user. Improved technology in liners and active vacuum systems allows prosthetists to lower transfemoral socket trim lines without compromising clinical outcomes, and clinical outcomes using a new subischial socket with a vacuum assisted suspension: the NU-FLEXSIV.

"OT World is run by national and international partners from all different sectors of industry and science, as well as service providers.  OTWorld is the most effective platform for sharing research and knowledge as well as current trends and innovations in technology.  Orthotists, prothetists, technicians, therapists, doctors, engineers and funding organizations will all be gathered at the Congress."

It was an honor to represent Northwestern University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Scheck and Siress. 

(May 2014)

Looking to donate a prosthesis?


The Mission of ROMP is to provide prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces to those who cannot afford or do not have access to these services, empowering them to actively contribute to their families and communities.
ROMP provides prosthetic limbs, orthotic bracing, and training throughout the developing world. Our goals are to:
  • Increase US awareness of the lack of rehabilitative medicine throughout the world.
  • Assemble teams to evaluate and fabricate prosthetic limbs for amputees within Zacapa and other areas with amputees in need throughout the developing world
  • Train local practitioners to pursue ongoing and sustainable services in the communities we work in.
The Vision of ROMP is a more equal distribution of prosthetic and orthotic services throughout the world, facilitating independence through mobility.

ROMP recognizes the hardship of living in poverty without a prosthetic or orthotic device and understands how important these, often times simple devices, are to those who do not have access to them.

In many cases, a prosthetic or orthotic device is a critical component in a disabled person's rehabilitation. With this "tool", independence, mobility and involvement in community and the socio-economic structure can become more attainable. Rehabilitation has the power to increase visibility of the disabled and awareness can change attitudes and help people see that "disability" is only as crippling as the barriers we let stand in our minds and in our world.

Together, with the help of trained prosthetists and orthotists, care givers, volunteers and generous donors, ROMP's vision of offering independence and hope to countless individuals will become a reality.


Range of Motion Project, NFP
PO Box 1084
Deerfield, IL 60015

Equipment Donation Address:
ROMP Donations
Attn: Mike Angelico
8641 W. 95th St.
Hickory Hills, IL 60457

ROMP Website
(click on link above)

National "Good Deeds Day"

March 9, 2014

This Sunday is Good Deeds Day.
Stop for a moment and do something for someone else...
a moment of your time can make a large impact on someones life.

"Scheck It Out" Article

(click on link above for full article)

(An update on how Scheck & Siress and Northwestern are teaming together.
Several Scheck & Siress Professionals teach at the university.)

Happy Halloween!

My awesome work crew at S&S.
Have a wonderful Halloween!

International Conference: Mallorca, Spain

It was a pleasure to be invited to present at the International Prosthetic Symposium this past June 6-10, 2013. There were speakers from 16 countries represented. I was one of two Americans at the conference. My presentation addressed the liner in trans femoral elevated vacuum socket systems based on a my clinical trial that involved 100 prosthetic wearers. It was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot from fellow physicians and prosthetists in the international prosthetic community.

DoD Grant Receives Additional Funding

Dr. Stefania Fatone Awarded 
Supplemental Funding for Vacuum Pump

In December 2012, Dr.Fatone was awarded supplemental funding through the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program (JWMRP) to augment and accelerate high priority Department of Defense (DoD) initiatives that imminently will achieve their objectives and yield a benefit to military medicine. This funding will supplement work on the "Development of Subischial Prosthetic Sockets with Vacuum-Assisted Suspension for Highly Active Persons with Transfemoral Amputations."

Vacuum-assisted suspension uses an active pump to create a negative pressure differential between the interior of a prosthetic socket and the surface of a residual limb. The original project developed plans and submitted patent applications for three hybrid, integrated electric/mechanical pump systems that require further development to achieve full maturity and deployment within the military environment. 

The objectives of this supplemental funding are to prototype and test these three hybrid vacuum pumps to create suitable vacuum for prosthesis suspension in highly active persons with transfemoral amputation. Joining Dr. Fatone on this project are NUPOC postdoctoral fellow, Matthew MajorPhD, and NUPOC instrument maker, Dilip Thaker

Socket Technology and Design Article

(Click on link above to be directed to article)

"Understanding how the body works and why a socket works may 
be more important than focusing on its manufacture"

O&P Business News

Center for Intrepid Visit -Brooks Army Medical Center

Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, visited CFI.Fatone and Caldwell Launch Collaborative Project with Center for the Intrepid (CFI)
October 29-31, 2012 -- As the final part of a 3-year project funded by the US Department of Defense (Grant #W81XWH-10-1-0744) to develop a flexible subischial prosthetic socket for highly active persons with transfemoral amputation, Stefania Fatone, PhD, BPO(Hons), Principal Investigator, and Ryan Caldwell, CP/L, Research Prosthetist, visited the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.. The CFI is a state-of-the-art facility for US military personnel who have sustained amputations, burns, or functional limb loss during their service in Afghanistan and Iraq. CFI offers cutting-edge technologies designed to be used for rehabilitation, research, education, and training. Dr. Fatone and Mr. Caldwell worked with CFI collaborators, Jason Wilken, PhD, and John Fergason, CP, to transition the project socket technology for final performance evaluation with military subjects. During the three day visit, Dr. Fatone and Mr. Caldwell enrolled three subjects; cast, fabricated, and fit check sockets; reviewed the draft instructional manual for socket fabrication; and finalized details of the study protocol.

Northwestern University Research Newsletter (direct link):