Meet our team of professionals
||John D. Tyo,
John Tyo has spent his entire life around prostheses and prosthetic users. In fact, John took over the business from his father, Howard, himself an above knee amputee since the age of nineteen. As John was growing up his father taught him how to hunt, fish, ice skate, drive a boat and water ski, all activities Howard enjoyed with his friends, many of whom were also amputees. John became involved with helping out in his father's "shop" at an early age. His involvement in the field is both intimate and lifelong. He has a very firm grasp and personal knowledge of the unique challenges of living life with an amputation. John studied prosthetics at Northwestern and has been involved in continuing education in the field, both teaching and learning, ever since. He has a reputation in the field for being at the cutting edge of new developments, and is frequently involved in beta testing new innovations. A past disabled instructor and guide, John has been involved with National Handicapped Sports for many years first on a local and then a national basis.
Certified by The American Board for Certification in Prosthetics, John has a clinical affiliation at VA Medical Center, Syracuse. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, Amputee Coalition of America, and past director of the International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists.
Sheila embodies the heart and soul of SPOC. There is a mountain of "behind the scenes" work required to provide the services needed to return our patients to an independent life. The insurance reimbursement system has become almost insanely complicated and difficult to negotiate. Sheila's skills gained by working with insurance companies and/or a third party payer's ensures our patients receive the funding they deserve. Sheila takes an active interest in every person who walks through our doors and makes sure the patient's interests are best served by their insurance carriers. Sheila is a native of Syracuse and resides in the eastern suburbs. Sheila enjoys golf, gardening, cooking, and bird watching. She is an avid fan of Syracuse University sports.
CP, Clinical Director, Prosthetics
Jeff represents the third generation of Tyos who heard the calling of prosthetics and much to his father and grandfather's delight, decided to make a career of it. He received his Blended Learning Certificate Program for Prosthetics from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center and finished his residency here at SPOC. Jeff is the father of two, is very active and loves the outdoors. He is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder.
Certifications: The American Board for Certification in Prosthetics - Certified Prosthetist.
Clinical Affiliation: VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Member: American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association.
CPO, Senior Prosthetist/Orthotist
Jim brings the same passionate nature to his patient care here at SPOC that he exhibited as and all-American college lacrosse player. Born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., Jim attended Mercyhurst University where he earned undergraduate degrees in physical therapy and sports medicine. He attended St. Petersburg College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics. His commitment to excellence fits SPOC perfectly.
CO, Clinical Director, Orthotics
Always quick with a smile, Ryan brings both a caring and cheerful attitude to his work lifting the spirit of those around him. This approach to patients coupled with his precision and attention to detail promotes successful patient outcomes. After earning his B.S. in Movement Science from Pennsylvania State University in 2007 Ryan pursued orthotic education at Newington Certificate Program in affiliation with the University of Connecticut. His internship exposed him to a variety of interesting cases, which encouraged him to stay on and complete his residency at Connecticut Children’s Hospital.
CPO, Senior Prosthetist/Orthotist
Tony graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Business Management and Applied Economics. He did his course work in orthotics and prosthetics at Northwestern University, followed by a residency at the Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine in NYC. Tony’s career includes past presidency of the New York Chapter of The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists and a 10-year proprietorship of Marschall Labs, LTD. He is currently a fellow of the American Academy.
CPO, Director Operations and Fabrication
With 36 years of experience, Keith brings old school capabilities coupled with cutting edge knowledge of modern engineering to SPOC. He has a passion for the hands on technical aspects of the fabrication and fitting of Orthotic and Prosthetic devices. He operated ”Enable O and P,” from its inception until 2013. In 2006 Keith helped co-found “En-motion,” an amputee support group that focuses on empowering and educating amputees, friends and family. He brings a life-long dedication to the disabled population fitting perfectly with the SPOC vision of patient care.
Adam grew up north of Syracuse in Sandy Creek, N.Y. He attended St. Petersburg College to earn his bachelors in Orthotics and Prosthetics. He completed his residency at East Coast Orthotics and Prosthetics in Buffalo. Prior to joining SPOC, Adam practiced Prosthetics and Orthotics at the Syracuse VA, where he mentored orthotic and prosthetics residents throughout their residencies. While living in Upstate New York with his family in their rural home, they have established their passion for camping and hiking.
And the rest of our staff:
Brenda Willis, Administrative Assistant
Jackie DonVito, Clinical Assistant
Phyllis Coombs, Administrative Assistant
Tim Harrington, Senior Fabricator
Craig Schimpff, Fabrication Assistant
Mike Flood, Marketing Director
Mike Mahar, CP Consulting Information Technologist
"I have been to many prosthetists since losing my leg. I am now in the most comfortable socket I have ever worn. I am able to wear my prosthesis for 16 hours a day without discomfort. When I am not working, I enjoy biking, hiking and canoeing." – Ron Hepler, Williamson
"I have an above knee amputation. I'm 89 years old and I use my prosthesis all day, every day. If I'm not a walking advertisement, there's no such thing! I highly recommend these folks to anybody." – Sidney Greenberg, Cazenovia, NY