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Meet our team of professionals

John D. Tyo John D. Tyo,
C.P., B.O.C.P., Director

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.

Certifications: The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthotics - Certified Prosthetist., The Board of Certification/Accreditation International, Certified Prosthetist.

Clinical Affiliation: VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Member: American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, Amputee Coalition of America, Eastern Amputee Golf Association

Chairman: CNY Challenged Champions Fund

Past Director: International Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists

Gary Rivers

Gary Rivers,

C.P., B.O.C.P., Senior Prosthetist


Gary's incredibly varied experience has not only contributed enormously to our knowledge base in helping our patients, it has contributed enormously to our entire profession. Gary began his career as a staff technician hand picked and personally brought on board by Howard Tyo. Howard recognized and promoted Gary's talents some twenty five plus years ago.

Through hard work, endless continuing education and a dedication to his patients and profession, Gary became a certified practitioner, the facility manager of a successful prosthetic and orthotic practice, and the manager/owner of a prosthetic fabrication company. The fabrication company created prosthetic and orthotic devices for facilities around the country. Gary's dedication to the field didn't stop there. For many years Gary contributed his talents not only in the individual education of new practitioners but also by serving on the testing committee for the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification International.

He assisted in developing and implementing national guidelines for measuring practitioner competency in our field. Having Gary as our chief prosthetist and guide for all of us keeping current in our field is a wonderful benefit. Gary is a great asset not only to us, but to all of the patients in Central New York who benefit from his extensive education and experience.

Gary was born on Long Island, grew up in Plattsburgh , NY and currently resides in the northern suburbs of Syracuse. Gary enjoys lots and lots of golf and spending time with his family.

Certifications: The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthotics - Certified Prosthetist., The Board of Certification/Accreditation International, Certified Prosthetist.

Clinical Affiliation: VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY

Member: American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, Amputee Coalition of America, Eastern Amputee Golf Association

Ryan Lauman

Ryan Lauman,

Clinical Director of 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 Childrenís Hospital the following year.

Ryan relocated to Syracuse after completing his residency and broadened his experience in pediatric orthotics and trauma management. He also met Jeff Tyo and Jim Detwiler during this time. Ryanís meticulous nature and caring demeanor are perfect fits for the field of pediatric orthotics.

After three years in Syracuse Ryan and his wife relocated to Massachusetts; he worked at Childrenís hospital of Boston focusing on scoliosis management, cranial remolding and lower extremity orthotic management while his wife pursued her Doctorate of Pharmacy. Ryan's experience has been largely pediatric based but he is well-versed in the field of orthotics for all ages. As time passed their desire to be closer to family increased and they returned to Central New York to lay down roots.

When the Clinical Director of Orthotics position opened at SPOC in 2017, both Ryan and his wife knew this is where they desired to settle. Bringing Ryanís exceptional Medical talents to Central New York is an opportunity that SPC could not miss.

Jim Detwiler

Jim Detwiler,

C.P.O., Senior Prosthetist/Orthotist


Jim brings the same passionate nature to his patient care here at SPC that he exhibited as and all-American college lacrosse player. Born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., Jim attended Mercyhurst University (with the help of a student/athlete scholarship) where he earned undergraduate degrees in physical therapy and sports medicine. While working in physical therapy with challenging patients Jim became enthusiastic about working directly in prosthetics and orthotics. He was accepted to St. Petersburg College where he earned his Bachelorís degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics in 2008.

From there Jim went on to complete several hundred hours of intensive specialized prosthetic and orthotic training. Over the next decade he worked across the country gaining experience and skill. Most recently Jim practiced at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and the Finger Lakes division of the Veterans Administration.

Having been both a classmate and teammate with SPOCís own Jeff Tyo, at Mercyhurst he knows SPC is nationally renowned for advanced, professional and deeply personal patient care. Jim has gone to great lengths to gain the most comprehensive education and experience possible in Prosthetics & Orthotics. He understands the unique and storied background of SPOC. Jim signed on as senior Prosthetist / Orthotist in 2017. Both SPOC as well as the entire medical community are fortunate that Jim made the commitment to Upstate NY and SPOC.

Sheila Harrington

Sheila Harrington,

Administrative Manager


Sheila embodies the heart and soul of our business and provides the glue that holds all of our individual efforts together. There is a mountain of "behind the scenes" work required to provide the services needed to return our patients to an independent life. She is extremely well liked and appreciated not only by our patients but by all of us here at SPC. Over the past few years, the insurance reimbursement system has become almost insanely complicated and difficult to negotiate. Sheila's skills gained during the twenty five years of experience working with insurance companies and/or a third party payer's ensures our patients receive the funding they need. 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. Many of our patients have made comments that their battles with their insurance companies were more difficult than the surgical and physical challenges of the amputation!

Sheila not only provides personal attention to each and every case, she has continually upgraded her education in all aspects of medical reimbursement. Sheila completed a course in Paralegal Studies through the Center for Professional Studies at Boston University in 2008. She recognized the additional knowledge of the law and the ever changing "legalese" in health insurance policies was a necessity for her position. 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, especially football, basketball and lacrosse.

Jeffery Tyo

Jeffery Tyo

C.P. Prosthetist


After a successful stint in the hospitality field, Jeffrey decided to consider other careers. He moved back to Syracuse and worked for his father for the summer. This allowed Jeff some time to explore his options and he discovered that he had a calling in the field of prosthetics and much to his father and grandfather's delight, decided to make a career of it. He stayed on at Syracuse Prosthetic Center and received his Blended Learning Certificate Program for Prosthetics from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center and is currently finishing his residency here at Syracuse Prosthetic Center.

Jeffrey attended Mercyhurst College where he played lacrosse and received his undergraduate degree in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management in 2002. Jeff 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, Amputee Coalition of America,

Michael Mahar

Michael Mahar,

C.P. Prosthetist


Michael's scientific background has been a valuable asset to Syracuse Prosthetic Center providing objective insights into the field's cutting edge innovations and methodologies. We feel extremely fortunate to add Mike's skills, interests and education to our practice. After helping out his father-in-law John here at SPC, Mike realized he loved the challenges and rewards a career in prosthetics offered. Mike received his Blended Learning Certificate Program for Prosthetics from the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center and is completing his residency here at Syracuse Prosthetic Center where he hopes to continue to make a difference in his patient's lives.

Mike is a native of the Syracuse area and grew up in Marcellus, New York and attended SUNY Fredonia where he earned a degree in Molecular Biology. After Fredonia Mike worked for the Life Science Core Laboratories at Cornell University doing DNA synthesis and moved from there to protein sequencing and proteomics and then bio-informatics.

When Michael is not at work you will find him with his wife and kids. He volunteers to coach his kids soccer teams and is a Cub Scout Leader. You can also find him out on Mountain Bike trails when he has the time.

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, Amputee Coalition of America,

 

 

 


 


"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