Meet the Bloggers

Casey Kandilakis, PT, DPT, NCS, Shepherd Center, Indego, ExoskeletonCasey Kandilakis, PT, DPT, NCS is a clinical research scientist at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  Casey received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee in 2007, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University in 2010.  Since that time, Casey has worked in the field of neurological rehabilitation and research, and has lectured at numerous national and international conferences on the use of advanced technologies in rehabilitation and the translation of research into feasible clinical practice.  She became a certified neurologic clinical specialist (NCS) in 2014.  Her current research focuses on the use of advanced technologies and exoskeletons with individuals who have lower extremity deficits due to neurological injury or disease.  Additionally, Casey is a Certified Indego Instructor, and has taught and lectured about Indego to clinicians around the world.

 

Clare Hartigan, PT, MPT, Shepherd Center, Indego, ExoskeletonClare Hartigan, PT, MPT is the Program Manager for Lower Extremity Robotics at The Virginia C Crawford Research Institute, Shepherd Center. Clare received her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Cum Laude, from Bucknell University in 1986 and a Master in Physical Therapy, Highest Honor, from Emory University in 1989. She has been working in the field of neurologic rehabilitation her entire career. Since 1991, she has been employed at Shepherd Center and served multiple roles as a clinician, supervisor/manager and researcher. Her work with exoskeletons began in 2010 trialing patients with Esko, ReWalk and Indego exoskeletons. Clare has conducted Indego research from 2010 to the present. Currently as a Certified Indego Instructor, Clare has travelled across the world educating and teaching others about exoskeleton technology. Clare is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section.

 

Candy Tefertiller, Craig Hospital, Indego ExoskeletonCandy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS is the Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital. Candy received a B.S in Biology from Mount Olive College in 1997 and a Master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2000. She then completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain Health Care University in 2008. Candy has been working in the field of neurological rehabilitation since 2000 and received an assistive technology practitioner (ATP) certification in 2005 and became a certified neurological clinical specialist (NCS) in 2007. She has been involved in numerous research projects and has focused much of her career on interventions and program development promoting recovery after neurologic injury or disease. Candy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Neurologic Section.   

 

Matt Wilks, Sheltering Arms, Indego ExoskeletonMatt Wilks, PT, MSPT, NCS, currently serves as Associate Vice President of Rehabilitation and Community Wellness with Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers in Richmond, Virginia. Matt received his bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. Matt is board certified in neurologic physical therapy. He has a passion for leadership development, community service, and collaborative learning. 

 

Jen TschoepeJen Tschoepe, PT, DPT, NCS is an Indego Instructor with the Janz Corporation, A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado in 2010, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2014. After completion of her Doctorate, Jen went on to Boston University to complete a Post-Doctoral Neurological Residency Program and became a certified neurologic clinical specialist (NCS) in 2016. Since then, Jen has been focused on working with patients with neurological conditions. Now as an Indego Instructor, Jen works with clinicians and patients around the US educating on the use and benefits of the Indego exoskeleton.

 

Meet the bloggers - Indego- Dr. Kate AddisDr. Kate Addis, PT, DPT, Clinical Specialist and Indego Instructor for Parker Hannifin. Kate Addis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She went on to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Kate has extensive clinical experience as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, working in a variety of settings and with a diverse range of patient populations. Kate has treated patients across the continuum of care; rehabilitating injury, disease and dysfunction, promoting optimum movement and facilitating functional independence. It is Kate’s passion to empower others to lead healthy enriched lives and positively impact communities through innovated care which she is able to do through Instructing Clinicians and patients Nationwide on the Indego Exoskeleton.
 

Meet the bloggers - Indego - Rob BatemanRob Bateman, PT, MSCP is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at the Wellington Hospital, London. Rob received a MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy degree from King’s College London at the end of 2009. He started his career working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital within the National Health Service through a 5-year period. During this time Rob began to specialise within Neurological Rehabilitation and subsequently took up a position at the Wellington Hospital in London on the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in 2015. During this time Rob gained further experience and expertise utilising a range of technologies at The Wellington Hospital including; Indego Exoskeleton, Hocoma Lokomat and Erigo alongside a range of functional electrical stimulation devices. Since 2018 Rob has been working as the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist on the Rehabilitation Unit and continues to drive the use of technology within Neurorehabilitation. Rob is a certified Indego trainer and has lectured on the use of assistive technology within Neurorehabilitation.
 

Meet the Bloggers Robert McCloskey Indego ExoskeletonRobert McCloskey is a Physical Therapist and Indego Instructor working with the Janz Corporation, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Robert earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Robert has a background in treating individuals with neuromuscular disorders and traumatic brain injuries, and now works with the Indego team educating clinicians and patients on the use and benefits of Indego.

 

Meet the Bloggers Michelle Martin Parker IndegoDr. Michelle Martin, PT, DPT, is a Neuro-IFRAH certified physical therapist for the Janz Corporation, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she continued her education to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Michelle has worked with patients with neurological, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, and geriatric related impairments. She enjoys helping patients progress and find creative ways to overcome their barriers to mobility. Michelle hiked 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine and cherishes her role as an Indego Instructor in-training where she is able to help individuals with mobility impairments enjoy the freedom of walking.