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.