At Optimus Prosthetics, nothing gives us greater satisfaction than helping our patients enjoy more active, fuller lives. It’s why we do what we do. So when they decide to share their personal experiences of facing and overcoming challenges with us, we not only appreciate their unique perspectives; we use their stories as inspiration. We hope you’ll find them inspiring, too.

Click on the links below to see their stories.


Brandon Hartley








Tommy Ahn





Jason Dickerson






Donald Shingledecker






Ralph Steward







Rex Vogler






Bryan Fisher






Michael Thurman

Thurman, Michael






Vernice Myers

Myers, Vernice






Dino Lama

Dino Lama and Lyndsey 8-18-2015






Cory Hardin

Hardin, Cory 5-20-2015







Grace Norman

Grace Norman is 17 years old, and has a transtibial amputation.  Grace enjoys running cross country and playing soccer and basketball and is currently on a High School Track & Field team competing in the 400m/800m/1600m runs. Grace wears her prosthesis for normal daily activities as well as for her athletic demands.image0021 (2)

In 2012, Grace became one of just a few high school athletes competing on a Flex Foot Cheetah, the J-shaped carbon fiber foot worn by Paralympic athletes.

“The first time I tried on the cheetah foot, I flew forward with such speed and bounce that I scared myself,” Grace shares. “For the first time in my life I could flex my foot. It was like running on air. I remember thinking to myself, ‘I wonder how fast this thing can go?’”

Almost immediately after Grace was fitted for her cheetah foot, she was off and running.

“In less than 48 hours after receiving the cheetah foot, we had the OHSAA district cross country meet in Dayton,” Grace’s mom Robin says. “Her time dropped from 24:17 to 21:47 for 3.1 miles. It was incredible.”

Grace is training with the hope to be part of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was recently contacted by the USA Paralympic track and field committee about running the 400-meter event and the triathlon.

Read Grace’s inspiring story in the Dayton Daily News


Success Story Quotes

“I have worn an above the knee prosthesis for over 48 years. I’ve had many practitioners in that time; all have done a good job, but I rate John Brandt as the best by far. Keep up the good work, John.” – Ray

“John and Scott are very personable and professional. They do all they can to assure you and guide you in the steps to take to make you comfortable with the prosthesis. You couldn’t ask for better care than they give.” – Ron

“Thank you so much for making this a great experience when working with you guys! I really appreciate all of the effort everyone put forth in making my prosthesis as comfortable and good as possible. I am truly glad that we decided to switch over to Optimus! Thanks again for everything – the new prosthesis looks and feels incredible!” – Brad

“Everyone I dealt with was caring and very professional. It is a great pleasure dealing with Optimus.” – Frank

“Optimus staff is the best when you are there; they take extra time to make sure you are comfortable with your device or just going in for an adjustment! They really care how you are. Thank you Optimus staff!” – Steve

“From my first contact through my hospital stay and all follow ups, everyone was helpful and genuinely interested in my well being and progress.” –Robbie

“Overall the best facility ever! I appreciate your entire team’s attention to detail. I would rate well above 10 in all areas. Helen is extremely comfortable and we look forward to working with all of you for many years to come. You all go above and beyond, even attending Helen’s orthopaedic appointments. WOW says it all!!!” – Amy (mother of pediatric patient)

“John’s understanding of bio-mechanics is invaluable. He and Ellie are good listeners who pay attention to what patients have to say and don’t just dismiss ideas, opinions, or questions without careful thought and consideration. Overall, a positive experience from start to finish!” – Mimi

“This group went above and beyond my expectations. [The Staff] worked behind the scenes to get my insurance to cooperate with this process. I have never had a prosthetic that looked so life like. I look forward to seeing how this will work with spring and summer shoes. I have never had a right foot before. I wish I had this opportunity earlier in my life. Thanks for all your help.” Laura

“On behalf of myself and my family, I couldn’t have found a better team than Optimus. It’s such a hard thing to accept and deal with when you lose a limb. But the Optimus team steps in and makes things easier by getting you fitted with a prosthesis and making sure you have the finest fit possible. Their smiling and caring starts at the front desk and continues through the office till your appointment is through. Thanks to you All!” – Ron

“I enjoy going to all of my appointments at Optimus. The smiling faces and positive attitudes of all the people that work at Optimus is just exactly what I need when I come to visit with all of you at my appointment time. Thanks.” – Donna

“I love it at Optimus Prosthetics!” -Terrance