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.
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.
Jim brings the same passionate nature to his patient care here at SPOC that he exhibited as a US Lacrosse All-American. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles has been in the Orthotic and Prosthetic field for over thirty years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all phases of fabrication. He has worked in many different settings over the years from small private practices to large scale central fabrication centers and most recently came to us from the University of Rochester’s O&P Department. Where he was responsible for managing all aspects of fabrication, employee training, and work flow. In addition, he served as a clinical assistant providing direct patient care which really helped to bring his experience and knowledge full-circle. His unique skillset and ability to connect with others make him a strong asset to his colleagues and patients. His standards of care and commitment to excellence make him an integral part of the SPOC team. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys time with his family and dogs Remi and Bella.