Ronnie has spent the past decade of his career working with industry leader, Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates, in Orlando, Florida. He has implemented cutting edge fitting techniques for lower limb amputees. His specialties include numerous bilateral, hard to fit, and complex cases. This foundation has empowered him to problem solve challenges of all types, achieving a comfortable, high function fit for his patients. Treating military veterans, paralympic gold medalists, and amputees of all walks of life his goal is to help others reach theirs.
Ronnie’s passion is helping others push themselves, facilitating over fifty climbing, running, and fitness clinics for kids and adults living with limb loss across the United States. “There is nothing better than seeing someone do something they didn’t expect” says Dickson as he helps people break out of their comfort zones, learning how to get the most out of their prosthesis. “It brings a huge smile to my face.”
Through this work he earned the Duncan Wyeth award, an accolade for outstanding community service given by the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
Ronnie loves being outside, climbing, and moving. “It makes me so happy to move, our mobility is something that most people take for granted, but it is one of the most important gifts we are given.”
Through his time growing up in Venezuela, and working in South America, Ronnie speaks Spanish fluently. “There are so many who don’t have access to prosthetic care, we are lucky in the United States to have access to care and help people from all walks of life.”
Rob grew up in a Christian home, instilling in him the drive to help others, and a mentality to treat others like you would like to be treated.
His early youth was spent doing outreach programs in his local community. In college, his mission trips took him from inner city programs in New York City, building a community center in North Carolina, and building homes in rural village outside of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Through these experiences he found that “the most meaningful part of these trips was helping people… We have an unique ability as humans to connect and share experiences, we can empathize and lift each other up.”
Rob feels honored to have his role directly impact the lives of others and share, connect, and build relationships helping people thrive.
Tyler received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in 2010. His first job was as a project engineer designing refrigerators, but felt a lack of fulfillment.
He saw an opportunity in O&P as the "perfect trifecta of my abilities, skills, and desire…... you get to solve a problem, work hands on, and help give a better quality of life."
Tyler graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics, completing his residency at Southeastern Orthotics and Prosthetics, in Chattanooga, TN. He has excelled in acute and chronic cases both in the private clinical setting and at a Level 1 Trauma Center.
His passions include hiking, climbing, and camping. He volunteers regularly with Catalyst Sports to share these passions with others. “Many people can’t imagine themselves making their way up a climbing wall….through this experience they can learn to conquer all other obstacles in life.
Not only has Tyler been able to contribute in P&O here in the States, but has spent two months in Costa Rica volunteering to provide prostheses to those with low financial means.
Tyler notes that his role "is to provide the tools to enable people to accomplish their goals. They are the ones accomplishing their dreams, I just help provide the means."