Innovation is a Beautiful Thing 

“We have learned that great engineering is vital to disruptive products,” says J. Blount Swain, President of PROTEOR USA. “We have engineered a prosthetic foot that provides a vastly improved quality of life for amputees. The RUSH Foot®’s design makes it the most dynamic and responsive foot on the market for all.”

Carbon fiber materials have been the defacto standard in prosthetic feet for decades. However,  prosthetists have told us that carbon fiber isn’t optimal due to its limited flexibility, breakage and catastrophic failure rate.  Our engineering team was listening and realized that new materials and  technology would provide the solution. 

The team at PROTEOR USA has created the  RUSH Foot®, a new and radically design offering amputees the opportunity to live the life they love without being held back by fear and limitation.  We understand that comfort leads to confidence, and that confidence leads to a person’s true potential.  That’s why lower extremity amputee mobility challenges are at the forefront of our innovative prosthetic foot designs; the RUSH HiPro®,  RUSH LoPro® and RUSH Chopart®.  The RUSH®  Foot’s superior engineering delivers the most realistic and responsive foot and ankle motion available today  with zero “dead spots” and a smooth, natural feel.   

The RUSH Foot® is truly “Not Just Another Carbon Copy.”



Meet Our Management Team...

J. Blount Swain, President

DSC_0032Mr. Swain has spent 20 years as the President and/or Chief Financial Officer of several medical device companies. Mr. Swain served for Closure Medical Corporation (NASDAQ: CLSR), Symbius Medical, and Biofisica. He has also served on the Boards of numerous medical device start-ups over the last decade.

Prior to this, he served as the CFO of YOUcentric, Inc. (CRM software) and The Record Bar (music retailer).

Early in his career, he served as a Senior Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Swain holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a certified public accountant.

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Steve Sherman, Vice President of Prosthetics

Steve B and WSteve comes to Ability with over 20 years of successful sales and sales management experience in the Orthotic and Prosthetic (O & P) industry.  Throughout his career Steve has specialized in introducing new products and technologies to the O & P marketplace.  He was instrumental in the introduction and widespread use of CAD/CAM technology in the field in the early 1990s with ART Inc. and M+IND.

Steve was involved in the growth and introduction of the Flex-Foot and Freedom Innovations lines of prosthetic feet.  His understanding and knowledge of the O & P industry was further deepened by his experience on  the patient care side of the business through his role as the Prosthetic Marketing Director for Wright & Filippis Inc.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University and is a former medic with the US Army Reserve and Michigan Army National Guard.

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Gene Parker, Director of Production

Gene B and WGene comes from an aircraft and engineering/manufacturing background. In his youth, he obtained private pilot and aircraft mechanic licenses. This funded his university education and he graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Math. This formal education, combined with practical experience, allowed him to work for more than 20 years designing and manufacturing military and civilian aircraft.

Mr. Parker combines his  knowledge and experience with materials, processes, design, testing and manufacturing to make RUSH Foot® products and a better mobility experience for amputees.


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Holly Sanger, Director of Marketing

Holly Sanger, Director of MarketingHolly is a marketing leader bringing over 25 years of experience and creativity to the PROTEOR USA team.  She has worked with everything from Fortune 500 companies to digital start-ups which provides her with a  well-rounded understanding of what it takes to build a strong brand.

Her expertise in the areas of demographic targeting, digital marketing techniques and building brand awareness is vital to the success of PROTEOR USA and the RUSH Foot® product line.  Her objective is to make RUSH Foot® a household name in the prosthetic world.

Ms. Sanger holds a BA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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Laticia “LT” Ibeere, Director of Operations

11ced06LT brings 20+ years of accounting experience to the PROTEOR USA team.  She graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU, with a B.A. in Communications and has worked for various companies within different industries; ranging from small to Fortune 500.

She was drawn to PROTEOR USA, because she knew she would be able to be a part of a dynamic and growing company that touches people’s lives daily.  She stated that “there is nothing more rewarding then seeing the impact that is made on someone’s life by being part of a company that custom creates prosthetic feet that are ‘not another carbon copy’ and are client specific. ”

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Brian Werner, Research & Development

Being part of the PROTEOR USA engineering team since 2012, Brian has led the R&D initiative on developing new and innovative prosthetic solutions. He specializes in new product design, testing, and qualification of mechanical devices.

Mr. Werner holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Aeronautical Engineering from Arizona State University.

His formal education and industry knowledge coupled with his passion for creative design has aided him in producing industry leading prosthetic designs, with the main goal of improving the lives of amputees.

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