Aqua Symphonie Demonstration: James Montgomery

The Symphonie Aqua System is the most advanced socket casting process in the world today, and Next Step is proud to be the only area prosthetics company using it. One of the key advantages of the system is that it allows Next Step clients to be fully weight-bearing while being fitted. Next Step Prosthetist, Jason Lalla, explains, “It’s ideal because we are designing the prosthesis to stand and walk on, not to be sitting in a chair.”

Featured in this video demonstrating the Symphonie Aqua System with Jason is Next Step client, James Montgomery.

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Behind the Scenes: Meet Prosthetist, Jeffrey Lockhart

Next Step takes great pride in our team of qualified, caring prosthetists and staff. We strive to provide the highest quality care on every level and enjoy getting to know our clients very well. We’d like to help you get to know us too!

Please meet Jeffrey Lockhart, who has been a prosthetist with Next Step for three years. He works in Warwick, RI and has been in the industry for 31 years. Here is a little bit more about Jeff from a recent Q&A session:

What is your primary role / responsibility?

I provide patient care to the local amputee population. I also educate referral sources like physical therapists and physicians on current prosthetic practices and design.

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“Heroes Among Us” Award: Sergeant Peter Connell

Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics recently nominated Sergeant Peter Connell for the prestigious “Heroes Among Us” Award. Presented by the Mass State lottery, this honor recognizes individuals who, “through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community.” Sgt. Connell was saluted at a special in-game ceremony during a Boston Celtics basketball home game.

Sergeant Peter Connell accepting the “Heroes Among Us” Award.

Sgt. Connell served in Vietnam from January 1968 to January 1969.  A few months after returning to the U.S., while working in Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was involved in an Army Jeep accident and lost his leg. Since then, Connell, who lives in Quincy, has been a caring peer, an active instructor, and a hero to many wounded veterans in New England who go through amputations. Connell is a Certified Peer Visitor by the Amputee Coalition of America.  He currently works in the VA hospital system in Boston which includes facilities in Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and Brockton, meeting with patients and sharing his experiences about using prosthetic devices.  He helps physical therapists when an amputee veteran is learning to walk.  He has also been a part-time strength trainer with the local YMCA since 2004.

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