Meet Our Team

Prosthetic Professionals

The staff members of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc. are attentive prosthetic professionals who offer the highest quality care on every level. We pride ourselves on supplying clinical expertise, technical excellence, and administrative support at our Amputee Care Centers in Manchester, New Hampshire; Newton, Massachusetts; and Warwick, Rhode Island. Next Step’s prosthetists and assistants are certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC), a national organization that sets the standards for excellence in the industry.

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Certified Prosthetists

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Matthew Albuquerque, CPO

Certified Prosthetist / Orthotist & President of Next Step
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Matthew Albuquerque is an ABC-certified prosthetist and orthotist with over twenty-five years of experience in the field. Matt is the founder and president of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc. and primarily works in the Manchester, New Hampshire facility. He chose this occupation because of his strong desire to help people, and as a result, Next Step fits amputees with artificial limbs tailored to the needs of each individual. Matt’s care and concern for the success of others is demonstrated not only in the way that Next Step does business on a daily basis but also through a positive impact upon the profession and the communities that Next Step serves. Matt graduated from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He underwent his orthotic training at Rancho Las Amigos Medical Center through the University of California and received prosthetic instruction at Northwestern University. Matt plays an integral part in the development of advanced upper-extremity technologies, working as a prosthetic consultant for Dean Kaman and designing the interface used for the DARPA-funded DEKA Luke Arm project. He also specializes in pediatric orthotic and prosthetic care. Matt lives in Bedford, New Hampshire with his wife Kathleen and their sons Kyle and Dylan. He is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Manchester program, the former chairperson for Easter Seals’ Veterans Count Advisory Board, and a past member of the New Hampshire State Veterans’ Cemetery Board of Directors. Matt stays involved with Veterans Count, and he volunteers as a Little League and basketball coach. In his free time, Matt can often be found on the golf course.

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Scott Cummings, PT, CPO, FAAOP
Certified Prosthetist / Orthotist
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Scott Cummings is an ABC-certified prosthetist/orthotist in Next Step’s Manchester, New Hampshire location and is also a licensed physical therapist. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University before completing his graduate work at UCLA. He has spent the subsequent thirty years helping people maximize their functional potential, specializing in pediatric and geriatric prosthetics, as well as pediatric orthotics with an emphasis in scoliosis management. He is a frequent presenter at professional conferences and is a long-time guest lecturer at local physical therapy education programs. Scott resides in Bedford, New Hampshire with his wife Alison, where he enjoys cycling and gardening. He and Alison have three children: Amy, Michelle, and David. He serves on the Board of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation and the Amputee Coalition’s Medical Advisory Committee. Scott is a past-president of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

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Jason Lalla, CP
Certified Prosthetist
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Jason Lalla is an ABC-certified prosthetist in Manchester, New Hampshire with nearly ten years of experience in the field. Jason lost his leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident in 1989 and entered the field of prosthetics in 1996, upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University at Dominquez Hills. He provides pre- and post-surgical consultation for amputees and beta-tests various prosthetic components for Next Step. As a world champion skier known for his speed and agility, Jason is an alumnus of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team and was a 1998 gold medal recipient for giant slalom in Nagano, Japan and at the 2000 World Championships, with additional medals in the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympics. Jason lives in Dunbarton, New Hampshire with his wife Heather, son Jackson, and daughter Piper. He is a committed downhill mountain biker and an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, water skiing, and camping with family and friends. Jason volunteers as a lacrosse coach in Goffstown and is an alpine ski coach with both New England Handicapped Sports Association (NEHSA) and Northeast Passage (NEP) at Mount Sunapee.

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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Arthur Graham, CP
Certified Prosthetist
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Arthur Graham is an ABC-certified prosthetist and board-eligible orthotist in Next Step’s Newton, Massachusetts facility. Arthur is a graduate of Stathclyde University who has worked as a prosthetist in and around the Greater Boston area since 1996. Arthur previously worked at Queen Mary’s Hospital in London, where he was involved with the implementation and operation of many overseas clinics in the former USSR and Saudi Arabia. Arthur joined Next Step in 2003 and has been responsible for the development of the Newton office as Branch Manager. He possesses extensive experience in upper- and lower-extremity prosthetic care, with a special interest in above-knee socket design and microprocessor-controlled prostheses. Arthur has been an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University since 2002 and teaches prosthetics and orthotics to fifth-year physical therapy students. He is the former president of the Massachusetts Society of Orthotics and Prosthetics and remains active in the local community. Arthur resides in Framingham, Massachusetts with his wife Jan and their daughter, Grace Jane. The Grahams are avid skiers, frequently on the slopes of Wildcat Mountain during the winter.

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Ian Gray, CPA, CTP, BOCP
Certified Prosthetist
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Ian Gray is a BOC-certified prosthetist in Newton, Massachusetts. Inspired by his mother, who is an above-knee amputee, Ian entered the profession and has since gained over ten years of experience. He was named Northeast Regional Director for AmpSurf in 2012 and became a board-certified prosthetist in July 2013. Ian is also involved with adaptive snowboarding programs. Ian lives in Framingham, Massachusetts with his wife Autumn and their dog Kona. When he is not working or surfing, Ian enjoys hiking, golfing, and traveling to Kauai, Hawaii.

WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND

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Jeffrey Lockhart, CPO
Certified Prosthetist / Orthotist
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Jeffrey Lockhart is an ABC-certified prosthetist and orthotist in Next Step’s Warwick, Rhode Island location. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Massachusetts Amherst and completed his post-graduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles. He began his career in pediatrics before specializing in lower-extremity prosthetics and came to Next Step in January 2013 with twenty-eight years of experience. Jeff feels fortunate to both participate in and witness life-changing events. He recalls watching a client stand up on her prosthesis and walk to her infant daughter for the first time. Jeff resides in Hopkinton, Massachusetts with his wife Caroline, son Kaelen, and daughter McKenzie. He can often be found on the sidelines of his children’s soccer and lacrosse games. Jeff also plays golf and enjoys distance running.

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Cortney Oswald, CP
Certified Prosthetist
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Cortney Oswald is an ABC-certified prosthetist in Warwick, RI. Cortney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated from the California State University Prosthetic Certificate Program in May of 2000 and brings over 15 years of experience as a certified prosthetist to Next Step. Cortney has extensive training with BiOM, Ossur and Otto Bock and has excellent skills fitting challenging lower extremity patients including running style prostheses. Cortney “strongly feels that socket fit is the most important aspect of your prosthesis and getting that fit can take time and patience but she is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for her patients.” Cortney recently relocated from with her husband and two children to Barrington, RI. She enjoys mountain biking, sprint triathlons and cooking. Cortney also participates in Amps in Action.

Prosthetic Assistants

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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David Beauchemin,CPOA
Certified Prosthetic Orthotic Assistant
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David Beauchemin is an ABC-certified prosthetic and orthotic assistant in Manchester, New Hampshire. With more than twenty years of experience, David specializes in upper-extremity prosthetic research and development as well as pediatric orthotics. He entered the profession as a technician, following in his father’s footsteps, and is one of the original Next Step staff members. David built his own house in Candia, New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife Hind and daughter Qamar. Outside of work, he often goes golfing, hunting, fishing, and swimming.

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David Dage, CPA, CTP
Certified Prosthetic Assistant, Certified Prosthetic Technician
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David Dage is an ABC-certified prosthetic assistant and technician in Manchester, New Hampshire. David has worked in the field since 1979, specializing in lower-extremity prosthetics. He started as an entry-level technician in California and moved to New Hampshire to further his career. David credits Next Step with allowing him to better apply his knowledge and with deepening his involvement in patient care. David resides in Weare, New Hampshire and enjoys being outdoors. As a proud father and grandfather, he often spends time with family in Massachusetts and California.

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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Erin Morin, CP
Certified Prosthetist
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Kelsey Hacker
Prosthetic Assistant
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Erin Morin is an ABC-certified prosthetist in Newton, Massachusetts. Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University in California, and completed her post graduate studies in prosthetics at Northwestern University in Chicago in 2011. Erin joined Next Step in 2015.Erin lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with her husband and son. She and her husband both enjoy being outdoors and distance running and racing. She has run 14 marathons, eight of which were Boston Marathons.

WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND

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Rusty Brightman, CPA
Certified Prosthetic Assistant
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Rusty Brightman is an ABC-certified prosthetic assistant and serves as the branch manager for Warwick, Rhode Island. The level of prosthetic care Rusty’s mother received as an amputee prompted his entry into the profession. Since starting as a technician, he has acquired over ten years of experience in the field. Rusty is increasingly involved with direct patient care at Next Step and says he cannot imagine working for another prosthetic facility. Rusty lives in Scituate, Rhode Island and often visits his camp in Goshen, New Hampshire. He enjoys being outside, particularly fishing and riding his motorcycle.

Administrative Staff

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Andrea Deshaies
Vice President
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Dave Newman
Production Supervisor
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Chrystal Brusky
Operations Manager
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Katie Ralls
Administrative Supervisor
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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Adan De Leon
Technician
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Samantha Dow
Administrator
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Mary Fennell
Administrator
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Tyler Gallant
Technician
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Susan Gelinas
Susan Gelinas
Sr. Administrative Assistant
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Crystal Hargis
Front Desk Administrator
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Jamie Jobin
Materials Coordinator
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Shannon Krumlauf
Shannon Krumlauf
Administrator
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James Montgomery
Technician
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Penny Plichta
Patient Care Coordinator
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NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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Joanna Pena
Administrator
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Harry DiLiello
Technician
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Collin Doherty
Collin Doherty
Technician
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WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND

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Jeanne DiOrio
Administrator
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Susan Karagozian
Administrator
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Casey Lagasse
Technician
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