Bionic Residency Program

Residency Goals and Objectives

Bionic offers a 12-month single or 18-months combined Orthotic and Prosthetic Residency Program. The primary objective is for residents to graduate ready to practice independently as Board Eligible Clinicians and to pass their ABC exams. Our residency program offers a constructive learning path, with educational opportunities internally and externally with various O&P manufacturers, exposure to patient care and clinical skills with multiple specialist practitioners within the group, improving imaging and fabrication skills with access to CAD-CAM, scanning, 3D printing and our in-house fabrication lab, focus on documentation requirements and skills for medical necessity establishment and outcome measure data analysis.

Residency Background and Expectations

Bionic Prosthetics and Orthotics is an ABC accredited orthotic and prosthetic practice and an NCOPE accredited residency program site in the Midwest. With 15 clinics (and growing!) spread across Northern Indiana and Chicagoland area in Illinois, and around 15 board certified and state licensed orthotic and prosthetic practitioners. Bionic provides residents with hands on learning and one-on-one attention, and access to the areas leading hospitals, specialty clinics, and physicians.
Bionic takes immense pride in the competent and compassionate patient care it has been able to provide in the community in the ten years since its inception. With a combined work experience of over 100 years between our clinical team, Bionic represents extensive expertise in the field, including advanced microprocessor controlled prosthetic systems, myo-electric upper limb prosthetics with pattern recognition, sub-ischial socket designs, hi-fi socket systems, functional electrical stimulation orthotic systems like walkaide, custom carbon fiber AFO’s and KAFO’s for various neuromuscular and orthopedic pathologies, cranial remolding treatment, pediatric bracing, scoliosis bracing, dynamic upper limb bracing, and many other O&P interventions.

Resident Resources

Residency Director

Lori Pipinich - Clinical Manager, CP

Lori joined Bionic in November 2019 as a consultant and residency director, and added full time clinic manager in January 2020. With over 25 years of clinical experience, she has developed a passion for vacuum assisted prosthetic systems, wound care, immediate post- operative care prosthetics, and working in a multi- disciplinary team. She worked at Hanger Clinic in Phoenix, AZ for 22 years as a senior clinician and traveled regionally teaching clinicians how to fit and apply vacuum sockets correctly. She also worked for 2 years as the Director of Vacuum Solutions for Ossur Americas. She has done research, published articles and spoken at national and international meetings. She is an ABC Certified Prosthetist and clinic manager for a new office in Palatine, IL. Lori holds a BS in Health and Human Development with a Biomechanics Option from Montana State University and is a graduate of the Century College School of Orthotics and Prosthetics.

For more Information on our residency opportunities, please email Lori at lori@bionicpo.com

Past Residents

Jeffrey Wojtanowicz - Clinical Manager, CPO

Michael Gordon - CP, Orthotic Resident

Samantha Wedge, CPO

Jeffery Wojtanowicz joined Bionic as a resident in 2011 and, with his progressive approach in patient care, has developed a special interest in pediatric and spinal orthoses. He is a certified prosthetist and orthotist and works predominantly in our Tinley Park office. His specialties include Cranial Helmets, Walk Aid, and dynamic AFOs.

He holds BS in Marketing from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and is a graduate of the Feinberg School of Prosthetics and Orthotics. For more information on his Bionic residency experience, email Jeff at jeff@bionicpo.com

Michael Gordon is an American board certified prosthetist and orthotic resident. He joined Bionic in 2018 and has a unique passion to the O&P field as he personally uses a right leg prosthesis. Michael sustained a knee disarticualtion amputation in 2005 due to cancer (osteosarcoma) at the young age of 14. He enjoys talking with people suffering from amputation and/or cancer, with a mission of spreading hope, information and motivation. Michael was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, but now resides in Northwest Indiana. Michael enjoys playing basketball, weight lifting, and spending time with his friends and family.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University, and is a graduate of the Feinberg School of Prosthetics and Orthotics at Northwestern University. For more information on his Bionic residency experience, email Michael at michael@Bionicpo.com

Samantha Wadge has joined Bionic Prosthetics and Orthotics as an Orthotic resident. She earned a Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015 and a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2013.
Samantha completed her clinical hours at Cleveland Clinic, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Orthopedic Resources, Hanger Clinic – Atlanta, the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center – Atlanta, the Good Samaritan Health Center Atlanta, and Georgia Hand, Shoulder, and Elbow. After completing her orthotics residency, Samantha plans to pursue a prosthetics residency.

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