HOPE.
INSPIRATION.
REINVENTION.

Our personal experience underscores every relationship we build with a patient. We understand the mental and physical hurdles in an amputee’s journey to their new life with their new prosthesis. From pre-op to complete fit, Shamrock Prosthetics builds a relationship based on trust, compassion, belief and encouragement with each patient on their unique path to recovery. We provide innovative technological solutions for the customer in this antiquated industry and underscore our relationship with the highest caliber of customer.

OUR APPROACH

We are changing the standard in patient care, clinician relations and custom prosthetics for amputees.

Traditionally, the prosthetics industry is reactive industry where a patient starts the prosthetic conversation post surgery.

Shamrock Prosthetics does it differently: we establish a relationship pre-surgical with the patient and the surgeon to maximize the possibility of long-term functionality. Our custom fabricated prosthetics takes into consideration each patient’s limb size, shape and structure as part of our pre-op phase.

Following surgery, we remain at a patient’s side every step of the way throughout the healing process and fitting phase to restore or increase pre-injury functionality. Likewise, if a patient is not able to travel to our office, our clinical manager will travel to the patient’s home or rehabilitation facility to accurately fit for a custom prosthetic.

Just as important, because we have personal amputee experience, we understand the frustration and other mental challenges associated with recovery and work closely with each patient to restore and encourage a positive attitude throughout.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Steve Ehretsman

Founder & CEO

As Founder & CEO of Shamrock Prosthetics, Steve directs the strategic leadership of the team and heads up sales for the company. His daily activity isn’t in the office much but rather on the road managing physician referrals, inter-operative care, overseeing hospital contracts and leads new patient on boarding. Prior to launching Shamrock, Ehretsman was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for a prosthetic company headquartered in Buford, Georgia. During his five years with the company he grew revenue three-fold and expanded into three markets launching two new offices. Ehretsman’s results-based marketing and sales roles include positions with some of the most prestigious consumer brands including Gatorade, The Coca-Cola Company and Budweiser among others. A former Division 1 student athlete and captain of Boston University Basketball Team, a 2001 on the job accident and 13 later surgeries left Ehretsman with a below knee amputation. His experience with navigating the surgical and prosthetic fitting process left him frustrated and eventually became the motivation to change the industry standard for the prosthetic and amputee experience. In 2011, Ehretsman was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 list of Rising Business Leaders. In 2017, he received the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation Annual Spirit Award. He currently is a member of the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation Annual Conference Medical Advisory Committee. Steve has been featured in many prominent new publications and is a keynote speaker at conferences across the industry. From Cleveland, Ohio, Ehretsman has resided in Atlanta for more than 20 years.

Becky Bowen

Office Manager

Becky brings over 30 years’ experience in business management with key emphasis on financial and cash flow management, designing and analyzing efficient systems for inventory management and human resources. Becky graduated from University of North Dakota. She is a North Dakota native, but has lived in Winder, GA for the past 25 years. Apart from work, Becky raises miniature and standard Australian Shepherds.

Ryan Dougherty CPO LPO

Clinical Director

Ryan is American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthotics and a Licensed Prosthetist Orthotist in the State of Georgia. He has over 12 years’ experience as a certified a licensed prosthetist and has been involved in lower and upper extremity prosthetic patient care across all age groups. Prior to joining Shamrock, Ryan managed several offices across 5 counties in the Tampa Bay, Florida market. Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Health Science Education from the University of Florida and his Certificate in Prosthetics Orthotics from the University of Connecticut. Ryan is a member of the Georgia Society of Orthotists Prosthetists and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

STAFF

Chris Dunning CPO LPO

Staff Prosthetist Orthotist

Chris is a Georgia Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist, and holds a certification in both fields from the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. He joined Shamrock with over 8 years’ of experience as a practicing clinician, 4 of those years as Clinic Manager in Midtown Atlanta for a nationwide prosthetic & orthotic provider. He has a passion for providing care for all patients and has volunteered his time and skills on several trips with Prosthetic Hope International, travelling to Belize to provide prosthetic legs and arms to patients who would otherwise be unable to find local care. Chris received a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering from Clemson University and a Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He has served on the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists licensure board as well as participating for multiple years with their mentoring program in helping young professionals successfully integrate into their residencies and careers as clinicians. Chris and his wife reside in Decatur, GA.

Tanner Jennings

Board Eligible Prosthetist Orthotist

Tanner is currently a Board-Eligible Prosthetist and Orthotist. He graduated in December 2018 from Baylor College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics. As part of the program’s integrated NCOPE residency, Tanner completed six unique 3-month rotations, a research & development project, and a prosthetic humanitarian trip to Guatemala. Tanner received his undergraduate degree in Human Movement Science from Utah State University. Tanner was drawn to the field of prosthetics due to its unique blend of art, science, and being able to help individuals in an impactful way. He is originally from Utah and enjoys being active and spending time with his wife and three young daughters.

Erik Pimentel

Patient Advocate/Territory Representative

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Erik is a graduate of St. John’s University. He moved to Georgia in 2013, and two years later was involved in a work-related forklift accident. Erik underwent limb salvage surgeries that resulted in a right below the knee amputation. For the past 4 year’s Erik was only able to wear his prosthesis for up to 4 hours a day while being treated at another prosthetic provider. He received a second opinion at Shamrock and received new perspective of prosthetic education and technology. Erik now wears advanced technology allowing him wear his prosthesis for 14 hours a day. Adapting to life as an amputee was not easy, but his strength and determination began to shine. He has lost 120 pounds and continues to show that being an amputee doesn’t mean your life is over. His no excuses attitude is an inspiration to so many. Erik has over 16,000 followers on Weight Watchers digital community called WW Connect and is a Weight Watchers Connect Ambassador. As a Shamrock Patient Advocate, Erik helps patients with mental adjustment to their physical change. His mental coaching and walking the walk, positions him to be authentic and relatable to the patient in ways that other non-amputees coaching. Being an amputee himself Erik has a unique way of relating to a patient on a level that others can’t. Erik and his wife, Rosie, live in Buford, GA.

James Strickland CPOA

Prosthetic Technician

James “Jamie” Strickland joined Shamrock in July 2017 brining 10 years of experience in the field. He completed 500 clinical hours in LaGrange, GA and became American Board for Certification as a Certified Prosthetic Orthotic Assistant. In his role as Prosthetic Technician, he assists our prosthetist with the casting and fitting process and handles all in-house fabrication of prosthetics. His passion for the field extends to animals having fabricated a prosthesis for his dog.

Andrew Navarro

Prosthetic Technician

Andrew comes to us from McDonough, Georgia and is an engineering student currently undergoing his Bachelor’s degree. He became interested in prosthetics because it was a perfect blend of technology and the ability to help others get back to their respective lifestyles. Andrew enjoys being active, spending time with loved ones, and running with his Siberian Husky.

Autumn Williams

Office Administrator

Autumn has over two years in medical field ranging from front desk responsibilities, medical assistant, to billing and coding coordinator. Her personal passion is being a positive person to every patient she comes in contact with. Outside of work, Autumn spends time with her family, attending her little sister’s softball games, and raising a 3-year-old black lab named Sarge.

Chasity Cunningham

Billing and Collections Specialist

Chasity has 10 years’ in the medical field with 6 years’ in insurance and billing. Born and raised in the Athens area and an avid University of Georgia fan. She loves spending time with her 3 beautiful girls and cheering on the Dawgs!

OUR HISTORY

A 2001 accident and 13 surgeries left Steve Ehretsman, a Division 1 athlete and founder of Shamrock Prosthetics, with a below-knee amputation. His experience with the pre- and post-op patient care, prosthetic options available and general mental wellness challenges associated with recovering from the accident ultimately drove his decision to approach prosthetic management differently.

On May 8th 2015, Ehretsman launched Shamrock with the guiding conviction to approach an amputee and surgeon relationship differently than he experienced and to develop technology-advanced prosthetics that offered patients full functionality.

Today Ehretsman and his team meet with patients prior to surgery and weekly throughout the recovery process. Likewise, Shamrock fabricates all of its custom prosthetics on site in its 3,400 facility in Athens, Georgia.

OUR FUTURE

We continue to grow and build our family of Shamrock Prosthetics patients and referral sources. In 2019, we will be renovating our Athens office to add another 2,000 square feet.  This will bring the total of 5,500 square feet.  The growing demand for Shamrock Prosthetics unique patient care will have us launching offices around the State of Georgia in the near future.