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.
Founder & CEO
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Steve has made his home here in Atlanta, Georgia for the last 20 years. As Founder & CEO of Shamrock Prosthetics, Steve plays the vital role of strategically directing the leadership of the team. Unlike many other founders and CEO’s, Steve’s daily activities consist of being on the road for face to face patient onboarding, patient referral management, and result based marketing strategies. Steve’s successful marketing strategies landed him major positions with some of the most prestigious consumer brands including Gatorade, The Coca-Cola Company and Budweiser, among others. Throughout his life, Steve was quite the athlete. He was a former Division 1 student athlete and captain of Boston University Basketball Team. In 2001, Steve was involved in an on-the-job accident resulting in thirteen unsuccessful limb salvage surgeries which lead Ehretsman to a below knee amputation. His personal experience with navigating the surgical and prosthetic fitting process left him feeling neglected and defeated. This built-up frustration became his motivation and drive to not only change but improve the prosthetic industries standard of patient care. In 2011, Ehretsman was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 list of Rising Business Leaders. In 2015, he opened the doors to Shamrock Prosthetics. In 2017, he received the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation Annual Spirit Award. Steve remains a member of the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation Annual Conference Medical Advisory Committee and has been featured in many prominent new publications while being a keynote speaker at conferences across the country in the prosthetics industry.
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. As a North Dakota native, Becky graduated from University of North Dakota, but has lived in Winder, GA for the past 25 plus years. Apart from work, Becky enjoys spending time with her son and daughter and working on her farm where she raises miniature and standard Australian Shepherds.
Ryan Dougherty CPO LPO
Ryan, who is an ABC Certified and Georgia Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist, joined Shamrock in August of 2017. 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 and 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.
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 to 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 does not 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 cannot. Erik and his wife, Rosie, live in Buford, GA.
Katy Giesken, CPO, LPO
Katy, who is an ABC Certified and Georgia Licensed Prosthetist and Orthotist, joined Shamrock in February 2020. Prior to joining the Shamrock Prosthetics team, Katy completed her orthotic and prosthetic residencies in her home state of Connecticut. During these residencies, Katy gained experience building and fitting a variety of upper and lower extremity devices. Katy received a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University and a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Georgia Institute of Technology. Katy’s interest in prosthetics and orthotics was fueled by exposure to the field while assisting with adaptive sports clinics as a part of her undergraduate degree. Katy enjoys working with patients to help improve their mobility and quality of life. Outside of work, Katy spends her time playing sports, cooking, and working out.
Scott, who is currently a Board-Eligible Prosthetist and Orthotist, joined Shamrock in August of 2020. He graduated in April 2018 from University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics and completed his residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in July 2020. Through residency, Scott was exposed to a variety of in-patient and out-patient clientele, completed several research projects related to prosthetic trim line mobility in addition to heat retention and dissipation in silicone liners, and lead multiple O&P presentations at the local community college as well as at department Grand Rounds at UMMC. Scott received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with a Psychology minor from Appalachian State University. Scott has always had an interest in the medical field and found prosthetics was able to best combine his passion for science, art, and direct patient care. Originally from North Carolina Scott enjoys staying active and likes to spend his free time outdoors with his 5-year-old dog, Copper.
Jamie Strickland, CPOA
James “Jamie” Strickland joined Shamrock in July 2017 bringing 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.
Edward “EJ” came to Shamrock in September of 2020. With both of his parents being in prosthetics, EJ began his prosthetic career at age 17. He became American Board Certified as a Prosthetic and Orthotic Assistant after completing 500 clinical hours at his family business in Lagrange GA, he now has 12 years of experience he brings with him. Outside of prosthetics, he enjoys being a father to his 4-year-old daughter Mia and making memories with friends and family.
Jake came to Shamrock in June of 2020. He is currently enrolled at the University of Georgia getting his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and plans to attend the Physical Therapist program to pursue his career helping amputee’s. Jake’s meticulous attention to details, problem-solving abilities, and accuracy compliment Shamrock Prosthetic’s fabrication workflow. Outside of work and school, Jake can be found fly fishing and spending time with his friends.
Carter came to Shamrock in 2018 as a technician. Carter received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Pittsburgh. He is fulfilling his internship here at Shamrock Prosthetics. When Carter has free time from school and work, you can find him spending time with his family and friends and participating in outside sports.
PATIENT CARE ADMINISTRATORS
Autumn has over four years in medical field ranging from front desk responsibilities, workers compensation, medical assistant, and billing and coding coordinator. Her personal passion is making a positive impact on every patient she encounters. She is a student at Savannah State University studying to obtain her bachelor’s degree in business. Outside of work, you can find Autumn supporting her little sister in softball, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, or raising her black lab, Jolene.
Jennifer has over 7 years of customer service experience. In October of 2018 she was involved in a car accident resulting in a below the knee amputation of her right leg. Her positive attitude and Reinvention led her to pursue a career working with amputees. She is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in business. Jennifer enjoys spending time at the lake with her family and friends. Jennifer’s passion is to inspire and give Hope to everyone she encounters.
Lauren has three years of experience in the medical field including account management and medical billing for workers compensation and auto claims. In between working and being a mom to their son, Lauren and her husband love taking their two goldendoodles on hikes and going to the mountains every chance they get.
Madison has over two years of experience in the medical field specializing in back office administration and as a certified medical assistant. Madison is confident that her spunky personality will make a positive impression on Shamrock’s patient experience. You can find Madison managing her local youth baseball organization and spending time with her family and friends in her free time.
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!
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.