Danielle Hetmanski, CO, LO, Orthotist
Danielle graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology, and then went on to receive her Certificate in Orthotics from Northwestern University. She has been working in the Orthotics field since 2007, and she specializes in pediatrics and spinal cord injury. Prior to her career in O&P, Danielle worked as a Rehabilitation Trainer at the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery in Michigan, but she decided she wanted to be the person who made the braces that made walking after an SCI possible. She joined the team at ABC Prosthetics & Orthotics in April 2012. In her free time she enjoys DIY craft projects, camping, and spending time with family.
Scott Saunders, CPO, LPO, Prosthetist/Orthotist
Scott is a Florida Licensed Orthotist/Prosthetist and is certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. Scott entered the field in 1989, orginally working as a technician, and then going on to receive his Bachelors of Science Degree from Florida International University in Orthotics & Prosthetics. After serving as a Regional Branch Manager with another O&P company, Scott founded ABC Prosthetics & Orthotics in 1998. Scott is C-Leg Certified and has completed course studies in Myoelectrics from Otto Bock, Flex-foot from Ossur, Scoliosis from Charleston Bending Brace, Boston Brace and Spinal Technology, CAD/CAM training from Tracer, and many others. Scott regularly attends state and national meetings which allows him to stay current with the newest technologies and breakthroughs in treatment. In his spare time, he enjoys saltwater fishing and spending time with his 3 children.
Jerry Saunders, CO, LO, Orthotist
Jerry orignally attended Rider University and Ocean County Tech in New Jersey. He received his certification in Orthotics in 1988 and is a Licensed Orthotist. Jerry attended Northwestern University for Spinal Certifications and NYU for Pedorthic Certification. He currently manages our Winter Park location, specializing in Pediatric Orthotics. He is certified by Charleston Bending Brace, Boston Brace, and Providence Brace and does extensive work in Scoliosis bracing. He holds many other Certifications in Spine Cor, Sure Step, Gait Biomechanics and Orthotics, Functional Hip & Gait Management, Fracture Casting, E-Mag & Sensor Walk. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys fishing, playing poker, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Each of our team members are carefully selected for their attention to detail, commitment to quality patient care, and genuine empathy for all patients. All of our team members are on board with the ABC philosophy that every patient we treat is entitled to the same quality care and compassion that we would expect for ourselves or any of our own family members. Each member of our staff is an integral part of your ultimate healthcare goals and are fully committed to serving your needs to the best of their abilities.
Rebeca Rodriguez, C.Ped, L-OFA Pedorthist / Orthotic Fitter Assistant
Rebeca has been with ABC since 2010, originally in an administrative position. Because of Rebeca's strong desire to help people, she has continued her education in patient care, and in 2014 became a Florida Licensed Orthotic Fitter Assistant. She recently continued on her career path by attending the Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthics at Kennesaw State University in Georgia in 2014. She completed over 250 hours of Pedorthic Observation and Training here at ABC before receiving her Pedorthist License from the Florida Department of Health to officially become a Florida Licensed & ABC Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped). She specializes in working with patients with extensive foot problems and concerns. In her free time, she enjoys street racing, traveling, and taking care of her saltwater fish aquariums, her furbabies, and her pet reptiles.
Maria Santiago, Fabrication Manager
After graduating high school in Queens, NY, Maria began her studies as a Nursing Assistant. She relocated to Puerto Rico in 1989, and got married and started a family. In 2001, after her husband became a Below Knee Amputee, Maria completed studies in Orthotics & Prosthetics at Universidad De Puerto Rico. She also became certified as an Orthotic Fitter and Mastectomy Fitter. She worked for an O&P company in Puerto Rico as both a Lead Technician and a Fitter, but decided she loved the challenges of creating and manufacturing in the field the best. After relocating with her family to Orlando in 2007, Maria joined the team at ABC P&O and quickly became the Fabrication Manager. Her hobbies are shopping, reading and playing games. She spends her free time with her family, including her 2 daughters.
Cristy Alvarez, Patient Care Coordinator
Cristy is from Fort Lauderdale, FL and has worked in the medical field since 1980. She originally studied nursing and later completed Massage Therapy School. She worked as a Massage Therapist for 17 years until she made a career move to Patient Care Administration at an Orthopedics office for 7 years. After relocating to Central Florida in 2012, she joined the team at ABC. Cristy enjoys spending her free time with her husband, 3 daughters, stepson and her two grandchildren.
Liz Martinez, Patient Care Coordinator
Liz is originally from Port St. John Florida where she resided with her parents. She graduated from Space Coast High school in 2013 and then when on to Eastern Florida State College where she graduated in 2015. At the age of 19 she became a Pharmacy Tech, which lead her to want to pursue her career in the Medical Field. She then started her career as a Patient Care Coordinator at ABC in 2017 at the Orlando office working alongside her older sister and Pedorthist Rebeca, this is when she decided that she wanted to work more closely with our pediatric patients and because of her love for children she then switched to our Winter Park location as a Patient Care Coordinator. She was newly married in 2018 to her high school sweetheart and long time friend Rafy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, traveling and reading books.
Pete Fontan, Purchasing & Inventory
Originally from Bronx, NY, Pete graduated from Bronx Leadership Academy in 1996 and attended James Monroe College. After working for 10 years at Bear Stearns in NY, Pete moved to Florida with his family and spent 7 years at Hope Orthopedic in the Manufacturing Department. Joining ABC Prosthetics & Orthotics in November 2011, Pete handles all the purchasing and inventory for the company. In his spare time, he enjoys recording music and spending time with his family.
Juan Correa, Technician
Juan graduated from Luis Hernaiz Verome High School in Puerto Rico in 1988.
In 1996, Juan became a Below Knee Amputee after battling Osteomyelitis. He later took interest In the field of O&P when he realized he could build and repair his own prosthesis, and he could help other patients recover from the same issues he had. He joined ABC P&O in 2008 as a Lead Technician in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Juan's hobbies are fishing, working on cars & playing video games. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and Shih Tzu, Mimi.
Jorge Somoza, L-ORF, Orthotic Fitter
Jorge is a Florida Licensed Orthotic Fitter and is certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics. Jorge entered the field in 1984 at JK Prosthetics and Orthotics in Mount Vernon, New York where he learned both the clinical and technical aspects of the field. Since moving to Florida he has held the position of clinical manager and fabrication manager in various orthotics and prosthetics facilities. Jorge specializes in pediatric orthotics and is certified by Charleston Bending Brace, Boston Brace, Providence Brace, and many more. In his spare time Jorge enjoys creating military models and spending time with his family.
Stephanie Mullen, Orthotic Resident
Stephanie is a orthotic resident who has relocated from Michigan. Stephanie graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with a Masters in Prosthetics & Orthotics. She is currently doing her residency in Orthotics to then move on to her prosthetics residency in June 2019. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and her dog Duke.
Karen Santos, Prosthetic Patient Care Coordinator
Karen graduated from Everest University in 2013 with a A.S. degree in Medical billing and coding. After she graduated from Everest she went on to work behind the scenes as a Billing specialist for another company. In 2016 Karen was involved in a automobile accident which lead to her thumb being amputated. Because of her newly amputated thumb, she became interested in the O&P field, wanting to learn and get more involved with prosthetics. This is what brought her to us in July of 2017 to join our team as a Prosthetic Patient Care Coordinator. In her free time she enjoys arts and crafts, skating and spending time with her family and friends.
Ashley Correa, Patient Care Coordinator
Ashley was born in Brooklyn NY and raised in Bayamon , PR. She graduated from Ocoee High school in 2013 with hopes of getting into the Medical field. When her father lost his leg below the knee and began wearing a prosthesis, Ashley decided that she wanted to learn more about the O&P field. She started working for ABC in 2017 as a Patient Care Coordinator at out Winter Park location and has gained the knowledge in the field that she always felt was her calling. In her free time she enjoys traveling, being a big sister and being around her family.
Amber Poling, Orthotic Resident
Amber graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics. She received her Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering with specialization in Engineering Management of Orthotics and Prosthetics in 2015. She was introduced to the field of O&P by an inspiring professor Mrs. Limas who later became her mentor. During her time at SPC, Amber was elected Secretary for the Orthotics and Prosthetics Student Society (OPSS) as well as Treasurer for the Student Government Association (SGA). Her goal in life is to be successful in everything she does while helping as many people as she possibly can. In her spare time she loves to spend time with loved ones and relax. She has traveled to many countries and will continue to do so in her future. A few of her favorite vacation spots include Costa Rica, British Virgin Islands, Ireland, and the Greek Islands!
Fern Buritica, Office Manager
Fern grew up in Port St. John, Florida. Shortly after high school she relocated to Orlando and began her career in the orthotics and prosthetics field in 2008. She attended Valencia College where she earned her Associate’s in Arts Degree. She is currently enrolled in the Business and Organizational Leadership Bachelor’s program at Valencia. She joined Team ABC in 2010 and shortly after became billing manager. Now as office manager she uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth daily operations and administrative functions. She is always planning her next vacation and is a self-proclaimed “travel junkie”
Cindy Diaz, Patient Care Coordinator
Cindy is originally from New York, where she studied Business Administration at Monroe College. She relocated to Florida in 2006. Cindy has worked in the medical field for over 22 years, managing a pediatric practice, and has extensive experience as a referral coordinator, scheduling hospital procedures, surgeries and testing and patient billing.
Cindy joined us at ABC in July of 2016. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach and spend her time with her family.
Peter Kessel, Technician
Peter was born and raised right down the street in Altamonte. He graduated in 2011 from Smith Prep Academy to then continue his education at Valencia College. ABC welcomed him at the end of 2017 with warm arms. Peter has been a great addition to our team as he helps when it is needed. In his free time he enjoys anything star wars, making costumes, gardening, and kayaking at the Springs with his family and friends.
Brandon Jones, Prosthetic Resident
Brandon is our current Prosthetic Resident. He is originally from Columbia Missouri, he got has his Bachelors in Psychology and worked as a Prosthetic Technician for 2 years before attending Northwestern University in Chicago where he then graduated with a Masters in Prosthetics & Orthotics. He had the pleasure of joining Team ABC in June 2018 during ABC's 20th Birthday Bash. He is currently doing his residency in Prosthetics to then move on to his Orthotics residency in June 2019. In his free time he likes auto racing, BBQing, hunting, hanging out with friends and spending time with his wife Carrie and his dog Magnus.
Mercedes Orellana Hernandez, Patient Care Coordinator
Mercedes relocated to Florida from Louisiana. Her carrer in the medical field started seven years ago in Pediatrics. Before she started her position as a Patient Care Coordinator at ABC, she worked for Hanger Clinic back in Baton Rouge. Mercedes could not be happier to now be so dedicated to O&P. ABC is happy to welcome her to our team. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs while hanging out at the beach and theme parks.
Karen Stillings, HR Benefits / Financial Manager
Karen recently joined ABC after 20 years in Sales Management / Customer Service positions in the Retail Industry. Karen has earned a few degrees in her lifetime, AS Computer Science, AS Hospitality Tourism Management, and AS Small Business Management. Karen brings her strong knowledge of sales, accounting and business management experience to our financial team. She manages our company’s human resources and benefits, as well as payroll and accounts payable needs. Karen enjoys learning new things and has a strong desire to help others. In her spare time, she volunteers at her local schools. Karen also enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 beautiful grandsons as well as their variety of furry family members
Aitza Burgos, Billing Manager
Originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Aitza studied Human Resources at Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. She entered the field of Orthotics & Prosthetics in 2002, working for Hace Movimiento. Aitza moved to Florida in 2006 with her family and joined the team at ABC Prosthetics & Orthotics in 2009, working in our Winter Park location. She graduated in Sept 2012 from Florida Technical College with a degree in Billing and Coding. In 2016, she was promoted to Billing Manager and oversees all of the company's Accounts Receivables and Claims Processing. In her spare time she enjoys baking and decorating cakes and and spending time with her husband, children and pets.
Miriam Rowe, Bookkeeper
Miriam graduated from Rollins College in 1991 with a Bachelors Degree in Economics. Miriam has been doing bookkeeping, small business accounting, financial operations, human resources, office management, and business administration for the past 20 years. She joined the ABC team in May 2013, and in her spare time, enjoys knitting, competitive silhouette rifle shooting, and spending quality time with her husband and her 2 dogs and 3 cats. She also spends time supporting various dog rescues, and serves on the Board of the Doglando Foundation as Secretary.