Bob’s story starts at the age of 14, when he fell from a train and was almost immediately amputated below-the-knee. His first introduction to life as an amputee was not pleasant, the first prosthetic he received was very painful and instead of trying to fix the problem he was told to “live with the pain, all amputees live in pain”. Finding this completely unsatisfactory, Bob pursued a career in prosthetics and set out to change the way amputees were treated. After earning his technical certification at the University of Michigan, Bob went on to create his own company in the mid-1980s. His dedication to amputees and to superior quality work, helped to build him a very strong reputation and after the sale of his first business; Bob went on to become a regional manager for one of the leading international prosthetic companies, occasionally filling in for office directors throughout the country. In his spare time, he took up educating new prosthetists and orthotists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with some of the most important prosthetic & orthotic decision makers of that era. Eventually with an ever-growing family, Bob decided to set up his own facility again and with his partner Dave Ballantyne they founded Comfort Prosthetics & Orthotics in 1999. The mission has always been the same, to solve problems others can’t and to provide the highest quality prosthetic and orthotic devices for our patients in a setting that promotes their physical, mental and social advancements.
President & Founder
ABC Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist
ABC Certified Pedorthotist
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists