Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist, Orthotic Department Head
Dean received his Bachelors of Science degree from Kalamazoo College with a major in Health Sciences and a Spanish minor. He spent eight years after undergrad, teaching high school anatomy/physiology, biology and Spanish.
He started in the business as a volunteer performing both orthotic and prosthetic technical duties at the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center for one year and officially entered the field of orthotics and prosthetics when he joined the staff of Springer Prosthetic and Orthotic Services as an orthotic technician.
He completed his orthotic training at Northwestern University's Orthotic and Prosthetic Certification Program in May 2003. Dean then studied prosthetics at Northwestern University and completed both orthotic and prosthetic residencies in 2005. He was certified in both Orthotic and Prosthetic disciplines through the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. in 2006.
Dean is the SPOS Department Head of Orthotics. Although his specialty is pediatrics, he is involved in all levels of patient care. He has specialty training in scoliosis and cranial molded orthoses.
Joel graduated from the Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician Program at Baker College in June 2006. He completed his internship at the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center in August 2006. He joined the GLOC staff in September 2006. Joel's expertise is in custom and off-the-shelf knee orthoses, custom spinal orthotics and related soft goods. He manages GLOC's hospital in-patient program and orders.
Kevin is an allied health professional servicing GLOC’s patients on Thursday’s. Any appointments requiring custom foot orthotics or shoes will be scheduled through GLOC with Kevin. He has been associated with GLOC since 1997. Kevin has his own business in Alma, Michigan called The Cobbler Shop.
Jean has been working at GLOC for the past 12 years. She specializes in orthotic and diabetic shoe billing. She greets most of our orthotic patients as they enter the front office to check in.
Linda Burchamis the Business Manager for both SPOS and GLOC with more than 23 years experience in medical billing. She has encountered all of the changes that have taken place in the health care industry in the recent past. She is an advisor for the Medicare-Medicaid system and has trained medical billing personnel currently working in hospitals in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and many physicians' offices. Her expertise has helped many of our patients to be comfortable with the understanding of their insurance coverage.