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Mike Schultz, MBA, CPO
Mike Schultz is an ABC-certified prosthetist-orthotist with more than 20 years of clinical and professional experience. He is the co-founder of H.O.P.E., Inc. As a previous practice manager with a national prosthetics and orthotics company, Mike led a multidisciplinary team that restored mobility, independence, and self-confidence to patients of all ages and functional abilities. In 1990, he joined a national prosthetics and orthotics company in Kansas City, MO. In this market he was responsible for the operations of six patient care facilities and 25 employees.

Mike earned a B.S. in Biology from Northern Illinois University in 1986. He then attended the Certificate Program in Prosthetics at Northwestern University in Chicago. Upon completion of his residency and the passing of his board exams for prosthetics, Mike returned to Northwestern University to attend their Certificate Program in Orthotics. Finally, Michael earned his Master of Business/Administration from Baker University (Kansas) in 1999.

Mike began his career with American Prosthetics in Des Moines, IA in 1987. In 1990, he joined Hanger in Kansas City, MO. In this market he was responsible for the operations of six patient care facilities and 25 employees. In April 2003, he accepted the position as a Practice Manager in Des Moines, IA. In this role he was responsible for the management of two facilities. In addition, he was responsible for evaluation, design, manufacture, and fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces and supports. He is highly skilled in working with both adult and pediatric patients and specializes in custom-designed devices for transtibial amputees. He is proud to know he has helped thousands of patients reclaim their ability to do things they thought they'd never do again.

Dave Kimzey, CO
Dave Kimzey is an ABC-certified orthotist with more than 29 years of clinical and professional experience. Dave became an amputee when he was a 22-year-old due to an industrial accident. He lived for a number of years with a damaged lower leg before his amputation and had to wear special shoes and foot orthotic in attempt save his leg.  After several frustrating years and multiple surgeries, he decided to have his limb amputated.  Living most of his life with orthotic and prosthetic devices not only helps him understand how the fit of these devices affects function, it also gives him great insight into the psychological changes and adaptations that physically challenged individuals go through.

Dave began his orthotic career in 1981 working as a technician for Orthopedic Service Center inc. in the lab where he fabricated orthotic and prosthetic devices.  He quickly grew into a role where he assisted the clinicians with patient care.  This led him to pursue a full time career in orthotics.  Dave then began working for a national prosthetics and orthotics company in 1988 and became a clinical manager of their office in Kansas City, KS.  He continued with this role until 2003 when he took a management position in California. To balance work, finances, and family values, Dave moved from back to Kansas City from California in 2010 to work for Horizon Orthotic & Prosthetic Experience, Inc. 

Dave, who wears a below-knee prosthesis, is able to apply the concepts learned through his education, training, work experience, and life experiences to all aspects of prosthetics and orthotics. From answering a simple question, to fitting and building a custom orthotic device, Dave enjoys the diversity in the field and likes the multi-faceted integration of so many parts that go into making the person using an orthotic device restore as much quality of life as possible.

Donnie Priest, CP, BOCOP
Donnie Priest is an ABC-certified prosthetist and BOC orthotist with more than eight years of clinical and professional experience. Donnie became an amputee when he was a 10-year-old child due to cold exposure suffered from an airplane accident. Growing up with prosthetics not only helps him understand how the fit of a prosthesis affects function, it also gives him great insight into the psychological changes and adaptations that amputees go through.

Donnie earned his B.S. in biology with a minor in Geology from Sacramento State University in California. He then attended prosthetic school at Cal-State Dominguez Hills.  After completing his residency in prosthetics at Kessler in New Jersey and passing his boards, Donnie worked for a national prosthetics and orthotics company before opening his own facility in California. To balance work, finances, and family values, Donnie moved from California to Kansas City.

Donnie, who wears bilateral below-knee prostheses, is able to apply the concepts learned through his education, training, work experience, and life experiences to all aspects of prosthetics and orthotics. From answering a simple question, to fitting and building a custom orthotic or prosthetic device, Donnie enjoys the diversity in the field and likes the multi-faceted integration of so many parts that go into making the person using a prosthetic or orthotic device restore as much quality of life as possible. In the end, his hopes are that the answer to the question "what will I be able to do?" becomes "more than before."


Phil Henry, CO
Phil Henry is an ABC-certified Orthotist with more than 2 years of clinical and professional experience. Phil earned a B.S. in Health and Human Performance in Health Promotion from Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas in 2008.  During his time at Fort Hays State University, he spent volunteer hours in the Orthotic and Prosthetic field, where he developed a passion to help people with gait deviations and restore something that was physically or visually lost.  He also was able to work at Horizon Orthotic & Prosthetic Experience, Inc. (HOPE) as a technician during his summer breaks to gain knowledge and experience in the fabrication of orthotic and prosthetic devices.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University, Phil was accepted into the Orthotic Practitioner program at Hartford University in Newington, CT.  After completing orthotic school at Newington Certificate Program in Orthotics, he served his residency at HOPE as beginning in June of 2009.  After passing his boards in December 2010 through American Board for Certification in orthotics and prosthetics, Phil became a Certified Orthotist.  He has continued his career with HOPE as a staff Orthotist at the Independence, MO location.
Phil has done orthotic management with infantile, juvenile, adolescent, athletic, and elderly patients with ranging pathologies and gait deviations. He is highly skilled in custom-designed orthotic devices in both upper and lower extremities.  He enjoys giving presentations to other member of the healthcare community and the team approach to the field.

Phil is excited to be a part of the highly skilled and experienced team at HOPE.  He looks forward to continuing providing high quality care in the Kansas City Metro area.

Shelli Hale, CPO
Shelli Hale is an ABC-certified prosthetist-orthotist with more than 20 years of patient care experience. She joined H.O.P.E. in February 2009. As a previous manager of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Department at West Texas Rehabilitation Center, she is committed to providing premier Orthotic and Prosthetic care to pediatric and adult patients with various pathologies and needs.
Shelli began her patient care experience as a physical therapy technician at West Texas Rehabilitation Center working with the adult and pediatric population. Recognizing a need for quality Orthotics and Prosthetics, she returned to school and received her B.S. in Kinesiology, then attended Northwestern University's orthotic certificate program in 1997. Appointed as Director of Orthotics and Prosthetics at West Texas Rehabilitation Center in 2001, she returned to Northwestern University for her certificate in Prosthetics in 2003. She was instrumental in expanding the Orthotic and Prosthetic department and programs at West Texas Rehab to include new state-of-the-art services.

Shelli is excited to be in the Kansas City area as part of the highly skilled and compassionate team at H.O.P.E. She looks forward to providing comprehensive, high quality care to the Kansas City area.

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