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Meet the Team

Education Team

Anthony Rystad, Director of Education, CPO   614.312.9866

Anthony is the Director of Education at WillowWood.  He’s an educator and clinician with over ten years of experience, having significant crossover into research, product development, branding strategy, and CRM.  He previously served as a full-time lecturer and faculty at California State University Masters O&P Program.  Anthony recently served on two NCOPE committees for residency and program accreditation.  He’s also lead as Clinical Director at LIM Innovations, introducing modular Infinite Socket technology to major rehabilitation and healthcare systems throughout the U.S., UK, Australia, and New Zealand.  He has extensive experience training, presenting, and designing instruction across numerous platforms.  Anthony earned degrees from UCLA in Neuroscience and Physiological Sciences.

Raymond Speelman, CP, COF     614.512.3577

Raymond began his career in the U. S. Navy before entering the O&P field in 1999. After 16 years of clinical experience as a technician, an orthotic fitter, prosthetist, and a clinic owner, Ray joined WillowWood in 2015 as a Regional Account Manager. In December 2018, he became a member of the company’s clinical education team. As an Educational Practitioner, Ray conducts training programs and provides clinical support for WillowWood’s customers.   View Ray’s Education Region
Favorite Downtime Activities: Spending time with family and friends enjoying a variety of activities like hiking, playing cards, or sitting around the fire pit.
Little Known Fact: I enjoy trying my hand at cooking…most of what I make is edible.

Customer Care

Rick Jones, Alpha DESIGN Liner Technician

Rick is a 28year WillowWood veteranhas experience in various aspects of the business having worked in productionadministration, and marketing. Rick has attended numerous industry trade shows and courses throughout his tenureWith 14 years of experience in the DESIGN Liner department, Rick serves as the Customer Care Lead DESIGN Liner TechKeeping the end users of our liners in mind is what drives Rick to do quality work for our clinical customers.
Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate
Little Known Fact:
I worked as an on-air radio personality right out of high school.

Randy Merriman, Customer Care Representative – Custom Fabrication

Randy has a passion for helping others and that shows in the service he provides to WillowWood customers as a DESIGN Liner Tech. With over 10 years’ experience in customer service, Randy is motivated to provide excellent customer service with every interaction and to ensure each custom liner meets the needs of both clinicians and their patients. 
Favorite Downtime Activity: watching a good series on Netflix or playing some basketball
Little Known Fact: I love playing poker and have won a few tournaments. 

Troy Rohrer, Alpha DESIGN Liner Technician

Troy considers his role as a DESIGN Liner Tech a sincere privilege. As a tech Troy designs or collaborates with clinicians to create custom liners, which he finds endlessly rewarding. With 10 years’ experience in customer service, Troy concentrates his efforts on accuracy and anticipating the needs of our clinical customers. 
Favorite Thing to Cook: Chicken Quesadillas
My wife and our four children

Cassie Wells, Customer Care Representative

Cassie commands a broad knowledge base of WillowWood traditional and OMEGA® products. Serving both direct customers and distributors, Cassie’s daily goal at WillowWood is to provide exceptional customer service and to help equip clinicians with the tools and products they need to level the playing field for their patients.
Loves: My greatest loves in this world are my 3 children…everything I do is for them.
Favorite Downtime Activity: Watching my children in their after-school activities and spending much needed girl time with my favorite ladies.

Research & Technology

Jim Colvin

Jim is the Director of Research and Technology at WillowWood.  His duties include product and technology development, outcomes studies, grant applications and management, and Intellectual Property portfolio management.  Jim is a member of AOPA’s 2020 Medical Advisory Board Steering Committee, ISO/Technical Committee 168 tasked with developing safety and performance standards for lower limb prostheses, ASTM Subcommittee on Orthotics and Prosthetics, and The Ohio State University Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council.  Prior to WillowWood, Jim worked as a Research Engineer for the Transportation Research Center of Ohio designing and testing automotive crash test dummies and passive restraint systems and as a Researcher at The Ohio State University evaluating the recovery of cardiac surgery patients.  He earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and MS in Biomedical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
I’m Inspired By: People who do as much as they can, as well as they can, as long as they can.
Favorite Downtime Activity: Spending time with my family

Matthew Wernke, PhD

Matthew is an applied research engineer. He earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2013 and was a research assistant for the Center for Assistive, Rehabilitation, and Robotic Technologies. His dissertation focused on the development of an optic-based device and motion analysis model to quantify motion of the residual limb relative to the prosthetic socket. His duties include product and technology development, outcomes studies, grant applications and management, and disseminating the research results at conferences and peer-reviewed publications.
Favorite Food: Donuts, but there is no need for filling. My reputation for loving donuts has now reached the level where everyone lets me know when donuts are in the office.
Little Known Fact: I am a third degree black belt in Taekwondo.

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