Hanger Clinic welcomes Ryan Blanck, CPO, to the Tacoma Clinic as part of the national upper extremity specialist team. He will oversee the upper extremity program for the Northwest region.
Blanck has 15 years experience of prosthetic and orthotic patient care, and specializes in the treatment of individuals with trauma-related amputations and injuries. He joins Hanger from Brooke Army Medical Center and the Center for the Intrepid, where he provided care to wounded US soldiers and invented the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO), an energy-storing device originally created to help restore mobility to active duty and retired service members with lower extremity traumatic injuries and neuromuscular deficits. This technology will now be available at select Hanger Clinic locations and Blanck will serve as the national IDEO program director.
“Ryan’s creation of the IDEO device has restored mobility to hundreds of soldiers who were experiencing severe pain due to combat-related injuries, and even considering amputation,” Timothy Zanas, regional director of Hanger Clinic, stated in a press release. “Ryan is a forward-thinker dedicated to his patients, and will certainly be a great asset to the patient care we deliver at Hanger Clinic. We are thrilled to add his extensive skillset to the company.”