In this episode, Brian sits down with Melissa Stockwell and Keri Serota, the co-founders of Dare2Tri, an Illinois-based 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization with the mission to positively impact the lives of athletes with physical disabilities and visual impairments by developing their skills in paratriathlon.
Melissa holds a USAT Level I coaching certification and serves as a mentor for Dare2tri athletes as they train and compete. Melissa is an Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart Recipient and above-the-knee amputee and she holds multiple Paratriathlon World Championship titles. Melissa currently works at Scheck and Siress Prosthetics and is a mentor and role model to the other amputees she meets. She is looking forward to working with all athletes new to the sport of triathlon and cannot wait to cross the finish line with them. Melissa completed the Arizona Ironman in 2013 and is a member of the USAT Mideast Regional Council and USAT Women’s Committee.
Keri holds a USAT Certified Race Director and USA Triathlon Level I coaching certification and also serves as the Executive Director for Dare2tri. Keri is the Vice Chair of the USAT National Paratriathlon Committee and is dedicated to growing the sport of paratriathlon across the country. She has a passion for adaptive sports and her enthusiasm for supporting athletes of all ages, ability, and experience level is unmatched. As a triathlete, she has guided runners with disabilities in multiple marathons and triathlons, and in 2011, she completed her first Ironman in Madison, Wisconsin.
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with Reggie Showers, a motivational speaker and amputee. Reggie describes his experience going through a traumatic event as a young man and how that has since shaped his life.
For more information about Reggie, check out his website
In this episode, Brian has an incredibly special visitor stop by...Santa Claus! Brian asks Santa some of the tough questions that most podcast hosts would shy away from. From everyone at De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics, we want to say, Happy Holidays!
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with Royal Australian Navy Marine Technician, motivational speakers and right above knee amputee Mark Daniels about his incredible journey following a horrific accident in which doctors did not believe he would survive. Mark proves that with enough drive and determination anyone can overcome any challenge they face in life.
For more information about Mark, connect with him on Facebook @MarkDanielsMotivation
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with Peg Leg Trainer and Rush Foot ReBELLE Jenny Pollreis.
Join Brian and he and Jenny discuss her inspirational journey, raising kids post amputation, and why hard work and dedication truly pays off.
In 14 years as an amputee, Jenny has tried almost every type of carbon foot available (and broken them). Now that she's on a fiberglass foot, she isn't shy about sharing her love for the RUSH ROGUE! Check out Jenny's testimony about her experience with the Rush Rogue https://youtu.be/oPLffsVTBlk
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with dad, coach, chef, patient advocate and recently engaged RAKA Josh Green.
Join Brian as he and Josh discuss Josh's lifelong journey as an amputee, chef, coach patient model and his most important role, dad.
For more information about Josh, connect with him on Facebook @ChefJGreen
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with a global advocate for amputee rights, keynote speaker, ballroom dancer, blade runner and Boston Marathon bombing survivor, Adrianne Haslet.
Join Brian as he and Adrianne discuss her inspirational journey, involvement in advocacy for the limb loss community and so much more.
Check out Adrianne in PBSM's official video for "Dance Floor"
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with bilateral amputee, adaptive athlete and the architect of the revAMPd podcast name, Mason Hall. Join Brian as he and Mason discuss Mason's limb loss journey, adapting to the new normal and moving on with life.
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with life long transtibial amputee "The Roaming Rebel" Chris Bowman. Join Brian as he and Chris discuss Chris' many adventures as well as his inspirational journey with limb loss.
On this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with U.S. Army Veteran, Wounded Warrior, Adaptive Athlete and Keynote Speaker, "The Raging Panda" Nick Koulchar. Join Brian as he talks to Nick about his long road to recovery after losing both legs while defending the United States in Operation Iraqi Freedom, being adaptive, competing in marathons and crossfit as well as fatherhood and how to overcome any obstacle we face in life.
On this episode of revAMPd, Brian talks with adaptive athlete, outdoorsman, Rush Foot Rebel and right below knee amputee Fritz Rudy. Join Brian as he talks to Fritz about his limb loss journey, hunting, fishing, competitive shooting and how to fearlessly take your life back and overcome anything that happens to you.
Check out Fritz's blog "Hopalong's Guide to the Galaxy."
Watch as Fritz goes Rogue.
RUSH into the Wild with Fritz Rudy.
On this episode of revAMPd, Brian talks with Sara McLaughlin, the head physical therapist for Camp No Limits, about the mission and work of Camp No Limits as well as her unique journey as both a physical therapist and the mother of a child living with limb loss.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and on this episode of revAMPd Brian talks with upper extremity amputee and breast cancer survivor Dena Foster about her limb loss journey and her battles with breast cancer. Dena and Brian also discuss the importance of monthly self exams and yearly mammograms for all women.
For more information about breast cancer, visit www.breastcancer.org
On this episode of revAMPd, Brian talks with Jeff Bryan, a firefighter/EMT who returned to full active duty after becoming an RBKA. Join Brian and Jeff as they discuss Jeff's incredible journey, as well as his many climbing adventures.
For more information about Jeff, follow his adventures on Instagram @amputee_fire_climber
On this episode of revAMPd, Brian talks with bilateral amputee Todd Domingo, the founder and support group leader of Amputee Coalition of Toronto, amputee advocate, adaptive runner, motivational speaker and fellow Rush Foot Rebel.
Join Brian and Todd as they talk about Todd's inspirational journey with limb loss, the importance of providing peer support for amputees, running and so much more.
For more information about Todd, follow him on Instagram @amput_o
Please help Todd get the running blades he needs by donating to his gofundme page "Help Me Run With Running Blades"
On this episode of revAMPd, Brian sits down with Dr. Michael C. Munin, M.D., a physiatrist at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who directs the Prosthetic Rehabilitation Clinic at UMPC; Dr Munin is also a professor and Vice Chair of Strategic Planning and Program Development for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Join Brian as he and Dr. Munin discuss amputee rehabilitation and why it's important for every amputee to go to have a physiatrist as well as visit an amputee clinic.
For more information about The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center please visit www.upmc.com
For more information about the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine please visit www.medschool.pitt.edu
On Ep. 27 of revAMPd, Brian talks with Ashley Kurpiel, the only amputee in the world diagnosed with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. Join Brian and Ashley as they discuss her inspirational journey of refusing to allow her diagnoses to stop her from living life to the fullest every single day.
For more information about Ashley, connect with her on Facebook @FlipFlop15
On episode 26 of revAMPd, Brian talks with Caitlin Connor, a left below knee amputee, adaptive triathlete and the first female amputee boxer in the U.S. about her limb loss journey. For more information about Caitlin, connect with her on Facebook and Instagram
On episode 25 of revAMPd, Brian talks with bilateral amputee and owner of Kingston Circus Arts, Erin Ball about her limb loss journey as well as performing incredible, and often death defying circus arts as an amputee.
On Ep. 24 of revAMPd, Brian talks with AK amputee Kristy Wimberly about her limb loss journey, parenting as an amputee and the foundation of disXAbled Beauty. Join Brian as he and Kristy discuss her journey to prove that our abilities are stronger than our disabilities.
For more information about Kristy, visit www.disxabledbeauty.com and connect with her on Instagram @disxabledbeauty
On Ep. 23 of revAMPd, Brian talks with bilateral amputee, and inspirational speaker Lou Figeuroa, the founder and CEO if Inspired Balance.
Join Brian and Lou as they discuss Lou's harrowing story of survival from being struck by a train and ultimately losing both of his legs, to his journey to raise awareness about drink safety and promoting drink safety test kits.
On Ep. 22 of revAMPd, Brian talks with Robert Rodriguez, the founder of LimbPossible about Robert's limb loss journey, playing on the National Amputee Basketball team, AMP1, his work with East Coast Orthotic & Prosthetic Corp helping other amputees, founding LimbPossble, competing on American Ninja Warrior, his work with the National Prosthetic Equality Project and more.
Check out East Coast O&P Corp's article on Robert appearing on American Ninja Warrior
On Ep. 21 of revAMPd , Brian talks to the founder and CEO of MomRN and the host of the AskMomRN podcast, Tamara Walker.
Join Brian and Tamara as they discuss her journey growing up as an amputee, to issues of marriage, family, career and faith.
On Ep. 20 of revAMPd, Brian talks with Linda Walls, an LBKA from the Dallas Amputee Network. Join Brian and Linda as they discuss dating, sex and sexuality post amputation.
For more information about Linda, connect with her on Facebook @lbkaoct6
On Ep. 19 of revAMPd, Brian talks with Ed and Paul De La Torre, the owners of De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics about the foundation of the company and how it has evolved over the years to become the recognized leader in orthotics and prosthetics in the greater Pittsburgh area and beyond. Ed and Paul share insights, memories and stories about their father's inspiration journey to the United States from Puerto Rico, serving his country in World War II and the challenges of starting a business and raising a family coming out the Great Depression. It's a fascinating look at how with hard work and determination, anything is possible.