Team POP is a collaboration of certified orthotists and prosthetists, hard working technicians, and wonderful office administration. Our staff are some of the best in the industry and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient they encounter.
Ryan King: Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO), ABC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO)
Ryan is originally from Pennsylvania, where he began his career in O&P at his father’s shoe store. There, he received his certification in pedorthics and provided shoes and foot orthotics to people suffering from a wide array of foot problems. After receiving his MSPO degree, he did his orthotics and prosthetics residencies in St. Louis, working at the St. Louis children’s hospital and at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Ryan has worked with both children and adults with all types of neuromuscular disorders, and amputations at a variety of levels. He has participated in volunteer work with multiple associations, including The Amputee Blade Runners Charity in Nashville TN, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and United Cerebral Palsy. Ryan is now extremely excited to be a part of the clinical team here at POP Prosthetics. In his free time, he likes to hike with his wife at Red Rock and Mt. Charleston, and explore all that Las Vegas has to offer.
Ty Oswald, CP
Bio coming soon.
Teresa LaPorte: BOC Certified Orthotist (BOCO), BOC Certified Prosthetist (BOCP), ABC Certified Pedorthist (C.PED), ABC Certified Orthotist (CO)
Teresa has spent most of her life living and working in the Las Vegas Valley, and has over 40 years of experience. She understands both personally and professionally the unique care needs of O & P patients and their family members. Her father, Jerry Fullerton (himself an amputee), completed the education and training to become a certified prosthetist/orthotist and began caring for patients in 1967. As a child, Teresa would go to work with her father at the Fullerton family business, Superior Limb & Brace Co., where she learned the importance of not only providing superior products, but also exceptional patient support. Teresa knew that O&P was her niche. She began attending workshops, classes and conferences while training under her father. After years of education and training, Teresa earned numerous certifications including the ABC Certified Orthotist (CO) , and the Board for Certification Prosthetist Orthotist (BOCO). Teresa also specializes in providing compression garments for vascular, lymphedema, and burn patients.
Elden Henry-Pottinger: BOC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (BOCPO)
Elden is a Board Certified Orthotist/Board Eligible Prosthetist. Born in Costa Rica and raised in Southern California, he studied Business Pre-Law at Pacific Union College in Northern California. Growing up, Elden aspired to become a corporate attorney, however, he realized that it was not to be his passion. After college, Elden served in the United States Air Force for four years. Pursuing his love of science, he served as a meteorologist. Shortly after separating honorably from the Air Force, he realized that he could apply his diverse background and varied skill sets into helping others. In 2004 he discovered that Orthotics and Prosthetics would be his true calling. During his career in O&P, Elden has served as a technician, fitter, front and back office roles, practice manager, and clinical director. Elden is passionately involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ALS of Nevada monthly clinics. In his free time, Elden enjoys spending time with his children, reading, and is an avid sports fan.
Mike Weide: BOC Certified Pedorthist (BOCPD), BOC Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF)
Mike is a certified Pedorthist, and Certified Orthotic Fitter and joined the field in 2009. He worked his way up by working in every area until being able to see patients. In 2011, he became a certified fitter. Then, In 2015, he took the necessary courses and moved up to become a Pedorthist. He enjoys helping patients get back their quality of life and takes pride making their lives easier. When Mike isn't working at POP, he enjoys working on cars, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his wife Megan (POP’s office manager and Prosthetic Coordinator), and their daughter Lola.
Eric Eierdam: Amputee Advocate, BOC Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF)
Eric has always been the type to work hard for what he wants in life, and strives to go after his dreams, in spite of being an above-knee amputee since 2002 due to a traumatic motorcycle wreck. Eric competed with the US Paralympic Team, and was the number one ranked para-skeleton athlete in the for world 3 years in a row. He understands what is required for great prosthetics and great prosthetic providers and he enjoys working with only the very best! He hopes to be able to offer people help, support, and advice from his experience and be a pillar of strength for other amputees. Eric now plays defense for the Vegas Golden Knights Sled Hockey team with POP Prosthetist Jeff. A husband and father to three, Eric tries to prioritize his time around his family whenever possible. In the summer, they love to go on hikes, explore the yard for bugs, and spend time at the lake tubing and cliff diving. The majority of their free time is spent in their family pool at home, having BBQ's with friends and playing at various splash pads. In the winter time they love sledding, snowboarding and snow-biking.
Matt Tapley: Prosthetic Orthotic Technician
Originally from Connecticut, Matt has been living in Las Vegas since 2007. Matt started with a national prosthetic and orthotic company in 2004 where he gained his skills. Matt has been with POP for over ten years, and he thoroughly enjoys his job helping people with their orthotic and prosthetic needs! Matt is an avid hockey player and fan. On his evenings and days off, you can always find Matt on the ice.
Hope Bevilhymer: Technician
Hope Bevilhymer lives up to her name. She provides hope to people all over the world who have experienced limb loss. Hope had her right leg amputated below the knee at the age of 25. Due to her own experience with limb loss, she advocates around the globe for others who have experienced amputation. Hope founded The Limbs of Hope Foundation in October 2003. The organization works to collect prosthetics in the United States and ship or deliver them to developing countries. Hope has won numerous awards and accolades for her humanitarian work, including the Greatest Hometown Hero Award and the Volvo for Life Award. Hope currently serves as goalie for both the USA Women's Para Ice Hockey Team and the Las Vegas Golden Knights Sled Hockey Team. We are so happy to have her on Team POP as well!
Bradley Davis: Technician
Bio coming soon.
Megan Weide: Office Manager and Prosthetic Coordinator
Megan has been with POP since 2011, and she has been one of POP’s most dedicated employees! She originally started as a front office administrator, was promoted in 2014 to Front Office Supervisor, then onto Assistant Office Manager and Prosthetic Coordinator. Megan loves being able to assist patients in anyway possible. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband Mike, Pedorthist and Orthotic Fitter at POP, and their new daughter Lola.
Jennifer Ballard: Front Office Supervisor and Billing Specialist
Jennifer has over seventeen years of medical experience. She was hired at POP in January 2016. Working in the orthotics and prosthetics field is her passion and she truly enjoys everything she does here at POP. She has been a Las Vegas resident for over twenty five years. She loves being apart of people’s lives and helping them in any way possible. Jennifer is a currently in school full-time for her Bachelor's of Science in Health Administration to help her excel in her career. Jennifer has six children and enjoys spending time with them and her family whenever possible.
Chanté Torno: CFm, COF- Office Administrator
Chanté joined the POP family in April 2019. She has worked in healthcare for over a decade. She is a great asset to our POP family. Chanté has five children who she enjoys spending her free time with.
Cristhian Catalan: Office Administrator
Cristhian was born in Los Angeles. In 2019, he joined the POP family. He is always eager to learn new things. It feels good to be able to help so many people in my community. Thanks to POP I now want to strive for more success and to become a practitioner one day. On my days off I’m always attending dance classes and playing video games.
Crystal Rivera, COF: Office Administrator
Crystal began her career with POP Prosthetics in 2019. She was raised in Las Vegas for the majority of her life. She is currently working on attaining her BOC certification for orthotic fitting. She wants to continue growing and being a part of the POP family by taking a more hands on approach with patients. During her leisure time she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her daughter and at some point she aspires to live in New Zealand.
Michelle Sanchez: Office Administrator
Born and raised in Michigan and the sister of Sara Colson, CFO. Michelle has recently relocated to Las Vegas to lend a helping hand in her sisters fast-growing business. Michelle is new to the Orthotics and Prosthetics world but brings a unique outlook to her role here as office administrator. In the a past Michelle has used her BS in Psychology to Advocate for Families in poverty not only as a Family Development Coordinator for the Head Start Program but also by sitting on numerous food bank and community resource committees as well as co-coordinating a county wide backpack and school supply giveaway. Michelle has written grants for programs that empower parents to be their child’s best medical advocate through UCLA’s “I CAN” and collaborated with local farmers to ensure children under the age of 5 received fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months. Her love for others stems from watching her mother dedicate herself to a life of service and is fostered by her daughter's unwavering empathy.
Marivic Echipare- Office Administrator
Marivic was born on Oahu, Hawaii and moved to Las Vegas at a young age. She completed her Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiological Sciences from UNLV in 2018. Upon graduation she received her licensing as a Registered Behavior Technician working with children with Autism. After working a few months in the field she realized it wasn't for her. About a year and a half later, she was given the oppurtunity to work at POP and is enjoying every bit of her experience. Every day has not only been a learning experience but a realization of why she enjoyed learning about human movement in college. She has a passion to help other be better. During Marivic's free time she loves traveling, spending time with her family and friends and hiking. She absolutely love her dog, Nina and treats her like a baby.
Kiara Aquino- Office Administrator
Bio coming soon.
Lorena Lopez-Bernal, CFm: Purchasing and Inventory
Lorena began her O&P career in 2016. She has a strong passion for organization and excels at Purchasing and Inventory. Lorena looks forward to all the opportunities POP has to offer and can’t wait for the future. When not working, Lorena loves spending time with her two daughters. She also enjoys doing many physical activities and exploring all that Vegas has to offer.