Team POP is a collaboration of certified orthotists and prosthetists, hard working technicians, 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.
Jimmy Colson: Owner and CEO, ABC Certified Orthotist (CO)
Jimmy was born in California and relocated to Las Vegas in 1988. Once moving to Las Vegas, he knew he had found his place. With a love and passion for helping others, Jimmy began working for a Ma & Pa company named Nevada Limb & Brace. When he decided to start his own company, he wanted to emulate the values he saw there: compassion, dedication, and the importance of a family setting. Jimmy is an American Board Certified Orthotist. He is also certified in cranial remolding helmets, scoliosis bracing, and all custom orthosis. With over 20 years of seeing patients in the community, he knows that he and his company will give the best personal patient experience, while fitting every need and/or desire POP’s patients have. When Jimmy is not at the company, he tries to make the most of his time for his family. He loves spending time with his wife, daughter, and son. Jimmy's hobbies include growing his own corals in his 1,100 gallon reef tank, being an avid Steelers fan, a huge music and movie buff, a published poet, and a world traveler. Jimmy is also now a published, best-selling author! Read more about Jimmy’s book and his journey from homelessness to where he is today on his website, jimmycolson.com.
Sara Colson: CFO, ABC Certified Fitter-Mastectomy (CFM)
Born and raised in Michigan, Sara relocated to Las Vegas in 2006. She met CEO Jimmy Colson in 2007, and they were married the same year. Sara was drawn to Jimmy's compassion for helping others. Sara started working in the front office administration with POP in 2007. When her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, she took a personal interest, and moved on to become an American Board Certified Mastectomy Fitter in 2010. Sara is trained in advanced mastectomy, custom breast prosthetics, compression hose, and lymphedema arm sleeves and gauntlets. In Sara's spare time she loves spending time with Jimmy and their daughter Liliana. Her hobbies are traveling, photography, and scrapbooking.
Jeff Eschenburg: Lead Prosthetist, ABC Certified Prosthetist (CP)
Michigan native Jeff suffered severe injuries in a farming mishap at the age of 12, resulting in the amputation of his leg above the knee. Disenchanted with the function of his prosthesis while studying business in college, Jeff decided to shift his studies to Health Science in Preventive and Rehabilitative Programs. He entered the field of prosthetics as a technician in 1995, and attended Northwestern University to receive a clinical certificate in Prosthetics in 1998. Jeff spent years working directly with physicians in Michigan on improving amputation techniques to provide the best outcome for amputees, and he has a passion for sharing these ideas with surgeons. After spending four years in Michigan working with surgeons, he was offered a position as Lead Prosthetist at POP. He relocated his family and moved across country to Las Vegas. Jeff enjoys spending time outdoors with his family when he is not in the office, and plays defense for the Vegas Golden Knights Sled Hockey team. Go Knights! Jeff also runs 5k races and is passionate about encouraging other amputees in the Las Vegas area to be more active, and to take advantage of the benefits in the latest prosthetic technologies.
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.
William Holzwarth: ABC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO)
William, a native of California, has worked over 25 years in the orthotic and prosthetic industry. He served as a Navy Corpsman during the latter part of the Vietnam conflict. He treated veterans and active-duty military returning home with harsh wounds caused by the conflict. Upon discharge from the Navy, Bill was able to take his technical skills as an orthopedic surgical assistant to a Veterans hospital in Northern California, assisting orthopedic surgeons and providing follow-up care for vets. Bill assisted in many lower limb amputations in the operating room. Moved by what he saw, Bill pursued his new interest in orthotics and prosthetics at the University of California, Berkeley. He later transferred to California State University’s Dominguez Hills’ Prosthetic & Orthotic program, where he graduated with a BS degree in Health Sciences in 1986. Bill loves being on the water and is an avid sailor, with his own sailboat on Lake Mead.
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.
Kari Pichora: Masters of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics (MSPO), ABC Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO)
After completing a Masters in Orthotics and Prosthetics from the University of Pittsburgh, Kari completed her orthotics residency in Los Angeles and her prosthetics residency in Raleigh, NC. Kari lives in the Las Vegas area with her 2 rescue cats, Outlaw and Bandit. She has a special love for the desert and spends as much time outside in it as she can. She enjoys knitting, hiking, yoga, trail running, and bouldering. She has completed over 30 road and trail running events ranging from half marathon to 35K and 2 trail ultramarathons.
Elden Henry-Pottinger: BOC Certified Orthotist (BOCO)
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.
Lee Rhinehart: ABC Certified Orthotist (CO)
Lee is a born and raised Las Vegas native. He has been in orthotics and prosthetics for the past 25 years. He first started working with Nevada Limb and Brace, where he became a certified Orthotist. Lee is a specialist in all aspects of bracing. When Lee is not at work, he enjoys the outdoors. Some of his hobbies are shooting, hunting, fishing, camping, four-wheeling, and enjoys spending time at the gym. Lee is a dedicated dad to four children.
Mike Weide: BOC Certified Pedorthist (BOCPD), BOC Certified Orthotic Fitter (COF)
Mike is a certified Pedorthist, Prosthetic Coordinator, and Lab manager, 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 and Prosthetic Coordinator. 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 assistant 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.
Aaron Acosta: Orthotic Technician
Bio coming soon!
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!
Megan Weide: Assistant 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, and is fluent in Spanish. 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, Biller
Jennifer has over seventeen years of medical experience. She was hired at POP in January 2016. She has been a Las Vegas resident for the past twenty-three years. She loves being apart of people’s lives and helping them in any way possible. She spends her spare time giving back to people that struggle with addictions, and with her children and family.
Jessica Conte: Office Administrator
Bio coming soon!
Claudia Arevalo: Office Administrator
Claudia was born in El Salvador. She was raised in California for 21 years and relocated to Las Vegas in 2004. Claudia is fluent in Spanish and English. She graduated from Heritage College in 2005 as a Medical Assistant.
Claudia has twelve years of experience in customer service, and 6 of those as an Orthotic and Prosthetic Administrator. When Claudia is out of the office, she enjoys volunteering at her church working with children’s ministries, the outdoors, music, and arts and crafts.
Kris Triviso: Office Administrator
I was born and raised in Las Vegas. In 2014, I pursued and fell in love with a career in helping others. I joined the POP team in 2018, and it has become like family. I have worked side by side with passionate individuals here at POP who strive for excellence. Outside of work, I enjoy trying new things, being outdoors, and spending time with my family.
Tori Chavez: Office Administrator
Tori is so happy to be at POP pursuing a career in the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Tori says, "I never thought that my career path in veterinary care and elementary education would lead me here, but it has and I am so grateful. Tori is happily married to her best friend, Hector. In their free time, they enjoy playing video games, watching movies, and cuddling with their critters.
Soyla Buendia: Office Administrator
Bio coming soon!
Robert Phillips: Purchasing, Accounts Payable
Rob got his start in the profession as a technician. Rob joined POP in 2011 as a technician and found his niche in purchasing & inventory. Outside of POP, he enjoys hunting down collectibles and spending time with his family and friends.
Lorena Lopez-Bernal: 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.