Who are you?
I’m Kjell Lövik, a bearded man of 68 years. I’m a father of three- now adult- children, living in Steinkjer beautifully located at the end of a fjord in Norway. As a trained journalist with a Master’s degree in Crisis Communication I worked for 17 years at NOK (Norwegian Television/Radio). As I love communication and the written word, I’m also the author of 18 books throughout the years- both within humour, fact and documentary. Nowadays I really enjoy retired life but can’t help still writing a book every now and then. I’m also passionate about my hobbies, playing a Viking in full regalia in local historic games, and go geocaching all over the world.
What is your story?
When I was 4 years old- back in 1958, I was out on a bicycle ride with my dad. Sitting behind him at the luggage carrier in a steep downhill I accidently got my foot into the wheel, and broke both of my ancle bones. In time this healed, but in a bad way, so my foot ended up pointing outwards and I kind of got used to that. At the age of 60 I was going on a long hike into the mountains. The trail was challenging and difficult and eventually I slipped and sprained my bad foot. It was rainy and I had no phone coverage, so I simply had to walk back for miles with my bad foot which was now bone-to-bone. Surgery was necessary and bolts were put into the foot, but the bolts broke, and nothing worked. After 4 years, 12 surgeries and lots of complications and pain, amputation was the only way out. After some time in a wheelchair and also getting diagnosed with Parkinson, I’m now up on prosthetics and able to get back to “normal” even if things I do always take a bit longer than before.
What does “Xtend Your life” mean to you?
I’m a curious person who loves exploring new things and to go places I’ve never been before. Best of all is to discover things that I didn’t even know existed. So” Xtend your life” really means the freedom of being able to do just that. I always try and look at things from the bright side, like for example, having a disability always gives you the best spot or other advantages, and if I do something a bit crazy, I can always blame my Parkinson :-).
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PEL LLC is an independent distributor to the O&P profession covering the entire United States. Since its inception in 1959 in Cleveland, Ohio PEL has generated an incredibly loyal customer base that relies on them for products, service and reliability. Carrying over 150,000 SKUs and representing over 250 manufacturers, PEL is able to deliver the supplies O&P clinics need to help ensure positive outcomes for their patients.
We are really excited to be partnering with a company steeped in tradition and also focused on the future of O&P.
Read more about PEL at https://www.pelsupply.com/
DPOP (Dominion Prosthetic and Orthotic Purchasing) is a Group Purchasing Organization for prosthetic, orthotic, pedorthic and mastectomy care providers. As members of DPOP, O&P Clinics can leverage their consolidated buying power to obtain better pricing and terms than they can achieve individually. For us at Lindhe Xtend this partnership means extending our US-customer base and providing yet another way to easily access our products on the US-market.
DPOPs tagline is “Together we are better”, and we fully agree and are really looking forward to work closely together.
Read more about DPOP at www.dpopg.com
True end-user needs are always what we base our innovations on. For the development of Xtend Connect this was also the case. We got some really interesting research and data from two separate studies that examined the obstacles amputees are facing in their day-to-day life, and also how some of those can be navigated more easily by using a quick-change adapter.
Read more about these studies, see the findings and some infographics that bring them to life here
We continue to expand in North America and are now looking for a person who can drive sales growth primarily in the western US. The position will be the lead point of contact for customers in the region.
This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference and improve the lives of those living with limb loss.
We would like you to have a minimum of 2 years O&P industry experience, effective product presentation skills, be highly motivated and able to travel.
Read the full job description Regional Territory Manager, Western USA
Are you our man or woman for the job? Or do you know someone who could be?
Contact Director of Sales North America, Russell Cannon Cell Phone (603) 566 7980 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so thrilled to be partnering with OPIE Software. Our products Xtend Foot and Xtend Connect are now available for purchase in the OPIE Purchasing and Inventory. There you can view our digital catalog, use the Foot Configurator to find the right choice for your user, place orders and receive order confirmation directly in the system. Just as you are used to as a customer in the USA!
About OPIE Software:
OPIE Software is a healthcare IT organization dedicated to serving the technology, education, and business needs of the orthotics and prosthetics (O&P) profession. The OPIE Software platform was introduced in 2003 and provides electronic health records, workflow, billing, and practice management tools to independent orthotic and prosthetic facilities. In 2014, OPIE acquired Futura International, Inc., so we now offer the two leading practice management solutions to over 1,400 facilities to help O&P practices more effectively compete and succeed. For more information, visit www.opiesoftware.com
The Xtend Foot is now also available through SPS to all US O&P offices. Visit their website today to order our groundbreaking foot. Sizes from 23 to 29 and accommodating weights up to 330 lbs. All Xtend Feet come with a 60 Day, satisfaction guaranteed, trial period. Let the end-user feel the difference.
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We are super happy to present our new Office Manager – Ashlynn Goggans. Ashlynn will, out of our office in Stuart, Florida manage everything regarding customer service and logistics. With many years of experience in healthcare coordination and dental practices – we rest assure our US-customers will be in really good hands.
Welcome to the team Ashlynn!
We are so excited to announce our new partnership with SPS and Hanger in the US.
“With a long history of serving the O&P profession, and with as impressive a roster of clients as one can imagine, including the nationally prominent Hanger Clinics, SPS is the ideal partner to help us get our products to those who will truly benefit: amputees.” says our own Russell Cannon, Director of Sales, North America at Lindhe Xtend Inc. Starting October 2021, SPS and Hanger will take onboard Xtend Connect – our complete range of quick-change adapters.
The largest distributor in the world, founded in 1917 and formerly known as Southern Prosthetic Supply, SPS has multiple Distribution Centers, a highly respected Sales & Marketing division as well as a team of Professional Educators. They are in other words highly qualified to reach clinicians with our solution that truly revolutionizes day-to-day life for amputees. Hanger Clinics has over 800 locations nation-wide over 1 Million patients are treated annually.
Thank you for your confidence and looking forward to the cooperation!
Read more about SPS and Hanger Clinics