Meet our new Norgwegian Ambassador – Kjell

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 :-).

Follow Kjell at https://www.instagram.com/lovikkjell/

New partnership with PEL LLC

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/

Supplier Partnership with DPOP

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

 

User Need Studies – Xtend Connect

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

Regional Territory Manager, Western USA

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: russell@lindheusa.com

 

Integrated Supplier of OPIE Software

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

Xtend Connect now accessible to SPS and Hanger in the US

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

Caro – our new Ambassador in Germany

Who are you?
I’m Caro Wehner, a 47-year-old above knee amputee from Germany. I’m a geologist with a passion for stones and fossils and I traveled the world during my studies to find out everything about them.  I live with my two kids…I’m sorry – I mean dogs… (but they are like my kids, as loving and as annoying) in beautiful Altmühltal, between Nürnberg and München. I’m originally from Schwaben but I moved here because I love the great opportunities for recreation and nature that this area brings. As I simply love being outdoors with my dogs, do Nordic walking, agility and look for fossils – this is the right place to be.

What is your story?
Well, in the year of 2000 I had a serious accident, being tackled by the other team at a softball competition. The cruciate ligaments in the knee broke and a lot of surgeries followed. Already at the first surgery I caught an infection. And there were more infections and a lot of pain after the over 40 surgeries that followed. The surgeries didn’t solve the problem and my pain only got worse. Finally, the only way out I saw was amputation, and getting the anaesthesia I went to sleep with a smile on my face knowing that I was going to be amputated, free from the pain and able to re-start my life.
Two weeks after the amputation I started trying out prosthetics and three weeks after that I started walking. Having dogs really helped getting up on the prosthetics early and fast. After 6 months I was doing Agility with my dogs again and – believe it or not – since then I have become the Vice World Champion in Para-Agility twice! Nowadays I live a really active and happy life doing trekking, motorbiking, Stand-Up-Paddling…and really whatever that I want.

What does “Xtend Your life” mean to you?
It simply means freedom. To be able to do what I want, whenever I want it, means everything to me since I’m a free spirit. I could never image to live my life in any other way. My personal motto is actually “Carpe Momentum”, and to me that is really the same. Being out of my comfort zone, having no restrictions, breathe fresh air and be a bit crazy is really life at its best!

P.s. You can follow Caro on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thirteenfeetoneteam/

 

Say hi to our newest team member

Jonathan Ivansson is taking the role as Customer Service, Logistics and Administration Assistant at our HQ in Halmstad. Despite his young age Jonathan already have a lot of experience from Customer Service and Logistics having worked with logistics at the warehouse of Martin & Servera as well as service and support at ICA Maxi. At Lindhe Xtend Jonathan will put all his energy and effort in providing safe, fast deliveries and a brilliant customer service.

Welcome onboard Jonathan, we are very happy to have you!!

FAOP – New kids on the block

We were so excited to launch Lindhe Xtend and our products at FAOP last weekend. Being new to the US-market and also located in Florida, this is the first time we got a really great chance to present ourselves. This well-attended show in Orlando, FL, had both exhibition and workshops. Lindhe Xtend’s Sales Director North America, flanked by our CEO Jessika Broström held a well-appreciated workshop, where also our Founder, triple-amputee Christoffer Lindhe joined live digitally from Sweden. The highly competitive Swedish Quiz-promenade following the work-shop resulted in two lucky winners. We congratulate Travis Andersen, Hanger Clinic in Orlando and André Bellicini at Restore POC in Daytona Beach as the winners of Lindhe Xtend products.

Climbing Pont la Seyne sur Mere with the Xtend Foot

Our ambassador Valerie is truly an adventurous and charitable lady. Normally she does many tower runs that brings donations for charity, but since Covid hit us they have unfortunately all been cancelled.
So Valerie decided to make a run by herself and raise money for a renowned cancer hospital and research centre – Fondation Gustave Roussy – based in Paris. For this she will be climbing the Pont la Seyne sur Mere which has 231 steps. But since she is hoping to raise a minimum of 2310 euros, she decided to multiply her run by 10, which is basically 1 euro per step. All the donations will go to child cancer research at the foundation.
So Valerie’s goals are not to set a performance record but to raise as much money as she possibly can. It will be a challenge since the most she have ever climbed before has been 2000 steps and this tower run is going to be different from the others mainly as it’s an outdoor event and it may be windy or wet that day. Also the tour has metal steps and for the first time she will be going up and down twice with her prosthetic foot – Xtend Foot. Usually she only climb with crutches and use the elevator to come down.

Best of luck to Valerie on May 19 – all the colleagues at Lindhe Xtend will of course be rooting and cheering!

Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP and OrtoPed ULC to distribute Lindhe Xtend products in North America

Naperville, IL – February 22, 2021

Lindhe Xtend Inc. is pleased to announce they have partnered with Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP, a North American distributor of orthotics and prosthetics. This agreement will facilitate the sale of Lindhe Xtend Inc. products into the United States and Canada.

“The strength of commercial channels , the nation-wide reach of Cascade, and OrtoPed’s access to the Canadian market, will allow Lindhe Xtend Inc. to immediately make our products available to O&P facilities across North America,” says Russell Cannon, Director of Sales, North America at Lindhe Xtend Inc.

The first products accessible through distribution will be the Xtend Connect line, a complete range of quick-change adapters. These adapters function similarly to other adapters on the market, but allow patients to safely and securely detach and attach specific parts of their prosthesis.

“Cascade and Ortoped are pleased to bring this unique Swedish innovation to the US market. The product range of the Xtend Connect can truly revolutionize daily activities of the user. Getting dressed, temporarily disconnecting segments for sitting comfort, or simply changing feet for different activities will be easier and quicker for many patients. Lindhe Xtend, founded by triple amputee Christoffer Lindhe, brings a true user perspective and fills a unique need for the market we serve,” says Nina Bondre, CPO, FAAOP, Clinical Educator at Cascade.

Products are available online to order immediately:
Xtend Connect Product page – Cascade USA

ABOUT LINDHE XTEND
Lindhe Xtend is a Swedish-based group of companies, founded in 2013 by triple-amputee, Christoffer Lindhe.
The mission is to develop and commercialize innovative prosthetics based on true user needs. Under the motto ”Xtend your life” new products are constantly developed to further enhance the quality of life for amputees. Lindhe Xtend Inc is the US-subsidiary supporting the North American market.

ABOUT CASCADE ORTHOPEDIC SUPPLY, LP
Founded in 1973, Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP is distinguished as the leading distributor of orthotics and prosthetics in North America. Cascade has four distribution facilities located in California, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, allowing overnight delivery anywhere in the contiguous United States at published ground rates. Cascade’s reputation is built on a continued commitment to superior service and support, investments in technology, and operational efficiency. Cascade distributes a broad range of products from more than 250 suppliers. As a leading provider in the industry, Cascade is committed to helping customers build a successful practice and deliver better patient care. Learn more at: www.cascade-usa.com

PRESS CONTACT
Susanna Rosander
Chief Marketing Officer, Lindhe Xtend Group
E-mail: susanna@lindhe.se

Taking lead on Quality and Regulatory


We are really happy to be welcoming Frida Svensson to our team. She will be taking on the role as Project leader within Quality and Regulatory as per February. Our very ambitious new employee is in parallel finishing her studies at University of Halmstad, and will become a bachelor in Innovation engineering at the end of spring semester 2021. With Frida’s competence and energy we will become even stronger at serving our customers and users with high performance and quality assured products.

A warm welcome to Frida!

Lindhe Xtend acquires Hydracoupler

True patient innovation is the core of Lindhe Xtend, and we now have the pleasure to announce the acquisition of all the intellectual property and full rights to the highly innovative system of Hydracoupler.

“This innovation fits very nicely with our idea to “Change & Connect Anything” on all prosthetic legs and will expand the reach of our current product portfolio of Xtend Connect”, says Christoffer Lindhe, Founder and Principal owner of Lindhe Xtend. “We truly believe in every prosthetic users’ right to adapt the prosthesis to their everyday life. Simple tasks like changing trousers or shoes are tricky for me and other amputees, so we want to make those tasks as easy and quick as they were before the amputation.”

The Hydracoupler makes it possible to detach a prosthetic leg even if the amputee uses a traditional foam-cover. The device will open the market for quick-change adapters even further and expand the addressable market for quick-change adapters. No other device on the market fits together with a foam-covered leg.

Hydracoupler is developed by the engineer Martin Adelholt, an amputee himself, and true user-based innovator.

“I am so glad that Lindhe Xtend and I could conclude this. I have been working on this innovation for several years and I also wear it myself, so seeing this product get out on the market and be accessible to other amputees, will mean a lot to me. Lindhe Xtend is one of few prosthetic companies that makes user-driven products, and I am convinced that they will benefit from that in the long term by supporting many amputees around the globe to live a simpler life with prosthetics. “says Martin Adelholt.

The acquisition was completed on December 4, 2020 and the product is expected to reach the market late 2021.

Read more about the Hydracoupler at https://www.hydracoupler.com/

Meet Valerie Hirschfield – Our new Ambassador

Who are you?
I’m a “French-South African” lady, married with children. I was born in Toulon (France) in 1964 and still an infant when my father decides he would like to emigrate and the whole family went off to South Africa.   I grew up in a suburb of Johannesburg and studied, worked and had 2 of my 3 children there.   The youngest was born in France as we moved back to Toulon in 1993.

What is your story?
In 2004 I suffered 3rd degree burns to my leg, which led to many surgeries and during one of these I caught an infection.  Finally, I didn’t really have a choice but to amputate as septicaemia set in and that was a life-threatening condition.  I’ve been an amputee for 15 years now.  After the amputation I just wanted to get straight back to my family as my kids were young and needed to have their mom back in their lives.   So, I decided that I would finish off the summer holidays with them and when their school year was about to start, I would then go to rehab and learn how to walk using a prosthetic leg.  By then I was so used to walking on crutches and without a prosthetic leg that the situation lasted 10 years.   I finally got a prosthetic when in 2015 I came across a stand-up paddling race which takes place in Holland.  The event is the “11 city SUP Tour”, a 220km race, going through 11 beautiful historical villages and over a five-day period. This was a real boost for me and since then I windsurf, snowboard, surf, play stand up tennis and of course walk in everyday life.  Nowadays with prosthetics instead of crutches.

What does ”Xtend your life” mean to you?
I’m a person who likes to challenge myself and being out of my comfort zone triggers me. Of course, an amputation is a life changing situation in many ways,but I’m lucky enough to have a good prosthetic leg and foot. The motto “Xtend your Life”, doesn’t mean I will have extra years ahead of me, but will enable me to live life to its fullest in a comfortable and easier way.   I like that motto and I could easily make it mine.   I try to live my life in a healthy way, even if I tend to push my body to its limits.  I just want to carry on with what I do for as long as I possibly can as that is very important both mentally and physically.  Some say we should never look back, but I don’t agree.   Looking ahead and moving on is great but one must look back to see just how much they have done and where they have come from.

Follow Valerie at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/valerie.hirschfield and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/val_hirschfield/

First man on the ground – North America

We are proud to present our newest team-member Russell Cannon. Russell has considerable experience in the O&P Industry, just recently as Territory Manager North East at Cascade Orthopedic Supply and brings a wealth of knowledge and a valuable network of contacts to our company.
Russell is taking the role as Director of Sales, North America and will play a vital role in taking our Lindhe Xtend products to the market. Russell will, together with the Customer Service team in Naperville (IL), be the core foundation of the newly established US-subsidiary, Lindhe Xtend Inc.

A warm welcome to Russell, we are excited to have you on the team!

You can reach Russell here

Presenting Lindhe Xtend Inc

We have the pleasure to announce our new addition to the Lindhe Xtend family. Our subsidiary Lindhe Xtend Inc has now been established and our initial base for our US-expansion will be in Naperville, outside of the metropolitan area of Chicago, IL. Recruitment for a sales and customer service team is ongoing and our operations will be fully up and running by the end of the year.

We are really excited to start our journey in the USA!

Should you have any questions, please direct them to President/CEO of Lindhe Xtend: Jessika Broström, info@lindheusa.com

OTB in Sweden, CEO Jessika Broström member of the Board

Lindhe Xtend has been a member of the Swedish OTB since 2017. The Swedish organization for companies in the Prosthetics & Orthotics gathers 50 Swedish O&P companies, both public and private in Sweden. The target of the organization is to support the industry and its role in the society.

This is a vision that is clearly shared with Lindhe Xtend and CEO, Jessika Broström says: “I am really proud to be a Member of the Board of this important organization. By influencing the O&P industry on many levels, today and tomorrow, we can assure that the patients best is in the forefront”.

Chief Marketing Officer – Susanna Rosander

We are proud to present our newest team-member Susanna Rosander. In order to assure the international expansion of our company, continue to build a strong brand and support the launch of our products in new countries, Susanna will be a great contribution to the team and in scaling up our marketing efforts. Susanna has held leading marketing positions in international companies like Getinge and Gerdmans and has an extensive knowledge in building strong presence in social and digital media. Susanna started her position in March and will share her time between Lindhe Xtend AB in Sweden and the newly established US-entity, Lindhe Xtend Inc.

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