Pippa, the widow of Bruce Dolen, was instrumental in the founding of Skyland Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. She received her formal education at Furman University and her technical training through various vendor workshops and seminars. She oversees all aspects of the business including data collection, identification of problem areas, financial interactions, advertising, marketing, public relations, quality control, and staff continuity. She is a very compassionate, colorful (as evidenced in the unusual décor of the facility), people-oriented person who always remembers what it is like to be on the other side of the door.
SHAUN DOLEN, CP
Shaun is the son of Bruce and Pippa. He grew up surrounded by the field of prosthetics. In 1988, he changed his direction from “interest” to “career”. In 1995, following the death of his father, he became responsible for the survival and success of Skyland Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc., a task that he has fulfilled beyond all expectations. His natural knowledge was honed with the hands-on training from his father who taught him old-school technologies, as well as an educated knowledge of innovative procedures. Shaun is both a highly-skilled and exceptionally creative practitioner who believes in doing “whatever it takes” to make it right. He received his formal education at Pittsburgh Institute of Technology for Prosthetics and Orthotics and continues his education on an annual basis in order to stay apprised of all available new technologies. Shaun manages the day-to-day operations of the business, with particular emphasis on the quality of services and products provided by the staff. He also maintains a very close, personal watch on the satisfaction of all clients of this business that continues to survive through thick and thin.
JOHNSIE SALYERS, CFm
Certified Mastectomy Fitter
Johnsie left a long career as a Charge Nurse and Medical Examiner for Insurance Companies in 2008 to become a vital part of the Skyland Prosthetics family. During her time here, she has worked as a book-keeper, assistant, receptionist and finally Mastectomy Fitter. Johnsie truly enjoys making each one of her patient’s feel confident not only through the product chosen but the education she provides for appropriate wear and care. Her calm, nurturing spirit is sincerely appreciated by her patients and the entire staff.
BRAD SCHEPERS, CO
As a Nebraska native, Brad joined Skyland Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. in 2009. He left his hometown to pursue a degree in Sports Management at the University of Kansas. Brad then relocated to North Carolina to further his education and attained his Orthotic Certification. He is always looking for new ways in bracing to get the most out of patients’ abilities, especially with the use of cutting edge hybrid braces.
JASON SIEGLER, CPO
Jason is an American Board-Certified Prosthetist and a Board of Certification Orthotist that joined our team in 2014. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to the west coast where he obtained a Bachelor of Health Science degree with an emphasis on orthotics and prosthetics from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Jason is also a proud veteran of the United States Army National Guard. He is dedicated to helping patient’s improve their quality of life through their new devices.
ROBERT KALER, CPO
Rob joined Skyland Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. in January 2020 after relocating from Florida. He is a BOC Certified Prosthetist & Orthotist with 25 years of experience in the Prosthetics and Orthotics field. Robert truly enjoys helping the patient’s and as an amputee himself; he has an understanding from all aspects of the Prosthetics and Orthotics field.
BEN WELTER, CP
Ben Welter is an ABC Certified Prosthetist originally from Louisville, KY. While completing his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Kentucky, he began shadowing a local prosthetist where his passion for prosthetics and patient care began. He received his Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics at Northwestern University and completed an extended prosthetics residency at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago.
WILDER LAFOND, CPO
Wilder LaFond is an American Board-Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist that joined our team in 2021. Wilder was raised in Ft. Myers Florida, received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and went on to complete his graduate work at Northwestern University in Chicago. He performed both of his residencies at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, but was consistently drawn to the people, beauty and adventure of the mountains. In clinic, Wilder strives to connect people with a wide variety of O&P services and enjoys maximizing the potential of people with limb loss in need of prosthetic care.
Office Manager/Billing Administrator
Melissa began working with Skyland Prosthetic & Orthotics, Inc. in 2003. She received her education from Tarrant Community College in Fort Worth, TX. Throughout the past 20+ years in the medical field, Melissa has developed the skills to ensure all certifications, contracts, and guidelines are met in order to provide our patients with the highest quality services possible. Melissa takes great pride in working closely with our staff, the Doctors and our patients to make Skyland Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. a valued business in the community.
Prosthetic Reimbursement Specialist/Asheville Office Facilitator
Felicia Dolen, wife of Shaun Dolen, joined our team in 2012. She received her Medical Coding Certification and focuses on prosthetic reimbursement for Skyland Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. She also manages the day-to-day operations in our East Asheville location. Felicia works diligently with the patients, Doctors and Providers to make sure all the required paperwork is obtained to ensure the patients are able to receive their new prosthesis as soon as possible in order to continue living their fullest lives.