Jodie’s smile and laugh are contagious! Jodie is a dedicated mother and wife. She is an inspiration to all of us. Jodie sustained a work related right below-elbow amputation when she was 16 years old. The Handspring team has had the great pleasure of working with her since 2015. Jodie has been a lifelong lover of horses. After her injury she found great power, strength and confidence in continuing to work with horses. This ultimately led Jodie to establish Destiny’s Ride, an all-inclusive equestrian program offering classes and individual sessions in horseback riding, therapeutic riding and riding for amputees.
Jodie spent close to 30 years without using a prosthesis, changing her hand dominance from right to left in the process. However, as many upper-limb amputees experience, after so many years of relying heavily on one hand, she developed overuse syndrome in her left hand. This led Jodie to contact Handspring.
Handspring was able to develop a treatment plan for Jodie to meet her unique needs. Jodie describes herself as a "princess, but not afraid to get dirty." Handspring believes strongly that no one prosthesis is suitable for all situations. For Jodie, this meant that both an activity specific prosthesis as well as an external powered prosthesis with a Bebionic 3 Small Hand and an electric hook (ETD) were necessary. The COAPT pattern recognition system was used in her prosthesis to provide her with more intuitive control of her terminal devices. Jodie became such a rock star with her prosthesis that she is now a patient model for COAPT and attends conferences all around the country showcasing the advanced technology. Jodie uses her activity specific prosthesis for working out and working in her yard and garden. She uses the myoelectric prosthesis the rest of the time, whether it is working with her horses or during her day job as an operations manager for a large retail chain.