Ekso Bionics Ambassadors are our official advocates educating the rehabilitation community about the benefits of wearable exoskeletons for stroke and spinal cord injury. Our ambassadors provide demonstrations and give their own personal accounts walking in EksoGT. You can learn more about our Ambassadors below or follow them on our Ekso Bionics’ Facebook, Twitter, or Linked In landing page.
Hilary's cervical spinal cord injury became a part of her life in August 2013 after a 25 ft fall.
Hilary’s cervical spinal cord injury became a part of her life in August 2013 after a 25 ft fall. Her time since has been spent navigating how her injury would play out into the world. Hillary is heavily focused on physical therapy and strength training, was married in September 2016, and with a focus on the mind and body connection during times of healing, is in her second year of studying naturopathy.
She works as receptionist and an administrative assistant in a physical therapy provider’s office, where in May of 2016, she participated in an Ekso demo. Her first time in the device delivered a strong memory of what walking felt like prior to injury. She felt encouraged and uplifted by a company and device that’s sole purpose is to deliver this memory and make it lasting for individuals all over the globe. She joined the Ekso Bionics team as an ambassador in autumn of 2016.
Dan was injured by an IED while serving in the US Army in Afghanistan in April of 2011 leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
Dan was injured by an IED while serving in the US Army in Afghanistan in April of 2011 leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Since his injury, Dan has kept himself busy tutoring at local elementary schools, downhill skiing, and playing wheelchair lacrosse. Dan was first introduced to the Ekso at the Milwaukee VA SCID Center. It was an amazing experience for him to be able to walk again with the use of technology after being told he would never walk again after his injury. The device has improved his life by increasing his range of motion in his lower extremities as well as his emotional well being. Dan describes the feeling of standing in the device to standing on a mountain, “I never considered myself a tall person, but to be able to stand in the Ekso makes me feel like I’m the tallest man in the world.
Janie became disabled from an arterial venous malformation that manifested itself in the form of a debilitating stroke.
Twenty years ago, Janie was having the time of her life while skiing in Mont Blanc, France. However, this was not meant to last for long. At 4 in the morning, Janie was sidelined by a massive arterial venous malformation that manifested itself in the form of a debilitating stroke. She was in a coma and after 4 weeks was flown home. She emerged from her coma after 6 weeks, was able to move one eye after 3 months, and got her voice back after 5 months.
“It was an absolutely horrifying experience” said Janie. It may have been horrifying, but this did not hinder her ambition. She went on to receive her BA from University of California at Davis and her MS from California State University, Sacramento. She now works as a Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the State of California.
She wrote a book about the experience, called Malchance: From Walking to a Wheelchair.
Being in the Ekso allows Janie to get out of her wheelchair and on her own two feet. Janie has had the privilege of being in Ekso’s promotional materials. “Ekso is absolutely revolutionary and I expect HUGE things from it”, Janie says.
Billy suffered a spinal cord injury while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 1975.
Billy suffered a spinal cord injury while serving in the U.S. Air Force in 1975, but was able to continue walking with crutches and braces for 40 years. Then surgery in 2012 left him in a wheelchair for life.While in therapy at Gaylord Hospital, he was introduced to EKSO.Because of his success with EKSO, he was invited by the VA to demonstrate the device to then newly-appointed Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, Robert MacDonald, and appeared with him on 60 Minutes with Scott Pelley. He currently has over 75,000 steps in EKSO and still counting.As a former congressional aide to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, Billy was able to advocate for veterans in Connecticut. He eagerly embraces every opportunity to help other veterans experience the same benefits that he has had. When he is not traveling, his family enjoys his passion for cooking.
Shane was injured in a car accident when he was driving home from a friend who lived only a mile away.
Shane was injured in a car accident when he was driving home from a friend who lived only a mile away. During in-patient rehabilitation at Gaylord Rehabilitation Center he saw a demonstration of the Ekso™ and says that he immediately began to feel a sense of hope that he would one day walk again.
Shane describes walking the Ekso as what pushes him to “stay healthy and be optimistic about the future”. He is currently pursuing his degree in Marketing at Florida International University and is one of Ekso Bionics™’ most enthusiastic ambassadors with hopes of joining the marketing team full-time after he graduates.
Kevin was injured in a snowmobiling accident that left him paralyzed more than 13 years ago.
Kevin was injured in a snowmobiling accident that left him paralyzed more than 13 years ago. Against all odds, Kevin believed he would walk again. He was introduced to Ekso Bionics™ at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center when they became the third rehab facility in the country to receive an Ekso™.
Kevin describes his first few steps in the Ekso as “amazing” and “emotional”. He has approached his therapy in the exoskeleton with passion and determination and, after intensive therapy and use of the Ekso™, he is now able to walk unassisted with leg braces and crutches.
Austin joined the U.S. Navy in July of 2001 and became an Explosive Ordnance Technician graduating in December of 2003.
Austin joined the U.S. Navy in July of 2001 and became an Explosive Ordnance Technician graduating in December of 2003. He completed 3 deployments to Iraq and then became an instructor focusing on Military free fall operations. He was injured during a training jump and entered an inpatient rehab program at the Richmond VA Veterans Affairs hospital where he was introduced to the Ekso™.
Austin says that the challenging himself with the strength that he has in his lower body is what he loves most about working with the Ekso. For him, “being able to stand and have a conversation and look someone in the eye is a feeling that cannot be described”
Matt, with five passengers, drove a car off a 600 foot cliff on a dark night when he didn’t anticipate a curve in the road ahead.
Matt, with five passengers, drove a car off a 600 foot cliff on a dark night when he didn’t anticipate a curve in the road ahead. Everyone but Matt walked away: he was the only one not wearing a seat belt. After his injury he looked for ways to stay independent and was introduced to Ekso Bionics™. He says that his use of the Ekso™ has built his confidence. Walking in the Ekso not only helps him physically, but it also supports his emotional wellbeing. “It gave me the confidence I lost the night of my accident.”
He is now an avid hand cyclist and adaptive water skier and competes in races around the world.
The Ekso Bionics Ambassadors Program embodies the company’s vision to empower people through the use of powered exoskeletons. Each active Ambassador should exhibit the compassion and empathy necessary to engage with patients and clinicians online, in demonstrations, media, social media, or live events. By conveying their own personal story compliantly within the context of demonstrating what an Ekso device provides, they inspire others to adopt a mindset of hope, awareness, and education. Ekso Bionics recognizesactive ambassadors as mentors and community leaders, and we support their efforts to live in pursuit of the best quality of life possible. In addition, alumni Ambassadors are also to uphold the professionalism of an active ambassador and react responsibly for the community. They were, and will always be known as, an Ekso Bionics Ambassador.
The Ekso Bionics Ambassador Program envisions a rehabilitation community that maintains a culture of understanding and support. Being an active Ambassador represents who you are, and at Ekso Bionics, we encourage you to let your personality shine through. Not only does the Ambassador role extend beyond any presentation, demonstration, or photograph, but it also extends to your personality, your story, and your goals to inspire others in rehabilitation. It is the end goal of an Ekso Bionics Ambassador to become a role model to the rehabilitation community, and a leader. One day, you may be required to be the face of Ekso Bionics.