Meet the Protosthetics Team



Protosthetics is FDA Registered Medical Device Facility. We come to work every day because we strive to solve the biggest challenges in the orthotics and prosthetics industry. We strive to arm clinics and practitioners with the best tools and products in order to deliver the highest level of patient care.

Protosthetics Team



Cooper Bierscheid

Chief Futurist

Cooper leads the daily operations at Protosthetics, including product development, R&D, and production. Cooper is a Manufacturing Engineer who spent time working in 3M’s innovation labs, with a passion for developing products that help people.



Robert Gabourie

Consultant Practitioner – CP(c), CO(c)

Rob owns Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics International based out of Ontario, Canada. Rob was certified by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists in 1978 as a Certified Prosthetist and in 1984 as a Certified Orthotist. In 2012, he won the Gold Winner Medical Design Excellence Award for his product the “Niagara Foot”. Rob brings valuable insight as someone who has not only spent decades as practitioner, but also as a product inventor and innovator. He brings clinical expertise and consults on a variety of elements from clinical to product R & D.


John McGuigan

ABC Certified Technician, Orthotic Fitter

John is a graduate of the Joliet Junior College Orthotic and Prosthetics Technology Program. Coming to the team with 5 years of experience as an O&P tech he brings a classical insight to the development of new devices. As Certified Technician of Orthotics and a Certified Fitter of Orthotics John has a unique perspective on what we do. He also has the longest hair of anyone on staff.



Emma Ilvedson

Director of Business Development

Emma graduated from the University of North Dakota as a Pre-Physician’s Assistant and Business Administration: Management double major. Emma is a member of the sales and business development team where she identifies new opportunities and helps expand our contract manufacturing business as well as our standalone product lines. Emma also served as the President for the University of North Dakota’s Special Olympics organization.



Jackson Stremick

Electrical Engineering Apprentice

Jackson is an electrical engineering student and NDSU. He is part of our Production team. In his spare time, he likes to ride dirt bike. An interesting fact: Jackson built his own 3D printer at the age of 18.

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