Patients Experience “Patients First” Focus Local residents recount why they chose to stay local with care

Michigan City, IN (January 20, 2015) – Whatever the reason or cause, the loss of a limb has a profound effect on one’s life. Ordinary, everyday tasks are not so ordinary when wearing a prosthetic limb.

“The only thing I wanted to do after my accident is work on cars and trucks again,” said Landrum Coleman, Gary Indiana. In June 2013, Coleman lost his left arm due to a fireworks accident. “I wanted to be able to do things I always could before, and I couldn’t.” 


Coleman was referred to Sumesh Saxena and his colleagues at Bionic Prosthetics & Orthotics in Merrillville, IN.


“Sumesh and everyone at Bionic brought my spirits back. They worked with me to find out what worked and didn’t so that I could do the things I loved such as playing with my three kids and working on trucks.”


Coleman isn’t a unique story. According to, there are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States.


“We want to give our patients what they consider a normal quality of life,” explained Sumesh Saxena, President and Prothetists Orthotist, of Bionic Prosthetics and Orthotics. “Focusing on their individual needs and wants allows us to create a prosthetic that works specifically for them.”


Catherine Feick, 39, of Valparaiso, experienced complications at birth and has been an amputee since she was three weeks old.


“I was a Shriner’s kid. I’ve seen a variety of doctors and had many different prosthetics over the years,” said Feick. “Many of those who have helped me in the past were very nice and tried so hard to help me, but the technology wasn’t there to give me what I really needed.”


Feick learned about Saxena and the Bionic team through her physical therapist. “I don’t own a wheelchair. My day starts at 7 a.m. and ends around 11 p.m. To say that my life is active is an understatement,” said Feick. “Sumesh and everyone at Bionic understand that. They did everything I needed in a timely manner, and they never give up. If something doesn’t work then they will make the needed adjustments. They always strive to help me have the quality of life I want.”


Feick added that it’s the level of patient care that she is most impressed with at Bionic. “They listen. They are courteous and make me feel important. I’m continually amazed at how compassionate they can be.”


Jerry Thiel, 62, of Cedar Lake agrees with Feick’s assessment. “They always make sure my problems are addressed. They have taken what could have been a negative in my life and turned it into a positive.”


Thiel had his left leg amputated below the knee in 2010 after years of battling Type 1 Diabetes. “It was a very hard decision, and I was apprehensive about everything. I’ve always been active. I have always jogged or walked, and in the last 10 years I’ve taken to biking.”


Thiel biked over 5,000 miles last year and walks 3 or 4 times a week, all with his prosthesis. “Everyone at Bionic has been helpful in every possible way. When there’s a problem, they do everything to fix it and go to the next step. They know how important staying active is to me, and they have been committed to helping me stay that way.


“From our littlest patients to our oldest, our patients come first with each prosthesis and orthotic device being custom fit for their needs,” said Sagar Shetty, Prothetist Orthosist. “We recognize that each of our patients have specific needs and goals. Our job is to make sure they can reach their goals. We strive to be leaders in quality of care and implementing changing technology.”


Bionic Prosthetics & Orthotics has offices in Michigan City, Merrillville, Munster, and Valparaiso in Indiana, and Orland Park in Illinois. The practice’s mission is to deliver high quality sate of the art prosthetic and orthotic devices with excellence, compassion and competence. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Bionic Prosthetics & Orthotics please call, 1-855-524-6642 or visit,