In Memoriam: Dirk Schulte

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Dirk Christian Schulte, vice president of Ortho 1, Tampa, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on July 20. He was 54 years old.

Photograph courtesy of  Stephanie Olivo-Schulte.

Shulte's career in orthopedics began in 1982 in Remscheid, Germany, where he cofounded Ortho-Dynamic in 1992. In 1995, he cofounded Ortho-Dynactive in Tampa, before founding Euro International, Tampa, in 1997, where he was also the president.

In 2013, he was named executive vice president/owner of Streifeneder USA. Euro International was the U.S. office of Streifeneder ortho.production, headquartered in Emmering, Germany, and began operating as Streifeneder USA. Schulte and his wife, Stephanie Olivo-Schulte, founded Ortho 1 in 2017, where she is the president and CEO.

Ortho 1 has changed its office hours to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.