Saturday, May 28, 2022

Re: Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser

Tony Barr

Other than what turned out to me a unfortunate choice of a partnership and
trust, perhaps you should also include in your grievance post the
“prosthetic clinic” that ‘partnered’ with them ? ( “them” I am assuming,
Dennis and Todd are licensed physical therapists?) Perhaps they were the
determining factor and a presented them a offer that could not be refused.

I can guess but perhaps you should disclose it.

Other than your grievance perhaps being example of lack of ethics (there are
no degrees of ethics ,either you ethical or not) it did stir reflections of
a article I wrote some time ago:

“We Have Met the Enemy, and It Is Us”

http://www.oandp.com/edge/issues/articles/2003-05_11.asp

Tony Barr

—–Original Message—–
From: Orthotics and Prosthetics List [mailto:[email protected]] On
Behalf Of Mike Corcoran CO
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2006 10:24 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: [OANDP-L] Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser

Attn: all prosthetic companies who have engaged or plan to engage the
assistance of Dennis Oehler and Todd Schaffhauser for their patients, a word
of warning. They will come to your facility and try to steal your business
and referral sources.
I have had a very friendly professional relationship with them since 1999. A
couple of years after I started my practice I thought it would be a very
good idea to have them come and assist my patients in a fitness/running
clinic. I collaborated with a local rehab hospital to put on the event.
Together we spent a lot of time, resources and money to bring Dennis and
Todd down for the clinic. We also brought a number of wounded soldiers from
Walter Reed to participate in the clinic. This generated much media
attention CNN and local tv stations as well as print media. My company
stayed out of the spotlight. This was for my patients. Both Dennis and Todd
were treated like celebrities. They put on a great clinic and everyone was
happy.
After the clinic there was very positive feedback from the patients,soldiers
the hospital. This also helped facilitate Dennis and Todd to put on a clinic
at Walter Reed.
And then they stabbed me in the back! Todd and Dennis approached the rehab
hospital with a proposition. They would open an office in this area and do
gait training clinics for the amputees at the hospital if they could have an
exclusive contract to provide the prosthetics as well. They are not
prosthetists however they have partnered with one. They were brought to
this area and paid to provide a fitness clinic and in return the are trying
to steal my business and referrals. Anyone can open a business, that’s
competition, but Dennis and Todd are sneaky and underhanded in the way they
operate. My advice to any prosthetist contemplating bringing them in for a
gait clinic watch your back

Mike Corcoran CPO
Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics Silver Spring, MD

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