EmpowerFest 2018

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Lives will be changed, challenges overcome, and goals achieved for lower limb amputees at Hanger Clinic's EmpowerFest.

I am a survivor, defined by how I live my life. - Adrianne Haslet

Reserve your spot to attend Hanger Clinic's EmpowerFest, where you will have the opportunity to learn from professional amputee athletes, world-class prosthetists, and peers who are thriving with prosthetic technology! Discover the power of shared experiences and support from an uplifting community of lower limb amputees. All ages and levels of mobility are welcome.

EmpowerFest registration is closed. Please email EmpowerFest@hanger.com if you have questions.


Golf · Swimming · Mobility Training · Yoga · Adaptive Dancing · Health and Wellness · AMPOWER Friday Night Concert · Ask Your Doctor · Saturday Pediatrics Session · Men's and Women's Resources · Quad Support Group · Peer-to-Peer Support · World-Class Prosthetists

Event details

Dates: September 14 - 16

Location: Framingham, MA

Event Fee: $50 per person

Guest Speaker: Boston Marathon Survivor - Adrianne Haslet

*Includes daily breakfast and lunch, Friday night dinner and the concert. Guests can include family members or supportive friends.

Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

Click here to book your room online

or call (508) 879-7200 and mention Hanger Clinic EmpowerFest to book your hotel room at a discounted rate of $99. You must book by August 22, 2018 to get the discounted rate.


The event begins at 8:00 am on September 14 and ends at 2:00 pm on September 16.
Click here to view driving directions to the hotel 

Boston Logan Airport is located 20 miles east of the hotel. Transportation options are Taxi ($90), UBER/Lyft ($75), or pre-book with Knights Limousine Service ($50). 
Click here to view transportation options from the Boston Logan Airport

To rent a car, Enterprise car rental offers adaptive driving devices for cars. Visit theEnterprise website or call (866) 225-4284.

EmpowerFest registration is closed. Please email EmpowerFest@hanger.com if you have questions.



Kevin M. Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP/D

Kevin M. Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP/D

Kevin Carroll is an accomplished healthcare professional with 35+ years as a practicing prosthetist, visionary researcher, and educator. As Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger Clinic, he travels nationally and internationally presenting scientific symposiums and managing difficult prosthetic cases.

Kevin is an American Board Certified Prosthetist and has been named a Fellow with Distinction of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, one of the highest honors of the profession. He also received the honor of Doctor of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University for his humanitarian work.

Kevin is the co-developer of the Hanger Clinic ComfortFlex® Socket System and co-developed the first prosthetic tail for Winter the Dolphin with his colleague, Dan Strzempka. Winter's story debuted on Sept. 23, 2011, in a feature film, Dolphin Tale. He has appeared on news broadcasts such as Dateline, 20/20, CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, and Discovery Channel.

Shelley Coull, P.T.Shelley Coull, P.T.

Shelley Coull, Physical Therapist, has dedicated her time to Amputee Rehabilitation since 1994 when she received her BSc (Physiotherapy) from Dalhousie University, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Shelley began working with amputees in a variety of healthcare settings. 

For many years she worked at New England Rehabilitation in Portland Maine where, as an Amputee Program Leader, she led the facility to become one of the first in the country to attain Joint Commission Lower Extremity Disease-specific certification for Amputee Rehabilitation.

Shelley also joined the University of New England staff in Maine as an adjunct professor in 2006 where she has taught Amputee Rehabilitation to final year students for 12 years.  She enjoys sharing her experience through local mentoring and lecturing at a variety of educational events in her area. Shelley has been in the Hanger Clinic family since 2013.

Brian Heckathorn, CPO

Brian_Heckathorn.jpgBrian Heckathorn joined Hanger Clinic in 2003. He received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in Albion, MI and his graduate certificates in orthotics and prosthetics from Newington Certificate Program in Newington, CT. He is certified by the American Board in Orthotics and Prosthetics. Brian is currently the practice manager for South Easton, MA and Area Practice Manager with his role as assisting or directing special projects for New England.