Matthew McEwin, CPO Certified by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Matthew is a prosthetics and orthotics practitioner at Strive O&P. While attending the University of Central Oklahoma, where he completed his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Matthew became intrigued by the field of prosthetics while electing to take on a senior project involving biomechanics for amputees. His interest grew into a passion, volunteering and later working as a technician and apprentice at a local prosthetic and orthotic facility where he grew up in Oklahoma City. Following his dream led him to Chicago to complete the Orthotics and Prosthetics program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where he met his wife and fellow practitioner, Melissa. As part of his residency program in Baltimore, Maryland he was afforded the opportunity to attend the Johns Hopkins amputee clinic regularly. While working in Maryland, Matthew lectured on orthotics and prosthetics for Johns Hopkins’ physicians pursuing physical medicine and rehabilitation specialties. During his time in Baltimore, Matthew had the opportunity to provide orthotic solutions for a world renown orthopedic surgeon specializing in Legg-Calve-Perthes disease at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics. He has always enjoyed working with his hands, problem solving, and interacting with patients. Taking pride in keeping proficient on the newest technology, Matthew is always looking outside the box for new and innovative solutions to the problems his patients face to allow them to thrive in their ever-changing world. Outside of work, Matthew can be found spending time outdoors in the beautiful state of Michigan with his wife Melissa, daughter Maddie, and their dog Chi.
Melissa McEwin, CO Certified by the American Board of Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Melissa is an orthotics practitioner at Strive O&P. A native of Michigan, she received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Health Services with focus in Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree, she sought training through the American Red Cross to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, pursuing her passion for striving to improve her patient’s quality of life. As a rehabilitation assistant, Melissa gained experience working with patients who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. While following her path, Melissa had the opportunity to work with several patients utilizing various orthotic and prosthetic devices, sparking her interest in O&P. Perceiving the possibility of making such immediate and dramatic improvements in a patient’s functionality changed the trajectory of her career. Pursuing this new path, Melissa traveled to Chicago to complete the Orthotics Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where she met her husband, Matt. Following graduation at Northwestern, she traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota to gain experience as a volunteer at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Hospital. While at Gillette, Melissa discovered her passion and love of working with children and their growing needs. Melissa concluded her residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, advancing her knowledge and expertise with a large variety of pediatric presentations as well as working with some of the top pediatric Orthopedic and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation practitioners in the country. Her experience at CHOP has proven to be invaluable and is a contributing factor to her proficiency as an orthotist. Melissa is an amazing mother and loves to spend time with family, friends and their puppy Chi :)
Brehonna Wynn, Resident Board eligible by the American Board of Certifications in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Brehonna is an orthotic and prosthetic resident at Strive O&P. A lifelong Michigan resident, Brehonna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Michigan University. Fascinated by the biomechanics of the human body, and the individualistic approach to healthcare, Brehonna gained clinical observation hours in orthotic and prosthetic facilities which solidified her interest in the uniqueness and passion within the field.
Pursuing her love of the field, Brehonna continued her education through Eastern Michigan University, earning a Master of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics. After graduating from the O&P program at EMU, she was thrilled to accept a position at Strive O&P to complete her orthotic and prosthetic residency, specializing in pediatrics. After the completion of her residency, Brehonna plans to continue with Strive O&P as a board certified practitioner in both orthotics and prosthetics. Brehonna sees both prosthetic patients, and pediatric orthotic patients, and especially loves seeing babies for cranial remolding helmets! We are excited to see where her creative approach to orthotic and prosthetic care takes her and Strive O&P in the future!