prosthetic rehabilitation phoenix

Touchstone Rehabilitation partners with A.T. Still University & Cadence Biomedical to offer amputee patients a groundbreaking and innovative option for treatment.

This Sensory Feedback System Research Study is 16 weeks and includes two free months of therapy with 90 minute sessions that are funded by the US Department of Defense. Participants will be compensated in addition to the therapy sessions. The study will determine if amputee participants progress more quickly in their physical therapy rehabilitation using a sensory feedback system than individuals who participate in traditional physical therapy.

Touchstone Rehabilitation is now able to accept interested participants into the study with active treatment beginning the end of September. The sensory feedback study will examine the effect of vibration applied to the residual limb triggered by sensors in the shoe in different phases of gait.

The goal of the study will be to improve a person’s ability to learn to walk comfortably and Founder and owner of Touchstone Rehabilitation, Daniel Bonaroti, MPT has been in the traumatic rehabilitation field for over 15 years and has directed rehabilitation programs for clients with Spinal Cord Injuries and Amputations in Pennsylvania and Arizona, assisting clients from pediatric to adult and from ventilator dependence to high level running abilities.

Daniel has trained at world famous rehabilitation programs which include Rancho Los Amigos in California, as well as The Shriner’s Hospital for Children Spinal Cord Injury Research Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bonaroti currently serves in the Disability Ministry of Joni Eareckson-Tada and is a member and spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy

Contact us for more details on whether or not you may be a candidate for this study at

602.277.1073 or email us


Penn State Football Prosthetic Child
We came across this story and wanted to share:


Above the Knee Amputee Vet to Run New York Marathon

On September 30th 2011, US Army veteran Edward Lychik became an above the knee amputee when a rocket hit his vehicle. Most of his left leg was gone and needed to be removed above the knee. Today, Lychik has proved his doctors— and even himself in the early hours after his injury— wrong. Today, Lychik doesn’t just walk. He runs.

As if by a dream come true, a custom-designed prosthetic leg with a curved blade and hip socket has enabled Lychik to finish four marathons, including the Boston Marathon in March, since his injury. On Sunday, he’ll run his fifth when he competes in the New York City Marathon.


standup bball
We are sponsoring this great new league at the Virginia G. Piper Sport & Fitness complex. The inaugural game is tonight at 6:30pm. Want to get involved? More details are available on the league by visiting this link.


Exso Bionic Suit In Service Tuesday November 12th 4pm

Touchstone Rehabilitation will be hosting an in service for the Exso Bionic Suit at the main location on Tuesday November 12th at 4pm.

Ekso GT™ is a wearable bionic suit which enables individuals with any amount of lower extremity weakness to stand up and walk over ground with a natural, full weight bearing, reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved by the user’s body shifts to activate sensors in the device which initiate steps. Battery-powered motors drive the legs, replacing neuromuscular function.

  • Provides a means for people with (as much as) complete paralysis, and minimal forearm strength, to stand and walk
  • Helps patients re-learn proper step patterns and weight shifts using a functional based platform
  • Facilitates intensive step dosage over ground

Download these flyers for more information:


EKSO GT Spec Sheet


A Montana high school football player whose leg was amputated below the knee less than a year ago made a triumphant return to the field by scoring two touchdowns at his team’s season opener Friday.

The Billings Gazette reports Koni Dole started at fullback on offense and as a lineman on defense Friday for the Huntley Project High School football team in Wordan, Mont.

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Presented by

Jeffrey D. Macklis, MD

Harvard Stem Cell Institute

Harvard University

Harvard Medical School

Lisa McKerracher, Ph.D.

BioAxone BioSciences, Inc.

Frank Reynolds

InVivo Therapeutics

Angus McQuilken

Mass. Life Sciences Center

Thursday, June 13, 2013

6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time


Register to attend Free Online Webcast and Live Chat


or contact:

Judi Zazula at


866-607-1804 (toll-free)


Attendees will be able to:


·          Understand how the corticospinal nerve injury contributes to SCI disabilities, and how it might be repaired.


·          Understand what new treatment options based on biomaterials will be available for SCI patients in the near future.


·          Learn about the 10-year, $1-billion MA Life Sciences Initiative and its relevance to the SCI community.


·          Learn about the current state of drug development to treat SCI.


About this month’s speakers and their presentations:


Jeffrey Macklis, MD, Harvard Stem Cell institute, Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, and Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School, will discuss the basic neurons and circuitry that connect the brain to the spinal cord.  He will talk about the kinds of nerve injuries that are central to loss of muscle strength in SCI.  Repair, regeneration, and/or replacement of these neurons by developmental and stem cell biology might provide useful, real-world therapies for real people who have lost motor function and  bowel/bladder control due to SCI. Dr. Macklis will highlight a brand new set of approaches that his lab is using to pursue this goal.

Lisa McKerracher, PhD, Founder, BioAxone Biosciences, will present on some studies showing that neurons in the spinal cord have the capacity for regeneration and repair.  She will also describe BioAxone’s efforts to develop a drug called Cethrin™.  Cethrin is new therapeutic protein in Phase II clinical development for the treatment of acute spinal cord injury.  It has shown exceptional promise in promoting motor recovery in quadriplegic patients. BioAxone Biosciences Inc. is a privately owned American Corporation with a focus on bringing drugs to market for unmet medical needs.

Angus McQuilken, Vice President for Communications & Marketing at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center,  will present on the investments being made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center that relate to SCI research and patient treatment.  He will talk about the state’s 10-year, $1-billion Life Sciences Initiative and its relevance to the SCI community.  The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is a quasi-public agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Center’s mission is to create jobs in the life sciences and support vital scientific research that will improve the human condition.

Frank Reynolds, Co-Founder, InVivo Therapeutics, will talk about the relationship of biomaterials to SCI treatments.  Whether minimizing secondary injury in the weeks after the primary injury, or supporting neuroplasticity during the patient’s recovery, biomaterial based interventions led by neuroscientists and chemical engineers from MIT are providing new ideas on how SCI patients will be treated in the near future. InVivo’s technologies integrate multiple strategies involving biomaterials, FDA approved drugs, growth factors, and human neural stem cells. Mr. Reynolds will discuss these technologies as well as their impact on SCI patients.


New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center


Craig Stephen Smith was honored with the first place for the 2013 annual Fred Brick Memorial Rehabilitant of the Year Award. Sponsored by the Arizona Workers Compensation Claims Association (AWCCA), the Fred Brick Award recognizes an injured worker who has overcome significant obstacles and has reached his or her highest rehabilitation potential. Craig was selected from thirteen nominees for this award. He gives thanks to God and to the many hands He used to perform the miracles that sustained he and LaDonna Smith’s life in the aftermath of a horrific auto accident on June 9, 2009. Dan Bonarati, owner of Touchstone Rehabilitation pays tribute to the impact Craig has had on fellow patients going through painful rehabilitation of their bodies.


Quadriplegic Doctor Meghan Wilson is an Inspiration

photo credit: Lake Fong/Post Gazette

photo credit: Lake Fong/Post Gazette

Medical officials are praising Meghan Wilson for her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, with added praise to the medical school for taking the risk of accepting her into the medical scientist training program.

The 33-year-old Tampa Bay native represents a rare case of a person with quadriplegia — full paralysis from her shoulders down — being accepted not only into medical school but the more selective and onerous MST program, which takes eight to nine years or even longer to complete. In her case, it took nine years.

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Running 5 Months After Below the Knee Amputation

The Alter G treadmill at Touchstone Rehabilitation has been dramatically improving gait in amputee and spinal cord injured patients. The new standard of care in gait training, The Alter G allows you to walk earlier in your rehab with less weight demand on your body, allowing longer and faster walking training sessions and faster recovery. If you are interested it taking a look at it, please schedule a time to come and see us!