Advisory Board

Mr. Maynard Carkhuff

Maynard Carkhuff, Chairman, joined Freedom Innovations in 2005 with over 25 years of leadership in the pharmaceutical, dental and prosthetic industries. Formerly Chairman & CEO of Freedom Innovations, CEO of Ossur Prosthetics and CEO of Flex-Foot, which was acquired by Ossur in 2000. He also held senior executive positions with Allergan and Denar. Under Maynard’s leadership, Freedom has achieved exceptional financial growth and strategic expansion by attracting and motivating a results-oriented team of accomplished professionals with proven track records in the medical device market. Maynard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, Management and Research from California State University, Los Angeles, and he attended the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Business Administration. Current and former positions include founding board member of Pacific Enterprise Bank, board member of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, California Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, Southern California Biomedical Association, Clean Ones Corporation, president of Orange County’s chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and member of the University of Irvine’s Chief Executive Roundtable.

Philip Hilgers

Philip is an experienced executive with experience in Finance, Strategy and Corporate Development. He has formerly worked for a major Strategy Consulting Firm, a listed plant engineering corporation and a biotech start-up. During the last 17 years he has served on the management board for Ottobock, the worlds largest Prosthetic and Orthotic medical device company. His responsibilities included global management accounting and internal consulting. He drove the strategic redirection of the company’s wheelchair unit to become a major global player.

Mahesh Mansukhani

Mahesh brings over twenty years of leadership experience including serving as CEO for venture and private-equity backed companies across multiple sectors.

Mahesh is currently CEO for WillowWood, the third largest manufacturer of prosthetic medical devices in the US. Mahesh also served for five years as President of Össur, the second largest global manufacturer of non-invasive orthopedic and prosthetic devices.

Outside of medical device, Mahesh served as CEO for sBioMed (infection control start-up) and REPOWER America, one of the top-ten providers of residential solar in the US. Prior to this, Mahesh worked at DuPont for six years, where he was General Manager for DuPont Tyvek, a $1.1B global business unit.

Mahesh read for his MBA at Yale University and completed post-graduate studies at Warwick University Business School and Reading University in the UK.

Ivan R. Sabel, CPO

Mr. Sabel earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from New York University in 1967.

Mr. Sabel was Founder and President of Capital Orthopedics from 1968 to 1986 where he was a practicing certified prosthetist and orthotist. He had relationships with the National Institutes of Health, was on the faculty as an adjunct professor of orthopedics at Georgetown University and a clinical instructor in the prosthetic and orthotic program at New York University. Mr. Sabel co-authored numerous studies in the prosthetic field in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. Hanger Orthopedic Group acquired Mr. Sabel’s company in 1986 and he became the Vice President of Corporate Development. The following year he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer and in 1995, was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In February 2008, Mr. Sabel retired as Chief Executive Officer and has served as the Chairman of Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. (NYSE:HGR) until May 2013. Mr. Sabel led Hanger’s growth from $1.25 million in 1986 to over $1 billion today. Mr. Sabel is the Founder and Chairman of the Hanger – Ivan R. Sabel Foundation, a non-profit entity that provides prosthetic and orthotic services to people in need around the world. The Foundation currently has a major presence in Haiti following the disaster earthquake in January, 2010. Mr. Sabel serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Children’s Hospital – Washington, DC, Physician’s for Peace and is the Chairman of New York University Steinhardt Dean’s Council. In April 2012, Mr. Sabel joined Frazier Healthcare Ventures as an Operating Partner and following the acquisition of Orthotic Holdings, Inc., he has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Doug McCormack

Doug McCormack has spent the past 25 years engaged at the intersection of health care policy, law, politics and business. He currently is Managing Director of CG Ventures, which assists a range of early stage companies in its portfolio.

For the past ten years, Mr. McCormack has been founder, CEO and Chairman of three venture-backed technology companies – two in the medical device and digital health sectors and one focused on military ground robotics. Under his leadership, these companies secured over two dozen patents, were recognized with multiple R&D 100 and Edison Awards for innovation, and partnered with technology leaders, such as Apple, to feature the first medical device brought to market with patient connectivity and control via an iPhone app. Doug was named a Fierce Medical Devices 2013 Fierce 15 emerging CEOs to watch in medical devices. Mr. McCormack exited his first business, Orthocare Innovations, LLC, through a strategic asset sale to global market leader Otto Bock Health Care GMBH. He remains a board member of the digital health company he founded, Modus Health, LLC.

Mr. McCormack was called on by the U.S. Department of Defense to leverage his expertise in assistive technology to serve as an appointee to the Defense Health Board to advise military medicine on its response to traumatic limb injuries and subsequent rehabilitation resulting from battlefield injuries during the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This effort included establishment of the rehabilitation capabilities through centers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio.

Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Doug spent fifteen years in policy and advocacy, including as a lawyer in a top DC-based law firm (Arent Fox), and then as a partner in a global law firm where he was a co-founder of that firm’s public policy and advocacy practice group (SNR Dentons, now Dentons). In this capacity, he focused on representing before the Congress and federal agencies a range of technology and health care interests, including medical technology companies, and venture fund investments. He remains engaged in the policy space through CG Ventures’ portfolio company Linchpin Strategies, LLC, for which he serves as Vice Chairman.

In addition to serving as an advisory board member for ROWHEELS, Mr. McCormack serves as an industry advisor for Silverwood Partners, a boutique investment bank.

Doug received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from American University’s Washington College of Law. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars, and serves on the boards and advisory boards of several early-stage technology companies.

Dale R Benzine

Dale R Benzine

Dale Benzine has been in the medical equipment/supply/service business for more than 30 years operating, acquiring and assisting in the development of over 100 medical equipment/service companies.

He currently serves as a VP of Business Development at Healthcare Capital and Mergers, LLC a 25 year old Chicago- based investment banking firm specializing in assisting small to medium size healthcare firms in finding strategic partners for investment, growth and/or acquisition.

He most recently served as the CEO/Owner of Priority Medical, a medical supply business specializing in respiratory care, with multiple locations.

From 1995 thru 2012, Dale founded, operated and sold four medical equipment/supply companies ranging from diabetes to home infusion therapy to sleep apnea therapy companies.

Prior to 1995, Dale worked as a senior executive for several public and private national healthcare companies.

Dale attended the University of Wis.-Madison receiving a MBA in Finance, and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. receiving a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Dale also serves on the Board of Directors of numerous local companies and the Kennesaw State University Coles School of Business.