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Welcome to the Pinnacle Team!

Pinnacle welcomes new team members Mike Prusakiewicz, Angelo Amalio, Ben Boudro and Matt Hemingway.
Mike Prusakiewicz, Technology Associate - DEX
Team Detroit/Macomb

-Where are you from?  Gaylord, MI 
-Favorite sports team?  Detroit Lions 
-Favorite food?  Pizza 
-Favorite travel destination? Jamaica 
-What's the best piece of advice you've been given? You can achieve anything with hard work.
More from Mike: 

I have two boys, 3 (Brayden) and 5 (Lucas) and a wife of almost 9 years (Lindsay). I am originally from Gaylord where I went K-12. I graduated from Saginaw Valley State University. In my spare time I enjoy watching sports, running, and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to getting back to business as usual.
Angelo Amalio, Biologics/DEX Specialist

-Where are you from?  Warren, Michigan. 
-Favorite sports team?  Detroit Lions
-Favorite food? Steak
-Favorite travel destination? So far, Myrtle Beach, SC
-What's the best piece of advice you've been given? Build your character by doing what is right when no one is looking.
More from Angelo: 

My name is Angelo Amalio, and I am 32 years old. I am married to and have 4 children with my high school sweetheart. We have been together for 16 years and married for 8. I grew up playing football, basketball and baseball. During the summers my mom, who played basketball at the University of Michigan, would coach our travel team. My previous jobs included working at a CBO for an insurance company and working at a group home with people who have autism. I am extremely excited to get to know everyone and be a part of such a great team!“
Ben Boudro, Technology Associate - Sports & Arthroplasty
Team Oakland/Beaumont

-Where are you from? I grew up in Richmond, MI. From there I went to Michigan State, to a short stint living in Bristol, Tennessee, and I now live in Lake Orion, MI. 
-Favorite sports team? Michigan State Spartans Basketball & Wrestling Teams. Also anything Detroit. 
-Favorite food? Barbecue 
-Favorite travel destination? Jamaica 
-What's the best piece of advice you've been given? "Where focus goes, energy flows."
More from Ben: 

I grew up in Richmond, Michigan, (Anchor Bay High School), where I earned a scholarship to Michigan State University, where I was a member of the wrestling team for five years. After my undergraduate studies (Kinesiology) I stuck around and got my Master's Degree in Kinesiology, where I worked under the Men's Basketball and Football programs as a Strength & Conditioning Intern. 

Before coming to Pinnacle, I worked at Xceleration Fitness (Auburn Hills) as the gym owner and operator. My bride Samantha and my three rambunctious and fun boys (Hudson, 4) (Crew, 2) & (Briggs, 8 months) now live in Lake Orion where we prioritize our faith, family, and purpose.  

My family and I are beyond excited to be part of this amazing team at Pinnacle, and I look forward to getting to know the team better over the next few months.
Matt Hemingway, Technology Associate - Sports & Arthroplasty in Sales
Team Ann Arbor/Central/West

-Where are you from? I'm from Linden, MI
-Favorite sports team? Detroit Lions/Detroit Red Wings/University of Michigan Wolverines
-Favorite food? Mancino Grinders 
-Favorite travel destination? Up north in Michigan, close to the UP and near Lake Michigan or Lake Huron. 
-What's the best piece of advice you've been given? Success and opportunity don't come to those who are lucky but to those who are prepared.
More from Matt: 

After high school I enlisted in the Air Force: at first as a Ground Radio Operator and later as an Aerial Porter. I spent time overseas, including a 9-month tour in Kyrgyzstan. During this time I also attended college at the University of Michigan-Flint. I eventually received a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration with a minor in Communication.  
After graduating from college, I worked in various roles within the healthcare industry--  beginning in skilled nursing facilities and then transitioning to sales. In sales, I first spent time in specialty pharmacy, transitioned to durable medical equipment, and finally moved to medical device.  
My wife, Jessica, and I were married on February 14th. We have three kids: Evan (11), Cody (7), and Mila (3). We have two dogs, Sophie (a 6-year-old Australian-Cattle dog) and Ernie (a 2-year-old Goldendoodle)."


Pinnacle held its FY21 Kick-Off Meetings on August 5th and August 10th via Zoom. Although we would have preferred to kick off the new fiscal year together in person, keeping the team safe from COVID was top priority. We discussed FY20--what worked as well as its unique challenges--and set the vision and strategy for the new fiscal year. Here's to a successful and healthy FY21 for everyone!

MedEd/Lab Upgrades & New Equipment

Pinnacle has invested heavily in facilities and equipment over the past several months. Below is some of the new equipment in the lab:
New handheld Power equipment.

New instruments; hemostats, dissecting scissors, kochers, and allises.

New Mini C-Arm machine! Light years ahead of our previous model.

Success Stories


Pinnacle's first AutoCart win goes to Connor Smith, who had a great case with Angel PRP, GraftNet, BioCartilage, NanoScope, PowerPick and  Arthrex Shavers. Total billout: $3,116. Congratulations, Connor!


Max coordinated with the Huron Valley team and with corporate and implemented a very successful in-service. They are extremely happy with how it all turned out.

"Thank you for taking care of the monitors and completing the updates for us. I am informing the staff of the updates. We appreciate you." - From Shelley at Huron Valley.

Great job Max!


Ryan Kelly has done five DEX labs since the end of July, which may be a factor in Team Detroit/Macomb's 129% PTQ for quarter to date. Fantastic efforts, Ryan!


Some words from Steve Celeste to Angelo:

"Thank you for doing a fantastic job at Dr. Moutzouros' clinic! Your ability to help out at this level (this patient was a Dr. Bill VIP) is great to see this early in your career.

I am with Dr. Bill today and he brought up how he appreciated you being there to assist. 

Thanks for studying and being committed to success!"


Kudos to Team Oakland's DEX team for capturing Dr. Vaupel's trauma cases over Labor Day weekend. Phil Marx had the initial conversation with Dr. Vaupel, and Billy Ward covered the cases. 

Well done, Phil and Billy!


"Dr. Tien's interest sparked when Dr. Parekh presented on IOBP during a webinar near the end of June. Fast forward to 7/28/20: we revisited IOBP before the case and highlighted this specific technique. As he scoped the ankle, this patient had intact talar cartilage; however, she still had severe pain from the bone marrow lesion due to the intraosseous pressure that was built up below. IOBP was the answer, and we used 5cc allosync pure, Angel BMC, and the IOBP kit. The pictures, follow-up text, and sales order say it all and Dr. Tien will be back for more!!"

Calendar of Events

  • 9/14,  5PM - Pinnacle Agency Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
  • 9/16, 7PM - Virtual Roundtable: Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • 9/24, 6PM - Arthrex TV Live Web-Based Event - NanoScope™ Operative Arthroscopy System (More Information Below) - REGISTER HERE
  • 10/4-10/5 - Mid-Atlantic Kickoff Meeting, Westin Hotel - Cleveland, Ohio

Happy Birthday: 
9/1  Kyle Podvin
9/17  Michelle Shonessy
10/1  Billy Ward
10/2  Steve Celeste

Happy Anniversary:
9/11  Zach Popovich, 3 years
9/24  Jeff Beal, 2 years







"When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness."
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