The Kilimanjaro Warrior Expedition; Overview of Amputee Training, Prosthetic Preparation and Actual Expedition Execution; February 2014
- Participants will become familiar with the role of the Physical Therapist in working with veterans with disabilities in negotiating very challenging environments.
- Participants will understand the preparation required for disabled veterans to safely perform physical activities in extreme climates.
- Participants will gain a better understanding of prostheses and their tolerance for physical activities performed in extreme climates.
I. Kilimanjaro Warriors Team of Eleven-Team Leader Steve Connelly USAF-Ret
a. Six Amputees representing the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force
b. Two female and four male
c. One Hemi-Pevectomy, one Trans-Femoral, Four Trans-Tibial (one was Bilateral) all have contra lateral involvement one of which required AFO Orthothosis (IDEO)
d. Five Support representing the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Civilian
II. Fifteen Months planning, fund raising, training experimenting and adapting prosthetics and crutches
a. ABSOLUTLY NO GOVERNMENT-FINANCIAL FUNDING or SUPPORT
b. Including personal vacation time for training and the expedition itself.
c. Support from literally 100’s of individuals, non-profit organizations and corporations.
i. Huge support American Airlines, Delta & KLM, Air Warrior Foundation and Texas Jacobson Aviation Austin TX
d. Local training hikes 3-5 consecutive days 3-18 miles/day
e. Acclimatization training trips 3 consecutive days altitude and or cold weather; Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina
III. Expedition Tanzania Africa—Mount Kilimanjaro Tallest Free Standing Mountain in the World 19,600 Feet above Sea Level.
a. Eight Day on Mountain
b. Three Day Safari
c. Possible National Geographic Documentary
Mark Heniser grew up on the Lake Michigan Shore, in the small port city of Frankfort, Michigan. After graduating from High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and was subsequently selected for the Navy’s duo training as a Physical and Occupational Therapy Technician. He served as an independent duty Physical Therapy Technician at Naval Hospitals Keflavik, Iceland and Groton, Connecticut. Upon completion of his enlistment he returned to Michigan to pursue his degree in Physical Therapy. After earning his Degree in Physical Therapy, he accepted a commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Navy. He served in a variety of clinical and staff assignments across the US, abroad and at sea aboard ship, including Director of Physical Therapy for Naval Hospitals Great Lakes, IL; Camp Lejuene, NC and Okinawa, Japan. While serving as Director of Physical and Occupational Therapy Naval Hospital Okinawa Japan, he bridged cultural barriers as the first American to be invited to serve as an Associate Professor at The Okinawa Health Institute, Physical Rehabilitation Program. During his final assignment, as the ship’s Physical Therapist aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson CVN70; Mark retired from active duty in 2004 after more than 23 years of service.
Mr. Heniser’s education includes a Bachelors of Sciences Degree in Physical Therapy, from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He also has a Masters of Sciences Degree in Community Education from Michigan State University and a Masters of Sciences Degree in Sports Physical Therapy from The University of Oklahoma. While at OU his interest in Adaptive and Disabled Sports was sparked, through exposure both in the field as well as clinically, but primarily through the examples of true Interest, Concern and Dedication demonstrated by the Faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Mr. Heniser is currently a staff Physical Therapist with the Center for the Intrepid (CFI), and has been a member of San Antonio Military Medical Center’s (SAMMC); Amputee Program since its infancy, working with Amputees returning from the war. He is active in all aspects of rehabilitation, from pre-prosthetic rehabilitation through return to sports specifically adaptive sports.
Registration Fees: **Includes Dinner
$35.00 - PT/PTA Member
$45.00 - PT/PTA Non-Member
$20.00 - Student
1.5 CCUs - Approved by the PT Board of Examiners under TPTA's Accredited Provider Status
Registration closes September 22nd.
No online registrations will be accepted after this date. Price for onsite registration will be an extra $10.00 with no guarantee of a dinner being included.