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Custom Allografts: A Look at the Recovery, Processing, and Implantation of Patient-Specific Allograft Requests (Individual)

Includes a Live Event on 05/25/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

This webinar provides a discussion on the unique challenges in the recovery and processing of non-traditional musculoskeletal tissue and the innovative solutions it provides.

Katie Hanzlicek, MBA, CTBS

Operations Manager

Katie Hanzlicek is the Operations Manager at JRF Ortho where she supports supplier relationships, balances osteochondral allograft supply and demand, and manages the company quality systems. Katie began her career in tissue banking in 2012 as an Operations Technician at AlloSource and became CTSB certified in 2013. She gained hands-on experience in allograft tissue production, cleansing, and packaging, as well as product development, quality management, and technical writing. Katie co-authored two patents (currently pending) on rapid allograft treatment. She completed her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Change Management in 2020 at the University of Colorado, aligning her passions in science and business.

Shannon D Wyatt, ATC

Donation Specialist

Shannon D. Wyatt was born and raised in Chicago, IL. In 2003, she received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Taylor University, Upland, IN.  In 2006, Shannon joined Athletico Physical Therapy and became the Co-Head Athletic Trainer for Oak Park & River Forest high school, where she worked for eleven years.  While working there, she worked closely with their team physicians through Midwest Orthopedics at RUSH.  There she was able to increase her knowledge base of sports medicine and orthopedic assessment while shadowing physicians in the clinic or the OR.  Working alongside these physicians assisted her with learning to care for her athletes better.

Shannon has always had a passion for donation most of her life.  When she was twelve years old, she knew she wanted to donate her kidney to someone when she found out a person only needs one to live.  In high school, she wrote her persuasive speech on the importance of organ donation. Then in 2008, she donated her kidney to a good friend’s close acquaintance. Her passion for donation is what lead her to work at Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. 

Shannon joined Gift of Hope’s team as a Donation Specialist in 2017. In this role, she can meet with many families during their worst times and offer hope through the gift of organ and tissue donation.  All the prior career experiences and working with different populations has assisted her strong ability to provide compassionate support to donor families.


Custom Allografts: Benefits and Allocation
05/25/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/25/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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