Winter's Hanger Team

 Dan Strzempka

Dan Strzempka

A certified prosthetist and orthotist with nearly 30 years experience, Dan Strzempka is an area practice manager for Hanger treating in Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice, FL.  Since 2006, together with his colleague, Hanger V.P., Kevin Carroll, Strzempka has been involved in the rehabilitation and development of prosthetic tail for Winter – the dolphin featured in the movie, Dolphin Tale – at the Florida Clearwater Marine Museum. 



Strzempka is also an amputee, having lost his leg in a lawnmower accident when he was four, and along with his patients, has personally benefited from the use of a WintersGel prosthetic liner made with the same material he and Carroll created to protect Winter’s delicate skin while forming a more secure attachment for her prosthetic tail.




Kevin Carroll

Kevin Carroll is a board certified prosthetist with more than 30 years experience as a practicing clinician, visionary researcher and skilled educator.  As vice president of Prosthetics for Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, he regularly travels both nationally and internationally presenting programs and managing clinics for difficult prosthetic cases and has appeared on numerous news programs including Dateline, 20/20, CBS Early Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Good Morning America and the Discovery Channel.  Carroll also co-developed the patented Hanger ComfortFlex Socket System, a bone and muscle contoured socket that revolutionized socket design comfort, and worked with ALPS to develop WintersGel, the innovative liner material used to successfully fit Winter the dolphin with a prosthetic tail in the movie, Dolphin Tale.

 Kevin Carroll and Winter
Carroll’s guiding philosophy is simple: people first.  This has served him well in his clinical consultations with thousands of prosthetic consumers across the world.  By listening to each person’s thoughts and concerns, and understanding their unique situations, Carroll has found a sure path to assisting people in their rehabilitation.  He specializes in the care of older adults and has a degree in gerontology, enhancing his expertise in this area.

Kevin Carroll  is an American Board Certified Prosthetist and has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, one of the highest honors of the profession.  He is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and is a professional advisor for the Amputee Coalition of America and a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.  Carroll is also a member of the British Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics (BAPO)

Carroll’s practice began in his native country of Ireland in 1978 at the National Medical Rehabilitation Center in Dublin.   In 1984, he moved to the United States, and later became Vice President of Prosthetics for Nova Care Sabolich, and then vice president of prosthetics for Hanger.

Carroll was also one of the first prosthetist in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He was instrumental in the establishing the Hanger prosthetics clinic (Hanger Klinik) at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) in Deschapelles, Haiti. > Learn more

   Winter is a Model Patient  

A Model Patient
Dan and Kevin work with the CMA team and Winter before she takes a swim wearing her prosthesis.


Swim like a Dolphin
In addition to fitting like a glove, Winter's prosthetic tail has to precisely replicate her swimming and move seamlessly with her body.

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