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Meet the Team

Meet the Awesome People Behind Living Spinal!

 

 

Andrew (Owner/Founder)

As the brains behind Living Spinal, Andrew has proven just how one man can create a successful company based off of a desire to help people with spinal cord injuries.  Andrew grew up in the midwest and attended the University of Milwaukee, where he received a bachelor's in Business Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Shortly after a diving accident, Andrew wanted to find a way to help fund research for the cure to paralysis. Out of this desire, grew Living Spinal. Andrew is a boating enthusiast, and loves to sit water ski. He is also passionate about wheelchair tennis and plays regularly. When he isn't in the office, he is out on the courts or on the water. As the leader of Living Spinal, he is truly dedicated to helping people with mobility and medical supply needs, while creating a way to donate to the cure for paralysis.

 

 

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Kalli (Owner)

As owner of Living Spinal, Kalli is a critical part of the team. Kalli is an exceptional big picture professional and is one of the main driving forces in Living Spinal's success. Kalli went to school in Wisconsin at the University of Milwaukee. In her free time, she can be found hitting the pavement training for her next marathon, practicing yoga or out on the water. If she is not out exercising Kalli can be found curled up in her favorite chair searching for new healthy recipe or engulfed in a great book. Kalli helped start this business because her husband, Andrew Hippert - founder of Living Spinal, went through a tragic spinal cord injury in 2009 and she wanted to help give back. Being at Andrew's side has given her an incredible insight in the world of paralysis. 

 

Rick (Branch/Sales Manager)

Rick moved to San Diego, Ca. when he was 17 and worked 25 years in the electrical sign industry. On June 5, 2002 he sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him paralyzed from the T10 level. During that time, he's raised 3 children and now has 5 grandkids. Shortly after his accident he started volunteering as a peer mentor for newly injured SCI individuals. For Rick, working at Living Spinal is the perfect fit because he gets to fulfill his passion for helping people with paralysis on a daily basis. As branch/sales manager he works closely with Andrew and the LS team to provide the highest level of service to our customers. When he's not working, he can be found enjoying the company of his family, relaxing by writing in his journal, or spending time cooking, which happens to be his favorite past time.

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Amy (Billing Manager)

Amy Hogan recently transplanted to San Diego from Denver, Colorado in November 2016 and is Living Spinals Billing Manager. Amy makes sure that each and every customer receives the individualized attention that he or she deserves. Amy has 10 plus years of business management experience and 5 years in the medical billing and management industry. When Amy is not working she is hanging out with her 9 year old son. Amy also is a certified yoga and thai boxing instructor.

Anna (Business Analyst)

Anna joined Living Spinal in January 2017 and provides support for the team's complex computer systems and processes.  She loves the sunshine in San Diego and spends her spare time surfing, practicing yoga, and participating in triathlons.  She volunteers as a triathlon coach for para-athletes, and leads adaptive yoga workshops.  She is a real 'people-person' and believes in the importance of getting to know each and every customer individually, to best cater to their needs.

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David (Webmaster)

David moved down to San Diego from Seattle back in 2013 to escape the rain.  He immediately started working at Living Spinal, where he has been able to combine his love for all things web related, with his experience in the medical equipment field. In addition to being the head of the marketing team, he films and edits our videos, oversees our website exploits, SEO and marketing efforts, and is constantly seeking ways to advance our website. He is a man of many talents. When he needs a break from his computer, David enjoys paragliding, surfing, hiking and motorcycle travel. 

Ashley (Marketing)

As part of Living Spinal's Marketing and Web Team, Ashley helps keep things running smoothly on our website, as well as doing a bulk of our social media marketing and customer relations efforts. She loves good design and working with code, and uses her skills to keep our clients up to date with all of our latest and greatest products and events. Ashley is a graduate from the University of Washington and in her spare time she does yoga, hikes, and travels whenever possible! 

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Tyler (Sales and Customer Service)


Tyler was born in Minnesota and moved to San Diego at the age of 10.  He is a loving husband and a father of a beautiful three and a half year old girl named Ceciley.  He's worked in customer service for about 9 years, and has done sales and related marketing for a little over two years. Tyler is currently attending college for a computer science major with a minor in business. 

Outside of work, Tyler is very active in the acting community. He also loves playing guitar, spending time with my family and friends, traveling, or just staying home on the odd lazy day.

Leann (Billing)

Leann is a San Diego native that has been involved in DME claims billing since 1996 (20 years). Prior to a long career in billing she worked in the front & back office in the Ophthalmology field for 13 years. 

In her free time, Leann is involved with San Diego Bulldog Rescue is soon to be an instructor at 24Hour Fitness.  

She also loves to travel to Morro Bay/Pismo Beach to enjoy the fresh seafood & kayaking of the central coast area.
 
 

 

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Glen (Assistive Technology Practitioner) 

Glen was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a B.S. degree with an emphasis in Kinesiology. He obtained his Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credential in 2006.

He has been in the medical equipment field for 36 years and specializes in custom wheelchairs and seating systems. He has an extensive background in Home or Durable Medical Equipment having worked at the local provider level as well as covering the Western US and Canada. He has also worked as a rehab product specialist for companies such as Quickie, Invacare, Jay Medical, Quantum, to name a few.

Glen has also coached ice hockey for over 10 years, and worked for the Ontario Reign professional hockey club. In his free time he still plays ice hockey, rides motocross, bicycles, as well as his Harley.

Overall, Glen has a strong passion and desire to make a positive impact with who he works with and has the pleasure to meet. By joining the team at Living Spinal, he hopes to take his product knowledge and passion for helping others to assist the Living Spinal customer in receiving the most appropriate mobility device to meet his or her needs.

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Andrew (Owner/Founder)

As the brains behind Living Spinal, Andrew has proven just how one man can create a successful company based off of a desire to help people with spinal cord injuries.  Andrew grew up in the midwest and attended the University of Milwaukee, where he received a bachelor's in Business Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Shortly after a diving accident, Andrew wanted to find a way to help fund research for the cure to paralysis. Out of this desire, grew Living Spinal. Andrew is a boating enthusiast, and loves to sit water ski. He is also passionate about wheelchair tennis and plays regularly. When he isn't in the office, he is out on the courts or on the water. As the leader of Living Spinal, he is truly dedicated to helping people with mobility and medical supply needs, while creating a way to donate to the cure for paralysis.

 kalli-1-.jpg

Kalli (Owner)

As owner of Living Spinal, Kalli is a critical part of the team. Kalli is an exceptional big picture professional and is one of the main driving forces in Living Spinal's success. Kalli went to school in Wisconsin at the University of Milwaukee. In her free time, she can be found hitting the pavement training for her next marathon, practicing yoga or out on the water. If she is not out exercising Kalli can be found curled up in her favorite chair searching for new healthy recipe or engulfed in a great book. Kalli helped start this business because her husband, Andrew Hippert - founder of Living Spinal, went through a tragic spinal cord injury in 2009 and she wanted to help give back. Being at Andrew's side has given her an incredible insight in the world of paralysis. 

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Rick (Branch/Sales Manager)

Rick moved to San Diego, Ca. when he was 17. On June 5, 2002 he sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) that left him paralyzed from the T10 level down, and has been rolling for 13 years ever since. During that time, he's raised 3 children and now has 5 grandkids. Shortly after his accident he started volunteering as a peer mentor for newly injured SCI individuals. For Rick, working at Living Spinal is the perfect fit because he gets to fulfill his passion for helping people with paralysis on a daily basis. As branch/sales manager he works closely with Andrew and the LS team to provide the highest level of service to our customers. When he's not working, he can be found enjoying the company of his family, relaxing by writing in his journal, or spending time cooking, which happens to be his favorite past time.

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Amy (Billing Manager)

Amy Hogan recently transplanted to San Diego from Denver, Colorado in November 2016 and is Living Spinals Billing Manager. Amy makes sure that each and every customer receives the individualized attention that he or she deserves. Amy has 10 plus years of business management experience and 5 years in the medical billing and management industry. When Amy is not working she is hanging out with her 9 year old son. Amy also is a certified yoga and thai boxing instructor.

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Anna (Business Analyst)

Anna joined Living Spinal in January 2017 and provides support for the team's complex computer systems and processes.  She loves the sunshine in San Diego and spends her spare time surfing, practicing yoga, and participating in triathlons.  She volunteers as a triathlon coach for para-athletes, and leads adaptive yoga workshops.  She is a real 'people-person' and believes in the importance of getting to know each and every customer individually, to best cater to their needs.

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David (Webmaster)

David moved down to San Diego from Seattle back in 2013 to escape the rain.  He immediately started working at Living Spinal, where he has been able to combine his love for all things web related, with his experience in the medical equipment field. In addition to being the head of the marketing team, he films and edits our videos, oversees our website exploits, SEO and marketing efforts, and is constantly seeking ways to advance our website. He is a man of many talents. When he needs a break from his computer, David enjoys paragliding, surfing, hiking and motorcycle travel. 

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Ashley (Marketing)

As part of Living Spinal's Web Team, Ashley helps keep things running smoothly on our website, as well as doing a bulk of our social media marketing and customer relations efforts. She loves good design and working with code and uses her skills to keep our clients up to date with all of our latest and greatest products and events. Ashley is a graduate from the University of Washington and in her spare time she does yoga, hikes, and travels whenever possible! 

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Tyler (Sales and Customer Service)

Tyler was born in Minnesota and moved to San Diego at the age of 10.  He is a loving husband and a father of a beautiful three and a half year old girl named Ceciley.  He's worked in customer service for about 9 years, and has done sales and related marketing for a little over two years. Tyler is currently attending college for a computer science major with a minor in business. 

Outside of work, Tyler is very active in the acting community. He also loves playing guitar, spending time with my family and friends, traveling, or just staying home on the odd lazy day.

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Leann (Billing)

Leann is a San Diego native that has been involved in DME claims billing since 1996 (20 years). Prior to a long career in billing she worked in the front & back office in the Ophthalmology field for 13 years. 

In her free time, Leann is involved with San Diego Bulldog Rescue is soon to be an instructor at 24Hour Fitness.  

She also loves to travel to Morro Bay/Pismo Beach to enjoy the fresh seafood & kayaking of the central coast area.

 

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Glen (Assistive Technology Practitioner) 

Glen was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a B.S. degree with an emphasis in Kinesiology. He obtained his Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credential in 2006.

He has been in the medical equipment field for 36 years and specializes in custom wheelchairs and seating systems. He has an extensive background in Home or Durable Medical Equipment having worked at the local provider level as well as covering the Western US and Canada. He has also worked as a rehab product specialist for companies such as Quickie, Invacare, Jay Medical, Quantum, to name a few.

Glen has also coached ice hockey for over 10 years, and worked for the Ontario Reign professional hockey club. In his free time he still plays ice hockey, rides motocross, bicycles, as well as his Harley.

Overall, Glen has a strong passion and desire to make a positive impact with who he works with and has the pleasure to meet. By joining the team at Living Spinal, he hopes to take his product knowledge and passion for helping others to assist the Living Spinal customer in receiving the most appropriate mobility device to meet his or her needs.