The Team

The Team

Rod K. Mayer


Rod has been in the orthopedic business since 1977. His history in the orthopaedic industry includes extensive experience in sales, distribution and business development with an intense passion to serve surgeons in addressing their unmet clinical and practice needs. In 2002, Rod founded DVO, a company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative orthopaedic products for the upper extremity market. Rod co-led the development, growth and eventual sale of DVO to Tornier, Inc. in March of 2007.

Frank A. Patton


Frank is a seasoned finance professional with over 25 years of experience. During his career, he has held the positions of Division CFO, Senior VP of Internal Audit, Group CFO and Division President. Prior to joining Nextremity Solutions, Mr. Patton was the Vice President of Finance for Zimmer’s Global Businesses Group with sales in excess of $1.3B. He was responsible for all finance, strategic planning and business development activities for the Trauma, Dental, Surgical and Spine business units.

Ryan D. Schlotterback


Ryan has spent 15+ years in the orthopedic industry, with experience in a variety of team and managerial roles within product development including lead engineer, project manager, and group manager. Ryan has commercialized and led teams of engineers to develop products in a variety of markets including hip, spine, extremity, and soft tissue fixation. Along with commercializing medical devices, Ryan has a track record of innovation including eight patents issued or currently in prosecution.

Isaac C. Mensah

VP of Operations

Mr. Mensah brings to Nextremity thirty plus years of accounting, business, healthcare economics, reimbursement and financial management experience working with organizations in orthopedics and health care. Mr. Mensah is a retired CFO at OrthoPediatrics Corp. Prior to joining OrthoPediatrics, he held a variety of divisional and corporate financial leadership positions at DePuy Orthopaedics and subsidiaries, Zimmer, Inc., American Hospital Association and Public Administration Service.

Mike Coon

Executive Director, Marketing & Sales

Mike has been involved in the health care field since 1985. While at DePuy Synthes, Mike was responsible for leading upstream and downstream marketing efforts to drive six products from concept through world-wide commercialization.  During this time, Mike led several branding initiatives and KOL development that led the company to dominant market positions. Mike has six design and methods patents related to shoulder arthroplasty.  Mike also has extensive experience in health care compliance and professional relations.

Cathy May

Executive Assistant

Cathy has over 30 years of experience as an Administrative/Executive Assistant, along with many years of experience in Marketing, Sales Administration and Customer Service in Retail, Banking, Manufacturing and Orthopedic industries.  She currently serves as the Executive Assistant to Rod Mayer, President & CEO of Nextremity, as well as assisting in the areas of Quality, Receiving, Marketing and Sales Administration.

Adam Finley

Principle Engineer

Adam has been in the orthopedic industry for 11+ years. For the last 3 years, Adam has gained vast amounts of experience across all orthopedic disciplines in roles of developing custom implants and pushing company wide innovation.  Adam worked closely with surgeons from around the globe to create implant solutions for over 1900 patients. Adam has 16 patents either granted or in prosecution.

Greg Denham

Project Leader

Greg has 16+ years of engineering and project management experience, mostly focused in sports medicine. He is named on 79 patents issued or currently in prosecution primarily pertaining to soft tissue solutions in the knee, shoulder, hip, and small joints. Having commercialized a wide range of implants and disposable instruments, Greg has extensive experience developing concepts into market relevant products.

Joe Whitley

Senior CAD Designer

Joe has been in the Orthopedic industry for 11+ years with over 15 years of design and manufacturing experience. Joe had previously worked in product development in the Sports Medicine group at ZimmerBiomet. Joe supported the launch of various new products within ZimmerBiomet from beginning to end and has 1 patent in prosecution. Joe is determined to meet unmet patient, surgeon and customer needs.

John Pepper


John is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a MS in Biomedical Engineering. He has been included in multiple publications, and is additionally named on 55 issued patents. John was also the Chief designer of the Smith & Nephew Trigen Nail System. He has experience in a test lab environment additionally has veterinary surgical experience. John manages the in house machine shop for Nextremity Solutions.

Evan Taylor

Product Development Co-Op

Evan is a Senior at the University of Cincinnati studying Biomedical Engineering. As part of his cooperative learning, Evan works as the Product Development Co-op with Nextremity Solutions. He assists the senior engineers with designing new products, prototyping and moving projects towards production.

Shane Hartle

Quality Manager

Shane has been in the orthopedic business since 1980. His history in orthopedics includes extensive experience in R & D, Material Testing and Quality. Shane’s Quality experience includes DFMEA, PFMEA, CAPA, Audits, Inspection Criteria and managing associates. Shane spent 29 years working for Zimmer, in which 20 of those years were spent in the R&D Quality Lab. He also spent 9 of those years as a Senior Supplier Quality Engineer. Shane has also worked as a Quality Manager for Greatbatch Medical.

Kim Ridings

Global Customer Service Manager

Kim’s background in Insurance, Human Resources, Sales and Management has given her over 30 years of experience in Domestic and International customer support in several industries, with a focus in orthopedics since 2012.  Her dedication to the team, sales force, customers and surgeons is ultimately driven by her intense desire to serve those whose lives are improved by our products.

David Johnson

Associate Product Manager

David started as a marketing intern at Nextremity Solutions, Inc. and is now a full time member of the team. He has assisted in several product launches thus far by creating marketing materials to support and promote sales. His role continues to grow as strong surgeon relationships provide our foundation for success.

Anastasia Williams

Accounting and Business Manager

Anastasia has 10 years of direct accounting experience in the orthopedic industry, coupled with 12 years of multi-faceted accounting experience in the health care field, diversified businesses, and government industries. Anastasia has a BS degree in Accounting and an MBA in business with a concentration in Human Resources.

Jenny Gordon

Accounts Receivable Clerk

Jenny joined the Nextremity Solutions, Inc. team in August 2013. Prior to joining the team, Jenny worked at PNC Bank as a part time teller and previously managed the teller line. Jenny has also spent time working on her family dairy farm, as well as working in the Accounts Receivable department of her family repair shop.