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About Us

Establishing industry-wide standards for DME/CRT repair technicians through industry collaboration

About Us

The DMERT Group is a non-profit certification body tasked with setting the benchmarking for durable medical equipment and complex rehab repair training standards through industry collaboration. Industry members engage to establish a clear set of guidelines as to what is expected of DME/CRT industry repair technicians, how to evaluate if individuals meet the requirements, and provide means of educational support for those who fall short of qualifying. This initiative and certifying body have a foundation of open transparent industry collaboration, including technicians, providers, manufacturers, and other industry members.

Our Mission

Establish and uphold industry-wide standards for DME/CRT repair technicians through industry collaboration.

The DMERT Group Structure

The DMERT Group engages an array of industry members to ensure a comprehensive certification program. Industry members may participate via board or committee.

 

Board of Directors

The DMERT Group Board of Directors ensures the continued focus of our mission by establishing and upholding the standards. This body is responsible for ensuring each individual technician in the certification body met a set of minimum requirements, has completed a competency exam, and has agreed to meet a set code of ethics and standards of practice.

Meet our Board of Directors

Greg Packer - Chair of the Board
Greg Packer is president of U.S. Rehab. His background, which includes sales management of Pride Mobility Products Corp. and Biocore Medical Technologies, Inc., provides him with an understanding of both the sales and product areas of rehabilitation technology. Greg served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives and is familiar with the regulatory and governmental issues facing the rehab/HME industries. He currently serves on five industry boards and committees to help make the industry a better environment of the independent provider. A graduate of Iowa State University, Greg received his master’s degree from Baker University.

Dan Fedor - Vice Chair of the Board
Dan Fedor is the Director of Reimbursement for U.S. Rehab, a division of VGM, and has been in the HME industry for over 26 years. He joined VGM in 2014 and before that was the director of Education for Pride Mobility for 13 years. Prior to his time with Pride, Dan served as Senior Manager of Provider Outreach/Education, EDI, and Customer Service for DME MAC A for 6 years. Dan is a graduate of Penn State where he earned a BS in Economics.

 

Matthew Macpherson, ATP, L3i – Executive Director 
Matthew Macpherson is president of FIOS DME Repair Training. He has over 21 years of experience in the DME industry, starting as a service technician and quickly moving into the rehab seating role. Matthew has developed several one-day college classes for PT/OT and over 100 in-services throughout his time as an ATP. From the college course curriculum, he has built an online training program. Matthew helped develop the nonprofit DMERT Group.

 

 

Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS 
Julie Piriano is Vice President of Clinical Education, Rehab Industry Affairs and serves as Pride’s compliance Officer. She has worked in the seating and wheeled mobility industry for the past 37 years. She presents nationally and internationally on seating and wheeled mobility with a focus on evaluation, documentation, and clinical applications of available technologies. Julie served on the RESNA Board of Directors and currently serves as the Chair of the professional Standards Board and is an active participant in the Wheeled Mobility and Seating SIG and the PT PSG. She is a friend of NRRTS, member of the AAHomcare Complex Rehab and Mobility Council, the APTA and the Clinician Task Force. She serves on several NCART Committees, the DMEMAC Advisory Councils, the board of several State Associations and the mobility Management Editorial Board. Julie is a highly proactive industry resource on legislative and regulatory issues that impact the complex rehab industry.

Mark Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP
Mark Schmeler is the vice chair for education & training in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh. He oversees all aspects of the Master of Science curriculum in the Rehabilitation Technology as well as Continuing Education in the field of Assistive Technology. He is also the director of the International Seating Symposium when hosted every other year in the U.S. Mark has 30 years of clinical experience and continues to practice as an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional in the Center for Assistive Technology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which he helped establish in 1996 and directed until 2005. From 2009-2017, he directed a national contract and developed accredited Assistive Technology clinics within the Veterans Administration’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Systems of Care.

Don Clayback
Don Clayback is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART). NCART is a national organization of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) providers and manufacturers focused on ensuring individuals with disabilities have the appropriate access to these products and services. In this role, he has responsibility for monitoring, analyzing, reporting, and influencing legislative and regulatory activities. Don has over 30 years of experience in the Complex Rehab Technology and Home Medical Equipment industry as a provider, consultant, and advocate. He is actively involved in industry issues and a frequent speaker at state and national conferences.

Tyler Mahncke
Tyler Mahncke is the Director of Business Development and Operations for U.S. Rehab, a division of VGM. He has been an employee of VGM since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Communications and Electronic Media. In Tyler’s role at U.S. Rehab, he gets to spend time with both manufacturers and providers of complex rehab equipment, discussing solutions to help their businesses thrive.

 

Steve Cranna
Steve Cranna is the Director of New Business Development & Government Relations at VGM Canada. He is on the Canadian board of CSMC and numerous other industry committees throughout Canada. Steve represents the Canadian interest in the DMERT Group program and potential partnership with Canadian efforts to further the technician training and certification goals.

Standards Committee

The DMERT Standards Committee handles day-to-day specifics that arise in the implementation of the DMERT certification standards. Members of this committee are from various areas DME/CRT industry.