About

Leadership Team

Anthony J. Filippis

Title: CEO
Wright & Filippis President Anthony J. Filippis began his long career with Wright & Filippis in 1968 as an orthotic and prosthetic technician. The son of company co-founder Anthony Filippis Sr., A.J. served as vice president from 1981-1997, and in 1997 he succeeded his older brother — the late Gene Filippis — as president of the company.

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Steve Filippis

Titles: Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions
Steven M. Filippis grew up in the family business sweeping floors and making wooden legs with his grandfather, Tony Filippis, Sr., the founder of Wright & Filippis. Steve’s first management position was at the Detroit office, which he ran for 10 years before being promoted to director of facility operations. In 1988, he opened his first office in Toledo, OH. During the next decade, Steve spent most of his time hiring new staff, opening new locations and moving existing locations to larger offices to accommodate Wright & Filippis’ steady growth. In 2008, Steve was promoted to V.P. of facility operations, and in 2014, Steve was named executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions. Steve will be working on growing W&F prosthetic and orthotic business; focusing on the Southern and the Eastern half of the of the U.S.

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Directors

Kurt E. Schlau, C.P.

Titles: Corporate Clinical Services Director, Prosthetics
American Board Certified Prosthetist
Ohio Licensed Certified Prosthetist
Member of the American Orthotic Prosthetic Association

As the director of prosthetics for Wright & Filippis, Kurt is an American board certified and Ohio licensed prosthetist with nearly 30 years of experience in the Prosthetic profession.

Kurt is a member of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics, and the Michigan Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. He is also an active participant with the Ossur Advisory Board and Children’s Special Health Care Services Stakeholders Group.

Kurt graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine from Central Michigan University and went on to complete the Northwestern University Prosthetic program.

Dale Ferguson, C.O.

Titles: Corporate Clinical Services Director, Orthotics
I am an ABC Certified Orthotist and have over 30 years’ experience with Wright & Filippis, including eight years working at the Detroit Medical Central Trauma Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Michigan working closely with pediatrics. In addition I have previously managed Wright & Filippis’ Central Fabrication for both Prosthetics and Orthotics before taking on my new role as Corporate Clinical Services Director of Orthotics.

 

Kathy DeBow

Title: Director of A4 Access — Accessibility Solutions
Kathy DeBow has been with Wright & Filippis for eight years. Before joining the A4 Access team, Kathy held roles of director of medical supply and project manager — organizational improvement. As director of A4 Access, she has responsibility for financial and operational performance, as well as the development and implementation of the businesses’ strategic growth plan.

Prior to joining Wright & Filippis, Kathy was vice president of DeBaylo Associates, a management consulting firm focused on helping organizations improve their strategies, processes and capabilities. Early in her career, Kathy held various positions in the international transportation industry, most recently as general manager, quality improvement for Atlantic Container Line.