Design | Research | Education
Hi! I design (mainly medical) products, services, systems and experiences in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I am a Top 40 Under 40 Alumnus and a Core77 Design Award winner.
I helped design Mobili-T - a mobile swallowing therapy system for people with dysphagia. Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulty and is caused by afflictions such as head and neck cancer.
Mobili-T is a portable swallowing therapy system that provides visual biofeedback to help strengthen the muscles used for speaking and swallowing.
Mobili-T uses a small under the chin sensor (held by an adhesive) using sEMG (surface electromyography) to sense muscle activity. Like your heartbeat on an echocardiogram, Mobili-T shows your swallowing muscles in action.
Mobili-T enables remote monitoring - patients are able to do swallowing therapy when and where it works for them and their clinicians can track their progress.
A big part of my industrial design career has been focused on medical visualization, medical modeling and surgical design. This render shows the transition from digital data to physical model.
When an individual has to have a portion of their skull removed due to cancer or trauma, an implant can be produced using 3D modeling and 3D printing to achieve a perfect fit for surgery.
Digital models can be printed into physical models so surgeons can evaluate, practice, cut into and plan...basically transitioning from 2D imaging to 3D Models.
These models can help with training for complex surgeries. Surgeons removed a mock tumor on the mandible and reconstructed it by cutting a fibula model. They then plated the model as they would in surgery. Improving outcomes by being better prepared.