Footbeat Introduction


Company Info

Footbeat was founded on an orthopedic surgeon’s search for a better post-operative therapy to prevent deep vein thrombosis, commonly known as blood clots. In 2005, Chief of Surgery Dr. David Mayer, on morning rounds after ankle, knee, and hip procedures, was dismayed to find patients not using the bulky and awkward pneumatic pumps (leg squeezers) that were the standard protocol for blood clot prevention.

At the time, Dr. Mayer was not thinking of technology innovation; he was thinking of patient comfort and care. The development plan was simple, find a better way. Easy to say, difficult to do. A team of imaginative engineers and physicians, with private investment, designed and built Footbeat, a product which has earned multiple patents and published clinical studies.

Dr. Mayer’s vision took form as a lightweight, mobile, rechargeable device that would fit into an insole. During prototype development and collaboration with an array of potential user groups, it was revealed that this emerging innovation had expanded applications. Not only was Footbeat a medical therapy for a multitude of symptoms, but in other areas as well, particularly athletics. Many of the physiological goals of medical prescribers and users share similar requirements with athletes seeking an effective method of active recovery and a pre-event warmup.

Dr. Mayer, and his team, spent years evolving and refining the features of this best-in-class technology. Named Footbeat in 2015, the name reflects what the product actually does. By providing precise cyclic pressure to the venous plexus at the arch of the foot, Footbeat achieves the physiological benefits of walking when the individual is seated or recumbent. It functions like “a heart in the foot.”

Based in Grand Junction, Colorado, David Mayer’s hometown, Footbeat serves both medical and athletic markets. Dr. Mayer is the Chief Medical Officer and his son Matt is CEO.



Matthew J. Mayer - Co-Inventor, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Matthew J. Mayer
Co-Inventor, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mayer has developed and participated in numerous go-to-market and product development enterprises across a wide variety of businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to founding AVEX, Mr. Mayer was the President and CEO of Save More Resources, Inc. (“SMR”), a 50-person software and utility data management firm based in Grand Junction, Colorado. He engineered a rapid turnaround of the business from 30% negative net margins to profitability in nine months and 18% revenue growth per year. In this capacity he raised $1.5M in equity financing, launched four new products, restructured the sales force, and implemented a new strategic partner program. The company was then successfully sold to one of the strategic partners.

Before SMR, Mr. Mayer was the Vice President of Consulting Services for eLinear (an IT consulting firm), a management consultant with McKinsey & Co in their Palo Alto and Chicago offices. He was responsible for developing go-to-market and growth strategies for start-up companies in the software and telecommunications industries. Mr. Mayer has also served as a consultant with Accenture in their Houston office, and a financial analyst with Leasetec, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado.

Mr. Mayer has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he graduated with honors. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Colorado.

David Mayer - Co-Inventor, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer

David Mayer
Co-Inventor, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mayer is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with over 30 years of experience practicing medicine. He served for four years as Chairman of the Board for Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, the largest orthopedic private practice in Western Colorado. He has also served as Chief of Surgery for St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and is a member of the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care. He specializes in pathologies of the foot and started a foot clinic in Grand Junction. Dr. Mayer served two and a half years in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon.Dr. Mayer graduated from Medical School at the University of Wisconsin, with residencies at Presbyterian Medical Center in Denver and at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Wisconsin.

Gerhard Rill - Director, Bio-Mechanical Research

Gerhard Rill
Co-Inventor, Bio-Mechanical Research

Dr. Rill is a certified Pedorthist and German Podiatrist with over 40 years experience in the fields of biomechanics and footwear design. He has been in private practice for 20 years in both Germany and the U.S., specializing in non-surgical management and rehabilitation of lower extremity and lower back pathologies. Dr. Rill also founded Foot Support Group, Inc., a custom orthotic clinic and laboratory with four locations across Colorado. In addition, he is a adjunct professor for the St. Mary’s Hospital (Grand Junction) Residency Program.Dr. Rill has been a design and technical consultant for a number of footwear, orthotic and matierals development companies, including Chaco/Wolverine World Wide, R.I. Merrell Institute, Dr. Martens, Goetz-Gmbh. Euro International, JMS Plastics, Sole Supports, Summit Orthotic Laboratories, and Pedorthic Technology Limited Hong Kong.

Dr. Rill has been working directly with AVEX to provide biomechanical and footwear design. Dr. Rill graduated at top of his class from the Munich School of Technical Orthopedics and Podiatry, and received his undergrad in Technology and Engineering

Mark Stephenson - Chief Operations Officer

Mark Stephenson
Chief Operations Officer

Mark has worked for 25 years in the high-tech scientific instrument, medical device, industrial and aerospace industries. Over his career Mark has held a variety of senior management positions with industry leaders including: Senior Manufacturing Engineer responsible for implantable defibrillators and dual chamber pacing with Teletronics, Project Manager responsible for anesthesia delivery systems and pulse oximetry with Datex-Ohmeda, Out-Sourced Products Manager for cardio bypass filtration and cardioplegia devices with Sorin Bio-Medical, Director of Operations for all analytical scales and balances with Sotorious Corporation, and Chief Operating Officer of Quest Product Development. Most recently, Mark served as Vice-President of Global Design Services for Creation Technologies where he successfully tripled revenues and increased profitability for the business unit. Mark is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has implemented these practices throughout his career resulting in streamlined operations and improved top and bottom lines. He has also been responsible for introducing several new products to the medical devices market including: anesthesia delivery devices, pulse oximeters, electro surgery generators, IVD, angioplasty, and heart rhythm management.Mark holds an MBA from Canterbury University and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Kennedy-Western University.

Charles Harris - Strategic Initiatives

Charles Harris
Strategic Initiatives

Create and focus business strategy options for innovative/disruptive technology introduction.Define and align product development and consumer vision with business partners. Focus on partner collaboration, message, categories, introduction, launch and collateral support. Foster discrete launch tactics for athletic and medical product versions for consumer markets.

Develop value proposition for product development thru launch. Craft brand startup communication materials that convey and support product message and support sales and marketing objectives across platforms.

Identify, sponsor and manage technical and medical advisory board, industry influencers and early adopters.Formerly, Practice Leader with Deloitte & Touche, LLC. Responsibilities included leading business process reengineering initiatives in Fortune 500 corporate legal departments: rightsizing, information management, enterprise-wide technology projects and regulatory compliance.

Co-Founder and Chairman, Harris & Paulson, a technology start-up with financial management and human resources software products for the nation’s largest private law firms. Start-up thru successful NASDAQ offering. Awarded Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 fastest growing small public companies, 1984.

Mr. Harris received his BS and MS from Southern Illinois University.

Tom Curran - VP of Sales

Tom Curran
Vice President of Sales

Tom has worked for 25 years in medical sales, distribution and marketing. He has worked for leaders in the industry such as Wright Medical, BioMet, Zimmer, and DJO Global. Tom has spent most of his career focused on the sales and distribution of orthopedic products, imaging equipment, capital equipment and biological products to surgeons, medical practices, hospitals, surgery centers, and hospital corporations. Tom has focused on developing long-term relationships with physicians, buyers, and corporate executives, which has enabled him to grow multiple businesses into multi-million dollar sales organizations.

Drew Mayer - VP of Marketing

Drew Mayer
VP of Marketing

Drew is responsible for developing and managing brand messaging for Footbeat. This includes implementing a cohesive digital strategy, social media presence and consumer communications.Recently, Drew served as Director of Client Services for Cranium 360, a full service marketing firm that serves a broad range regional and national clients. During his time with Cranium 360, he developed an expertise in evaluating his clients’ businesses and goals, and helping them achieve greater success by designing and implementing customized marketing strategies. He brings broad experience from 15 years working in a variety of industries: consumer goods, retail, government, telecommunications, healthcare, real estate, photography, and information technology.

He has direct experience in technology consulting, website design, SEO, software development, financial analysis, product development and design, and manufacturing. Drew received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Colorado College and his MBA from University of Texas.

Mark Joseph

Mark Joseph
Director of Design Engineering

Mark’s design career spans 35 years. His focus is functional Product Design involving a holistic approach to function, customer interface, engineering, aesthetics and manufacturing. He began designing sports equipment and clothing for companies including The North Face, Trek Bicycle, ITW Nexus, Redfeather Snowshoes and others. He was raised in Berkeley California and moved to Aspen Colorado in 1979. He was a pioneer working with Taiwanese and Chinese factories in the late 70’s and has worked with many companies there since.His firm, Product Innovations Inc. is located in Aspen Colorado and has an extensive design, computer CAD and advanced prototype lab. Mostly self-taught, Mark has developed an affinity for working in fields that are new to him and brings a refreshing, idea generating energy to corporations looking for inspiration. He has licensed patented product designs to FootJoy Golf Shoes, Black Diamond Equipment, Rollerblade, K2, and many others. Mark co-founded two companies recently based on his patented designs. Litesnow Inc. provided do-it-yourself lighting to Lowe’s and Home Depot. It was sold to Westinghouse lighting in 2005. Exos corp. revolutionized orthopedic bracing and casting and has become the standard of care in clinics and hospitals across the country and abroad. It was sold to DJO Global in 2012.

Mark attended undergraduate studies in Berkeley California. He is an active outdoors person and has competed at a high level in cross-country skiing and cycling.



Daniel Latt, MD, PhD, FRCSCDaniel Latt, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Dr. Latt is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, Assistant Professor, and active researcher at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Latt earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has fellowship training in sports medicine from Kaiser San Diego, and foot and ankle surgery from Duke University.

Dr. Latt specializes in the care of athletic injuries of the shoulder, knee, ankle and foot. He is particularly interested in complex lower extremity reconstruction and realignment, cartilage injuries, patellofemoral disorders, degenerative disorders of tendon and arthroscopy of the ankle, knee and shoulder. He has a special interest in the treatment of ankle arthritis using total ankle replacement.

In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Latt has a PhD in bioengineering. He has experience in both human movement analysis and joint biomechanics. His current research interests include the study of the dynamic alignment of the lower extremity as it relates to knee and hindfoot disease and to functional outcomes following lower extremity reconstruction.

Dr. Latt is a Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, where he currently serves on the Research Committee and on the managerial board of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Research Network. He is also on the editorial board of the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.

Thomas Kaminski, PhD, ATCThomas Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM, RFSA

Thomas W. Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA, FACSM, RFSA is currently Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at the University of Delaware. He graduated from Marietta (Ohio) College with a BS degree in Sports Medicine in 1984, completed his MS degree in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Arizona in 1985, and earned his PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 1996.

Tom has the distinct honor of holding fellowship status in the American College of Sports Medicine FACSM), National Athletic Trainers’ Association (FNATA), and the Research Consortium of the Society of Health and Physical Educators’ (SHAPE America) (RFSA). His peer-reviewed journal publications (100+) have appeared in many discipline specific journals including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise, and the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is editor-in-chief of the SLACK, Inc. journal titled Athletic Training & Sports Health Care and serves on many editorial boards.

He is a member of the Credentials Committee for the ACSM, Professional Development Committee of the NATA, and serves as the Educational Director for the Delaware Athletic Trainers’ Association (DATA). He is a co-founder of the International Ankle Consortium (IAC) and serves to plan the triennial International Ankle Symposium. In addition to his research interest with ankle instability, Dr. Kaminski is a leading expert on issues related to purposeful heading in soccer and maintains a database established in 1998 examining purposeful headers in interscholastic and intercollegiate soccer during this time. He and his colleague Dr. Thomas Buckley (University of Delaware) are co-PI’s on the landmark NCAA/DoD CARE Consortium project examining the natural history of concussion in intercollegiate sports at the University of Delaware.

Allen Richburg, MD, MS, FAAFPAllen Richburg, MD, MS, FAAFP

Dr. Richburg is the Head Team Physician at the US Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, CA. He is responsible for assisting America’s world-class athletes with the evaluation of new technology, data analysis and treatment approaches for injuries as well as enhanced training and recovery techniques.

Dr. Richburg is also currently Assistant Clinical Professor, non salaried, UCSD School of Medicine, Director of Athletic Medicine and Clinical Instructor, San Diego State University, Medical Director San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center, Team Physician San Diego State University and San Diego Cycling Velodrome. He is Board Certified, Sports Medicine and Family Practice. Dr. Richburg received his MS and MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, primary care sports medicine fellowship, Stanford University.

His personal sports resume includes an All American All-Stars Wrestling Team and 3 time NCAA National Wrestling Championships while at University of California, Fresno. United States Cycling Federation, Cat 1, Track Cat 2, National Championships, from 1990-2003, and USCF Masters National Championship in 2001.

David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhDDavid G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD

Dr. Armstrong is Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Armstrong holds a Masters of Science in Tissue Repair and Wound Healing from the University of Wales College of Medicine and a PhD from the University of Manchester College of Medicine, where he was appointed Visiting Professor of Medicine. He is founder and co-Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA).

Dr. Armstrong has produced more than 475 peer-reviewed research papers in dozens of scholarly medical journals as well as over 80 book chapters. He is co-Editor of the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, now in its third edition.

Armstrong was appointed Deputy Director of Arizona’s Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI) and co-founder of its “augmented human” initiative, which places him at the nexus of the merger of consumer electronics, wearables and medical devices.

Dr. Armstrong was selected as one of the first six International Wound Care Ambassadors and is the recipient of numerous awards and degrees by universities and international medical organizations including the inaugural Georgetown Distinguished Award for Diabetic Limb Salvage. In 2008, he was the 25th and youngest-ever member elected into the Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame.

Dr. Armstrong is past Chair of Scientific Sessions for the ADA’s Foot Care Council, and a past member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association as well as a former commissioner with the Illinois State Diabetes Commission. He sits on the Infectious Disease Society of America’s (IDSA) Diabetic Foot Infection Advisory Committee and is the US appointed delegate to the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). Dr. Armstrong is the founder and co-chair of the International Diabetic Foot Conference (DF-Con), the largest annual international symposium on the diabetic foot in the world.

Bryan C. Bomberg, MDBryan C. Bomberg, MD

Dr. Bomberg is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He is Director of Steamboat Orthopaedic Associates, P.C.

He was head team physician, US Ski Team Nordic Combined, 1994-2002. He was an olympic team physician at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Other professional sports team experience includes: assistant team physician, New England Patriots 1987-1988; Boston Bruins, 1987-1988. While on active duty at the US Air Force Academy, Dr. Bomberg was Chief of Sports Medicine and Team Physician for the NCAA Falcon football and hockey teams, 1988-1990.

Dr. Bomberg received his MD from the University of Colorado, then completed a four year residence at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was accepted for a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Harvard Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bomberg is a member of the USOC Team Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the United States Air Force Society of Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society of Military Orthopaedics and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Victor Bernhard, MDVictor Bernhard, MD

Dr. Bernhard is a recognized expert in vascular reconstructive surgery and endovascular management of vascular disease. His bibliography lists 138 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, more than 50 chapters in textbooks, and three editions of the book Complications in Vascular Surgery, which he co- authored and edited with Dr. Jonathan Towne. He has given over 60 presentations on the subjects of vascular reconstructive surgery and management of vascular disease. Dr. Bernhard is a member of the American Surgical Association, the Society for Vascular Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the Central Surgical Association, the Western Surgical Society, and several regional vascular societies.

Dr. Bernhard has been a professor at the Wisconsin Medical College, Stanford University Medical School, Temple University Medical School, the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine, and the University of Chicago. He has served as the Chief of Vascular Surgery at the University of Arizona and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Albert Einstein Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Bernhard served as the Vice-President for Medical Affairs at Endovascular Tech, Inc. Dr. Bernhard received his MD and Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University.

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