The Tamarack Story
Tamarack Habilitation Technologies is world renowned in the orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) marketplace for developing the "Tamarack", a line of free motion and dorsiflexion assist ankle joints as well as ShearBan® low-friction interfaces, fabrication tools and a wide range of journal publications related to orthotic design.
Tamarack is a small "S" corporation of 16 employees, wholly owned by the Marty and Peggy Carlson family. We are process & results focused, operating in a cooperative way to solve problems many people encounter as they expand their function, or go about their preferred work and play. We like to grow and progress, but in a way that nurtures our company of people, our extended community and surroundings. Our collective and individual reputations are precious; to be authentically built, maintained and highly valued.
We endeavor to be a green company and a good place to work. Tamarack contributes funds, materials and employee time to help educate and assist O&P schools in many locations across the nation and around the world.
The Tamarack management team considers physical challenges of injured / impaired people to be akin to, and part of, a continuous spectrum including the physical challenges of elite athletes. We enjoy the process of discovering ways to enhance function for people across that entire performance spectrum with greater efficiency, comfort/safety and enjoyment.
Corporate Achievements Timeline
|1990||-||Tamarack Habilitation Technologies is incorporated as a patient care facility, providing custom seating support orthoses and related devices in St. Paul, MN USA|
|1995||-||Tamarack introduces the world-renown Tamarack Flexure Joint® to the O&P market|
|1997||-||Tamarack introduces the MicroShell™ Pediatric Orthopedic Seating System|
|1998||-||Tamarack introduces ShearBan® PTFE sheets & precut patches to the orthotic & prosthetic device market|
|2000||-||Tamarack moves operations to current Blaine, MN location; also restructuring as a research, development and manufacturing firm for all Tamarack product lines|
|2000||-||Tamarack introduces the Free Arm Deep Throat Press (FADT Press)|
|2002||-||Tamarack introduces the Tamarack Variable Assist™ (TVA) ankle joint|
|2004||-||Tamarack introduces the Clevisphere™ free-motion, adjustable stop ankle joint|
|2004||-||Tamarack introduces ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches, a sister product to Tamarack's ShearBan PTFE material, to the sports medicine and consumer markets|
|2007||-||Tamarack introduces the 95 durometer Tamarack Flexure Joint®; providing patients 50% more motion assist than previously provided by our most popular 85 durometer joints|
|2007||-||ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches reach the summit of Mount Everest with the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition Team|
|2008||-||Tamarack forms exclusive agreement with LOC Mfg. Ltd for marketing & distributing ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches to consumers and specialty retail dealers in the UK|
|2009||-||Tamarack develops GlideWear™ Technology, a low friction interface fabric technology for managing shear trauma. Initially available as a wheelchair cushion cover, Tamarack foresees dozens of applications in the O&P, acute and long-term healthcare markets|
|2011||-||Tamarack launches Tamarack Flexure Joint® Caps — a new external mounting option for articulating Tamarack Flexure Joints to upper & lower extremity orthoses|
|2012||-||Tamarack forms exclusive agreement with Esperance Podiatry for marketing & distributing ENGO® Blister Prevention Patches to the individual & team sports markets in Australasia|
|2012||-||Tamarack introduces new bulk package option for its Tamarack Flexure Joint® product line; reducing packaging waste and shipping expense for our customers|
|2013||-||Tamarack anticipates launch of GlideWear™ prosthetic liner patch at the AOPA O&P World Congress, to be held in Orlando, Florida USA in September 2013|
Tamarack will continue to develop upon our understanding of ankle-foot biomechanics and skin trauma in order to fuel future product design efforts. ENGO® patches will soon become available throughout the European Community - helping athletes & non-athletes alike solve their blister problems with an easy-to-use, long-lasting & guaranteed solution.
Awards, Certifications, & Memberships:
- Practices ISO 13485 quality management standards
- Proud supporter of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association
- Proud supporter of the American Academy of Orthotics & Prosthetics
- National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Corporate Advisory Council Member
- 2012 LifeScience Alley New Technology Showcase Winner
- 2013 da Vinci Awards Finalist for the FlexForm™ Custom Seating System