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Dr. Kirsten Davin named HME Woman of the Year 2016

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Facebook COO and founder of Leanin.org Sheryl Sandberg said, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

Sandberg’s words perfectly represent the legacy being built by the 2016 HME Woman of the Year, Dr. Kirsten Davin.   

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, during a special presentation at Medtrade in Atlanta, Dr. Davin was recognized as the inaugural recipient of the HME Woman of the Year award. She was one of four finalists (out of 37 nominees) selected to travel to Atlanta for the award presentation. Following a video presentation, Mike Mallaro, CEO of VGM Group, Inc., announced Davin as the recipient of the HME Woman of the Year.            

“It is a great honor that someone like me is recognized,” said Dr. Davin, president of Precision Seating Solutions. “A younger woman, 37 years old from a small town, via a grassroots method built a company that now has global distribution. The fact that we’re recognized for that is amazing.”             

Dr. Davin is the founder, co-owner and president of Precision Seating Solutions, manufacturer of the PS 256 pressure mapping system. She is also a licensed occupational therapist, certified assistive technology professional, seating mobility specialist, author, speaker, educator, volunteer firefighter and mother.

Her experience in serving patients led her to recognize a need for facilities, caregivers, equipment providers and end-users to have access to cost-effective pressure mapping to prevent or eliminate pressure related wounds. Her tireless work led to the development of a patented pressure mapping system to benefit an entire population of patients who wouldn’t have normally had access to such vital technology.  

“With the development of precision seating, our goal was to create a mapping system which could be attainable by anybody,” said Dr. Davin. “We were told we couldn’t do it; that we couldn’t get the cost down so we could retail for a couple thousand dollars to get it in the small clinics, to the end users who really needed it. To make a long story short, we did it.”

As if being an entrepreneur and running a business isn’t enough, Dr. Davin is an established author and internationally known speaker on wheelchair seating and positioning. She is also a professor at Lincoln Land Community College where she teaches several medical-related courses. 

Improving the lives of others is further exemplified with her volunteer efforts. For the past 16 years, she has served as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and medical training officer for the Pleasant Plains Fire Department in her hometown of Pleasant Plains, Illinois. She currently serves as captain of the 24-member department and will become deputy chief in 2017.

“Dr. Davin is a born leader, who inspires those around her to be better, to work harder, achieve goals and create the outcomes they strive for,” wrote Robert Schafer, fire chief of Pleasant Plains Fire Department, in his nomination for Dr. Davin. “She uses her platform to help those less fortunate, to encourage those who are just starting out and to educate therapists, caregivers, equipment providers and individuals from all walks of life to be the best they can be in every arena.” 

Whether she’s fighting fires or fighting for patients’ access to affordable assistive devices, Dr. Davin is a trailblazer whose out-of-the-box approach to providing solutions for her community and the industry will certainly leave a lasting impression.      

For more information about the HME Woman of the Year award, visit www.vgm.com/HMEWomanoftheYear, and join the Women of HME LinkedIn online community.