MSL Associates, Inc. Newsletter

December 2008
Team News
MSL Birthdays
 Lauren Marsh - December 8
Sean Powers - December 29
MSL Anniversaries
Laura Raigoza - December 1, 10 Years!
Bob Maloney - December 1, 6 years!  
Stefanie Rey 
New Employee 
MSL Associates, Inc. welcomes our new Customer Service Representative, Stefanie Rey.  Stefanie can be reached at (887) 827-0028 ext. 129 or
Welcome to the team, Stefanie!
Rehab Product of the Month
Snug Seat Gator
Gator -Reverse walker for active children
  • Strong steel frame
  • No squeaks or creaks
  • Large swivel castors are easy to steer
  • Grows with the child
  • Available in 3 colors
DME Product of the Month
The ROHO GroupMerlin
Merlin Proximity Sensor
Monitor's ROHO cushion's inflation level
Easy to use! 
  • Set the correct point at which your ROHO cushion is properly adjusted.
  • Merlin wakes up every 10 minutes to make sure you ROHO cushion's inflation level has not changed.
  • An audible alarm will sound if the cushion is under-inflated and adjustment is needed.
On behalf of our Associates and their territory, MSL Associates, Inc. will donate $200.00 to the charity of our associate's choice each month. 
 Sea Scouts
This month Vic Garbonkus of Illinois would like to support the Lithuanian Scouts Association, Inc. Vic is currently involved with the Lithuanian Sea Scouts Association teaching the younger generation the skills of seamanship and sailing on Lake Michigan.  Vic and the crew are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a 26' 1965 'Pearson Commanders' sea scout sailboat named Baltic. Vic donates time and money to its upkeep and restoration. The youth are eager to participate and that is very rewarding to Vic.
Thank you, Vic, for your service to your community!
Education Opportunities
MSL Associates is proud to offer CEU & training programs from the following valued Manufactures to your customers: 
  • Bodypoint - Pelvic Positioning
  • ROHO- Why Do Patients Need a Cushion, Understanding Medicare Seating Codes, Pelvis, Sit or not to Sit, Bed Support Surfaces, Dynamic Seating & Positioning, and Pressure Ulcer Management (also available online)
  • TiLite - Material Considerations for Wheelchair Frames,  Maximizing Manual Chair Configuration, Wheelchair Skills Training & Maximizing Upper Extremity Health
  • PDG Mobility - Medical Benefits of Tilt
  • Liko - Proper Operating Procedures (also available online)
  • Altimate Medical - Standing 101
  • Motion Concepts - Introductory Tech Training, Beyond Tilt and Recline
  • Freedom Designs - Seating: Bottom to Top
  • Three Rivers - Saving it for Later! Upper Limb Preservation in Manual Wheelchair Users

Contact your local representative if you would like to have any of these training programs in your area.

Special Announcement
We celebrate Laura Raigoza's 10 year anniversary!
10 years ago I interviewed Laura at an Applebee's over a lunch that the company could not afford.  I remember telling Laura that we had only been in business six months.  At that time she left a management position at a well established company to join our team.
So here we are, 10 years later, supporting 20+ families and growing in large part due to Laura Raigoza.  We celebrate her intellect, commitment, ability to multi task and work ethic.
So I hope all of you will join me in congratulating Laura on her 10th Anniversary at MSL Associates, Inc. We look forward to the next 10.
Mike Laky
MSL Associates, Inc.
 Laura, Mike & David
Medtrade Passport Contest Winners
Congratulations to the following participants for winning our Medtrade Passport contest!
$250 - Skip Walker
Abacare in Mt. Pleasant, SC
$500 - Scott Eastwood
Custom Rehab Solutions in Flowood, MS
$1,000 - Timothy Ciafone
Baycare in Largo, FL
Good luck to everyone at the International Seating Symposium in Orlando, FL! 
Thank you to the following manufacturers for their contribution to our contest:
Alert Sentry, Amysystems, Bodypoint, Dreamer Design, Frank Mobility Systems, Freedom Designs, Levo, Mada Medical, Medquip, Motion Concepts, Pin Dot, ROHO & Showerbuddy
Award Recipient
  Congratulations from MSL Associates, Inc. to Showerbuddy for winning the 2008 Harding Award for product innovation. This award was presented to Showerbuddy at the Canadian Seating & Mobility Conference in Toronto, Canada on September 15, 2008. 
Upcoming Events
December 3-4, 2008   
Freedom Designs Seminar
Miami, FL 
December 15-16, 2008   Liko Home Care School   Franklin, MA 
January 12-13, 2009    Liko Home Care School   Franklin, MA 
March 12-14, 2008 
International Seating Symposium
Orlando, FL 
Featured Representative
Steffen Tiskus 
I would like to take a moment to recognize Senior Associate, Steffen Tiskus from the Illinois & Southern Wisconsin territory.  Congratulations on another OUTSTANDING year.  You are an excellent role model, and a vital member of TEAM MSL.  Your professionalism and expertise are recognized throughout our industry.  Your participation in our recent quarterly meeting was very much appreciated. 
Thank you for all your contributions!
Jill Girard, Director of Sales
Industry Update
Manual wheelchairs are not subject to the 9.5% fee reduction. According to VFM dealers and therapists should recognize an inflation adjustment that translates to a 4.7% increase. 
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