About Us

Kapstone Medical, LLC was founded by John Kapitan in 2007. Kapstone is a Charlotte, NC based company that is focused on product realization for the medical device market.

Kapstone’s main office is located in historic downtown Waxhaw, NC

Mission Statement

The Mission of Kapstone Medical is to become the premier partner for development of medical device ideas in our target markets. We will achieve this by focusing on delivering creative and timely solutions, utilizing our deep experience and broad international reach, and building a lasting company that embraces a risk-sharing approach in order to maximize value.

Vision Statement

Kapstone Medical exists to generate ideas...which connect people...in order to establish and grow relationships. We are driven by the idea that inspiring and motivating our employees, partners and our customers to reach their God-given potential is not only a privilege but a responsibility. According to this belief, we are committed to supporting targeted ministries that exist to foster transformation in ourselves and our world.

Our Founder

John Kapitan has 15 years of experience in medical device development. Prior to founding Kapstone, John was the Vice President of Product Development and the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality for Altiva Corporation, a development stage spinal implant company that was sold to Exactech, Inc. in 2008. John’s experience also includes AcroMed Corporation, DePuy AcroMed, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. John has designed and managed development for many commercialized products, is an inventor on over a dozen patents and patents pending, and has written several industry articles.

Contact John at jkapitan@kapstonemedical.com or connect with him via his linkedin profile.

Read Kapstone’s article published in Orthopedic Product News Here.

Our Team

John Souza: Project Engineer

John earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he focused his research on spinal arthroplasty and fusion. His Master’s thesis studied the effects of lateral misplacement of the Synthes ProDisc-C Disc Replacement System. Upon completion of his studies, John became the Director of Research with an accomplished Neurosurgeon in Raleigh, NC on cervical fusion research. He is particularly interested in leveraging clinical research to develop data-driven spinal devices. Prior to John’s career as an engineer, he worked as an EMT/Paramedic for 18 years.

Contact John at jsouza@kapstonemedical.com or connect with him via his linkedin profile.

Stuart Lindquist: Project Engineer

Stuart is a Project Engineer with 15+ years of experience as a Project Engineer, 10 of which were spent in the orthopaedics industry. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Stuart launched his career as a Project Engineer in the Steel and Plastics Industries. His desire to apply his skills in the Medical field led him to return to school for a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering. From here, he became a Development Engineer and Project Leader, focused on the development and commercialization of orthopaedic implants and instruments. His passion for developing cutting edge medical devices and working directly with surgeons led him to a career with Kapstone Medical.

Contact Stuart at slindquist@kapstonemedical.com or connect with him via his linkedin profile.

Ryan Lewis: Industrial Designer

Ryan’s Industrial Design and Human Factors experience is evidenced by his contributions to projects ranging from an endoscopic sinus dilator to a liver tumor ablation device. He has consulted for major medical manufacturers as well as niche medical device firms and surgeon inventors. He earned his Master of Design degree from the University of Cincinnati where he explored the front end phase of medical device development and the application of human factors and usability to medical devices. His objective is to make devices intuitively usable and to engage clients and users by presenting complex information in a clear and robust manner.

Contact Ryan at rlewis@kapstonemedical.com or connect with him via his linkedin profile.

Mike Burgan:  General Manager, Manifest Medical Technologies, LLC 

Mike joined the Kapstone Team to lead the expansion of rapid prototyping and evaluation.  Mike brings with him over 20 years of manufacturing and prototyping, as well as, business development and operations management.  He split 23 years between Parker Hannifin Corp and Precision Castparts Corp in many leadership roles including numerous operations start-ups involving product development, prototyping, and precision machining.  Mike earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Akron and an MBA from Arkansas State.

Contact Mike at mburgan@manifestmed.com or connect with him via his linkedin profile.

Marc von Amsberg: Project Engineer

Marc has design and management experience in a wide range of fields: medical implants and instruments, CNC machine tools, wire processing equipment, packaging machinery, and armored military vehicles. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1988.

Contact Marc at mvonamsberg@kapstonemedical.com or connect with him via his linkedin profile.

Diane Dobrea: IP Counsel & IP Specialist

Diane started her career as an associate general counsel at the Cleveland Clinic where she focused on identifying, protecting and licensing medical device and biotechnology innovations. In addition, Diane developed deep knowledge of the clinical research context as a member of the Institutional Review Board and through her general counsel responsibilities relating to basic and clinical research compliance. She transitioned from her in-house role to law firm practice in 2000, and for more than a decade focussed on IP portfolio development and counseling clients in portfolio management and IP transactions. Prior to joining Kapstone in late 2012, Diane returned to an in-house role where she lead the successful completion of a two year initiative to update and refocus the IP practice within a fortune 500 company. Diane earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biochemistry and her JD from Case Western Reserve University, and she is admitted to practice before the USPTO.

Contact Diane at DDobrea@kapstonemedical.com

Justin Rowland: Design Engineer

Justin graduated from with High Honors in Biomedical Engineering where his various research projects focused on diabetes, including the development of an insulin-secreting encapsulation device to cure the disease. The majority of his technical coursework and interests have been in the field of biomechanics. Justin is based in Kapstone’s Atlanta office.

Contact Justin at jrowland@kapstonemedical.com

Cate Donaldson: Design Engineer

Cate graduated from Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering. Her previous experience includes working with surgeons and with medical device development companies to bring new devices to market in the areas of biologics and spine fixation.

Contact Cate at cdonaldson@kapstonemedical.com