J. Martin (Marty) Carlson, MS, CPO, FAAOP(e)
Owner and Chief Engineer
Mr. Carlson received BS and MS degrees in aeronautics and engineering mechanics at the University of Minnesota. For six years, he worked on the development of new instruments for measuring force, pressure, and temperature for industrial process control. He then shifted his career focus to orthopedic/rehabilitation engineering.
Marty received his formal orthotic and prosthetic training at Northwestern University and served as Director of Habilitation Technologies at Gillette Children’s Hospital for sixteen years. He has published two dozen articles in a variety of medical and orthotic-prosthetic journals.
Carlson and his staff have gained an international reputation for design, development and biomechanical analyses. Marty focuses on building a workplace culture where each of the staff members feels mutual support and expects to be excellent.
Owner & Vice President
Cole graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Physics, and from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an M.S. in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on energy and the environment. He worked as a mechanical / energy engineer for several consulting firms before shifting his professional focus to materials science and rehabilitation engineering.
After spending the entirety of his career in the consulting industry, Cole is happy for the values, philosophies, and personal relationships found at Tamarack.
When he is not at work, Cole spends most of his free time parenting his two children and fixing up the run-down hobby farm he and his wife purchased five years ago. In his remaining free time (which isn’t much!) he enjoys trail running, mountain biking, backpacking, canoeing/kayaking, skiing, and slacklining. Meditation is also something he tries to practice on a regular basis.
Cole’s Favorite Quote: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
What would he do for a career if he wasn’t doing this? Be a ski bum or national park ranger.
Marketing & Business Development
Mark is a certified orthotist with more than 25 years of patient care experience, specializing in custom orthotic wheelchair seating. Providing these services was a joy and passion for Mark. He has been with Tamarack since its inception, except for the 4 year time period that Tamarack clinical services was owned by a large local hospital corporation. Mark has since returned to Tamarack and, while missing direct client services, now enjoys the opportunity and challenges of new product development.
When he is not at work, Mark enjoys family activities, and spends as much time as possible with his wife, grown children, and two great grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, home remodeling activities, working with wood, playing the trumpet and outdoor activities such as water skiing, fishing, hiking, bicycling, camping, kayaking, and sailing.
Amanda graduated in 2011 from Iowa State University with degrees in Biology and Art & Design. She then went on to complete the Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician and Assistant Programs at Century College. She is excited to be a part of a small company where everyone has a voice and has a hand in the creative process. Outside of work Amanda enjoys spending as much time as she can outdoors hiking, camping, cross country skiing and insect collecting. She enjoys time with family and friends, as well as exploring new interests.
Manufacturing / Production
Production Specialist II
Raquel moved to Minnesota from California and attended Minnesota School of Business for Computer Systems. Raquel joined Tamarack in May of 2004. She enjoys the atmosphere and friendly staff and also appreciates the flexible schedule that Tamarack offers her. Away from work Raquel enjoys music and spending time with her family and friends.
Adam graduated from Michigan Technological University with a mechanical engineering degree and a background in biomechanics. Adam appreciates working for a small company where he has the opportunity to experience the entire process of developing, manufacturing and selling new products. Away from work, Adam enjoys spending time with his family and playing various sports include beach volleyball and curling.
Production Specialist II
Sewing Specialist I
Brenda graduated from ARCC with a Degree in Accounting. She has many years of HR, payroll, accounting, and administrative experience. She finds her position at Tamarack fulfilling and enjoys the small company atmosphere. Outside of Tamarack Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, reading and working on various crafts.