About Us

About RELJA Innovations LLC

RELJA Innovations was founded in 2019 by physician Rob Amiot, DPM, who has been performing foot and ankle surgeries for almost twenty years.  He felt it was time for innovation after years of performing many common procedures using the same techniques developed decades ago.  Dr. Amiot wanted to design products, specifically MIS bunion products, that could improve patient satisfaction and outcomes without a steep learning curve.  By combining the expertise of numerous talented physicians and engineers, RELJA has and is developing new products that bring precision, minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, and standardized techniques for common foot and ankle procedures.  

Management

Rob Amiot, DPM  FACFAS

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rob Amiot serves as the Chief Executive Officer of RELJA Innovations.  Dr. Amiot is a practicing physician with almost 20 years’ experience as a Board-certified foot and ankle physician.  He is experienced in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.  Dr. Amiot has been a partner at Aspen Orthopedic Specialists for 16 years in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.  Dr. Amiot is also a member of the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin.  He is an accomplished product designer, with several patents and patent pending, and has served as a physician consultant for orthopedic companies in the development of new products.  

Dr. Amiot received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of North Dakota and attended medical school at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.  He lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife and three sons.  

Keith Peeples

President

Mr. Peeples has 40 plus years’ experience in sales, marketing, and leadership in the healthcare industry.  Mr. Peeples has been the Business Unit Leader, Extremities for DePuy Synthes, a J&J Company and Chief Executive Officer at BioMedical Enterprises, Inc. since May 2009. Prior to joining BioMedical Enterprises, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Advanced Bio-Surfaces, Inc., an orthopedic company which manufactures an interpositional knee implant system.  From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Peeples was Vice President of Sales at The ASC Network, which offers a supply solution to physician-owned or procedure-based centers.  From 1995-1998, Mr. Peeples was the Director of Sales for North and South America at Medtronic/InStent, a provider of self-expanding nitinol stents for gastroenterology, urology, radiology and peripheral vascular procedures.  Mr. Peeples also worked as the Western Regional Sales Manager and as an independent sales representative with Pentax Precision Instrument Corp., a provider of flexible endoscopes, from 1981 to 1995.  Mr. Peeples has a BA in Biology from the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

David Pancratz

Chief Operating Officer

Dave Pancratz serves as the RELJA Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Pancratz has over 30 years’ experience in engineering, business, and the medical device industry.  He is experienced in product development, business operations, and finance.  Mr. Pancratz has previously served in roles such as Director of Operations at DePuy-Synthes, Vice President of Operations at BioMedical Enterprises, and Director of Finance for ILEX Oncology, with experience ranging from large public companies to small start-up firms.  Mr.  Pancratz is an inventor on numerous patents.  

Mr. Pancratz received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas. 

Mark Garsombke

Attorney

Mr. Garsombke is General Counsel for RELJA Innovations.  He is an attorney in the Milwaukee office of Hall Render.  He serves as corporate counsel to a variety of medical device manufacturers, pharmaceuticals and other life sciences companies, Fortune 500 companies, health care providers and plans, health information exchanges and other businesses on data privacy and security, HIPAA, FDA and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance, human subject research, intellectual property, information technology and supply chain-related legal matters.  Mark also frequently speaks and writes on data privacy and security and FDA-related legal matters.  Previously, he has served as in-house counsel to a large mutual fund company.  Mark has also been named to The Business Journal of Milwaukee’s Forty Under 40 list.

Board of Directors

Rob Amiot, DPM  FACFAS

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rob Amiot serves as the Chief Executive Officer of RELJA Innovations.  Dr. Amiot is a practicing physician with almost 20 years’ experience as a Board-certified foot and ankle physician.  He is experienced in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery.  Dr. Amiot has been a partner at Aspen Orthopedic Specialists for 16 years in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.  Dr. Amiot is also a member of the Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin.  He is an accomplished product designer, with several patents and patent pending, and has served as a physician consultant for orthopedic companies in the development of new products.  

Dr. Amiot received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of North Dakota and attended medical school at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.  He lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife and three sons.  

Sean Wilson, DPM  FACFAS

Board Member, Foot and ankle physician

Dr. Sean Wilson is a board-certified foot and ankle specialist and is certified in foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery. He received additional training in advanced surgical techniques in foot and ankle surgery and advanced management of the diabetic foot. 

Dr. Wilson received a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University and attended medical school at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.  He lives in the Milwaukee are with his family. 

Michael “Vinny” Velotta

Board Member, Entrepreneur

Mr. Velotta is currently a partner at venture capital firm, VCI Group, in Naples, Florida.  He has over 30 years’ experience in starting, growing, and managing various businesses.  Mr. Velotta founded Lore Systems, an IT company with multiple worldwide offices.  He serves on multiple Board of Directors.  

Erin Amiot

Board Member, Entrepreneur

Mrs. Amiot is an entrepreneur with experience in healthcare and finance.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Doctorate of Audiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.