Living Adaptive

Living Adaptive

Living Adaptive is the podcasting home of the adaptive community. Keep current with adaptive happenings and listen to guests that include individuals that adapt to notable adversity and thrive, supporting organizations, and personalities that are making impacts within the adaptive world. You can adapt no matter the challenge.


March 18, 2021 82 mins

Robbie Ripoll (Inked Mag and Ink Master) is back and this is an amazing story of reclaiming your life after a traumatic accident! Robbie recently did something amazingly brave by going back to body piercing suspension. The same body piercing suspension activity that led to a very traumatic accident where Robbie loses his leg. Robbie is one of the most dynamic personalities in the world. This is a jou...

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Comedian Joe Underwood has gone viral! You're about to hear how, why, and more. Joe Underwood is no doubt a rising star. He's got big plans to create more content and continue making us laugh. Joe Underwood is the next generation of rising stars.
More about Joe Underwood. He is a comedian, decorated athlete as a paralympian and collegiate basketball player, and he's well know for crushing TikTok and the...
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December 24, 2020 26 mins

What works for those that find huge success during significantly difficult times? We discuss this and more as we close out 2020 with the last episode of the year. We realize success is relative and the idea of what is successful is very different for each individual.


Cohost for this episode is Jacob Pacheco. He was born w...

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You're about to be entertained by comedian, writer, and adventurer Steve Mackelprang aka Mack. Mack is really funny, smart, and creative. This is an episode is for everyone except younger ears. It's especially for those struggling and need a lift up and want to hear a really good story.


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Don't miss this episode! We talk inclusion in the outdoors, a healthier approach towards growing your own social media platforms, Osprey Packs work towards supporting the disability community, and more with Kami York-Feirn.
Kami York-Feirn is a Social Media Manager in the outdoors industry at Osprey Packs. She's viewed as an expert in social media.  She's also an athlete, writer, and inclusi...
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October 29, 2020 35 mins

On August 5, 2012, Robin and Nate learned that their son Elisha was hit by a car riding his bike. Their lives would forever be changed. Today, hear the perspectives of these caregivers and learn about how they’re changing the world, for the better, with the use of social media.

Many people have watched the journey of the Foutz family. Robin and Nate provide an insider look into life as parent and caregiver. Robin and Nate make impa...

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Hear from an individual that is finding rapid success vlogging/creating content based on disability awareness and lifestyle. Cristie Grey is an amputee, wife, mother, and disability advocate. 
In Cristie Grey’s words, I am a hand amputeeOG who is a survivor of a traumatic boating incident in 2001 with many setbacks, but I have moved forward and  I am able to live my best life.
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October 2, 2020 37 mins
Kimber Cross is an elite climber born with a missing hand. For every climb, Kimber Cross is conquering what is deemed ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. 
Kimber Cross will take you on a journey to the Northwest mountains and provides you with glimpses into how she adapts and makes the almost impossible…very much possible.  The terrain Kimber climbs is dangerous, cold, icy, and unforgiving and paradoxically there’s peac...
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September 17, 2020 31 mins
I got 30 minutes with the Zappos Adaptive A Team! We heard your questions and Zappos answers them NOW. Hit the link below, subscribe and share.
So you want to be a Zappos model? Why did Zappos invest into the adaptive community? Do you have any idea the work involved for Zappos to start this adaptive division? How does a small team from Zappos work with major shoe brands to sell a single shoe inst...
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Will YOU change the world even when the odds are against you? Will you lead the fight against big insurance companies and a powerful lobby on Capitol Hill? Welcome to the next generation of those fighting for the underserved. Nicole Ver Kuilen, the founder of Forrest Stump​, is doing exactly that, she's changing the world. She's fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities to exercise and she’s taking this fight to...
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This Range of Motion Project (ROMP) team is changing the world.  They’re scrappy and they’re bringing health care equality, specifically mobility to patients in the Americas (based in Ecuador and Colorado).  At the same time, this team summits extreme altitudes with adaptive athletes. This is an example of how to better the world. We’re joined by ROMP founder, adventure athlete, amputee, and CPO David Krupa and also adve...
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Comedian Ryan Niemiller jumps on and brings his energy and comedy to show #clubnubb.  Ryan Niemiller is a comic, he's the best in the game, The Cripple Threat of Comedy, constantly booked, and he’s really well know for crushing it on America's Got Talent (3rd place of Season 14). 
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Despite being born with a disability in both arms, Ryan Niemiller, the self-proclaimed ...
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Amputee on reality TV (survivor)? How does one handle this spotlight? What does it take to succeed in the spotlight, set records running extreme races on a prosthetic leg, and at the same time become a medical doctor? Find out now as Kelly Bruno checks in.
Kelly Bruno is the peak of the adaptive world. She doesn’t need attention, she shares because she wants to help others.
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June 18, 2020 34 mins
Today’s show is adaptive athlete Steven Walker’s story and the topic for this week is inclusivity and unity within the disability community. 
Steven and I are friends and I messaged Steven after he made a profound post about unity and asked if he wanted to come on and talk about it...
Steven Walker is an athlete with Erbs Palsy...
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Katherine Beattie is a TV Writer (NCIS: NOLA) with a Disability
Today’s show is about a person with a disability that made a place for herself in Entertainment despite road blocks. Yes, Katherine Beattie has a disability, Cerebral Palsy, and she explains that if she can make it in Hollywood/entertainment then so can you.  Heads up, this isn’t a PG rated interview....
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May 22, 2020 22 mins
Watch this and learn how we leverage our disabilities to work for us.  We hit three specific areas: (1) Reframe, (2) Leverage, and (3) Rewards of Leveraging.  Don’t miss this especially if you view your disability as a negative phenomenon that sometimes holds you back.  
Cohost for this episode is Jacob Pacheco
Jacob Pacheco was born with Cerebral Palsy and he successfully thrives despite any...
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How do we unite the adaptive community? Are you breaking down due to obstacles or finding opportunities in these obstacles? Do you let circumstances such as injuries, Covid forced isolation, etc. define who we are?  When things go bad, how do we pick ourselves up and leverage the bad to build good?  Jo...

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May 8, 2020 24 mins

For-profit business on Living Adaptive? Yep!

This is a rare episode for the Living Adaptive because we bring on a for-profit business owner focused on creating products for the adaptive world. Living Adaptive doesn’t receive any financial gain from Access Trax.

We picked Kelly Twichel an Occupational Therapist and cofounder and CEO of Access Trax because of a lot positive feedback regarding her ability to create/sell products to th...

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Karah Behrend is a professional Rally Driver, content creator, inventor of adaptive equipment, keynote speaker, WC Rugby and Warrior Games athlete, and retired USAF Senior Airman.  As a professional Rally Driver Karah Behrend recently placed 2nd in the Rebellerally which is the first women's off-road auto navigation rally raid in the United States.   After our recording, Karah Behrend announced that she reinvented the Portable...
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Hanging with blind comic, surfing champion, professional adventurer, and martial artist Joshua Loya.

Hear what it’s like to be a blind champion surfer, comedian, bjj practitioner, and adventurer. Joshua Loya brings interesting perspectives regarding ways to enjoy and hit them goals. He’s a super funny person and but he definitely gets real in this interview regarding the hard shit he’s encountered. Joshua Loya also talks about the ...

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