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Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics, a destination prosthetic and orthotic practice located in the New Center area of Detroit, is headed by Chris Casteel, an amputee and amputee counselor. “Our goal at Anew Life is to help anyone with limb loss, whether an amputee, or someone with a lifelong condition or someone with temporary limb loss such as a sprain, strain or broken bone, to return to the life they choose,” Casteel said. “We want you to show your pride and be an inspiration to help others through the recovery process.”
The five-person operation, founded in 2011, fabricates orthoses and prostheses via traditional methods such as hand casting and plaster modeling as well as using technology, science and state-of-the-art digital capture through scanning, computer-aided design and manufacturing and 3D printing technology. It also creates custom covers for the prostheses.
“Our best growth opportunity has been the use of our 3D scanner for prosthetic (sockets, etc.) and orthotics (shoe insoles, etc.),” Casteel said. “We are starting to market to various medical companies highlighting these opportunities.”
Casteel described Michigan, especially Detroit, as “very collaborative, and many government and local organizations are there to assist you with financial, mentorships, training, etc. MEDC, Midtown Detroit, SCORE and many others have been very beneficial to our company.”
Going forward, Anew Life will focus on collaborating and working with area hospitals and insurance companies. “We do not have a marketing team or budget, but hope to reach out to more medical institutions and insurance companies to assist them and their patients, Casteel said.