Chris Casteel is the Co-Owner/Manager of Anew Life Prosthetics and Orthotics and an amputee. He is a 2007 graduate of Eastern Michigan University’s Orthotics and Prosthetics master’s degree program and a Certified Orthotist and Board eligible Prosthetist. He is also a former plant manager and has a career in manufacturing. In 2005, Chris established the University of Michigan Heath System (UMHS) Amputee Support Group while employed as an Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician. The UMHS Amputee Support Group is the first in the nation to be led by an on-staff Limb Loss Coordinator. In late 2009, Chris started the Downriver Limb Loss Support Group in Gibraltar, Michigan. That fledgling group has started gathering regular members. Chris is a member of the Amputee Coalition of America. He is a certified peer visitor and a member of the Volunteer Outreach Team. He was a member Volunteer Task Force and developer of the OPAF First Paddle Adaptive Kayaking Clinic. For at least ten years, Chris and his wife have been VIP Escorts for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. In his local community, Chris and his wife are former Big Brother mentors to a challenged child for five years. As an athlete, Chris has competed in rock climbing and kayaking at the 2008 and 2009 Extremity Games, capturing the bronze medal in kayaking in 2009. Chris is a recipient of the 2008 University of Michigan O&P Center Residency Recognition Award, and he was honored with the 2007 Council for Disability Concerns Certificate of Appreciation. Chris traveled to Haiti to assist their Orthotic and Prosthetic Department and also counsel amputees. He demonstrates on a daily basis to both children and adults that there is “life after limb loss.”
Matt Warner is a Certified Prosthetist and Certified Orthotist Matt has a Master’s Degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Medicine. He is also a Certified Prosthetist and Certified Orthotist with over 10 years’ of experience. Matt is an avid hockey enthusiast.
Don Stiles is an Certified Orthotist and Technician Don has been with Anew Life since its inception. He has been a Certified Orthotist since 2005 his expertise as a technician spans over 25 years. He is also a master in leather and metal fabrication. Don was also a Lower Extremity Orthotic Instructor at Baker College.
Loren is a Technician. Loren is a graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Exercise and Sports Medicine, with aspirations of furthering his education and becoming a Prosthetist/Orthotist. He is also our resident artist, creating art on our cosmetic covers and other devices.
Shantania is our billing specialist extraordinaire. She attended Wayne County Community College District and obtained her Billing Certificate from Ross Medical Education Center. She enjoys spending time with her new puppy.
Kim is a Consultant/Co-Owner with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Northwood University along with a Paralegal degree and handles our contracts, office management, and other legal, management and office duties. Kim loves Detroit and is actively involved in the community with her husband, loves yoga and is also an avid bicyclist, kayaker, boater, and Detroit ambassador.