It was a 13th birthday trip to a skateboard park in Dallas that ignited Chase Brown’s dream of becoming a prosthetist, he said.
“There was a guy there who was 13 or 14 [years old], and he was one of the best kids in the park,” Brown said. “I was fascinated that this kid who had a prosthetic [leg]could do all of the things he was doing. It stuck with me.”
Today, Brown is the owner of Southwest Austin-based Capital Prosthetics & Orthotics, which he opened last April in the same complex as St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.
The business offers a range of services, but the majority of its work is centered around the creation of custom lower-extremity prosthetics, pediatric braces and foot orthotics, Brown said.
Each prosthetic and orthotic is custom-made by Brown in his on-site lab, home garage lab or mobile lab, which he uses to offer personalized service to his homebound patients.
The business’s mission is to use the best technology available to develop solutions to optimize the lives of people with disabilities. In his personal life, Brown has put that commitment to work through the adoption of two of his children from Ethiopia.
Twelve-year-old Elias wears a prosthetic leg that allows him to walk, run and play sports.
Born missing both legs and her right arm, 5-year-old Tessa was recently fitted for her first prosthetic arm.
“When I have patients walk through the door, my goal is to get them back to where they were or better,” Brown said. “[That goal] is the same I have for my kids.”
Brown and his wife, Meagan, are now exploring the option of expanding the office’s staff so they can continue to make an impact in Austin.
“Chase’s passion for prosthetics gives us a connection to the amputee community at large, and we love that,” she said.
Capital Prosthetics & Orthotics
4310 James Casey St., Ste. 1-C, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-noon., closed Sat.-Sun.
In January 2010 an earthquake hit the nation of Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and causing injuries that required amputations for another 4,000 people.
Chase Brown, owner of Capital Prosthetics & Orthotics, and a group of Austin orthopedic surgeons went to Haiti to assist with medical care, and after witnessing the need for prosthetics, his team partnered with nonprofit Mission of Hope Haiti to establish a prosthetic clinic. Over the course of 10 days, Brown set up the clinic and saw patients. Since 2010, the clinic, now staffed by trained Haitian volunteers, has allowed Haitian amputees to live fuller lives through the creation of hundreds of prosthetics, Brown said.