chris in O&P lab

Apr 19, 2021 / Prosthetics & Orthotics

Get to Know our Staff: Chris Gearinger, Orthotics & Prosthetics

What is your role at Scottish Rite for Children?   
I am a certified orthotic and prosthetic technician. My role as a technician is to fabricate custom orthotic and prosthetic devices.
What do you do on a daily basis? 
My job as an orthotic/prosthetic technician is very rewarding. I work with practitioners in making devices for our patients. For orthotics, this can be anything from shoe lifts to a hip, knee, ankle or foot orthosis and with prosthetics, anything from a partial foot to a myo-electric hand. The orthotist/prosthetist provides the technician with measurements and tracings for patients. Based on this information, the technician then builds the appropriate devices for these patients. We also fill negative molds which are casts that are made by the practitioners from the patient’s limbs. We then vacuum form these casts. We also work with patients making repairs and/or adjustments to their devices, including custom shoe lifts. It is extremely rewarding to start from the beginning of building a device to seeing the end result, which provides a child with new experiences that he/she otherwise would not have.  
What was your first job? 
My first job was at the age of 14. I wanted a new bike, so I went out and got a job at a gas station. The owner of the gas station quickly gave me responsibilities to run the daily activities.

What led you to Scottish Rite?
I always wanted to do something with my hands that would also make a difference in someone’s life. I was dating my now wife, who was working at Scottish Rite. She told me about an entry level position in the Orthotic department. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity. Next January, I will have been with Scottish Rite for 30 years.  
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite for Children?
Everything. The people and our incredible mission that enables us to serve children and their families. There is something very special about Scottish Rite. I consider it a privilege to work alongside a team of great practitioners, technicians and support staff.
What’s your favorite place to eat around here?

What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?
Negotiating and working with my hands.

Do you have a pet? What’s he/she like?
We have an 11-month-old puppy. His name is Oliver and is a sheltie. He loves to play and play and play, especially with his frisbee. He is quite assertive and tries to get us to throw the frisbee morning, day and night!
Is there something that has made you smile recently?
My youngest son recently started volunteering at an orthotic and prosthetic lab in Frisco. Ever since he was 4 years old, he has expressed an interest in being an orthotic/prosthetic technician. I can’t help but smile when I see him pursuing his career, following in his dad’s footsteps.

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