About the Practice
Drew Hittenberger is a certified prosthetist and orthotist. He custom makes artificial limbs and braces to fit his individual patient’s needs and lifestyle. As a prosthetic and orthotic specialist, his job is to restore function to his patients, function that many patients thought they lost forever. He restores lives and creates independence.
At six years old, Drew Hittenberger began working in the shoe department of his father’s prosthetic and orthotic company in San Francisco. Drew’s father, a third-generation prothetist and orthotist, wanted to share the knowledge and experience passed down by Drew’s great grandfather who started the original Hittenberger’s in San Francisco, in 1902.
Drew studied prostetics at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and received his orthotic training at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, California.
After working in the family business, Drew moved to Seattle to join a team of researchers designing high performance prosthetic systems for amputee athletes. This research resulted in a prestigious Presidential Design Award for the development of the Seattle Foot ®, the first prosthetic foot to store and release energy allowing amputees to walk fast and run for the first time. Drew has taught at the University of Washington, the University of California at Los Angeles, published numerous articles on prothetic advancements and lectured around the world. Drew has volunteered his time in post revolutionary Nicaragua, with returning Russian Soviet veterans following their war in Afghanistan and most recently with the Sonoma County Humane Society designing a prosthetic for amputee dogs.