DSC05150.jpg

Chad Vidaure | Lead Technician & Amputee Peer Visitor

Chad is our lead lab technician along with an amputee peer visitor. In 2008, Chad had a work related tractor accident resulting in a traumatic below knee amputation.  Soon after, he began working in the prosthetic field and hasn’t looked back. He truly enjoys helping/assisting patients through the rough parts of the pre and post amputation stages of their life.  He has a true passion for building/designing upper and lower extremity prosthetics using the most advanced and lightest components available in the industry. When not working he enjoys playing golf and hanging out with his friends and his beloved German Shorthaired pointer named Nala.

 
DSC06502.jpg

Jamie Martin | Amputee Peer Visitor & Patient Care Advisor

Jamie is one of our amputee peer visitors at Blue Sky and truly enjoys encouraging other amputees to live their life to the fullest. Jamie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with the degree of Human Development and Family Sciences with a focus on Family Relations.  She has lived in Austin most of her life and recently got married in Wimberley, TX.  Her hobbies include enjoying concerts, traveling, seeing her friends in town, and of course, she loves spending time with her dog named Billie Jean.  


 
DSC09324.jpg
 

Dennis Ralston | Tennis Professional

Richard Dennis Ralston is an American former professional tennis player whose active career spanned the 1960s and 1970s.  He skipped his high school graduation to play Wimbledon which he won in doubles. He has won 27 national doubles and singles titles, including five grand-slam doubles crowns along with a NCAA title.  He coached for Southern Methodist University in the 1980’s leading the SMU Mustang’s to several top national finishes. Ralston was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. Although suffering an amputation due to repeated ankle injuries/surgeries, Ralston has continued to work as a teaching pro in Austin, Texas.  He has devoted much of his time to helping Challenged Athletes at the Paralympic and amateur levels develop their game of tennis. Way to go Dennis!

DSC06674 (1).jpg

Melinda Vague | Fitness Instructor

Melinda is a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, as well as a cancer survivor.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has been married for 28 years.  She enjoys hiking with her 2 rescue dogs, entertaining and cooking for friends, going to the movies and is a huge professional tennis fan.