MClSc-WH, C. Ped (C)
Kathleen is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist with SoleScience. She graduated from Western University’s Kinesiology program in 2009, followed by the Diploma in Pedorthics Program in 2011. In 2013, Kathleen was the first Pedorthist to complete Western’s Master of Clinical Science — Wound Healing Program, during which she spent time at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto for a clinical Mentorship with the Advanced Practice Wound Care Team.
Since completing her Master’s program, Kathleen has been active within her local communities providing patient and clinician education, focusing on Pedorthic Management and prevention strategies for patients with Diabetes. Kathleen has previously spoken at both the 2015 PAC conference in Vancouver, BC and the 2017 PAC conference in London, ON. Kathleen is also both an instructor in Western’s Diploma in Pedorthics program and a Practicum supervisor for its students.
Outside of work, Kathleen enjoys yoga, cooking and spending time with her husband.
Rob Verwaard is a Dutch pedorthist since 1996. He has a bachelor degree in orthopaedic engineering of the Fontys university of applied sciences and has a master degree of the university of Bradford. He is managing director of Wittepoel, a Dutch pedorthic company. In 2004, Rob joined the board of the Dutch association NVOS-Orthobanda for P&O. He worked on major projects including development of guidelines and the IVO World Congress 2009. He is editor for “Orthopedische Techiek” magazine and member of the Executive Committee of ISPO Netherlands. Rob lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Célia Fischer & Nour Zeenni
Célia Fischer and Nour Zeenni are the two students selected to present the work carried out by the students as a group in second-year pedorthics at Lycée d’Alembert.
Located in the 19th arrondissement in Paris, this school is the only French public institution offering a three-year senior technician program in pedorthics.
Subsequent to work and hospital placements, combined with study of theory and practice and successful completion of an examination, students become qualified to practice pedorthics.
Travelling abroad to meet professionals in the sector is an important part of the study program, which, in our opinion, makes it essential for us to attend the 2018 IVO Congress in Toronto along with our professors.
MSc, C. Ped (C)
Kelly Robb has been practicing as a pedorthist since 2009. She is the owner of KAL Orthoses, a private practice located in Southwestern Ontario. Kelly has recently stepped back from clinical practice, minimizing her clinical hours, to focus her attention on advancing literature in the pedorthic field of study. Kelly is currently completing her PhD studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, ON. Current research focuses on the connection between neuromechanics, mechanoreceptor facilitation, lower limb muscular activity, and foot orthotics. Kelly’s long term goals are directed towards improving clinical practice and evidence-based treatment options for Parkinson’s disease. Kelly is the current chair of PAC’s professional development committee and course instructor in Western University’s pedorthic diploma program.
Cert. Prosthetist & Orthotist
Dominik Rudolph, a certified prosthetist and orthotist is working since 2009 in the department of research and development for orthotics, socket comfort and therapeutic shoe care and is an instructor for anatomical socket design and Diabetic Foot Syndrome of the in-house training centre of Streifeneder ortho.production GmbH in Germany. Before, he used to work for Streifeneder he was used to work for 7 years as a clinical practitioner for prosthetic-, orthotic- and foot-care in all municipal hospitals of Munich.
BA, MBA, CMC
Cal Harrison is the President of Beyond Referrals, a consulting firm that advises on the selling, and the buying, of professional services such as architecture, medical, engineering, law, and management consulting.
Cal is a regular speaker and lecturer at universities and conferences across North America, the Caribbean, and Europe including the Harvard Business School Alumni, Institute of Management Consultants USA, and Deusto University in Spain. He is the author of two books – The Consultant with Pink Hair and Buying Professional Services: Replacing the Price-Based Request for Proposal with Qualifications Based Selection.
B.H.K., M.Sc., PhD, C. Ped (C)
Dr. Ryan has been involved in research in sports medicine for the past 17 years, with an interest in clinical aspects of footwear design, running injuries and soft-tissue biomechanics.
After graduating with a PhD in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia, he worked his first post-doctorial position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. In 2011, he moved to the Gold Coast of Australia after being awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Griffith University. Currently, Dr Ryan maintains his research activity as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. Dr Ryan has published 33 peer-reviewed journals and has been cited by other authors over 1,500 times.
Clinically, Dr Ryan has spent 15 years practicing as a pedorthist in private and hospital based services in Canada and the United States, and is currently the Director of Research and Development for Kintec Footlabs.
CPed CM, OSM, Podologe
Karl-Heinz Schott is a past IVO president, is running a Pedorthic clinic in Sydney Australia and is the academic lead of the Pedorthic Bachelor Program at Southern Cross University. Karl made contact to PAC over 10 years ago to establish international communication and cooperation among pedorthics from different countries. Karl has gathered knowledge and in-depth experience with over three decades in private practice and in his various roles in the Australian and International Pedorthic Association.
Karl has conducted training in Australia and Japan over the past 30 years and was chairperson of the Pedorthic Association Australia for 10 years, overseeing the international Pedorthic congress IVO2012.
He currently serves as a delegate of the IVO to the WHO.
He was instrumental in setting up the Pedorthic certification as well as the initiation and running of the Pedorthic Bachelor program at Southern Cross University in Australia. He is keenly aware of the importance of establishing a market position for Pedorthics and to create economical viable Pedorthic services as being critical to assure services are available to the wider community as it badly needed. His key focus is that Pedorthic services are essential health care and those that need it most tend to have the weakest lobby. In a competitive health care market, the focus is not always on those that need it and the neediest are often overlooked. Karl helped to create a viable future for Pedorthics in Australia in the interest of the end user.
BSc(Kin), C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)
Ben Boyer is a Canadian Certified Pedorthist and manages Kintec’s business-to-business division, Kiwi Orthotic Services, including the Lab Services and Kiwi Software. He played a key role in developing and deploying Kiwi’s scanner system and contributed technical expertise to PAC’s new 3D scanner guidelines. This self-described nerd has a passion for technology, cars, and anything else with moving parts.
C Ped CM Au, PhD Candidate, B.Sc. in Footwear Eng., MBA
Sayed’s experience includes over a decade in footwear and foot care. Having a degree in footwear engineering & technology and being a C Ped CM, Sayed has travelled through both fashion and orthopedic footwear domains in all aspects. He is also doing his PhD at Southern Cross University, Australia on best clinical practice guideline for diabetic foot ulcer management and prevention through appropriate footwear.
Sayed founded the pedorthic services company “Foot Balance Technology” operating from Sydney, Australia.
He has a part time role as Pedorthist at the High Risk Foot Clinic at Nepean Hospital, Sydney and also the committee member of Foot Network Working Party of the National Associations of Diabetes Centres (NADC), Australia. Sayed is a board member of Pedorthic Association of Australia (PAA).
He is also actively involved in academic lecturing and public speaking in his professional domains, both nationally and internationally.
Fred Holtkamp & Geert Jos van der Maazen
Fred Holtkamp has currently the position of Associate Professor / Fellow in Fontys University of Applied Sciences Dept. Allied Health Professions. For the Dutch Branch Organisation Orthopaedic Shoemaking (NVOS) he is a member of the educational board. In the international Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics he is a member of the educational subcommittee and is the international evaluator for category I programs in P&O. He is awarded as honorary member of the Dutch Professional Body for Orthopaedic Technology.
He is responsible for and the lead researcher for a number of research project such as: Shoetimes, a project in in shoe sensor development, Materials used in Orthopaedic Shoe making and Proprioceptive measurement in Orthopaedic Engineering. These Shoes are made for walking. A project in collaboration with the University of Labour and Social Affairs (ULSA) and the Vietnamese Centre for training Orthopaedic Technologists (Vietcot) in Hanoi (Vietnam). He is also working on a PhD research study titled “bridging the world of Doctors, Engineers and Users in the design process in orthotics and also involved in adjacent research projects.
Geert Jos van der Maazen has been a physical therapist since 1985. He is a successful entrepreneur in the fields of medical devices, innovation, and development in orthopedics and rehabilitation. GJ has been working as a tutor at Fontys University since 2016.
Thomas Stief is the head of the biomechanics working group at the Department of Sport Science, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Gießen Germany. His research focus includes motor control, the influence of orthopedic devices/treatments on musculoskeletal system and motor control, multiaxial stress analysis of the lower extremities, and development and implementation of biomechanical models into orthopedics.
Thomas’ educational background is in orthopedic and biomechanics engineering as well as orthopedic footwear technician. He now focuses his teaching on lectures, tutorials and practical exercises in orthopedic, technical and clinical biomechanics, biomechanical and orthopedic measurement technics, and biomechanical modeling.
C.O.(c), F.C.B.C., M.Sc., B.Sc.
Gordon Ruder is the Coordinator and an Instructor of the Prosthetic and Orthotic educational programs at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada for the past 25 years. He also has extensive clinical experience as a practicing Certified Orthotist, with a particularly strong focus around the lower limb orthotic management of upper and lower motor disorders. He acquired his Masters of Science, Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo in 1989, resulting in several significant publications in the area of human gait and balance control. Gordon is very interested in the relationship between prosthetic and orthotic education, the technical and clinical aspects of orthotic practice, and research.
C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)
Kevin Fraser is the Past-President of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and a Canadian Certified Pedorthist specializing in conservative management of complex lower extremity dysfunction, with special interest in the treatment of post-traumatic injuries and pressure off-loading. Kevin joined the Pedorthic Department at Sunnybrook Health Sciences’ Centre for Independent Living in 2007 after completing his bachelor’s degree at York University and obtaining his diploma in the Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician program at George Brown College. He continues to pursue his passion for educating others as a Instructor with George Brown College’s Orthotics and Prosthetic Programs and a former Instructor with Western University’s post-degree diploma in Pedorthics program.
Mariam Botros is currently the CEO of the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC), a chiropodist at Women’s College Hospital Wound Healing clinic, a Clinical Director of Diabetic Foot Canada, as well as a Co-director of the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course (IIWCC) the University of Toronto. She has lectured and worked on programs both nationally and internationally in the area of diabetic foot complications and amputation prevention.
With experience working as a CEO, healthcare practitioner, educator, researcher and faculty member for a number of well-recognized organizations, Mariam brings both the practical and professional experience required to be effective in her leadership roles.
Dr. Stephen Perry is a full Professor within the department of Kinesiology & Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also holds adjunct positions at the department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Toronto and is a Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Perry’s research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Dr. Perry’s research specializes in the neural and biomechanical roles and functions of the human foot within movement.