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February 2019

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Meet a Pedorthist – Johan Steenwyk

Johan Steenwyk, C. Ped (C), C. Ped MC

When Johan Steenwyk was 18 years old, he was still figuring out what he wanted to do for a living – but he always knew he wanted to help people. That’s when Johan looked into the family business, and decided to become an orthopedic shoemaker when living in his native Netherlands. There was a real need for orthopedic shoemakers there at the time.

Johan started apprenticing at Kemerink Orthopedie as part of a program that was subsidized by the Dutch Federation of Orthopedic Shoemakers. The eight-year program also required him to attend school one day a week in s’Hertogenbos, Holland.

Meet a Pedorthist – Jane Cromwell

Jane Cromwell, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)

Jane Cromwell has enjoyed a long, fulfilling career in pedorthics, 26 years in fact, but she hasn’t come this far completely on her own. “I couldn’t have gotten here without the help, guidance and knowledge of many fellow pedorthists whom I have worked with throughout my career,” she says.

Jane started out her pedorthic journey with a three-year apprenticeship, then worked her way up by becoming an American Certified Pedorthist, then a C. Ped Tech (C) and finally became certified as a C. Ped (C).

Meet a Pedorthist – Shannon Gordon

Shannon Gordon, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)

Shannon Gordon never thought she would become a Pedorthist. In fact, she insists that she did not find the profession; rather the profession found her.

While working as a kinesiologist in a physio clinic in Calgary, she had a chance encounter with Sandy Connery, who was doing assessments for orthotics.

When Shannon asked Sandy how she could look at feet all day, Sandy replied, “I don’t look at them as feet, I look at them as three-dimensional objects—something is wrong, and I have to fix it!”