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February 2019

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Meet a Pedorthist – Peter Morcom

Peter Morcom, C. Ped (C)

Peter Morcom loves being able to help clients get back to their daily routines – no matter what their background or situation is.

“In pedorthics you get a wide variety in patients from professional athletes, to kids, to diabetics. It allows you to help many different people whether they need help with performance, or just be able to do their daily activities.”

As a native of Maple Ridge, Peter received his kinesiology degree from University of the Fraser Valley. When he graduated, he met two friends and Peter quickly saw that it would be great to work at that company.

Peter received his C. Ped (C) in May 2011. The certification allowed him to manage a clinic and be the main practising pedorthist.

Since then, he has become the director of pedorthics and helps train new pedorthists throughout the company. In his role he also plays a part in recruitment, retention and developing careers for pedorthists.

Peter says he enjoys pedorthics because it is a young profession that has lots of room for growth – which he says he felt he could help with. But he also loves working with different clients everyday.

“What I love most about the job is the variety of people I get to work with, and giving patients hope that they will be able to do the activities they love,” he says. “Many times, patients come in expecting the worst as they have been told they cannot run, play soccer, hike anymore. With use of orthotics, braces or footwear modifications we can allow them to keep doing those activities.”

He says the most rewarding part of his work has been watching new pedorthists pass their tests to become C. Ped (C)s, and practice in the field.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys being outdoors – including golfing, fly fishing, camping, and getting out on the river or in the canoe to go fishing.

He adds that he also enjoys being a PAC board member. “As a PAC board member, I think it is important for everyone to look at how that can help grow the pedorthic profession not only in their area, but in Canada,” Peter says.

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!”