PAC Professional Development Event: AFOs
Don Pierson, CO, C.Ped
Don Pierson is certified as both an orthotist and a pedorthist by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics (ABC). He has worked in the O & P field for over 34 years. His start in O & P began in 1984 by completing the Orthotic Technician program in White Bear Lake Minnesota. He then was on staff at an O & P facility in Illinois for 19 years.
Since 2003 Don has been at Arizona AFO, Inc in the position of Vice President of Operations. Arizona AFO is an ABC Accredited Central Fabrication Facility specializing in lower extremity orthotics, and has over 70 employees.
From 2009-2012 Don served four years as a Director on the ABC Board. He has lectured at Orthotic, Prosthetic and Pedorthic symposia as well as many Podiatric meetings. He has led workshops on custom AFOs for several years.
Don has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for over 42 years and has two sons, both of whom work in the O & P industry.
Laura Harper, C. Ped (C)
I attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. During my degree I completed co-op work as a student technician at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. My experience included fabrication of custom orthotics and prosthetics, specifically thermoplastic AFOs.
My further education was completed in England at the University of Salford, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. My degree included placements in hospitals and orthotic/prosthetic clinics working with the Orthotists and Prosthetists assessing and dispensing appropriate aids. This also provided me valuable experience in creating appropriate treatment plans.
I moved back to Canada in 2014 and worked as an Orthotic Resident in Surrey. And most recently as a Pedorthic Clinician in the lower mainland, becoming a Canadian Certified Pedorthist in 2017.
Graham Archer, C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)
Graham Archer has been practicing in the field of pedorthics for 18 years and has been a C. Ped (C) for 16 years. He is the current vice chair of the College of Pedorthics of Canada and a past president of the Pedorthic Association of Canada. He is the president at both Kintec: Footwear and Orthotics and Kiwi Orthotic Services and has worked with teams in both of these organizations to drive innovation in our industry.
Jesse Cornell, CPO(c), C. Ped Tech (C), C. Ped (C)
Jesse Cornell is a Canadian board certified Prosthetist, Orthotist & Pedorthist. Jesse completed Orthotics & Prosthetics technical program and went on to graduate from George Brown College in Clinical Methods of Orthotics & Prosthetics. Jesse held residency in Calgary & Edmonton where he practiced for a number of years before opening the doors of Biodesign in Ontario providing advanced paediatric & adult care specializing in all aspects of Orthotics & Prosthetics.
Johan Steenwyk, C. Ped (C), C. Ped MC
Johan Steenwyk obtained his extensive pedorthic training in the Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada in 1983 and established Steenwyk Custom Shoes and Orthotics in 1985. Some of Johan’s achievements include becoming the largest custom orthopedic designing facility in Canada and revising the billing system with the provincial healthcare for custom orthopedic shoes.