Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Introducing our staff - Mike Forgrave

Mike Forgrave earned his Pedorthics credentials from both the US and Canadian Boards for Certification in Pedorthics. He has been in private practice in Kitchener, Ontario since 1985 and acts as chief Pedorthist for Mike Forgrave & Associates. Mike and his team are clinical Pedorthists to 14 medical clinics throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Having successfully grown his private practice, Mike began teaching other clinicians and footwear affiliates using his abundant knowledge in those areas.  Mike's passion comes from athletics and his interest focuses on sporting injuries and how orthotics and proper footwear can improve training efficiency and performance outcomes.  Mike has worked with Canada's national team members in Track & Field, Badminton, Downhill Skiing, Bobsleigh, Swimming, Triathlon, Field Hockey, Rugby, and Tennis. He has been the Pedorthic consultant to the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Kitchener Rangers, the AEK Football (soccer) Club of Athens, Greece and most recently the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Mike headed up the Foot and Ankle division of the Polyclinic at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Mike has been published in several Journals on topics such as "Lower Limb Dysfunction and the Kinetic Chain" and "Introduction to Pedorthics".  He has written articles for "O & P Business News", "Athletic Therapy Today", "Pedoscope", and "Current Pedorthics". He is presently serving on PFA's Council on Pedorthic Education, the Canadian Pedorthic Professional Development Committee and has been on the PFA Board of Directors since 1995. He is currently serving the role of Immediate Past-President and continues to chair PFA symposia. Mike has just returned from Adelaide, Australia where he was a guest lecturer at the Australian Pedorthic Association annual conference.

Mike is a former Canadian Track Champion (400mh) and represented Canada internationally including the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. When not at the office Mike enjoys most sports and is still active in cycling, running, slo-pitch, and triathlon. He loves to travel and has been to some exciting destinations including Antartica, Africa & the North Arctic Sea.

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