About Us

T he Pedorthic Research Foundation of Canada (PRFC) is a Canadian based charitable foundation dedicated to the advancement of scholarly research supporting best-practices in the field of pedorthics. Pedorthics is a health care profession concerned with the biomechanics and lower extremity which utilizes orthoses, footwear and supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs.

The mandate of the PRFC is to provide financial assistance for research which seeks to further academic, clinical and laboratory evidence-based pedorthics (specifically that pertaining to lower extremity biomechanics, foot and ankle orthoses, footwear and footwear modifications). This support will be open to all researchers at recognized academic university institutions.

Board of Directors

Maclean_GradonMaclean Graydon – Chair
Maclean Graydon has been a Certified Pedorthist (Canada) since 2001 and practices at Align Orthotics and Rehab in Kingston, Ontario. He completed his master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science at Queen’s university in 2012. His master’s project was titled Ground Reaction Forces in Feet with Morton’s Syndrome. He is currently interested in the management of injuries by combining orthotics and exercise therapy. macleangraydon@gmail.com

Reed_FerberDr. Reed Ferber – Vice Chair
Dr. Reed Ferber holds a Ph.D. in sports medicine and gait biomechanics from the University of Oregon and he has been a board certified athletic therapist since 1997. He has completed post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Delaware and the University of Calgary and specializes in the research and clinical treatment of lower extremity injuries. He is the Director of the Running Injury Clinic and an Associate Professor in the Faculties of Kinesiology and Nursing at the University of Calgary. Dr. Ferber is also a Population Health Investigator through the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. rferber@ucalgary.ca

Adam_FroatsAdam Froats – Secretary/Treasurer
Adam Froats has been an active member of the CPedC since 2012.  He currently practices Pedorthics in London Ontario with SoleScience, using his Registered Kinesiology designation to supplement his treatment plans.  Having completed a master’s degree in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University in 2014, Adam has a special interest in evidence based practice and furthering the pedorthic profession through his ongoing involvement with research at Western University.

Dr. Michael Ryan Michael_Ryan
Michael has been involved in research in sports medicine for the past 15 years, with an interest in sports injury epidemiology, running biomechanics and tendinopathy. 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. Dr Ryan has published 33 peer-reviewed journals, been cited 1,068 times and maintains my research activity as an adjunct Senor Research Fellow at Griffith University.

Clinically, Dr Ryan has spent 12 years practicing as a pedorthist in private and hospital based services in Canada and the United States, and am currently the Director of Research and Development for Kintec Footlabs.

Dr. Alan Salmoni Alan_Salmoni
Alan Salmoni, PhD is currently a professor in the School of Kinesiology at Western University in London. His administrative duties have included being Director of the Division of Physical and Health Education at Laurentian University (where he spent 26 years) and Director of Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. While in Sudbury he spent many years working with Elliot Lake Retirement Living engaging in many projects designed to improve the quality of life of seniors in Elliot Lake, including falls prevention. In London his interest in seniors’ falls prevention has spanned community, acute care hospitals, and long-term care homes. Professor Salmoni is also an executive member of the Ontario Falls Prevention Community of Practice sponsored by SHRTN (Seniors Health Research Transfer Network) and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. asalmoni@uwo.ca

Scientific Review Committee

The scientific review panel will evaluate all eligible proposals and create a shortlist. This panel is comprised of academics and health care professionals with intimate knowledge and expertise in a myriad of relevant areas. The panel will make a recommendation for funding to the PRFC Board of Directors in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in RFP.

  • Dr. Adam Clansey, PhD
  • Dr. Breeane Everett, MD
  • Dr. Steve Mann, MD
  • Dr. Chris McLean, PhD
  • Melissa Rabitto-Lujan, C. Ped (C)