Meet Our Certified Team

 

Mr. Al Heaver C.O. (c)

Mr. Heaver has worked in the Prosthetic and Orthotic field for over thirty years gaining great experiences and skills along the way. He is a graduate of Ohio University B.Sc. and George Brown College Prosthetics and Orthotics program. He has been a member of the Canadian Board for Certification on Prosthetics and Orthotics since 1976. Mr. Heaver has worked at the Bloorview Children’s Hospital in Toronto and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. His background is extensive in bracing and splinting paediatric and adult patients. He has worked with children for many years which has involved the use of different types of mobility aids. Mr. Heaver has also been a consistent contributor to the field by presenting papers to the American Congress of Prosthetics & Orthotics, Canadian Association of Prosthetics & Orthotics, and has been involved in research at the University of Alberta and also co-authored “Digest on Prosthetics & Orthotics.” In addition he has been a part time educator at the British Columbia Institute of Technology - school of Prosthetics and Orthotics. Mr. Heaver has many personal interests with a strong connection to downhill skiing and overall personal health. He has given instruction to many disabled and able bodied individuals and was a member of the Canadian National Alpine Skiing Team. In addition he is the past president and sports director for the Alberta Amputee Sports and Recreation Association.

Mr. Kevin Shopland C.O. (c)

Mr. Shopland joined Karl Hager Limb & Brace in 2006 after job shadowing our head Orthotist and past clinic owner, Mr. Frank Hayday C.P.O. (c). At the time Mr. Shopland had recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology.  After gaining interest in the Prosthetic and Orthotic field, he pursued one of the few available spots in the Orthotic and Prosthetic program offered at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Following his successful completion of the two year program, Mr. Shopland began his two year residency working with his colleagues and supervisors Mr. Frank Hayday C.P.O. (c) and Mr. Al Heaver C.O. (c). Mr. Shopland has since become a Certified Orthotist and has a special interest in sports medicine and lower extremity Orthotics. He is an avid triathlete and skier, and has competed in many multisport endurance events and is a two time Ironman finisher.

 Mr. Nick Gilmour - Orthotic Resident

Having recently completed his diploma of technology in prosthetics and orthotics from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Nick is working on his orthotic residency under the supervision of Mr. Shopland, Mr. Heaver, and Mr. Mueller.  In addition to his work as a resident, Nick is also working towards a Masters of Rehabilitation Science degree from McMaster University.  Nick discovered his passion for the field of orthotics while completing a Bachelor of Science degree in the Biomedical Option of Civil Engineering at the University of Alberta.  There he had the unique opportunity to work on a project designing a new style of knee joint for a KAFO.  Working alongside another orthotist on the project, Nick quickly realized that a career in orthotics would allow him to combine his love and skill in engineering design, patient care, and hands on technical work to make a real difference in people’s lives.  Outside of work Nick loves playing and refereeing hockey, snowboarding, skiing, waterskiing, and spending time outdoors.

Mr. Roel vandenBerg – Registered Technician Orthotics – R.T.O. (c)

Mr. vandenBerg has been providing his special skills through what he manufactures to patients since 1983. Over the years Roel’s responsibilities has evolved where he currently is a key fixture with unique devices and knee ankle foot orthoses (KAFO’s). He is very committed to not only his work but those that are wearing the devices that he crafts. Roel has been a visionary in numerous projects including the current KAFO designs and prepreg carbon fiber devices we produce. His personal commitment to excellence has inspired others to push past mediocrity which in turn improves the lives of the patients that we help.

Mr. Jim Boist – Registered Technician Orthotics – R.T.O. (c)

Mr. Boist has been working at Karl Hager Limb & Brace since 1991. Jim was directly involved as a supervisor in our “knee brace department” for many years. His efforts and recommendations supported the growth of this portion of the businesses significantly over his tenure in this role. His contributions to the processes in which many are still followed today, are a reflection of his understanding of producing quality devices in a timely manner. Currently, Jim most often manufactures various styles of foot orthotics, ankle foot orthoses, and knee ankle foot orthoses. Jim has many talents and is a great resource and support technician within the lab.

Mrs. Angie Stayko – Registered Technician Orthotics – R.T.O. (c)

Mrs. Stayko is one of our longest serving employees and is our only female technician. Since 1989 there is very little that she has not been involved with. Her skill set was first observed with using a sewing machine and creating custom cotton spinal supports. Her attention to detail and skill of using a sewing machine was only the beginning. Today, Angie manufactures various styles of foot orthotics, ankle foot orthoses, leather devices, shoe lifts, spinal supports, and will often be the one custom modifying a “stock, off the shelf” item producing a more intimate custom fit device.

Marley – Therapy Dog

Marley, a brown labrador retriever, has been welcoming our patients since 2006 when she was 11 weeks old. She has a gentle heart who loves people and seeing who is coming though the doors next. At home she has two young human boys that think she is simply great and cause her to nap at work more now than ever before. Her friendly, calm demeanor and lovable face has welcomed her into the hearts of many patients. She loves a good run outside and when there is water around you are sure to find her in it! If dogs aren’t your thing please let our staff know and she will hang out in her office until your appointment is completed.

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