Karl Hager founded Karl Hager Limb & Brace Ltd. in 1977. Following the sudden and unfortunate passing of Mr. Hager, the company was operated on a part time basis in an attempt to service Mr. Hager's clients. Though his clients were cared for effectively and attentively, the growing business required full time concentration. In 1979, Frank Hayday and Rosemarie Hayday purchased the company from Mr. Hager's estate and operated the business until 2010 when a new ownership group purchased the business and have been operating the business since.
Though Karl Hager Limb & Brace is a comprehensive orthotic company, it has become very well known over the years for its custom-made knee orthoses. Most of the custom items we provide are designed and hand crafted in our onsite laboratory in Edmonton. In 1982, the T.C.K.O. knee brace was our first design then followed by the Double X graphite knee orthosis in 1986. The Flex X and Neutralizer OA thermo molded knee orthoses were released in 1995, and then the Accelerator Graphite knee orthosis in 1997. The Blade Runner was designed in 2003 with the Victory being launched in 2009.
Karl Hager Limb & Brace Ltd. has seen many changes over the years. Our company has endeavoured to provide disabled Canadians with the best available "technology for motion". We pride ourselves on the service and products we provide. This attribute has been the largest contributor to client and corporate success. With this shared vision, the team at Karl Hager Limb & Brace is confident that it can continue to provide "technology for motion" for Canadians well into the years to come.
What is a CO(c) – Certified Orthotist?
Kevin joined Karl Hager Limb & Brace in 2006 after completing a B.Sc in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. Finding the field of orthotics to be the perfect blend of interests in biomechanics, design, and sports equipment, he pursued further education in prosthetics and orthotics and became a Canadian Certified Orthotist in 2010.
Whether it be for professional sports or standing independently, Kevin has a passion for creating unique orthoses to help his patients raise the bar on their physical potential. Working from a collaborative approach with patients and their healthcare teams, Kevin draws on the expertise of our highly-skilled technicians to create specialized orthoses to meet the unique demands and goals of each user.
From carbon fiber KAFOs to clubfoot boots, he has experience working with a wide variety of orthoses, ages, and pathologies. Specializing in lower extremity orthotics, his favorite feedback from patients is hearing how their devices have allowed them to simply go further or faster. From knee orthoses that reduce pain to allow you to walk your dog, or custom cycling AFOs to allow you to complete a Gran Fondo with drop foot, helping you achieve your goals is his priority.
Kevin has a keen interest in sport and can usually be found outside of work chasing his kids around on bikes, skis, runs, or swimming. Born and raised in the Edmonton area, he's also very familiar with the highs and lows of being an Oilers fan.
What is a C.Ped.(c) – Certified Pedorthist
Steve joined Karl Hager Limb & Brace in February of 2017. A graduate of the University of the Fraser Valley in 2008, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, he successfully achieved his Pedorthic Certification in May, 2013. From 2008 until 2015, he worked in Abbotsford. In 2015, he relocated to Calgary before moving to Edmonton to join the clinic team. Having both a love for the performance side and the medical side of Custom Foot Orthotics, he brings his passion for patient treatment to every appointment. Steve is available for patients who may require Custom Foot Orthotics, Custom Footwear, Custom Knee Bracing for ligament injuries, Compression Therapy, or Shoe Modifications. Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending his time with his wife, son and dog OJ, and reading and writing.
After graduating from the University of Alberta with a B.A. in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, Jaron pursued a career in Prosthetics and Orthotics. This took him to George Brown College in Ontario where he completed the two year Prosthetics and Orthotics Technician program, and then to the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he recently graduated from the two year Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical program. He is currently completing his residency under Kevin Shopland and Steve Stredulinsky. Jaron is an avid hiker and enjoys boxing while not at work. His free time is spent working on projects in his garage. From building his computer to redesigning his home office chair, he enjoys customizing and building an assortment of products in his life.
What is a RTO(c) – Registered Technician Orthotics
Jim 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.
Angie is one of our longest-serving employees. 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 customizing an “off the shelf” item producing a more intimate fitting device. In her free time, she loves walking her dogs and spending time with her family in the mountains.
Rebel joined the clinic in 2019 when she was almost two years old. With a calm demeanour and a gentle heart, she enjoys getting attention from anyone that will provide it to her. Often, she will stand or sit in our reception area while getting her head scratched or rubbed. When not in the office she loves running in an open field or finding water to swim in.
Marley, a brown labrador retriever, welcomed our patients since 2006 when she was 11 weeks old up until fall of 2017 when her time with us came to an end. She had a gentle heart who loved people and seeing who was coming though the doors next. Her friendly, calm demeanour and loveable face welcomed her into the hearts of many patients. She loved a good run outside and when there was water around you were sure to find her in it! We appreciate everyones compassion and memories of Marley.
Monday - Friday 07:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday Closed