Alan worked as a mechanical supervisor in fabrication and construction in Northern Ontario. After several winters working outside at 30 below zero he retreated to school and completed a Bachelor of Science degree in the warmer climate of Laurentian University.
After completing a Diploma in Clinical Methods of Prosthetics and Orthotics at George Brown College in 1983, he with his young family moved to start a new profession in the west, planning to stay five years. In 1986 he achieved the designation of Certified Orthotist. In 1990, Valley Orthocare Ltd. was launched in Surrey and continues in the original location in Surrey.
Alan has at various times served in different roles in the provincial and national professional associations. He has volunteered for years as an examiner in the yearly certification examination of new Orthotists.
With his family including four delightful grandchildren all established in the lower mainland it is probably safe to say that he will not be relocating. He is otherwise occupied with another renovation to the family home which gives him an excuse to buy tools.
An ongoing professional concern is the lack of orthotic coverage in BC for anyone over the age of 18.
Melinda has been involved with the Orthotic & Prosthetic industry since 1989. She joined Valley Orthocare in 1991 in the position of Office Manager. Her extensive experience enables her to oversee the day to day administration responsibilities of the front office, as well as the busy schedules of four Certified Clinicians.
Well versed in 3rd party funding procedures, Melinda provides patients with all the assistance they need concerning billing. She enjoys being part of a team whose concern and understanding of their patient’s special needs is second to none.
When not in the office, Melinda can sometimes be found on the greens working on her swing or at home tickling the ivories. Other out-of-office enjoyments include travelling, live theatre and music, scrap booking and spoiling her nieces and nephew.
Lourdes da Silva, B.Sc.(Kin), C.O.(c), Certified Orthotist
Lourdes graduated from the Prosthetics and Orthotics Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2002. She joined the team at Valley Orthocare in 2005 shortly after earning her C.B.C.P.O. Orthotics Certification, where she continues to build on her wealth of experience in dealing with a variety of orthotic issues. For several years she volunteered as an Orthotics Examiner for the C.B.C.P.O. Certification Exam Review Course, where she provided guidance to help Orthotic residents successfully pass their exams.
Lourdes also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, and worked for several years as a Registered Kinesiologist in private physiotherapy clinics as well as in community-based rehabilitation settings. She has always loved working with people and believes in a “hands-on”, team-based approach to care. Lourdes prides herself in providing quality care with respect and a smile on her face.
When she’s away from the office, Lourdes is an avid traveller. Past journeys have included cycling around central Europe and trekking in Bhutan. In 2002 she volunteered for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, where she provided free orthotic services at the local hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, as well as at several outreach clinics in the northern regions of Vietnam. In 2009 she was a part of a support team who successfully helped persons with disabilities achieve their goal of reaching Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Closer to home, Lourdes enjoys long-distance running and has participated in a number of half-marathons (and one full marathon!). She is also known to have a number of D.I.Y. projects on the go, and has recently taken up yoga as a way to achieve balance.
Bridgit Hindermeier, Orthotic Technician
Bridgit graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 2011. With a major in Movement Science and an artistic background, she looked for a career that would combine the two. She enrolled in the Prosthetics and Orthotics Technical Program at George Brown College and fell in love with the field immediately.
Bridgit started at Valley Orthocare upon graduation in the spring of 2014. She is enthusiastic about using her education and attention to detail to improve the mobility of our patients, while paying particular attention to the look and feel of their devices.
New to BC, she looks to explore the lower mainland and surrounding area to find hikes and climbs with her boyfriend who also made the move from Ontario. She has an enthusiasm for the outdoors and getting involved in the local sports scene. She has currently embraced rugby as her newest sport to learn but loves to play ice hockey, basketball, volleyball and a little bit of ultimate frisbee in the summer!
Shaughn graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Degree. While at McMaster he was a member of the McMaster Marauder football team and played on the 2011 Vanier Cup Championship team, the game that was nicknamed “the best game ever”, and was played in Vancouver at B.C. Place!
When Shaughn was exploring career options, he was looking for a way to combine hands-on skills, problem solving and personal interaction to make a difference. He found the Prosthetic & Orthotic field to be exactly what he was looking for. He decided to expand his education and graduated from the Clinical Methods in Prosthetics and Orthotics at George Brown College in May 2016.
Originally from Grimsby, Ontario, he eagerly made the move across the country to join the Valley Orthocare team to begin his Orthotic Residency. He is excited to gain experience while working on a variety of orthotic challenges and looks forward to working with patients to give them the best care possible. He also has experience to draw on from his 5 years spent volunteering and working in the Prosthetics and Orthotics Department at Chedoke Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.
Shaughn is very active and always looking to meet new people. When he is not at work he can be found playing flag football, beach volleyball, spending the day at the beach, hiking and exploring all the B.C. has to offer.