B.Sc. Kin, C.Ped(C), CAT(C), CSCS
Darius's passion to create Align was inspired by his unique perspectives on body alignment. He found it necessary to incorporate his proactive, Athletic Therapist and Strength & Conditioning Specialist background and mindset to his Canadian Certified Pedorthist designation.
It is important to him that Align Clients are empowered to use fundamental training tools of athletes, but with an understandable, lifestyle approach. To be proactive and passionate about their own health and have knowledge needed to condition themselves into healthier feet. This, combined with crafting an assessment process that is extremely thorough, considers the whole body, appreciating the concept of clients feeling wellness and luxury in their healthcare provision and recognizing that personal aesthetic is an important part of custom fitted footwear – is what drives Align’s approach.Contact Darius
His concepts of traditional orthotic design are here compounded, by crafting creative medical orthopedic and proprioceptive design elements with premium, exclusive materials. Himself a man of impeccable style, this includes finding creative ways to custom fit footwear that people actually want to wear, in ever-evolving advances in fashion. These are the factors that make proprietary Align Orthotics™ truly such an effective device. It also inspired his work on co-patenting Pitch Perfects™ - custom, medical orthotics for high heels.
Darius always has a research and development project in the works and continuously challenges the status quo, to discover new innovations in healthcare. His Board Director position with the Pedorthic Association of Canada allowed him to drive this work with an inspired team to improve foot health modalities on a national and global scale. With a drive to do healthcare ever better, as our Medical Director, Darius developed, maintains, and evolves the Align Clinician program to broaden the reach of helping more health care providers overcome traditional barriers and evolve their assessment tools and treatment techniques in foot health.
Beyond training at Align, he often provides sessions and speaking engagements to allied health care companies who are interested in learning his unique perspective. Both co-founders meticulously hone the structure and fine details of the Align concept, rooted in these combined passions. They’re always excited to continue taking Align to the next level, providing ever more wonderful experiences in foot health, for everyone. His most coveted leisure activity is his need for speed as an autosport enthusiast. A daring snowboarder, soccer player, extreme mountain biker, camper, strategic functional movement training enthusiast, he also is a homebody who loves spending time with his rambunctious sons.
R. KIN, C. PED(C)
As a Registered Kinesiologist, Canadian Certified Pedorthist and Align Clinician, Brandon's breadth of experiences working with various medical specialists and physicians fostered his enjoyment of working with challenging biomechanical cases. He is passionate about Align's notion that simply improving foot function with an orthotic is not sufficient for effective long-term treatment. And that establishing the root cause of misalignment is fundamental to long-term success. Brandon is an empathetic and patient coach with Align Clients, in participating in their exercise prescription, learning about body movement, and teaching how to move more efficiently and regain function of neglected joints and muscles. He takes time to listen to client’s expectations and outlines realistic treatment plans that fit their lifestyle.
As Regional Director, Brandon is a key strategist in Align's business planning and is an invaluable asset to the team. He ensures the client's experience is amazing, that Body Align Assessments, Align Orthotics™ and custom shoe details are perfect. And he still manages to ensure everyone is having fun. It's all part of his mission is to provide proactive, stylish foot heath to every person in the GTA with an Align Client mindset.
Brandon has an athletic background, playing and coaching many sports including hockey, soccer and snowboarding. He is an avid world traveler and has a penchant for adrenaline! His culinary skills from his travels are a sight to behold, let alone to taste. When he's not in Toronto, he's likely headed up to cottage country to enjoy simply being in nature with his lovely partner Kim and their dog, Barney.
B.A. (Kin), D. Ch
Since her clinical placement at Align in 2021, Claudia Chan returns to us to resume all Align Footcare Spa services and has quickly become our lead Chiropodist and managing the Footcare Spa operations.
She fully embodies both the preventative and pain treatment approaches to podiatric footcare and has developed strong relationships with Align clients and team alike. Driven by curiosity about the complexity of human movement, Claudia completed an Honours Specialization in Kinesiology with a Major in Rehabilitation Sciences from UWO. This advanced skillset in biomechanics and sports medicine aspects gives her an acute eye in your Body Align Assessments. Graduating at the top of her class with an 'Advanced Diploma With Distinction in Chiropody' at The Michener Institute, Claudia was also awarded the 'Board of Governors’ Gold Medal Award of Academic Excellence'. Throughout her clinical placements, Claudia has honed her expertise in providing dermatological, pharmacological, surgical and wound care. Claudia is an empathetic, highly intelligent medical professional. She also is a culinary whiz, an artist, loves camping, hiking and can do laps around the rest of us on Align custom fit roller skates!
Catherine has invaluable expertise in dermatological, surgical, musculoskeletal, and geriatric care in her clinical work with the Wound Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital, LAMP Community Health Centre, the Michener Chiropody Clinic as well as intensive biomechanical training in the Align Clinician Program. Refining both her theoretical aptitude and practical skillset, she also received a scholarship by the College of Chiropodists of Ontario during her rotations. She holds an Assistant Professorship and works as a Clinical Instructor under the University Health Network at the Michener Institute.
Strong ethics aligned with company core values and the desire to treat patients beyond their expectations, at Align Catherine is redefining and evolving footcare modalities, successfully ensuring that the preventative footcare model is a necessary health check for everyone. Through provision of exemplary care at Align and being a passionate educator, Catherine has distinguished the Align flagship as an official teaching facility for the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. As a Clinical Coordinator for this program and through her clinical work at Align, she provides training and education to the College's graduating students, helping to create the next gen of inspired Chiropody professionals.Contact Catherine
Frances Tran has worked in the beauty industry for over 10 years. Her passion for luxury skincare gave her an appreciation for luxury retail, which naturally evolved into her passion for health and wellness that brought her to her role at Align. She truly loves helping people to look and feel their best. And people truly love working with her.
Frances has a personal outlook of ‘empathy in everything I do!’ She loves connecting with people and learning about their stories and journey in life, to form deeper understandings of others. Her calm, positive and highly productive way of doing everything infuses success into all she touches. As Team Lead, she is she is the glue that holds the Client Experience Team together. She is continually learning all company roles in order to ensure each department works optimally with the CEC team. We're excited to continuously grow together in the outcomes of her vast skillset in client experience, effective, efficient operations and team training and leading.
Health is imperative to her in body, faith, and mind. She is regularly active in exercise, volunteer work, listening to music and reflective journaling.
Holding a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, minoring in Kinesiology, Kerminique is also currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselling.
Her passion is helping people who need it most. She’s undertaken specialized training in caring for autism, dementia, personal care, standard first aid and CPR, as well as in medication awareness. She developed these skills providing counselling, emotional support and therapeutic techniques while working with adults with intellectual disabilities for a government supported agency in Nova Scotia. As a Respite Care Worker, she utilized ABA teaching strategies and found immense satisfaction providing emotional and motivational support for those she cared for.
She finds that in healthcare, true relationships form out of empathy. Positive and family focused, the Align core values she connects with most are integrity, wellness and pleasurable experiences. She has certainly added immense value to the Align family here and with our wonderful clients. She truly appreciates keeping operations well-orchestrated, so that the team can effectively provide quality healthcare, wellness and life enjoyment.
BA, Political Science
Teressa is a humble, Mississaugan business mogul with over 25 years in business development and teaching, for corporations with various philanthropic health causes. She is focused on driving healthy social change through innovative business models.Contact Teressa
As Align's visionary and in a Director or Operations role, Teressa oversees all elements of the entire operation. She co-founded Align to merge and disrupt the footcare, fashion and beauty industries, to empower Align clients with knowledge, a medically sound approach, and inspiration to look and feel better and healthier than ever before. She's determined to bring together the moving pieces to improve the way you do footcare as an impetus to healthier movement, for a more enriched and active life.
It is what inspired her to design the Align brand, the interior design and initial concept model for bridging the biomechanics and medical device component of foothealth, within the fashion trend realm. And later, to expand Align's healthcare model to integrate the Footcare Spa, bringing innovation to combine the medical footheath and beauty realms. As well as for co-patenting the Align Pitch Perfect orthotic for high heels. Living the Mompreneur lifestyle, Teressa has a strong voice on minority women who balance effectively running both companies and households. She uses her dynamic public speaking skills to create awareness around heatlhcare innovation and feminism. Teressa relishes in the opportunities to appreciate and enjoy her equally inspiring Align Clients.
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