B.Sc. Kin, C.Ped(C), CAT(C), CSCS
Darius co-founded Align inspired by his unique perspectives on body alignment. Applying his proactive, Athletic Therapist & Strength and Conditioning Specialist mindset to improving the way people think about movement, he aims to empower everyone's ability to walk and move in their best body alignment. Darius challenges the status quo to discover new and innovative ways to enhance patient compliance of common healthcare solutions. As a result, he careful and creatively co-designed patent pending Pitch Perfects for high heels and proprietary, custom Align Orthotics™. With a drive to do healthcare ever better, Darius developed the Align Clinician program to broaden reach of helping more health care providers overcome traditional barriers and evolve their assessment tools and treatment techniques in foot health.
His focus on footwear is to educate the public that first and foremost it is an important medical device effecting body alignment –don’t underestimate its influence. Secondly, that the footwear industry can be wasteful and we must shift its priorities to sustainability.
His Board Director position with the Pedorthic Association of Canada allows him to drive this work with an inspired team to improve foot health modalities on a national and global scale.
His most coveted leisure activity is his need for speed as an autosport enthusiast. A 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.
Regional Director, 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 in the pursuit of continued education to broaden his scope of practice and expand his holistic understanding of human movement. His collective experiences enable him to curate more comprehensive treatment protocols that go beyond conventional pedorthics, which generally focus only on the foot. As an Align Clinician he embodies the notion that simply improving foot function with an orthotic is not sufficient for effective long-term treatment and that establishing the root cause of injury and misalignment is fundamental to the long-term success his treatments. Brandon encourages his patients to participate in exercise prescription, learning about their body movement, and teaches them how to move more efficiently and regain function of neglected joints and muscles. He takes time to listen to client’s expectations, thoroughly educates them on their condition, and outlines realistic treatment plans that fit their lifestyle.
As Regional Director, Brandon oversees the Clinic, Spa and Boutique operations and our highly engaged and motivated team. 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. He is an avid world traveler, has a penchant for adrenaline. When he's not in Toronto, he's likely headed up to cottage country to enjoy nature.
Align Clinician, Chiropodist
Catherine has gained invaluable expertise on 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.
As an activist in promoting foot health she creates awareness for expanding access to podiatric care across Ontario. With strong ethics aligned with our 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.
Junior Buyer, Client Experience Coordinator
Dipl. Fashion Business Industry
With experiences as a Stylist, Brand Ambassador and Visuals Assistant for major Canadian fashion brands, Chelsea brings passion and skill to her roles at Align.
A Fashion Business Industry student from George Brown College, she is apt in strategic fashion trend planning, forecasting and is hot on the fashion scene, knowing all the latest trends. She has pioneered fashion clubs and is hip on the scene of poetry slams and illustration parties. She utilizes fashion as a creative outlet to self express and to bring people together.
She has been putting her personal spin on curating, purchasing and merchandising healthy footwear to keep Align Clients ahead of their fashion game. She is also dedicated to ensuring your entire client experience is just as on point.
Chelsea believes that providing luxury to people's lives means creating a sense of acceptance and belonging in bringing together people who share core values. She attracts our ideal Align Clients with whom we are so dedicated to working with, by ensuring the Align brand is infused in every client experience.
Watch for her upcoming fashion tips on our channels!
Client Experience Coordinator
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.
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.
Health is imperative to her in body, faith, and mind. So she
is regularly active in exercise, volunteer work, listening to music and reflective journaling.
Client Experience Coordinator & Team Lead
Dipl. Business Admin, Dipl. Medical Aesthetics
Katherine Alexander has spent the majority of her business career in the medical and social justice fields. A lifestyle and nutritional coach, her positive, motivating energy and compassion begin a process of wellness for Align clientele. With advanced Diplomas in both Business Administration and in Medical Aesthetics, actively ensuring each client's wellness experience is bespoke and luxurious, is second nature to her. A brilliant mind, she employs her impeccable organization, excellent communication and entrepreneurial spirit to keeping the Align flagship running smoothly, every day. Collaborating with community and brand partners, Kathy is the person everyone wants to know. As an earth sign, Kathy's true love is being in nature with her family; especially hiking and cycling. This is also why as a true ambassador of the Align brand, she promotes beautiful, comfortable footwear and healthy feet are such an important health necessity.
Bachelor of Arts
A humble, Mississaugan business mogul with 20 years in marketing management and teaching for corporations with various philanthropic health causes. This Political Science major with post graduate marketing specialization, is focused on driving healthy social change through business.
Her most recent healthcare development is as Co-Founder of Align. Teressa uses critical thinking and innovation 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. It is what inspired her to co-patent the Align Pitch Perfect orthotic for high heels. Always flashing forward to the next innovation in foot health, Teressa is ahead of industry trends, such as advances in 3D printing, slow fashion, sourcing sustainable footwear and taking cues from paleo footwear concepts. She uses her dynamic public speaking skills to create awareness around these and broader social change topics.
A dedicated Mompreneur, mentor and a lover of people, health and art, Teressa's favourite pastimes are cooking Italian and West Indian favourites for her young sons, playing soccer, reading through an ever-growing pile of books and always making some time getting to know her equally inspiring clientele.