Andrew graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology. Building and designing things has always been a passion. After graduating then ski patrolling, he started into the Pedorthic world of Bracing and Orthotics in Vancouver in 1992. He then co-started Okaped in Kelowna with one of his current partners Paul in 1997. Along with working on clients' biomechanical issues on a daily basis he has designed many specialty braces over the years, from patented shoulder dislocation supports “NoDisco Strap” to post cannulation radial artery clamps “RadArt Clamp”. Andrew has been active in all sports including soccer, rugby, skiing, windsurfing, mountain biking, and has been on both sides of healthcare, suffering from many fractures, herniations, sprains, and separations. This is a fitting career for Andrew as he has been able to use many of the items that he helps design and fit for people now. Andrew lives in Kelowna with his 3 great kids and loves getting them outdoors to enjoy adventure and many sports.
Paul Rauhala was born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario, attending Lakehead University with a Honours degree in Physical Education. Pedorthic apprenticeship began in 1993 in Vancouver where he met his present business partners Andrew Godwin and Jeff Fink. In 1997 a move to the Okanagan provided the opportunity to establish the first OKAPED clinic in Kelowna with the present partners, then expanding to Vernon, Penticton, and West Kelowna.
Paul is married and has two children whom he has volunteered as a coach in soccer and is an avid volunteer in alpine racing. Skiing is a passion in the winter and Kayaking in the summer. If your wondering about the nationality of his last name, it's not Hawaiian, it's Finnish.
Jeff graduated from the University of Western Ontario where he majored in Athletic Injuries and received a degree in Honors Physical Education. After Graduating he moved west and in 1991 started his Pedorthic training in Vancouver BC. In December of 1999 Jeff moved to Kelowna and joined OKAPED as a partner. He has been active in many sports throughout his life including football, rugby, downhill and XC skiing as well road and mountain bike riding and racing. His current sporting itch is Paddling. Stand up Paddle Board and Outrigger Canoe racing as well as Surfski. He has raced for Canada in Outrigger at the World Sprints in 2008 and 2012 winning a Silver in 2008 and 2 Golds in 2012 in Mens 6 man Va'a. He races SUP and Surski more now and enjoys the challenges of and aging body and competition. Jeff is a past President of the Pedorthic Association of Canada and a previous chair on the College of Pedorthics of Canada. Jeff has taught Pedorthics, gait analysis and injury management at various levels and seminars. Jeff works in Kelowna at the new Pandosy office but also sees clients at the Ambrosi office as well. Jeff lives in Kelowna with his loving wife and two incredible daughters.
Davis went to the University of Regina and graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. He joined OKAPED in 2008 and sees patients in our Penticton and Kelowna locations. Davis joined Andrew, Paul and Jeff as partner in the Penticton clinic in 2013. He has chosen this career as he has always been interested and passionate about health and the human body. At both clinics Davis helps clients with all their Pedorthic needs and products for every part of the body including, knee braces, ankle braces, and wrist braces. He enjoys competitive sports, especially soccer, also snowboarding, trail running and camping. He may very well be the Saskatchewan Roughriders #1 fan.
Mark Garvie was born and raised in British Columbia. He graduated from Trinity Western University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics where he played varsity rugby. After graduation Mark’s passion for the outdoors led him to Australia, Scotland, and Switzerland, where, as an outdoor instructor he taught sailing, climbing, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding. Mark began his Pedorthic training with OKAPED in 2010 and completed his certification at the end of 2013. When he is not seeing patients in our Vernon or Kelowna offices he can be found water skiing, playing ultimate Frisbee, or riding his motorcycle.
Tamsyn graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BSc (Kin) and completed her Canadian Certified Pedorthist training in 2001. She joined Okaped in 2006 working mainly at the Penticton clinic while participating in all of the wonderful outdoor pursuits the Okanagan has to offer! She loves hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and pretty much anything else that gets her outside. Tamsyn is passionate about keeping people as active as possible and finding solutions to keep people in their game!
Jessie grew up in small town Rossland BC, where she ski raced at an international level traveling year round to train or race. She moved to Kelowna for post secondary education and has no plans on leaving. Jessie graduated from Okanagan College with two diplomas, one in Therapist Assistant and the other in Human Kinetics. She continued her education at UBCO and obtained a degree in Human Kinetics. While attending college and university, Jessie coached junior ski racing at Apex and Big White. This is where she met Paul. Jessie spent a few years as a medic in oil and gas exploration travelling all over BC to Manitoba. Jessie is passionate about health and fitness, she plays on multiple competitive soccer teams, she DH bikes, rides horses, and of course skiing. Jessie now works at Okaped in the new OKAPED Pandosy office specializing in sport bracing and is a rehab and product specialist.
A graduate from UBCO, Sam is a Kinesiologist that works in Okaped’s Ambrosi lab and clinic. His attention to detail and design in orthotic fabrication and passion for patient care allows Sam provide excellent service. He is working towards becoming a Canadian Certified Pedorthist. Sam is the Head Athletic Trainer of the Okanagan Rockets that play in the British Columbia Major Midget Hockey League. For the last several years he has experience working with Midget and Junior Hockey players to focus on sport specific training and injury rehab. Having a passion for health and fitness Sam is a competitive athlete himself. His longtime passion for weightlifting in conjunction with water sports allows him to challenge his mind and body. This industry allows him enjoy an active lifestyle being an avid paddler, cyclist, skier and athletic trainer. Sam enjoys the challenge in finding the solution to keep his patients live an active lifestyle.
Jo graduated from the University of Calgary in 2006 with a Bachelors of Kinesiology. She spent 3 years volunteering with a disability rehabilitation program and 5 years working in a Pedorthic clinic and specialty footwear store in Calgary before moving to the warmer climate of Kelowna in 2010. Jo is passionate about getting people moving and keeping them active. Jo loves the availability of outdoor activities year round in the Okanagan, from wake surfing the lake to hiking and skiing the mountain and everything in between. Jo also has a passion for photography, cooking, wine, and dogs. She is currently a Certified Pedorthic Tech working towards her C.Ped (C) certification. Jo also has over 13 years of experience in fitting specialty footwear and works out of the Pandosy clinic.
Liz was born and raised in Vancouver. After a ten year career flying the friendly skies as a flight attendant, she hung up her wings and moved to Kelowna to raise her family. She began her career at Okaped in 2011 while studying for her MOA certification. Liz has traveled extensively, but has a lot more to see. In her spare time, she enjoys running in all weather, hiking, and swimming as well. She is just getting her skis back on after a long hiatus.
Iris provides administrative support at Okaped’s head office in Kelowna and you may sometimes meet her at the front desk as well. Her other job is taxi driver to her very active kids.
After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. (Hon.) in Business she worked in Germany for about 1 year before moving to Vancouver and eventually to Kelowna. In the warmer months, when she is not on her SUP, Iris likes to run and hike the local trails. In the winter you can find her on the slopes and Nordic skiing at Silver Star Mountain.
Nikki grew up in the lower mainland before relocating with her family to the sunny Okanagan in 2006. She graduated from high school in 2012 but has not yet settled on any further schooling. Her interests include video games, reading and her cat, Tonks. In the summer, Nikki spends most of her free time at the lake or exploring the Kootenays with her other half. During the chilly months she enjoys organizing an annual clothing drive for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter and watercolor painting. Nikki is the Office Assistant at our Pandosy location in Kelowna’s Lower Mission Area and is trained in the fitting of Compression Garments.
Monica was born and raised in Vernon, British Columbia. After completing a year at Okanagan University College, she left Vernon to continue her Business Studies at Selkirk College in Castlegar where she met her husband. Work led her to the Lower Mainland, but wanting to raise her family where she and her husband grew up, life brought her back to Vernon! She joined the OKAPED family in 2012 looking after the Vernon Clinic, and has since taken over the Salmon Arm Clinic’s administration as well.
Monica is an avid sailor who spent her early years racing on Okanagan Lake with her father and then as a skipper with an all ladies crew when her family returned to Vernon.
When not on the water, her family spends their summer evenings and weekends playing baseball. Downhill skiing is her winter sport which she now enjoys with her son and daughter who still can’t ‘catch mom’!
Ursula was raised in Vancouver where she met and married her husband Brian in 1992. She relocated to the Okanagan in 1997, and has lived throughout the valley. She’s held a variety of administrative positions over the years, and came to OKAPED in 2012 as the Office Assistant in the West Kelowna clinic. Ursula enjoys meeting new people, hiking, water skiing, kayaking and alpine skiing. She volunteers with the Adapative Ski Program at Big White with her family. Ursula resides in West Kelowna with her husband and 2 children.