Orthos Orthopaedic Solutions Inc. is owned and operated by Lisa Bennett, B.H.K, C.O.(c). It is a full-service orthotic facility based in New Westminster, B.C. (established in 2011) offering innovative patient-focused orthotic solutions for both upper and lower extremities. Whilst many of our clients are pediatric, with a focus on Club Feet, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip, Cerebral Palsy, and we also work with adults.
Orthos Orthopaedic Solutions Inc. is owned and operated by Lisa Bennett, B.H.K, C.O.(c), a Canadian Certified Orthotist with a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed the Clinical Methods of Prosthetics and Orthotics program at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario. Following graduation in 2001, Lisa completed her residency in Surrey, British Columbia (B.C.) with a strong focus on pediatric work.
Lisa has been involved with the Orthotic profession nationally, serving as the scientific chair for the 2006 conference in Kelowna, B.C. and provincially as a former vice-president and secretary of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Association of BC (POABC).
As a student Lisa played varsity basketball and thoroughly enjoyed being part of the crew for UBC Rowing. She has also served as an athletic trainer for the North Shore Indians and Okanagan Thunder Senior A Men's Lacrosse.
Lisa enjoys the challenge of meeting the dynamic needs of children and babies with neuro-muscular and skeletal challenges. You will find that she is an active member of your child’s clinical team with thoughtful and innovative ideas who works closely with their orthopaedic surgeons, physicians, and therapists to provide customized treatment plans to meet patients’ needs providing optimal orthotic and bracing outcomes. Lisa has a true passion for the work she does.
When not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family biking, hiking, skiing, and climbing.
Certified Orthotists C.O.(c) are recognized health care specialists who treat conditions of the neuro-muscular skeletal systems of the body with custom-made or custom-fit orthoses (braces).
It is important to recognize that the world of orthotics is an unregulated space in Canada (except Quebec). Beware of inadequately trained individuals providing orthotic treatments.
Did You Know?
Certified Orthotists CO(c) have been credentialed in Canada for over 50 years.
Only an OPC credentialed orthotist can use the “Certified Orthotist CO(c)” title and acronym.
CO(c)’s are recognized as authorized providers by most provincial and private health care plans.
Training to become a CO(c) requires:
Certified Orthotists are the highest trained and most knowledgeable health professionals in head-to-toe orthotic treatments.
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Examples of some of the orthoses (braces) Lisa has created are featured below.
Pediatric sized custom-made Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) are handmade leg braces that provide support around the ankle, in addition to having an influence on the knee and bio-mechanics. They are commonly used to treat conditions causing weakness or spasticity around the ankle. They are fabricated in our on-site manufacturing area and may be rigid, articulated, flexible, or dynamic energy storage and return (ESR). Custom characteristics of the braces such as strapping are individually designed to meet the goals of the client.
Adult AFOs are either custom made by hand by Lisa or are custom fit. The type of AFO to be fitted will depend on your prescription and needs .
Whilst there are many assorted styles of Foot Orthoses on the market today Lisa predominately makes the UCBL (University of California-Berkley Lab) corrective style of Foot Orthoses. This style of Foot Orthoses is made of several layers with a base made of high temperature thermoplastic that supports your feet. The UCBL Foot Orthoses have a deep molded heel cup that corrects and holds your heel in a neutral position. UCBL Foot Orthoses also control the inside of your arch and the outside of your forefoot. This style of foot orthoses have a starting cost of $530.00.
There can be a break in period of up to two or three weeks with this style of Foot Orthoses. Do not wear your new corrective UCBL Foot Orthoses full time or go for a long hike after you pick them up.
Start by wearing your new corrective Foot Orthoses for an hour or so (include sitting as well as standing), remove your shoes and socks and check your feet for hotspots and red areas. Make note of these areas if they last for more than 30 minutes. The next day put the Foot Orthoses on for several hours if possible. Remove and make note of hotspots and red areas, (checking if those areas are the same as yesterday. Pain and discomfort that progressively get worse indicate a follow up appointment is needed or that you may not have suitable shoes). The third day see if you can wear them for longer than yesterday and so on. By the end of three weeks you should be wearing your Foot Orthoses full time.
While your body gets used to your corrective foot orthoses you can expect your feet, legs and back to ache and feel fatigued. Pain and discomfort that progressively get worse may indicate you do not have suitable shoes for your UCBL foot orthoses or that an adjustment is necessary.
The most suitable kind of shoes that work with UCBL Foot Orthoses are a deeper, lace-up (or Velcro) style of shoe that has mid-foot and rear-foot stability, a wide straight last and a firm heel counter. If your heel is slipping up and down in your shoe, please ensure your shoe is done up correctly. Your foot, UCBL Foot Orthoses and shoe should work as one unit.
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) means that the hip joint is not well-formed. The hip socket (acetabulum) may be shallow, resulting in looseness or instability of the ball joint of the thigh bone (femoral head) within the hip socket. The degree of looseness or instability varies, from looseness in the socket (subluxation) to complete dislocation.
Treatment with a Pavlik Harness or Hip Abduction Brace (HAB)
A Pavlik Harness is a soft harness used to treat DDH in infants up to 6 months of age. The harness works by holding your baby’s hip joints in the correct position, but still allows their legs to move. Their knees should be flexed above horizontal and should not touch.
A HAB is a rigid brace made of plastic, foam, and Velcro. It is used to treat DDH by holding your baby’s hip joint(s) in the correct position. It keeps your baby’s legs out to sides (in abduction) and allows the knees to bend freely. In this position your baby’s hip socket(s) can be encouraged to develop properly. It is typically used for children ages six months and older.
What to check for?
If your child is wearing a Pavlik Harness or Hip Abduction Brace and you are having a problem out of office hours, during evenings, weekends and holidays please send an email as we do check in regularly.
You will need a minimum of two pre-booked appointments due to the custom-made (or custom fit) nature of the device(s) that Lisa dispenses. Typically, the first appointment which is booked for a minimum of one hour is used for clinically assessing you or your child, checking your prescription, measuring, and capturing the corrected shape of the body part with a temporary plaster cast and taking a 50 % deposit.
Your next appointment(s) is/are usually when your device is fitted and dispensed and full payment is expected. If you want us to bill your extended medical directly (for devices over $1000.00) please organize this with us at your casting appointment. The fitting appointments can be from an hour to several hours long, depending on how complex the device is (you are welcome to bring snacks and entertainment for while you wait). Your fitting appointment is dependent on your funding approval and Lisa’s availability.
What do I need to bring?
Is there Parking?
Yes! We have free parking at the back of the building (mustard yellow colour) called Russell Prosthetics. Be aware you may need to double park! Please do not park in the WestPark lot 198 where Royal City Physio is located YOU WILL GET A PARKING TICKET. All other street parking is paid.
Please send us an email or call us for an appointment. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. If you have an emergency regarding your Foot Abduction Brace, Pavlik Harness and Hip Abduction Brace during evenings, weekends and holidays, please send an email as we do check in. There are also friendly office dogs on site, called Nova and Luca.
452 East Columbia Street, New Westminster, British Columbia, V3L 3X5, Canada
On Tuesday's (Clubfoot Clinic) and Friday's (Baby Hippy Clinic) Lisa volunteers with an Orthopaedic Pediatric Surgeon at the Royal Columbian Hospital by appointment only.