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Nurturing the Paris Curiosity

Knowledge, experience and skill are what our manufacturing foundation is built on.  We are curious to learn and share what we know about foot and ankle biomechanics, orthotic design principles, technologies, innovation, materials and manufacturing methods.

Paris Orthotics’ nurtures this curiosity through our Professional Advisory Board.  The board keeps their ear to the ground with best practices and emerging clinical paradigms and is made up of accomplished health care professionals who evaluate and treat the lower extremity in their laboratory and clinical practices.  The boards’ objective is to provide educational and technical oversight to ensure the efficacy of our devices and design philosophy. Please meet our advisory board members.



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Dr. Douglas Richie Jr. DPM

Douglas Richie D.P.M. received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco in 1980. He completed a residency in foot and ankle surgery at Western Medical Center in Orange County.

Dr. Richie is certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Currently, Dr. Richie is an Associate Clinical Professor of Biomechanics at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College. He also is a Clinical Associate Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Richie served as Section Editor (Sports Medicine) of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery for eight years and is a Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Dr. Richie is a two time winner of the American Podiatric Medical Association Research Award. He owns 5 U.S. Patents on footwear and brace designs.

Dr. Richie’s research interests have focused on injury prevention and orthotic intervention in athletic patients. His recent publications have focused on the pathomechanics of the adult acquired flatfoot deformity.

In 1996 Dr Richie developed and launched the Richie Brace line of custom and pre-fabricated ankle foot orthoses which are now distributed in seven countries

Dr. Richie is currently is retired from private practice in Seal Beach, California. He is currently running his company, Richie Technologies Inc and also actively teaching students, residents and practitioners in various areas of biomechanics and orthotic therapy.

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Dr. Gregory Laakmann, DPM

Dr. Laakmann earned his doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine and currently works in private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Laakmann has been actively involved with the British Columbia Podiatric Medical Association. He specializes in all facets of podiatric medicine including sports medicine, surgery, orthotics and general podiatric care.

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Mr. Peter Guy, DCh

Mr. Guy is a licensed Chiropodist with over 35 years of experience in patient care, teaching and involvement in both provincial and national professional associations.  He is a clinical professor in the Chiropody Faculty at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN in Toronto, Ontario.  His areas of interest include clinical podiatry education, lower extremity biomechanics and gait analysis, osteopathic foot manipulation and foot and lower extremity wound care. He currently works in private practice in Whitby and Peterborough, Ontario.

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Dr. Christopher MacLean, PhD

Dr. MacLean is the Chair of the Professional Advisory Board. For the past 6 years, he has been the Director of Fortius Lab & Applied Biomechanics at the Fortius Institute in Burnaby, British Columbia. He has analyzed ~ 1500 distance runners whose goals include injury management, injury prevention, return-to-play and/or performance optimization.   


In Industry, he has been involved in the prescription foot orthotic industry for approximately 30 years first as a Pedorthist, in Educational Marketing, as Director of Biomechanics, and currently as Chair of the Professional Advisory Board at Paris Orthotics Lab Division, Vancouver BC. Chris is the Past President of the Prescription Foot Orthotic Laboratory Association (PFOLA) and Scientific Co-chair (with Dr. Douglas Richie, DPM) of the International Conference on Foot Biomechanics & Orthotic Therapy that is annually sponsored by PFOLA.


Academically, Chris completed a Master of Science (Human Kinetics) at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Jack Taunton. Following this, he completed the Ph.D. (Biomechanics) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with Dr. Joseph Hamill. His research efforts over the past several years have focused on the mechanism of overuse running injuries and on the dynamic influence of custom foot orthotic and running shoe interventions. Currently, he holds Adjunct professor positions at University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. He has presented at over 100 scientific and clinical symposia and has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals.

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