The Team

Clinical staff:

Peter Marinic, RTO(c), CP(c)

Peter is a Certified Prosthetist and a Registered Orthotic Technician who has been with Winnipeg Prosthetics and Orthotics since 1995. Peter graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Prosthetics and Orthotics program in 2008 where he was the recipient of the Mabel and Arnet Pentland Achievement Award. Prior to attending BCIT in 2006 to embark on his clinical career, Peter was employed as an Orthotic Technician for 12 years where he gained invaluable experience which has been of benefit to his clinical career.

Peter enjoys learning new technologies and finding ways to implement them to provide better care and results for his patients. Peter has experience fitting all levels of prostheses including myo-electrics and micro-processor knees and feet. Peter is certified to provide the; Ottobock C-Leg, Genium/X3, Dynamic Arm and Harmony systems, as well as the Power Knee, Rheo Knee and Proprio foot from Ossur.

Peter has been an active member and volunteer in provincial and national associations. He currently holds the position of “Director” for Manitoba Orthotics and Prosthetics Association (MOPA). Peter has held past positions as "Standards and Ethics Chair" for Orthotics Prosthetics Canada (OPC), “Board Member” and “Ethics Chair” of the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO).

If you would like to email Peter directly he can be contacted at .

Eric Kuhl, B Kin, CP(c)

Eric is a Certified Prosthetist, who has been working at WinPO since 2003. Originally from Montreal, he is a graduate of both the Technical (2000) and Clinical (2003) Prosthetic and Orthotic programs at George Brown College in Toronto, ON. While in school, he was fortunate enough to travel to Cambodia, to see how patients are cared for in a developing nation. Eric completed his baccalaureate from the University of Western Ontario in 1998 in the School of Kinesiology.

Eric has fit a number of patients with myo-electric upper extremity prosthetics such as the Michelangelo Hand, Utah Arm and Dynamic arm (powered elbow units) as well as more standard Myo components on patients as low as missing a hand, to as high as missing their arm at the shoulder. Eric is also certified to fit and maintain the Otto Bock C-leg family of knees (C-Leg, Genium, X3), Rheo Knee and elevated Vacuum systems for suspension and Amputated limb health.

Outside of direct clinical practice, Eric has also served as part of the executive with the Manitoba Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, as a Secretary, Vice President and President. Eric was a volunteer with the Paralympic Games at Vancouver and Whistler in 2010, where he was responsible for repairs and prosthetic supplies at the Athlete's Village repair clinic. He has been a presenter at the Canadian Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics National Convention. Currently he serves on a national committee for the certification and registration exams of new Clinicians and Technicians.

If you would like to email Eric directly he can be contacted at .

Bram Kok, CPO(c)

Bram has worked in orthotics since 2003 and became certified in 2005. He graduated from George Brown College in the Clinical Methods in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program in 2003 after completing the Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician program in 2000. He has worked in Winnipeg since 2003 for a private facility with a focus in pediatric orthotics. Bram started working in prosthetics in 2007 and certified in 2011. He has experience with a diverse patient population including diabetes, ankle and knee arthritis, and sports related injuries. Bram is continually looking at ways to incorporate new technologies into clinical practice. Bram has experience fitting all levels of prosthesis including myoelectrics. In the future he would like to volunteer abroad and help individuals who are otherwise unable to receive orthotic and prosthetic care.

Bram is an active member in provincial, national, and international associations. He currently sits on the Program Advisory Committee for BCIT for the Prosthetics and Orthotics program. He has been invited to do several guest lectures at the University of Manitoba and George Brown College. He has also presented at the Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics National Convention. Past positions held include: President of the Manitoba Orthotics and Prosthetics Association, Secretary of International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics Canada, and CAPO Stakeholders Relations.

If you would like to email Bram directly he can be contacted at .

Garry Steadman, CO(c)

Garry is a Certified Orthotist who began his career in orthotics at WinPO in 1991. He completed the Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician Program in 1989, the Clinical Methods in Prosthetics and Orthotics Program in 1991 at George Brown College in Toronto and then obtained his certification in 1993. Since then he has had the opportunity to serve a term as Vice President and President of the Manitoba Orthotics Prosthetics Association (MOPA). Over the years, Garry has had the opportunity to treat a wide variety of conditions and enjoys tackling unique situations and developing innovative solutions.

If you would like to email Garry.steadman directly he can be contacted at .

Julia Rayner, CAT(C), C.Ac., M.Sc.

Julia graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Prosthetics and Orthotics program in the spring of 2016, where she was a recipient of the Mabel and Arnet Pentland Achievement Award. She joined Winnipeg P&O shortly after graduation as an Orthotic Resident working towards becoming a Certified Orthotist. She received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Therapy from the University of Winnipeg in 2005, and became a certified Athletic Therapist in 2006. In 2007, she completed her Diploma of Acupuncture from the College of Acupuncture and Therapeutics. She just recently completed her Master’s of Rehabilitation Science degree in the summer of 2018 through McMaster University, and is motivated to integrate evidence based practice into her new career as an orthotic resident.

If you would like to email Julia directly she can be contacted at .

Christine Richardson, M.Sc.

Christine graduated from the Prosthetics and Orthotics program at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) spring of 2016. After graduation, she joined the team at WinPO as a Prosthetic Resident and is working towards becoming a Certified Prosthetist. While studying at BCIT, Christine worked towards her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science though McMaster University. Originally from Regina, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a double major in Human Kinetics and Adapted Movement Science from the University of Regina.

If you would like to email Christine directly she can be contacted at .

Technical staff:

David "Chico" Melo, RTP(c)

David is a Registered Prosthetic Technician and has been with WinPO since 1986. David attained his registration as a Prosthetic Technician in 1984. David's career began at the Health Science Center in Winnipeg in 1974. In 1980, David joined the Rehab Center for Children in Winnipeg. David had an opportunity to work at Ottobock Health Care in 1984 and was employed there as a myoelectric technical specialist. In 1986 David started with WinPO as our chief technician.

Harald Nalichofsky, RTP(c)

Harald is a Registered Prosthetic Technician. Originally from Leipzig Germany, Harald graduated from the 3 year Prosthetics and Orthotics Technical and Clinical Program in 1996 in Hannover Germany. After immigrating to Canada Harald started working at WinPO in 2004. Harald attained his registration as a Prosthetic Technician from C.B.C.P.O. in 2009.

Vera Situ, RTO(c)

Vera is a Registered Orthotic Technician. Originally from Montreal, Vera attained her registration as an Orthotic technician in 2003. Vera graduated from the George Brown College Technical Program in Toronto in 2000. Upon graduation Vera worked in Vancouver at Ortho-Dynamics for 1 year and then moved back home to Montreal to work at J. Slawner and then J.E. Hanger. In 2003 Vera moved to Winnipeg to work at Snider Orthotic Design prior to joining the WinPO team in 2010.

Andrew St. Hilaire, RTPO(c), FCBC(c)

Andrew is a Registered Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician and joined the WinPO team in 2017. Andrew began his career at Nichol Orthopedic Innovation in 1994, attained his Orthotic Registration in 1999, and completed his Prosthetic Registration in 2006. In 2014 Andrew was honored by his peers and awarded the credentials of Fellowship (FCBC) bestowed in recognition of his extensive volunteer contributions to the furtherance and promotion of the P&O Profession in Canada.

Sajjad Akhtar, RTO(c)

Sajjad is a Registered Orthotic Technician. Sajjad studied at PIPOS, the Pakistan Institute Prosthetic and Orthotic Sciences, between the years 1991 and 1995. Upon graduation, he was hired at the PIPOS treatment centre, where he worked as a Clinician and supervised students in the PIPOS program. Sajjad worked in that capacity for 10 years, until late in 2006, when he moved to Winnipeg to join the WinPO team.

Lauren Rousseau, RTO(c), B Kin.

Lauren is a Registered Orthotic Technician. Born and raised in Winnipeg, she graduated from The University of Manitoba with Bachelor of Kinesiology and a minor in Biology in 2011. Lauren joined the WinPO team in the spring of 2015 upon graduation from the George Brown College Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician Program.

Patrick Ngegba

Patrick was trained at Orthopedic Technology Centre in Sierra Leone between 1982 and 1986. He moved to Canada in 2000, and has been working at WinPO since 2001 as an Orthotic Technician.

Consultants:

Bill Nichol, CPO(c), FCBC(c)

Bill is a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist with over 40 years of experience providing clinical care. He is originally from rural Manitoba and obtained his clinical training at the School of Prosthetics and Orthotics of Quebec and McGill University in Montreal, graduating from that program in 1978. Returning to Winnipeg, Bill completed his internship in Prosthetics at Deer Lodge Hospital and attained his Certification in Prosthetics in 1980. He then accepted an opportunity to move over to the Rehabilitation Centre for Children where he completed his internship in Orthotics and attained his second discipline Certification in Orthotics in 1982. Bill continued to work as a clinical Prosthetist and Orthotist at the Rehab Centre for Children and became director of that program in 1987. He continued in that capacity until 1994 at which time he left the Rehab Centre to open up a private clinical practice. Bill has enjoyed a successful private practice for 23 years, specializing primarily in pediatric Prosthetics, myoelectrics, and Orthotic treatments for neurological impairment, specifically in the area of spinal deformities.

In addition to his clinical practice, Bill has served in a number of capacities at both the provincial and national levels of our professional associations. Locally he has been a member of the Manitoba Orthotic and Prosthetic Association since returning to Winnipeg & has been involved with the executive, serving as president on several occasions. Bill has also been actively involved with our national organizations, serving on the board of directors of both the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists as well as the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists where he served as national President for two terms. He has also participated as an examiner at the national certification exams on many occasions. Bill was awarded the credentials of Fellowship (FCBC) in 1997 for his outstanding contributions to the furtherance and promotion of the P&O Profession in Canada.

Bill closed his Prosthetics and Orthotics private practice at the end of June 2017 and is very pleased to have the opportunity to join WinPO as a clinical consultant.

John Marinic, CP(c), FCBC(c)

John is a Certified Prosthetist and the Co-Founder of Winnipeg Prosthetics and Orthotics. John's career began at the Health Science Center in Winnipeg in 1971. With training at HSC along with his education from NorthWestern University in Chicago John attained his certification in 1975. In 1980, John took over as the Director of the Prosthetics and Orthotics department at the Rehab Center for Children in Winnipeg. In 1983 John had an opportunity to join Otto Bock Health Care as a clinical consultant. In 1986 John co-founded and opened WinPO.

Over the years John has held many positions at the provincial and national levels of the P&O profession. He has held two terms as President of the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (C.A.P.O.) and has been a representative of Manitoba on the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (C.B.C.P.O.) and C.A.P.O. many times over the years. John has been an examiner at the national certification exams for many years and he continues to volunteer to be a member of C.B.C.P.O. committees when asked upon. John was awarded the credentials of Fellowship (FCBC) for his outstanding contribution in the furtherance and promotion of the P&O profession in Canada. In August of 2012, John was awarded honorary membership in both C.B.C.P.O. and C.A.P.O. which is the highest award bestowed upon a member by both associations for his many years and continued contribution to the P&O profession in Canada.

In 2012, John retired from practice but continues to serve the profession, when needed, as a consultant for WinPO and on provincial and national committees.

Allan O'Neill, CO(c), FCBC(c)

Allan is a Certified Orthotist, and Co-Founder of Winnipeg Prosthetics and Orthotics Specialty Co. Allan's career started in 1971 at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg. In 1977 Allan left the HSC as he had an opportunity to be the Head of Orthotics at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1981 Allan came back to Winnipeg to take on a similar role at HSC as Head of Orthotics. In 1986 Allan co-founded WinPO and has contributed to the health and well being of Manitobans from Winnipeg to outlying clinics. Over the years Allan has amassed extensive experience in all levels of Orthotic treatment.

Allan has held many positions at the provincial and national levels of the P&O profession. He has been President of the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (C.A.P.O). Allan has been an examiner at the national certification exams and was awarded the credentials of Fellowship (FCBC) for his outstanding contribution in the furtherance and promotion of the P&O profession in Canada. In August of 2012, Allan was awarded honorary membership in both C.B.C.P.O. and C.A.P.O. which is the highest award bestowed upon a member by both associations for his many years and continued contribution to the P&O profession in Canada.

In 2013, Allan retired from practice but continues to serve as a consultant for WinPO when needed.