Kimberly Rau, H.B.Sc.(KIN), C. Ped (C), Canadian Certified Pedorthist

Kim began her career as the original associate of Pedorthic Services in 1986 and continues to practice in the Kitchener-Waterloo locations. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and completed her Canadian Pedorthics Certification in 1990. Kim has been highly involved in the national Pedorthic Association of Canada (PAC). As a member of the Education Committee she played an integral role in establishing the Diploma in Pedorthics, a joint venture between PAC and the University of Western Ontario. Her involvement with the program is ongoing as she serves as a practicum supervisor training future pedorthists. Kim is a member of PAC’s Insurance and Government Relations Committee whose responsibilities are to educate these agencies in order to protect the public and to ensure continued support of the services offered by Canadian Certified Pedorthists. In addition, Kim works as a private consultant to the insurance industry.

With over 25 years experience, Kim continues to contribute to the success of Pedorthic Services and the profession itself through teaching, involvement in research and by providing exceptional clinical services, conference presentations, lectures at educational institutions and seminars to the general public. She maintains her sanity through running and playing basketball and enjoys hours baking for her very appreciative husband and 2 teenage sons.


​Kalsey Smith, ​BA(HKIN), C. Ped (C), Canadian Certified Pedorthist

Kalsey’s interest in the Pedorthic profession was sparked during her undergrad, where she had the opportunity to visit a Gait Biomechanics Lab at a local hospital. She was hooked. She graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 2014 and received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours Specialization in Kinesiology. She then completed her Diploma in Pedorthics at Western University in 2015. Over the course of the program, Kalsey completed two of her practicums at Kimberly Rau and Associates, and is very excited to be a part of the KRA team.

As an athlete, Kalsey developed her love for sports and interest in Kinesiology. She was a competitive swimmer for 15 years and played Volleyball, Basketball, Discus/Shot-Put, and Badminton throughout her athletic career.

In her spare time, Kalsey enjoys swimming, weekend pick-up games, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Tavish Lahay-Decker, H.B.Sc.(KIN), C. Ped (C) , Canadian Certified Pedorthist

Tavish was introduced to the field of pedorthics through volunteering during her university career.  During this time she had the opportunity to shadow personal trainers, chiropractors, physiotherapists and pedorthists; however it was her involvement in gait training a child with cerebral palsy that sparked her interest in pedorthics.

After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2009 with her Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Tavish completed the Pedorthic Program at the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Upon completion of this degree, Tavish joined the team at Kimberly Rau and Associates. Throughout her career she has had a special interest in education and has had the opportunity to be involved in the training of a number of Pedorthists. In addition to this, she maintains the position of Chair on the Communications Committee for the Pedorthic Association of Canada, responsible for producing ‘Pedorthics Quarterly’.

In her free time Tavish enjoys cycling, sailing and gardening when she`s not spending time with her family and multiple pets.


Patrick Purves, B.H.K. (MS), C. Ped (C), Canadian Certified Pedorthist

As an avid athlete in high school, Patrick developed an interest in the field of sports medicine. He was first introduced to Pedorthics when his family doctor referred him to a member of the Pedorthic Services team for an assessment and a pair of custom foot orthotics.  Patrick’s successful outcomes gave him a true understanding of what the Pedorthic profession had to offer.

Patrick studied at the University of Windsor and graduated with his Bachelor in Human Kinetics with Honours in Movement Science in 2010. Following graduation Patrick pursued his passion in the health and fitness industry working as a Kinesiologist and personal trainer before entering the Pedorthics Program through Western University. Over the duration of the program Patrick was able to complete his placement with Kimberly Rau and Associates and following graduation is thrilled to be a part of the KRA team. Patrick practices in the Kitchener-Waterloo Clinics as well as Wingham and Elmira, Ontario.

In his spare time Patrick is an outdoor enthusiast and actively competes in a multitude of different sports including hockey, soccer, and squash.