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David M. Simard, D.Ch.

Dave Simard, D.Ch., graduated in 1996 as a Chiropodist from the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences. Now in his 25th year of practice, Dave is the founder and Lead Clinician of The Simard Foot & Ankle Clinic in sault Ste. Marie.

In addition to his private practice, he has previously served as the Podiatric Consultant for the Superior Family Health Team for 8 years, Wawa Lady Dunn Hospital for 20 years and The Chapleau District Hospital and Family Health Team for 9 years. 

Dave, along with his wife and two daughters, call Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario home.  Practicing for nearly 25 years in an underserviced area has afforded Dave with a wealth of experience in a comprehensive Podiatric Medicine practice participating as a consultant with numerous rare diseases/disorders and challenging cases.  He is a strong advocate of ongoing professional development and maintains a high level of practice enjoying the full scope of Ontario registrants including Pharmacotherapy, Manual Therapy and has most recently become certified in General Anesthesia (Nitrous Oxide). 

He is a past director with the Ontario Society of Chiropodists and has also served on the College of Chiropodists of Ontario with the ICRC and as a practice assessor.  When he is not looking at feet, he can be found either fishing or playing music.  He is a member of several bands who perform at local charity events, one such group is a collection of physicians who have performed at numerous musical/comedy shows and have raised nearly 2 and a half million dollars for local charities spanning the career of the band.   

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: A Brief Outline of This Rare Disease and the Role of the Podiatrist in its Management

Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a rare, severely disabling, autosomal disorder which is characterized by heterotopic ossification of axial musculature, fascia, ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, and aponeuroses.  As the disease progresses, the accumulative and progressive effect of this inflammatory musculoskeletal systemic process has dramatic and disastrous effects for the individual affecting a multitude of facets of their life, not of the least, is their ability to ambulate.  The Podiatrist can play a vital role in preservation and facilitation of walking which has a direct and immeasurable effect on the individual’s vitality and quality of life.  Furthermore, the astute Podiatrist is in a unique position to set in motion the diagnostic process of this incredibly rare disease positively affecting the prognosis through early diagnosis.


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