Tony van der Waarde
Tony van der Waarde has amassed volumes of experience, techniques and information from over 35 years in prosthetics from around the globe.
Following his graduation from George Brown College in Toronto in 1973, Tony obtained his Canadian Prosthetic Certification after completing a 2 year internship in Edmonton, Alberta. Since then Tony has been employed in both Hospital and private Prosthetic/Orthotic facilities throughout Canada.
In 1986 as a CUSO volunteer, Tony and his family went to Papua New Guinea where he worked for 2 years training the locals in new technologies. Upon returning to North America, Tony was employed at the Sabolich Prosthetic Research Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are one of the largest and most advanced prosthetic facilities in the United States - there he honed his technical skills.
In 1995 Tony opened his own business, Award Prosthetics, Inc., in Burnaby, BC.
Tony is well versed in virtually every aspect of prosthetics – from the I-limb (for upper extremity amputees) - to the latest computer processor knee units for above knee amputees. His specialty since 1980, however, has been fitting high level leg amputees. Hemipelvectomy, hip disarticulation and very short trans femoral (above-knee) amputations are quite challenging but Tony’s vastly improved comfortable, silicone socket and ischeal containment designs, combined with his caring & comprehensive practices, have made significant differences in the lives of many amputees. He is not afraid to try something new if it will achieve the desired result.
Tony has an interpersonal technique whereby he both listens to and asks questions of his clients, all the while working towards a common goal and the best possible outcome for each. Referring to the amputees he sees as 'clients' is a term which is both empowering and respectful. He feels that amputees are patients only to their doctors - not to their prosthetist. Tony does his best to be at the cutting edge with technology and innovative procedures. He achieves this by doing lots of reading, research, taking courses, attending conferences and consulting with other like minded professionals from around the world!