About Us

At Healthy Steps, our goal is to achieve positive outcomes and provide you with the ability to improve your health and quality of life through pedorthic and nutrition services. Our team of certified experts offers everything from nutrition guidance and meal planning to custom orthotics created specifically for you.

Our Team

Derek Gilmer

Derek Gilmer

Derek is the founder and owner of Healthy Steps Pedorthic clinic, established in 2009. With over 15 years of experience, Derek is a certified pedorthist exclusively trained in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit, and modification of custom-made orthoses (orthotics) and footwear with the goals of alleviating and managing pain, discomfort, and disabilities in both the legs and feet. Derek maintains qualifications through the following associations:

  • Certified Member of the College of Pedorthics of Canada
  • Canadian Certified Pedorthist
  • Canadian Certified Pedorthic Technician
  • Completed Graduate Program in Pedorthics, The University of Western Ontario
  • Honors Degree in Kinesiology, UWO
  • Certified Medical Compression Therapy fitter

Derek has a special interest in treating diabetes and arthritis-related foot problems, and in designing sport specific orthotics. In his personal life, Derek loves spending time and staying active with his wife and three children. You’re also likely to find him playing hockey or taking the field for a game of softball.

Richard May

Richard May

Richard is a certified pedorthist and joined Healthy Steps in 2010. With over 13 years of experience, he is exclusively trained in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit, and modification of custom orthoses (orthotics), as well as footwear. Richard’s goals are to help every patient manage their pain and discomfort, while mitigating the impact of disabilities, and he is qualified through the following associations:

  • Certified Member of the College of Pedorthics of Canada
  • Canadian Certified Pedorthist
  • Canadian Certified Pedorthic Technician
  • Completed Courses in Biomechanics, University of Manitoba
  • Fascial Movement Taping Certificate - Certified RockTape Doc

When he’s not working with clients, Richard likes to maintain his health – he’s very active in CrossFit and enjoys HIIT workouts. He has also been known to take part in cross-country skate skiing, spinning, indoor rowing instruction and has participated in duathlons and marathons.

Alia Khudhair-Gimer

Alia Khudhair-Gilmer

Alia is a registered dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario with over 13 years of clinical nutrition experience. Her passion is to help others reach their health goals through evidence-based nutrition counselling and education. Alia’s qualifications include:

  • 4-year Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, UWO
  • Completed 1-year internship and masters courses at State University of Buffalo
  • Certified Diabetes Educator and member of Diabetes Canada
  • Member of Dietitians of Canada
  • Member of the Obesity Network of Canada

When Alia is not working with clients to support their health and nutrition, you can find her enjoying group fitness classes or yoga at the gym, cooking with her children and spending time with her family.