Adaptive Technologies Adapt to a Better Life!

By Felicity Medwell
March 7, 2019 - 11:53am Updated: March 7, 2019 - 4:34pm

When life knocks you down, don’t quit!  Adapt to the next step with Adaptive Technologies – Lethbridge’s newest prosthetic and orthotic care facility. Adaptive Technologies is a team of four friends; friendly faces who you may have seen before!  Including Ryan Cochrane, Emilie Soper, Koji Duncan and Rianna Wilson.  These four have band together to create Adaptive Technologies so they can help their patients achieve a better quality of life.

Primarily, their main goal is to provide awesome patient centred care.  They realize that every individual is different.  Each one has their own challenges and their own unique goals.  Whether they want to walk again, or find relief from chronic pain, or maybe shoot a bow and arrow with a prosthetic arm in the Special Olympics (which is a true story, btw), Adaptive Technologies is a trusted, care-centred place you can turn to. You can find Adaptive Technologies near the Casino, on 41st street south.  It’s a 2700 square foot facility that features four patient rooms so they can provide services related to prosthetics, orthotics, and pedorthics.  Most impressively, they use state of the art technology to manufacture individual prosthetics, orthotics and pedorthics right there – in house!

 “It all begins with a discussion,” Ryan Cochrane explains.  “First, we want to know what hurts, where it hurts, and when it hurts. Then we move on from there.”  Their patient consultations are thorough, and sometimes the end result is deciding that a patient doesn’t even need a brace to begin with!  “Often times, clients will want a quick fix by treating the symptom but not necessarily the cause,” Cochrane says.  “But as we are genuinely here to help, we’ll encourage them to try chiropractic care, massage therapy, or physical therapy before making a big investment with orthotics.” 

And Ryan would know!  He holds a bachelor of kinesiology, with an Athletic Therapy major; plus acquired his Massage Therapy diploma all before receiving his credentials as a certified Orthotist and Prosthetist.  Cochrane even had the privilege of working with the U of C Football Team, Volleyball Team, Dinos Swim Club, Calgary Colts and the Women’s National Hockey Team, which he credits with developing his assessment skills. On the other hand, sometimes an orthotic, such as a knee brace, armband or plantar fasciitis support or a custom made dog brace can truly be beneficial to a client.  Duncan adds that “braces work well at reducing pain medication.”

For Koji Duncan, the journey into Orthotics and Prosthetics was a personal one.  He suffered a dirt biking accident which resulted in one severely injured right knee.  Four reconstructive surgeries and a custom knee brace later, Duncan was fascinated by the entire clinical and fabrication process.  Duncan also gained his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of the Lethbridge, before graduating with honours as a Certified Orthotist from BCIT’s Orthotics and Prosthetics program; then earned his Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science, and is now completing the requirements to fulfil his goal of becoming a Certified Prosthetist as well. Koji Duncan is looking forward to when Adaptive Technologies can also offer cranial orthosis, or helmet therapy, to help correct an infant’s skull shape.

“We are here to give back to our community,” Emilie Soper says.  “We are genuinely here to help in any way that we can.”   They know not everyone requires a custom made orthotic, thus, they offer a lot of “over-the-counter” type products, as well as compression socks.

Soper found herself in the orthotic field only a month after graduation from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology.  She quickly realized however, that she loved helping people get back on their feet and her passion grew.  Emilie subsequently became certified in compression sock fittings and custom pedorthics.

Fun tip, Emilie jokes that compression socks aren’t just for grandma anymore.  “Everyone should wear a compression sock!” she says.  They come in great colours and so many different styles that no one will know you’re wearing one.  Commonly known for treating symptomatic vein disease, compression socks are actually useful to everyone because they improve venous blood flow from the feet back toward the heart.  Thus, reducing the risk of blood clots, feeling less fatigued after standing on your feet all day, and helping with post-exercise recovery.  Generally speaking, compression socks will help your legs feel great!

As for Rianna Wilson, she grew up right here in Lethbridge and received her Diploma of Business at Lethbridge College before getting her Bachelors of Business Management all the way down in Australia!  She returned home looking for a job that would not only further her education, but also allow her to truly help people.  She found it in the orthotic/prosthetic industry.  She worked four years doing business management before deciding that this was the company she wanted to own and run.  “It truly is the best job!” Rianna beams. “Just being able to change someone’s life, even in a tiny way, is really an awesome feeling.”

Adaptive Technologies, #20 - 320 41 Street, South Lethbridge.  (403) 381-9501


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