Toronto Orthopedic Services is the continuation of the Pecorella family’s commitment to caring for and helping those with special needs.
Albert Pecorella founded our company in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1916. In 1933, he invented one of the first fully articulated artificial hands. Benedict Pecorella, who was Albert’s son, was a certified Prosthetist and Orthotist. He became the company’s president in 1950 and held that position until 1971. His son, Michael Pecorella graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Prosthetics and Orthotics. In 1973, working with his uncle – Richard Pecorella, Michael became a Certified Orthotist with the American Board for Certification in Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Ortho Lab (Toronto Orthopedics first name) was the first private facility in western New York to introduce thermoplastics into the fabrication of custom braces for the rehabilitation of their clients.
In 1981, the opportunity to immigrate to Canada and further continue his professional career brought Michael to Toronto, Ontario, where he became a Certified Orthotist with the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists in 1985 and began Toronto Orthopedic Services. Michael established multiple satellite clinics not only in Toronto but travelled across Southern Ontario to regions which were underserved.
After increasing success in Canada, a Wheelchair and Seating Department was added to diversify Toronto Orthopedic’s client base. With the addition of durable medical equipment Toronto Orthopedic no longer had to outsource help to their clients and could address all their needs in one appointment. Kham and Alex Pecorella are managers of our Wheelchair and Seating Department. They can be contacted whenever you have mobility needs on previous equipment or are looking for new products. Randy Debney is our mobility technician. He has sixteen years experience working with seating and mobility equipment and possesses strong mechanical skill to bring you the right mobility aids for your needs.
Daniel Pecorella, Michael’s oldest son, is a Certified Orthotist with the Canadian Board (CBCPO), and has his Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto. He completed the Clinical Methods in Prosthetics/Orthotics program with Honours in 2001 from George Brown College. He is also head clinician and currently seeing clients at our office and satellite clinics. Alex Pecorella, Michael’s youngest son studied at George Brown College and earned his diploma in the Prosthetic/Orthotic Technician program. He is a general manager as well as managing the production team. Alex designs and customizes the images that clients choose to go onto their orthoses. Both sons have been working in the business since an early age and share their father’s love of the profession.
The Toronto Orthopedic family has grown over the years and now extends to certified orthotist Jasmine Tagg. Jasmine has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Toronto. She also received a diploma in prosthetic/orthotic technical work and a post graduate certificate in Clinical Methods in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Bethan White is the newest member and certified orthotist to our team. Bethan has an Honours Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Human Kinetics from University of Ottawa and a Masters of Rehabilitation Science from McMaster University. She also is a post graduate of Clinical Methods in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Our professionals are available to service your specials needs with compassion, experience and skill. Their approach is progressive treatment based and encourage health care team involvement at all levels.
Our production team is comprised of six technicians. They fabricate and repair the orthotic devices on tight schedules using their learned skills and strong work ethic. Our technicians are constantly learning about new materials and fabrication techniques in order to provide you with the most innovative and comfortable products. The production staff and orthotists work closely together in order to guarantee product excellence and 100% client satisfaction.
The friendly office staff provides quality administrative and client support. They are the first to answer all your questions and concerns and to direct you when you need more information about our services and company. Their educational backgrounds are comprised of a business management degree, accounting certificates and medical administrative studies.
Toronto Orthopedic has experienced steady growth and has gradually expanded its size, services and client base. It was the first private facility to successfully establish and manage children’s orthotic clinics, in the outlying areas of southern Ontario, by providing the highest quality of services in the client’s community. Being located in the west end of Toronto allows us easy access to service our clients throughout the southern Ontario region.
Toronto Orthopedic is committed to caring for our clients now and in the future.