after moving to the Rogue Valley from the Seattle area. While in Seattle, Tom co-owned a comfort footwear store. He ran back and forth from it to several foot and ankle clinics (he was on staff at the U of WA, Harborview and some private practices) where he worked closely with the orthopedic surgeons, thus, perfecting his trade.
Tom began his career with feet at Lamonts, managing the shoe departments in Wenatchee, WA, Idaho Falls, ID, Medford, OR, and Seattle, WA. Then one day a stranger appeared in his shoe department, observing him, then approaching him with a career opportunity. Tom thought long and hard about it, then going with his instincts, gave Lamonts his notice and went into business for himself. He shortly after attended Northwestern University in Chicago and earned his pedorthic ceritification on June 6,1986.
Why did we move here?? After 14 years in the Seattle area, the gray skies, rain, and freeway traffic finally got to us. We had lived here briefly in '83-'84 and remembered the beauty, the sunny skies and especially, the easygoing, slower pace...so here we are, in our "PARADISE".
Tom worked the store alone in the beginning, his wife, Debbie, went in and replaced him if he was out of town attending shoe shows or his yearly PFA symposium. Now we have a full-time employee, Julian, who's also a certified pedorthist, and a part-time employee. Debbie's in charge of Life is good. and computer work. Our store mascots, Papaya and Mai Tai, entertain everyone in the store.