Footwear for your Feet

Adam Gray, Chiropodist


The importance of footwear cannot be overstated. Throughout the years the same questions continue to arise regarding what is best, what is recommended, and how to go about choosing the best option. 


Firstly, there is no such thing as “the perfect shoe”. Due to differences in age, activity levels, mobility, stability, and various other factors, some shoes will be better suited to certain individuals. It seems obvious, but it can’t be stated enough that your shoes should feel comfortable almost immediately. They should also fit, and its best to always have your size measured regularly. If you must “break them in”, you may be better off with a different pair. Moreover, it is best to purchase your shoes near the end of the day when your feet are already at their widest, due to factors such as swelling, as well as fitting to the larger sized foot, if necessary. You should be able to fit a finger width in between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. 


For those patients requiring extra room due to toe deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, or wider forefoot areas, a shoe with a wider/deeper toe box area is the best option. The most common recommended brands tend to be New Balance or Brooks. In addition, switching to a shoe with a mesh upper may be best to prevent from rubbing against the top of the shoes. If you notice red halos or marks on the tops, tips, or sides of the toes after wearing your shoes, they are rubbing. This can lead to much discomfort and possible concerns over time. 


Purchasing footwear these days can be overwhelming. Many stores may have several options when it comes to the types of shoes. When it comes to some of the higher end shoe brands, it's very easy to get a pair that will not suit your arch or foot structure. If you struggle with stability or mobility issues, or require walking aides, having something minimalist (such as Skechers) will not benefit you at all. Memory foam insoles in the shoes does NOT mean support, and these will most likely compress within a few weeks after wearing. Minimalist shoes allow your foot to act more naturally, which isn’t always good. With a maximalist shoe, they provide the highest levels of cushioning and stability. 


How do you know if certain shoes are providing support or not? An easy way to tell if the shoe is going to provide structure and support is to grab the toe area and the heel area at the same time and twist the shoe in opposite directions (like wringing a towel). If they fold or twist, there is limited support. If they are stiff, they will most likely provide great support. In addition, push the toe area up towards the heel area. Do they fold up? 


The common types of shoes you may come across are as follows: Stability Shoes-these tend to be for lower arched feet who need more structure or control, in the shoe, to prevent the foot from rotating too far inwards (over-pronating). A few examples include most Hoka shoes, Brooks Beast, Propet shoes, and New Balance walkers. 


When it comes to Motion Control shoes, these tend to be for the extreme cases of flat-footed individuals with very high rigidity. Great options in this category would be Brooks Adrenaline GTS, Brook Ariel, Asics Kayano, as well as the New Balance 1540. 


Lastly, the most common style of shoe recommended in the clinic would be those that fall under the Neutral category. These tend to be for those individuals with normal to high arches. Some great examples would be the Asics Nimbus (these tend to be the most recommended shoes within the clinic), New Balance Fresh Foam Roav, Asics GT 1000/2000, as well as Hoka Bondi shoes for ultimate cushioning and support. 


When in doubt, its best to stay with a neutral shoe, but always get advice when necessary or needed. 


Lastly, a lot of questions arise when it comes to sandals. Many patients believe they cannot wear sandals because they have been told they can’t. Unless there is a history of diabetic complications or a history of concerns, wearing a podiatric or orthopaedic backed sandal is a great option. This would be best discussed with your family doctor or Footcare professional for advice. Some great examples are Birkenstocks. There are several options between the original cork styles, and the newer EVA/rubber options. In addition, Noat sandals, Mephistos, as well as Hoka sandals are great options. 


The biggest myth is that price reflects quality. I hear this on a weekly basis, and it couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you’re experiencing discomfort in your shoes, if they don’t fit properly, if they rub against your toes, it does not matter how much you paid for them. 


When in doubt, visit a reputable shoe provider or talk to your foot professional for a thorough assessment and advice on what is best for you.


With thousands of steps per day its best to do your body a favour and walk in comfort, keeping your best foot forward! 

Dr. Brendan Carney Kilian

Chiropractor | Clinic Director

Dr. Brendan Carney Kilian graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology – Pre-health Professions Option) in 2002 and from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in June 2006, Magna Cum Laude with Clinic Honours. Dr. Carney Kilian has completed certification training in the area of strength and conditioning with the NSCA and has over twenty years experience in the fitness industry. He has special interests in musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation, weight management, and individualized program design. Dr. Carney Kilian has taken additional training as a Certified Golf Performance Therapist, a Spine certified Active Release Techniques® (ART) Provider and has completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Course through McMaster University.. From his small town roots, Dr. Carney Kilian emphasizes a patient-centered approach that stresses patient education and long-term successes. 

Dr. Carney Kilian opened In Motion: Health – Wellness – Fitness to provide an innovative Pain Management, Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention solutions for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton.

Dr. Jane Pilkey


Dr. Jane received her Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University and went on to graduate from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2011. She furthered her education by becoming a Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Provider in 2013. Dr. Jane takes special interest in prenatal and pediatric care and is working towards obtaining a residency in pediatrics through the ICPA.

Dr. Jane is an evidence based practitioner that focuses on a patient-centered approach to care; she emphasizes patient education and promotes an active lifestyle to help keep patients both pain free and fully functional. She maintains professional affiliations with the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Ontario Chiropractic Association in addition to being a registered service provider for the Department of Veterans Affairs, RCMP, and WSIB. 

Originally from Sarnia, Jane was born into an active family and grew up a competitive figure skater, swimmer, soccer player, and golfer. Her love of sport and volunteer work as a coach and athletic trainer with various teams has resulted in immense experience dealing with athletic injuries. She looks forward to her future with In Motion and helping her clients to remain active.

Dr. Joel Simpson


Dr. Joel Simpson was born and raised in Corunna. He attended Western University where he received an Honours Specialization Bachelor of Arts (Kinesiology) in 2010. From there he graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2016.

Dr. Joel has completed his certification as a  strength and conditioning professional with the NSCA, Functional Movement Systems and Selective Functional Movement Analysis. Dr. Joel focuses on patient centred care utilizing short term and long term goals. This is done through a variety of treatment techniques in order to keep patients pain free but also maintain an active lifestyle in the future.

Amanda Sargent

Registered Massage Therapist

A local girl, Amanda Sargent was born and raised in Sarnia and attended Lambton College. Prior to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist in 2003, Amanda spent time in the healthcare setting as a nursing student and a personal support worker. Amanda has gained experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team, at Canada’s leading facility for comprehensive healthcare assessments, and in a small family chiropractic office. Amanda has additional training in fascial release, advanced lumbar spine techniques, and Neuromuscular Integration and Structural Alignment (NISA). Amanda has special interests in pregnancy and deep tissue massage. She is excited to be back home to serve her local community as a member of In Motion’s Health Team.

Jenn Van Horne

Registered Massage Therapist

Born in Sarnia, Jenn was raised and currently resides in Corunna.  She graduated from SCITS high school and then from the 3 year massage therapy program at Lambton College in 2007.  During that time she took special interest in treating those with chronic pain.  Jenn has taken courses in soft tissue release and deep tissue massage.  She is experienced in treating MVA injuries, clients in severe, chronic pain, pregnant and elderly clients as well as repetitive strain and sports injuries.  She incorporates the use of hydrotherapy into treatments whenever indicated to aide in fully releasing the tissue.

Shelley Dixon

Registered Massage Therapist

I am a new resident of Sarnia as of August 2023. I grew up in Ingersoll, then made London my home in the early 90's. The youngest of 6 children, my parents were always encouraging us to be active and live healthy lives. I attended Fanshawe College after high school for Fitness & Health Promotion and worked at the YMCA for many years teaching Aerobic Classes and Personal Training. In my mid 20's I ran two marathons and competed in several Triathlons. Nowadays, I enjoy Yoga, walking, cycling and lifting weights.

It wasn't until I was in my 30's that I decided to go back to school for Massage Therapy at D'Arcy Lane. During my 18 plus years as an RMT, I've had the opportunity to expand my knowledge by taking such courses as: Acupressure, Ultrasound Therapy, Deep Tissue Manipulation and Thai Massage.

I have a daughter and son, and a granddaughter. My partner has two daughters and a son. Family is very important to us. I never visited Sarnia until I met my partner who was born and raised here. Over the years, and our many trips to Sarnia for family functions and outings with friends, I came to love the area. Being so close to the water is truly a perk. Now, I find myself saying "I can't believe I actually live here".

As soon as I stepped through the doors of In Motion, I knew I found my new work home. Such a comfortable environment, and a group of talented individuals who truly love what they do was evident.  As part of the In Motion Team I am excited to be working alongside other like-minded Healthcare Professionals. I am eager to learn some new skills and help my clients attain their optimal health goals.  I also look forward to meeting you soon.

Vanessa Macedo

Registered Massage Therapist

Vanessa Macedo was born and raised in Sarnia. She attended and graduated from the two-year Massage Therapy program at Lambton College in 2023. Prior to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, Vanessa attended and graduated from the two-year Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Lambton College in 2021.

As an Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant student, Vanessa has gained knowledge in human movement and therapeutic exercise. As a Registered Massage Therapist, Vanessa has experience in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries, motor vehicle accidents, individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, and a variety of soft tissue dysfunctions. Vanessa utilizes General Swedish and Non-Swedish techniques, specialized massage techniques, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic exercise in the treatment of a variety of conditions and ailments when indicated. 

Vanessa is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO). Vanessa is excited to be starting her career and helping our local community as a member of the In Motion health team. 

Kristi Kleinsmith

Personal Trainer

In 2000 Kristi earned herself a full tennis scholarship to Northern Illinois University where she spent four years playing tennis for the Huskies and earning her Bachelor's of Science Degree, with Honours, in Preventative and Rehabilitative Exercise Science. A minor in Exercise Gerontology was also achieved. She continued her education for two years on graduate assistantship and received her Master's of Science in Education focusing on Exercise Physiology and Fitness Leadership. Kristi has also obtained an American College of Sports Medicine certification (Certified Health and Fitness Specialist).

Kristi has experience working with people of all ages and fitness levels. She has experience working in different fitness industries such as corporate fitness, commercial fitness, and exercise gerontology. Kristi was a university professor at Northern Illinois University and Lambton College where she taught health and fitness, weight training and conditioning, tennis, volleyball, and badminton classes.

In 2018, Kristi became a Functional Patterns, Human Foundation Practitioner. This new system of personal training develops the human body as a whole organism. Learn how to correct your dysfunctions by assessing your current posture and gait cycle. Correct your biomechanics and bring the body into a state homeostasis and have it remain there for a lifetime. 

Her interests include spending time with her family outdoors, whether it is hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, or skating. Her family likes to visit the local fruit, vegetable, and animal farms in the area. Discovering the Pinery Park and other parks in the area create new adventures and experiences. She is constantly learning more about how to be a healthy human for a lifetime and wants to share this knowledge with her family, friends, and clients.

Get ready to be motivated, encouraged, and challenged to your full potential. Let her ambitious and uplifting attitude guide you through various workouts and classes.

Adam Gray


Adam was born and raised in Sarnia.  He attended the University of Waterloo for his 4 year B.A, and after completing his studies, completed a 3½ year Podiatric Medicine program, at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences/ University of Toronto Campus.  In addition, he has completed 3 years of internship in the Greater Toronto Area in various hospitals and private clinics. 

As a registered Chiropodist, his specialization includes, but is not limited to: lower limb, foot, and ankle injuries (sports medicine); dermatological and nail care; soft-tissue surgeries; nail surgeries; arch pain; biomechanical assessments, footwear, and orthotics; diabetic consultation/treatment; prescriptions for NSAID’s, antibiotics, and/or antifungals; pharmacological care and injections; compression stockings; and treatment using therapeutic modalities (TENS, ultrasound. Etc.)

Jodi Rawcliffe

Office Manager

I was born in Michigan, raised in Corunna, ON.  I have more than 20 years of client relation experience and more than 10 years of managerial experience working for NCO.  In 2012 when NCO closed I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go back to school.  I enrolled in the Medical Office Administration Program at Lambton College and graduated in 2014 at the top of my class.  While attending Lambton College I was the Campus Program Coordinator for the Ministry of Health campaign - Leave the Pack Behind, which focuses on Smoking Cessation for students.  I also gained experience working in a medical office environment as a work study and co-op student in the Lambton College Wellness Centre.I am married to my husband, Steve and we have 2 children – Alexis and Jaxon.  Alexis is currently attending the University of Ottawa and hopes to become a dentist.  Jaxon is an avid lacrosse and football player. I also have 2 furbabies – Chihuahuas, Martini and Skye.We love travelling, playing with our dogs, and watching Jaxon play lacrosse and football.

Erica Verberne

Client Relations

I was born and raised half in London, and the other half on a farm in Strathroy. I have worked in the administrative/customer service industry for 15+ years. In recent years, I have enjoyed the financial/accounting side to administration, but overall enjoy meeting new people and building on my customer service expertise. 

Among COVID downtime, I decided to become a First Aid/CPR instructor, and enjoy teaching to help build a safer community.

I love travelling, and have spent a year backpacking through New Zealand, as well as numerous trips to Key West. I have visited 16 countries so far and hope to continue exploring with my spouse, Adam, and my 3 children.

Alexis Rosandich

Client Relations

I was born in Sarnia, raised in Corunna. After graduating from SCITS highschool in 2013, I enrolled at the University of Ottawa. There, I received my Bachelor of Health Sciences and graduated in 2017.
I have two children, Scarlett, 3, and Sebastian, 2, who I have stayed home with since they were born.
In my free time I enjoy cooking and baking, especially experimenting with new recipes. I also love to read and I aim to read at least one book a week for the entire year!

Stefanie Senior

Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist

Stefanie Senior is one of the leading registered dietitians and sports nutritionists in Toronto. She specializes in weight management, eating for exercise and athletic performance, and corporate wellness.Stefanie Senior, RD offers registered dietitian and sports nutrition services in the GTA and runs a private practice at Athletic Edge Sports Medicine and online via Skype for In Motion. Stefanie offers nutrition counselling, weight management programs and support groups and creates customized meal plans based on food preferences, lifestyle and goals.  Stefanie is also a professor in food and nutrition at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at George Brown College and the in-house dietitian and spokesperson for the CBC Live Right Now campaign.Stefanie is a professional speaker who uses dynamic and interactive seminars to teach simple, powerful and sustainable strategies for achieving optimal health, energy and wellbeing. The energetic nutrition guru has appeared on CP24, CTV, Rogers Live, CBC television and radio, Canada AM and has interviewed for articles published in the Toronto Star, Canadian Living, Best Health Magazine, Chatelaine, the Huffington Post, and the Toronto Observer. Stefanie studied dietetics at the University of British Columbia and completed a post-graduate dietetic internship program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Previous to entering the field of dietetics, she did a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Psychology at the University of Guelph and worked as a Personal Trainer in Vancouver, British Columbia.Stefanie has a unique approach to her practice and provides advice that is realistic, easy to follow and emphasizes stepwise change, balance and flexibility. She is a firm believer that small, gradual changes to an individual’s eating and exercising regimen coupled with patience, commitment and a positive attitude can lead to permanent lifestyle change and a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.In her spare time, Stefanie enjoys being active, cooking, travelling and experiencing the newest restaurants and food trends in Toronto and across the globe. Stefanie is excited to join the In Motion Team to offer high quality nutrition and weight loss couseling via Skype.