Expert Witness
Kirsten Simonsen, BSc. C.P. (c), F.C.B.C

I have been in practice in New Brunswick since 1991, first as a prosthetist for WorkSafeNB (6 years) and then as the only prosthetist in Southeastern New Brunswick. 

I now own and operate an independent private practice and prosthetic clinic. Providing treatment to patients at WorkSafeNB allowed me to specialize in trauma and as a result I have developed a case load composed of over 50% healthy patients who have above average activity levels and needs, many of whom have had a motor vehicle accident that has resulted in amputation.  Individuals suffering limb amputation secondary to trauma require more frequent and expensive treatments than the average amputee in Canada who loses their limb(s) for circulatory reasons.  It is estimated that the current composition of most prosthetic practices in Canada is 80-85% geriatric patients, suffering from peripheral vascular disease and other comorbidities, which limit these types of patients’ activity level and interaction with their environment and community.

Canadian Board Certified Prosthetist
I am a certified prosthetist (CBCPO #577) and received my certification from the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists after successfully completing a three-year residency followed by the national exam in 1993. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University, Montreal and a post-graduate diploma in the Clinical Methods in Prosthetics and Orthotics from George Brown College, Toronto.  In 2010 I was awarded Fellowship from the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

I have served as an officer for the Atlantic Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists and as the Maritime representative on the CBCPO Board of Directors. I have been an examiner for the Canadian certification exam process.  I am the founder and past Editor-in-Chief of Alignment magazine which has a distribution to all members of the Canadian Association for Prosthetics and Orthotics and the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In addition to owning and operating my practice, until recently, I was the project manager for the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists sponsored project called the Compendium of Prosthetic and Orthotic Treatments.  The Compendium project’s goal is to identify and classify all current procedures and treatments used in the provision of prosthetic and orthotic care as well as the development of a validated outcome measurement tool specific to prosthetics and orthotics.