Ara is an ABC-certified orthotist for Hanger Clinic in Encinitas, California.
As a clinician with more than 30 years of experience in the orthotics field, Ara specializes in the use of scoliosis braces, ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), knee-ankle-foot orthoses (KAFOs) and the WalkAide® System as orthotic management solutions. Although he works with patients of all ages, having raised three children of his own, Ara finds special satisfaction in providing thoughtful care to his pediatric patients and their families.
Ara’s passion for the field started when he was recovering from a football injury requiring ACL reconstruction. His orthotist designed a brace that allowed Ara to get back to surfing and snowboarding as soon as possible. Impressed and fascinated, he started down the career path of becoming an orthotist.
Dedicated to optimizing patient outcomes, one of Ara’s favorite patient success stories comes from a multiple sclerosis (MS) patient with foot drop. She was able to complete her goal of 7 marathons on 7 continents in 12 months with the support of an AFO he designed specifically for her needs.
Outside of work Ara enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and traveling with his family.
- Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science, San Diego State University
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Orthotics, Rancho Los Amigos National Research Center