Our Story

The evolution of Comfort Orthotics & Podiatry Clinic over the generations.

Fergella Shebib was a shoemaker in Lebanon in the late 1800’s. He moved to Cape Breton to make a better life for his family in the early 1900’s. He passed his trade on to his son Joe. Joe Shebib also set up a shoe making/ shoe repair business in Cape Breton. Joe passed the trade on to his son Francis who started to train his son Tom when he was only 15 years old.

Dedication to his profession, quality workmanship and a genuine desire to help people walk comfortably and in style is the foundation upon which Comfort Orthotics & Podiatry Clinic is based. Tom Shebib (owner of Comfort Orthotics & Podiatry Clinic) is the 4th Generation in his family possessing this unique craftsmanship ability. Over the years the footwear industry has changed. Tom responded to this change and expanded his knowledge in the field of Orthotics. Educated in Pedorthic Management of the Foot at Ball State University (USA) and The Robert Palmer Institute of Biomechanics, Tom is a Canadian Licensed Certified Pedorthist and has been crafting quality orthotics since 1997. Since then, the team of pedorthists and footwear specialists has grown. Emily Conroy is also Canadian Licensed Pedorthists at the clinic.

In 2013 we welcomed Podiatrist – Philip Sneyd to our team. Phil is from UK and studied at the University of Huddersfield.  His kind, caring nature will be evident to all of our clients who visit him for podiatry care. His addition to our team adds another valuable service to our clinic.

In 2019 Samir Ouizi came aboard. Samir has worked in as a podiatrist for over 20 years and he came highly recommended. Now we know why, providing excellent patient care is his passion.

This enables the clinic to provide an extended range of service for our patients. With a total staff of 11 (3 certified pedorthists, 2 Podiatrists, and 5 support staff), Comfort Orthotics is one of the largest orthotic/footwear/podiatry/bracing clinics in Nova Scotia.

Physicians and health care providers have been pleased with the quality products, services and care provided by this team. While keeping customer service as the #1 priority, over 22,000 patients in the community are now walking comfortably.