Meet the Team

Adrian Berben

Ortholab Orthotist

Adrian’s areas of expertise are foot orthotics and their applications to gait and biomechanics, as well as footwear, custom manufacture and modification.

Adrian has 36 years of experience in the field of Ortholab solutions for feet and there is not much that Adrian hasn’t seen or been involved in treating over that time.

He has a reputation for his loud boisterous laugh and love of lame jokes & silly punch lines. If Adrian had a motto it would be “laughter keeps you young at heart”. Adrian’s other interests include spending time with his wife, children and extended family, playing music, projects with his local church group and coaching school age soccer.

Philip Connor

Ortholab Orthotist

Philip has been a fully qualified Orthotist with over 18 years in the field.

When Philip is not working he’s a solo dad of two daughters. Philip is the cultural backbone of Ortholab, bringing a love of classical music along with a discerning taste for fine tea blends. Outside of work Philip attends Kung Fu classes, supports his daughters in following their love of Celtic dance and he also reads books.

Bruce Ward

Contract Fabricator

Bruce is a contractor to OLAB, providing technical support. He brings 34 years experience with him and is a fully qualified Orthotist.

Bruce’s speciality is the manufacture of braces; plastic moulding AFO’s and KAFO construction.

Outside of work hours Bruce is a keen fisherman. Bruce enjoys spending time with his family, socialising, cross-word puzzles and keeping us on our toes by debating current events.

Francois Smuts

Clinical Orthotist

A South African trained Orthotist/Prosthetist, Francois worked in Ireland for a few years focusing on long-term conditions and treatment. He moved to New Zealand in 2009, first working in Rotorua before settling at OLAB in 2015.

Specialising in lower limb bracing and gait analysis, Francois has a passion for using different functional materials from elastic and rigid formats that are tailor-made for each client.  When he’s not working, he enjoys family life at the beach, fishing and mountain biking.

Get in touch with us today

We have some exciting changes happening at the Orthotic Centre.

Changes to Service
In line with our customer-focused approach and the Ministry of Health and DHB objectives, we are moving to a decentralised community-based health care service.

Our clinic in Great South Rd is closed

We are currently in the process of moving our manufacturing facilities to a new address in Mt Wellington.

For repairs please call us. 0800 550 632

New Locations
In addition to our current sites in Remuera, Morrin Rd and Albany, we now have new clinics in Mangere East, Wai Health and soon Mt Roskill and Takanini. Addresses for our clinics are on the website. Call your nearest centre.