At Northwest Podiatric Laboratory, we’re passionate about helping people!

We’re known for out-of-the-box thinking, the relentless pursuit of revolutionary ideas and innovative technology, but the basis for our success is truly found in our Purpose and Vision Statement: We continuously strive to best serve each other, our community, our partners and those suffering foot pain, ultimately enhancing their quality of life.

We’re excited to announce the addition of not one, but two, amazing colleagues to our team – colleagues who will play a central role in serving you for years to come.


Timothy Messmer, DPM, Medical Director

Dr. Timothy Messmer joins Northwest Podiatric Laboratory as Medical Director and will work closely with Dr. Chris Smith, our current Medical Director and Vice President, for the remainder of 2018. Upon Dr. Smith’s retirement at the end of the year, Dr. Messmer will increase his hours and responsibilities at Northwest Podiatric Laboratory while also remaining in private practice.

As Medical Director, Dr. Messmer will work in collaboration with Ruben Valle, our General Manager, to insure sound biomechanical principles are followed in the design and fabrication of all products and technologies, act as an ambassador in the marketplace, be involved in education and consultation and more.

Dr. Messmer is a board-certified podiatrist who has been in private practice in Northwest Washington for 24 years and currently is working at Skagit Northwest Orthopedics, a multi-disciplinary clinic with offices in Mount Vernon and Anacortes, WA. He is board-certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, member of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and member and past president of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association.

“I’m delighted to be part of an industry-leader like Northwest Podiatric Laboratory. The values they hold mirror my own and I look forward to contributing to the success of healthcare professionals and patients who rely on us.”

In his free time, Dr. Messmer enjoys reading, studying and spending time with his wife. He has three grown children. Dr. Messmer resides in Anacortes, WA.


Ted Clevenger, Customer Care Supervisor

Ted Clevenger joins the Northwest Podiatric Laboratory team in the vital role of Customer Care Supervisor. In many ways, our Customer Care Department is the heart and soul (and voice) of the company – they’re likely the members of our team you speak to most. Ted will support, coach and motivate his team to ensure they have the tools for success while removing obstacles that stand in their way.

Ted’s background is primarily in supervision for community service organizations, most recently at Rebound of Whatcom County, a non-profit working with families who are trying to recover and rebuild after experiencing the devastating effects of trauma ( Social service work has sharpened his abilities to build partnerships, develop people and provide hands-on leadership to diverse groups of people.

Ted also has sales experience in the real estate and education industries, making him a creative problem solver who can think quickly on his feet.

In both his community-focused and sales roles he’s had the opportunity to lead teams, handle crucial conversations and build internal leadership and ownership. Under the tutelage of Dr. Smith, Dr. Messmer and Ruben Valle, Ted’s knowledge and understanding of custom orthotics and biomechanics is expanding daily.

“Serving others and helping them grow is my passion! Providing our partners with amazing customer service, while helping my team soar to new heights is my continual challenge and goal.”

In his spare time, Ted enjoys long distance trail running and social partner dancing.



Northwest Podiatric Laboratory is an industry leader in custom foot orthotics and related technologies. Dennis Brown, a retired British soldier, elite athlete and natural-born inventor founded the company in 1964 and was joined by a biomechanics pioneer, Dr. Chris Smith, in 1974. With an exclusive blend of science, craftsmanship and innovation, the partners have built a company that utilizes proprietary production techniques and technology to produce orthotics with a unique shape and unparalleled performance. Northwest Podiatric Laboratory has helped over a million people suffering foot pain to lead better, pain-free lives. Learn more at

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