Kevin Rosenbloom, founder and President of Kevin Orthopedic Institute — started his journey with the foot and ankle back in 1985. He grew up in the outdoors with his father, who used sports, wilderness and adventure as a bond in their growing relationship. The #1 skill that Kevin’s father passed on through their adventures was being resilient and self-reliant. It was critical to survival for weeks of camping, hiking trails that were unknown and hitting double-blacks on the ski slopes. When it came time to begin working – he naturally took a job with REI fitting ski boots. There was a day where he noticed a dusty shelf of custom footbeds – and he began putting pieces of his past together of how his dad would always ensure they used orthotics when being active — so he began to fabricate custom orthotics for customers — a service that didn’t exist in the store!
The reward of returning customers to REI to seek out Kevin’s expertise — had him take notice of his passion for the body’s core reliance on the foot and ankle to overall health and wellbeing.
He quickly knew his talent for aligning the foot, and began fitting all types of recreational boots and shoe gear, from ice climbing and mountaineering boots to precision alignment for World Cup ski boots. By 2002 Kevin had become a Master Ski Boot Fitter, Alignment Expert and was consistently creating custom foot solutions for professional athletes.
A series of “fortunate” occurrences – being in the exact right place, at the exact right time – guided Kevin to complete the Pedorthic program at Northwestern University Medical School, and led him directly into the Operating Room of the revolutionary and highly-notable Lowell Weil, Sr., DPM.
Dr. Weil took notice to Kevin’s passion and talent and took him under his wing for two years – giving Kevin an insight into foot surgery, the research happening at the Weil Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Institute, and an in depth look into biomechanics that proved invaluable. Dr. Weil exposed Kevin to many realities of being a surgeon, researcher, innovator, and managing a successful institute that conducted level one FDA studies for companies like Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and Langer Biomechanical Group. While he thought Med School was his clear path, the gaping hole of returned, misaligned and incorrectly produced Orthotics he saw while with Dr. Weil handed him the milestone marker to re-route his direction. He realized where he could truly make the greatest impact was supporting the Orthopedic Surgeons, Podiatrists, Orthotists who operate at the highest by providing an Orthotic line to compliment their quality of work.
Langer Biomechanical Group caught wind of Kevin’s career move and pitched hard for him to lend his expertise to revive the once great Orthotic laboratory. While it was satisfying to create impact on the Langer product range, he knew that to truly use his talent at his highest — offering the best service, education and Orthopaedic products for the foot and ankle — he would need to start from the beginning, on his own, and build it from the ground up.
Kevin Orthopedic Institute was founded in Santa Monica in 2007.
The thriving company is now operating across the United States and holds the vision of bringing the lab experience right to the practitioner’s office — so the patient receives the best outcome possible with the products provided.