Meet Heather Van Gilder

Meet Heather Van Gilder

I started working in the snow sport industry at a young age. Back then I remember people’s complaints about foot issues; how it affected not just their skiing enjoyment but their lives in general. I was lucky to work at two outstanding Boulder businesses; 9 years at Larry’s Bootfitting and 4 years at Neptune Mountaineering, which only served to fuel my obsession with foot health more. Uncomfortable boots and sore feet are no fun.

The longer I worked and the more I learned, the more I came to understand that happy feet can be a foundation for a healthy life. Working with Bob Egeland, the founder of Boulder Orthotics, gave me my own foundation and understanding of the wonderful intricacies involved with understanding and solving foot problems of all kinds. I expanded my education at MasterFit University and went on to pedorthic sciences training at Kennesaw State University, and I’m pleased to be able to offer my services as a Board Certified Pedorthist and Master Bootfitter.

I am an avid skier, but I also just enjoy being outside, often hiking. My job is an active one. I absolutely get the importance of happy feet, whether it’s a ski boot, a hiking boot or a street shoe. Feet are the foundation of so much, and now, after more than 25 years working with feet at play, at rest, and in everyday activities, I know how to make them happy.



Western State University  ~ MasterFit University ~ Kennesaw State University Academy of Pedorthic Sciences


Many thanks to my mentor and former business partner, Bob Egeland.


Meet Ann

I love skiing. As a lifetime skier I understand the value of a ski boot that fits properly and how it affects my experience on the mountain. A good fit not only feels nice and provides protection from the elements, but it also maximizes energy transfer to the ski. The optimal boot fit is personalized to an individual skier’s preferences, equipment, and ability. For me, each boot fit starts with a conversation: Listening is the most important skill I have as a boot fitter, and asking the right questions is the next. Some thoughtful problem solving combined with a secret sauce of technique leads to the final goal:  A happy skier. And that is what makes me happy.

When it’s not snowing, I like to get outdoors for anything from hiking and climbing in the mountains to canyon river trips.

I’m thrilled to be part of the Boulder Orthotics and Boot Fitting team. Heather is a great teacher and I had the good fortune to call her mentor in my previous position at Neptune Mountaineering. I’m fascinated by the impact healthy feet can have on a person’s overall well-being, and I’m motivated to continue learning. Heather is also fun to ski with!



MasterFit University, Masters Plus Certificate ~ University of Colorado, M.E., Aerospace Engineering Sciences ~ Colorado State University, B.S., Manufacturing Engineering/Industrial Technology