About Us

Paul Richelson, C. Ped

Paul first became acquainted with orthotics and canting in the 70's as a ski racer for Waterville Valley. He was also an avid runner in high school and college. In 1978, Paul started working in his family’s department store, Richelson’s of Plymouth, where he began fitting custom orthotics for both footwear and ski boots.

After the store closed in 1992, Paul enrolled in Northwestern Medical school and began researching the various types of orthotic systems. In October 1992, Paul started Richelson's Feet First. After receiving intensive training in anatomy and biomechanics, Paul became a Certified Pedorthist.

Many specialists throughout New England—podiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and chiropractors—refer clients to Paul for his keen attention to detail, his quality workmanship and superior results. Today, Paul still designs, manufactures and fits custom orthotics in-house.

Paul Richelson

Marie Simpson

Marie has been serving as Office Manager which includes scheduling,ordering  footwear, ski boots and supplies as well as Orthotic Lab Technician at Feet First since 2000.  With over 20 years experience with an Orthopedic Surgeon, Marie is a knowledgeable source  for our operations.  


Joe Driscoll

Joe is certified as one of America's Best BootFitters.  He started over 25 years ago as our Ski Boot Technician, grinding/stretching/padding boots.  He is also our primary Orthotic Lab Technician responsible for our 'in house'  custom orthotic production.


John Hopkins, C. Ped

John started with us in 2014 and climbed thru the ranks of footwear tech, orthotic tech and Certified Pedorthist.

He is responsible for all our footwear stretching and is an integral part of our orthotic fabrication process.

As an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, John has honed his Pedorthic knowledge to improve patient’s balance and reduce pain for all activities.

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