Comfort Shoe Specialists is a Pedorthic Facility and is professionally staffed by American Board Certified Pedorthists and Shoe Technicians. We specialize in Modern Shoe Therapy, the difficult-to-fit patients, and helping people maintain better health and well-being overall.
Edith A. James, Certified Pedorthist
Since 1974 Edith has experience in the pedorthic field, first as a custom sandal maker at the Leather Loft in Clayton, MO. Her interest in custom footwear and biomechanics was ignited when she joined Custom Shoe Laboratories in 1978. Edith received her education in pedorthics from New York University, NYC in 1990. That same year, she passed the Board for Certification in Pedorthics exam, then BCP.
Edith frequently writes articles and lectures to health groups and special events. She is a member of the Pedorthic Footwear Foundation since 1999. She has attended the annual Pedorthic Symposium almost every year since 1991 and visits the World Shoe Association in Las Vegas for shoe buying trips and continued education. Edith serves on the National Shoe Retailers Association Board (NSRA Class of 2003). Edith served on the Education Committee of NSRA, chairing and co-chairing the education events several times. Edith opened Comfort Shoe Specialists in October 1992 with her husband Joe Goodenough, who serves as Vice President and Chief of Operations.
Pedorthist & General Manager
Jesse Fischer, Pedorthist, General Manager & Webmaster
Jesse joined Comfort Shoe Specialists January 2010. Jesse is currently studying to become a Certified Pedorthist. Jesse served in the United States Marine Corps for 9 years 10 months specializing in logistics and inventory management. Jesse returned to St. Louis and Comfort Shoe Specialists after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S Marines.
Michelle Cain, Inventory Manager
Michelle joined Comfort Shoe Specialists 2001. Michelle has training as a certified medical assistant. Before joining Comfort Shoe Specialists, she was involved in inventory management since 1983. Michelle also serves patients when needed and is a backup receptionist.
Angel Thomas, Office Angel
Angel graduated with Associate’s of Science in Medical Billing and Coding from Ultimate Medical Academy November 2012 then joined Comfort Shoe soon after. Angel answers our phones, schedules patients, and does our medical billing as well as keeping staff organized. She is married with children and an avid Cardinals’ fan.
Sam David, Certified Pedorthist
Sam has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Webster University. Sam joined our staff in September 2011. Sam attended Robert Palmer Institute of Biomechanics in 2012 and became certified in 2013.
Lynn Schaff, Orthotics Technician
Lynn joined our staff in February 2012. Lynn has a Fine Arts Degree from Bradley University in photography and ceramics and attended Robert Palmer Institute of Biomechanics in 2012. Lynn brings 25 years of production experience to add protocols to our processes, providing consistency and greater excellence to our manufacturing. Lynn is multi-talented and does our photography and graphics work also.
Anita joined CSS October 2012 after retiring from her career as an OR Nurse. Anita enjoys the educational aspect of pedorthics as much as finding the perfect footwear solutions.
Joe Goodenough, Mr. Indispensable
Joe worked in his family business of remodeling and building from 1966-2001. As VP of Comfort Shoe Specialists and Edith’s spouse, he built the first store and has been in charge of maintenance operations since 1992. He came on full-time in 2006 when moving into our new location, assisting with inventory management. He is now in charge of pouring casts, assisting with inventory, and also helps people with shoe fitting.