Gait Happens

Functional Gait Assessment

Level one certification in foot and gait biomechanics

2023 Dates and Venues Announced

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New York: February 11–12
Columbus: March 25–26
Calgary: April 29–30
Portland: May 20–21
Vancouver: June 10–11
Little Rock Arkansas: August 12–13
London: September 16–17
Toronto: October 14–15
San Francisco: Oct 28–29

$897 

Times: 8am – 5pm Daily

The Functional Gait Assessment Level One course is an in-person 16-contact-hour course designed for health care practitioners.
We recommend participants hold a certification or degree of higher education including (but not limited to) Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or Certified Athletic Trainer.
This course involves connecting the relationship of the kinetic chain as well as the anatomy and biomechanics of the lower quarter.
You’ll leave with:

An advanced knowledge and understanding of lower extremity biomechanics in the gait cycle

A better understanding of how to assess the lower quarter through dynamic gait analysis, postural assessment, palpation, and dynamic orthopedic testing.

Specific assessment techniques that will improve your ability to identify and address musculoskeletal dysfunction and improve your patient’s motor function to restore function, eliminate pain and normalize gait.

Day 1

You’ll learn a step-by-step approach to assess gait mechanics, both identifying normal gait parameters as well as aberrant patterns in the human gait cycle through lectures, case studies, and interactive labs.

Day 2
You’ll dive deeper into specific assessment strategies for the forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot, ankle, hip, spine, and posterior chain. You’ll also learn to identify common congenital defects and their implications in the gait cycle.
Each part of day two will have a hands-on laboratory session to practice assessment techniques amongst participants. This experience will give you the tools to be able to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in the course with your patients immediately.
You will receive a certificate for successful completion of the course upon completing the Post Course Assessment with a score of 85% or higher. You will have 48 hours to complete the assessment.

Approximate Instructor / Student Ratio: 2:30

Instructors vary by course location
CEUs:

This course is pre-approved for 16 contact hours by APTA Kentucky.

This course is pre-approved for 15 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs for California PT’s.

This course is pre-approved for 15 contact hours for Athletic Trainers

The Following states are approved by virtue of Kentucky and California: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

The following states are considered “meet the standard states“ and do not require approval if the course is quality and/or approved in other states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

*Registration is limited to 35 participants, register now before the classes fill
**Student discount available, email photocopy of student ID to
info@gaithappens.com

“I just want to say thanks again for the Functional Gait Assessment certification this weekend. I can’t tell you how many patients I have seen over the last three days that I’ve noticed something completely different in their movement patterns than when I evaluated them and have been able to start correcting things down at the foot that are really affecting them up the chain. AND, I’m getting really good PT buy in. Excited to keep educating myself on the foot and getting even better!”

-Dr Andrea Rector​, Physical Therapist

“I learned to use gait as a tool to assess so many different things going on in the body. I now have not only a good understanding of the foot and ankle, but how that relates all the way up and down the kinetic chain. No matter who you’re working with, being able to assess how they walk gives you so much information. I feel like a more well-rounded clinician now.”

- Dr. Caleb Pate, Physical Therapist

Course Objectives

1. Participants will develop improved competence from taking a patient history

2. Participants will assess gait mechanics, identifying normal gait parameters as well as aberrant patterns in the human gait cycle.

3. Participants will learn to identify pathological gait patterns

4. Participants will assess the lower quarter through postural assessment, palpation, and dynamic orthopedic testing.

5. Participants will identify common lower quarter dysfunctions.

6. Participants will practice progression planning and treatment of common lower quarter dysfunctions.

Course Schedule

Day 1:  Taking a History, Gait Assessment, and Pathological Gait Patterns

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM The Evolution and Importance of Walking
  • 9:00 – 9:15 AM Taking a Thorough History and Asking the Hard Questions
  • 9:15 – 9:30 AM Morning Break
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM The Big Picture of Gait Assessment – Lecture and Lab
  • 10:30 – 12:00 PM Assessing the Foot and Ankle in Motion – Lecture and Lab
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
  • 1:00 – 2:30 PM Assessing the Leg in Motion – Lecture and Lab
  • 2:30 – 3:45 PM Assessing the Torso/Abdomen in Motion – Lecture and Lab
  • 3:45 – 4:00 PM Afternoon Break
  • 4:00 – 5:00 PM Pathological Gait Patterns – Lecture and Sample Case Studies

 

Day 2: Specific Assessments of the Lower Quarter and Case Studies

  • 8:00 – 10:00 AM Forefoot: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment
  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM Morning Break 
  • 10:15 -11:30 AM Midfoot and Rearfoot: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment
  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM Lunch Break 
  • 12:30 – 1:45 PM Knee and Hip: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment
  • 1:45 – 3:00 PM Core & Spine: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment
  • 3:00 – 3:15 PM Afternoon Break
  • 3:15 – 5:00 PM Case Studies

 

Individual case studies will be incorporated throughout the weekend course. These may be individuals from the course or studies designed by the instructors.

3. Participants will learn to identify pathological gait patterns

4. Participants will assess the lower quarter through postural assessment, palpation, and dynamic orthopedic testing.

5. Participants will identify common lower quarter dysfunctions.

6. Participants will practice progression planning and treatment of common lower quarter dysfunctions.

FGA Level One Cancellation Policy

Functional Gait Assessment Level 1 Live event fees are 100% refundable if canceled any time before 14 days prior to the live event. If canceled within 14 days of the live event, the live event fees are non-refundable, though they may be applied to future live events.

Gait Happens Clinicians

Dr. Courtney Conley

Founder & President

Lakewood, Colorado

her dream of helping as many people as possible reclaim their foot function.

She’s an internationally renowned foot and gait specialist who teaches both nationally and internationally. Dr. Conley is a chiropractic physician who specializes in foot and gait mechanics. She holds a BA in Kinesiology, a BA in Human Biology and a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine.

She is the owner and operator of Total Health Solutions clinic and Total Health
Performance gym in Lakewood, CO, where she heads patient care with a focus on restoring gait mechanics and helping people resolve foot problems to move more easily and with less pain.

Dr. Conley is a founding member of the
Healthy Foot Alliance, an international
team of practitioners whose collective
goal is to bring light to the benefits
of natural footwear and prevent
unnecessary surgical procedures by
improving foot foundation and creating
a stable platform from the ground up.

Dr. Jenifer Perez

Vice President

Lafayette, Colorado

to empower as many people as possible to take charge of their lower body health so they can get back to doing what they love.

Dr. Perez holds a BS in Kinesiology-Sports  Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic  Degree. She served as the president of  the Sports Chiropractic Club and was selected as one of the first students for clinical residency in Jamaica working  with Olympic and professional track and field athletes.

Dr. Perez knows what  it’s like to have pain stand in the way of something you want which is what drives her to help as many people as possible get back to doing what they love. It’s this drive that brought her to Dr. Conley’s clinic in Golden, CO and  what inspired her to partner with Dr. Conley in creating Gait Happens for online courses, memberships and  virtual consults. Today Dr. Perez, along  with her husband, Dr. Mark Perez, owns and operates Kinetic Chiropractic, in Lafayette, CO.

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Dr. Eryn
Simon

Colombus,
Ohio

with the right education and guidance people can overcome pain and return to the activities they love. As an athlete who dealt with persistent knee pain from youth through college, she knows all too well the struggles of trying multiple treatments with no lasting benefits. Now, as an expert in human movement, she strives to educate her clients on the correlation between body mechanics and pain, give them the tools for self management, and get them back to fearless movement.

Dr. Simon attended Walsh University where she played collegiate softball and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University. After working as a clinician in a busy outpatient clinic, she knew she could do more to help people but needed a different environment. In spring of 2019, Dr. Simon opened Sole Physical Therapy, a cash based practice in Columbus Ohio. This is where she currently provides in person treatments along with virtual consultations for Gait Happens. 

Dr. Simon is a lifelong learner who is always striving to further her education especially in the subject of foot and ankle dysfunction. For fun, she enjoys traveling, playing sand volleyball to get in her competitive fix, and socializing with friends and family.

In Person Clinic: Dr. Simon holds office hours at Sole Physical Therapy in Columbus, OH.

Dr. Claire
Bernard-Miller

Fairfax,
California

 She loves spending time on the trail with her husband, Levi, and her dog, Stella.

Claire brings a whole body approach to treatment, looking at the whole kinetic chain. She uses her background as an athlete and yoga instructor combined with knowledge of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems to optimize your body’s movement and help you achieve your goals. She provides custom-tailored evaluation and treatment to help you live, move and perform better.

In addition to providing virtual consultations with Gait Happens, Dr. Bernard Miller also started her own clinic, Activate Physical Therapy & Wellness, in Fairfax, CA. Her goal is to educate and empower patients about their bodies and how to move better in order to reach their goals.

She holds a BS in International Health from Georgetown University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

Certifications: Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 and 2B Certification, UCSF Running Analysis, MobilityWOD Strength & Conditioning for Clinicians Level 1 Certified, Certified Gait Guru from GaitHappens, 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Certification, Pelvic Floor Implications for the Running Athlete, Myofascial Decompression (MFD)

In Person Clinic: Dr. Bernard-Miller holds office hours at Activate Physical Therapy and Wellness in Fairfax, CA.

Dr. Chelsea
Lineberger

Denver,
North Carolina

and CrossFit Level 1 trainer. She believes in bringing a patient-focused, fitness forward approach to physical therapy to help patients get back to the activities they love. She enjoys helping patients understand their bodies better and connect the dots between improving movement and improving overall health.
Dr. Lineberger attended Appalachian State University and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science, then attended Duke University for her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, finishing in 2017. Shortly after PT school, Dr. Lineberger was accepted into a fellowship in orthopedic and manual physical therapy to refine her skills and continue her pursuit of providing excellent care.
In addition to providing virtual appointments with Gait Happens, Dr. Lineberger owns Pursuit Physiotherapy and Performance in Denver, NC, an out-of-network clinic that brings a fitness-forward approach to physical therapy care. Her mission is to empower patients to take control of their musculoskeletal health by teaching them about the body’s resiliency.
Outside the clinic you can probably find her hiking with her husband, Drew, and their pup, Harley, or inside the gym at CrossFit DHF.
In Person Clinic: Dr. Lineberger holds office hours at Pursuit Physiotherapy and Performance in Denver, NC.

Kala
Hildebrand, MPT

Asheville,
North Carolina

after completing a 16-month program at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, WA. In 2012 she earned a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Western Carolina University and began working in outpatient, orthopedic therapy in Asheville, North Carolina, treating patients with a wide variety of diagnoses. She opened her own practice in 2018 to offer a combination of physical therapy and massage sessions to address pain and movement dysfunction and have more focused time with her patients.
Kala found the world of injury treatment and physical therapy as a teenager, experiencing intermittent dance-related injuries. Her 25+ years of modern dance training and performing inform her interest in restoring patients to pain-free movement patterns. Her interest in the intersection of movement and bodywork also attracted her to Thai massage, incorporating movement, stretching, and compression work. She has completed over 180 hours of Thai massage training in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Together, Kala’s training and experience allow her to address the needs of professional dancers, athletes and amateur movers alike, finding methods of treatment to return each individual to ease of movement.
In Person Clinic: Kala, MPT holds office hours at Kala Physical Therapy in Asheville, NC.

DR. CHELSEA LINEBERGER

Dr. Lineberger is a physical therapist, fellowship trained manual therapist, and CrossFit Level 1 trainer. She believes in bringing a patient-focused, fitness forward approach to physical therapy to help patients get back to the activities they love. She enjoys helping patients understand their bodies better and connect the dots between improving movement and improving overall health.
Dr. Lineberger attended Appalachian State University and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science, then attended Duke University for her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, finishing in 2017. Shortly after PT school, Dr. Lineberger was accepted into a fellowship in orthopedic and manual physical therapy to refine her skills and continue her pursuit of providing excellent care.
In addition to providing virtual appointments with Gait Happens, Dr. Lineberger owns Pursuit Physiotherapy and Performance in Denver, NC, an out-of-network clinic that brings a fitness-forward approach to physical therapy care. Her mission is to empower patients to take control of their musculoskeletal health by teaching them about the body’s resiliency.
Outside the clinic you can probably find her hiking with her husband, Drew, and their pup, Harley, or inside the gym at CrossFit DHF.
In Person Clinic: Dr. Lineberger holds office hours at Pursuit Physiotherapy and Performance in Denver, NC.

DR. CLAIRE BERNARD-MILLER

Claire is an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer and yoga practitioner. She loves spending time on the trail with her husband, Levi, and her dog, Stella.

Claire brings a whole body approach to treatment, looking at the whole kinetic chain. She uses her background as an athlete and yoga instructor combined with knowledge of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems to optimize your body’s movement and help you achieve your goals. She provides custom-tailored evaluation and treatment to help you live, move and perform better.

In addition to providing virtual consultations with Gait Happens, Dr. Bernard Miller also started her own clinic, Activate Physical Therapy & Wellness, in Fairfax, CA. Her goal is to educate and empower patients about their bodies and how to move better in order to reach their goals.

She holds a BS in International Health from Georgetown University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of California, San Francisco.

Certifications: Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 and 2B Certification, UCSF Running Analysis, MobilityWOD Strength & Conditioning for Clinicians Level 1 Certified, Certified Gait Guru from GaitHappens, 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Certification, Pelvic Floor Implications for the Running Athlete, Myofascial Decompression (MFD)

In Person Clinic: Dr. Bernard-Miller holds office hours at Activate Physical Therapy and Wellness in Fairfax, CA.

KALA HILDEBRAND, MPT

Kala has been practicing bodywork since 2006, after completing a 16-month program at the Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, WA. In 2012 she earned a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Western Carolina University and began working in outpatient, orthopedic therapy in Asheville, North Carolina, treating patients with a wide variety of diagnoses. She opened her own practice in 2018 to offer a combination of physical therapy and massage sessions to address pain and movement dysfunction and have more focused time with her patients.
Kala found the world of injury treatment and physical therapy as a teenager, experiencing intermittent dance-related injuries. Her 25+ years of modern dance training and performing inform her interest in restoring patients to pain-free movement patterns. Her interest in the intersection of movement and bodywork also attracted her to Thai massage, incorporating movement, stretching, and compression work. She has completed over 180 hours of Thai massage training in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Together, Kala’s training and experience allow her to address the needs of professional dancers, athletes and amateur movers alike, finding methods of treatment to return each individual to ease of movement.
In Person Clinic: Kala, MPT holds office hours at Kala Physical Therapy in Asheville, NC.

Dr. Eryn Simon.

Dr. Eryn Simon believes in the human body’s resilience. She knows with the right education and guidance people can overcome pain and return to the activities they love. As an athlete who dealt with persistent knee pain from youth through college, she knows all too well the struggles of trying multiple treatments with no lasting benefits. Now, as an expert in human movement, she strives to educate her clients on the correlation between body mechanics and pain, give them the tools for self management, and get them back to fearless movement.

Dr. Simon attended Walsh University where she played collegiate softball and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at The Ohio State University. After working as a clinician in a busy outpatient clinic, she knew she could do more to help people but needed a different environment. In spring of 2019, Dr. Simon opened Sole Physical Therapy, a cash based practice in Columbus Ohio. This is where she currently provides in person treatments along with virtual consultations for Gait Happens. 

Dr. Simon is a lifelong learner who is always striving to further her education especially in the subject of foot and ankle dysfunction. For fun, she enjoys traveling, playing sand volleyball to get in her competitive fix, and socializing with friends and family.

In Person Clinic: Dr. Simon holds office hours at Sole Physical Therapy in Columbus, OH.