Functional Gait Assessment: Level 1

Using an evidence-based, systematic approach, our course will elevate your skills and patient outcomes.

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*350+ Professionals certified

About Functional Gait Assessment Level 1

Our Level 1 FGA course is designed to significantly enhance both your skills and patient outcomes. By investing in taking our course, you’ll be mastering an evidence-based, systematic approach to foot and gait analysis. Join our community of over 350 professionals who've turned their learning into action, all under the guidance of our expert instructors.

Ready to make a real difference in your patients' lives? Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A systematic approach to gait assessment
  • How tissues can become overloaded, leading to pain & injury
  • How to identify aberrant patterns
  • Evidence-based methods
  • A system you can apply right away with nothing but your smartphone

 

Is FGA Level 1 Right for You?

Ever felt like you're not fully equipped to help your patients the way you want to? Hit a bit of a learning plateau lately? Or maybe you're on the lookout for new ways to shake things up and improve your practice? If any of this strikes a chord, our Functional Gait Assessment course could be the next step you're looking for.

To participate, we strongly recommend possessing a certification or advanced degree in a related field, such as:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Certified Athletic Trainer

This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome applicants with comparable qualifications.

On Demand
Remote Hybrid
In Person
Course Structure
Pre-recorded lecture and lab videos that you can take at your own pace
A scheduled 2 day online course consisting of pre-recorded lecture and guided webinar video lab with GH instructor
A scheduled 2 day in person course with a live Gait Happens instructor, interactive group demonstrations, and hands on lab practice
Online / In Person
Online
Online
In Person
Course Schedule
10 hours of on demand content. Take at your own pace.
Two day course, see available course dates
Two day course, see available course dates
Forever Access
Full Online Course Content
Full Online Course Content
Specific Assessment Demonstration Videos
Extra Lab Practice Guided by Instructor
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Yes
Yes
Live Interaction with GH Instructor
No
Yes
Yes
Price
$549
$649
$897
*For additional professions and locations, documentation is available upon request for you to submit for continuing education approval with your governing body

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2024 Dates and Venues

More dates and locations coming soon!

Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ
February 24 – 25, 2024

Instructor: Dr. Jen Perez, DC
Location:
Rehab Institute of Scottsdale
10245 N 92nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Munster, IN
Munster, Indiana
(Chicago metropolitan area)
May 18 – 19, 2024

Instructor: Dr. Eryn Simon, DPT
Location:
Midwest Orthopedics at Rush 9601 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
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Victoria, Canada
June 1-2

Instructor: Dr. Eryn Simon, DPT
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San Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
July 20 – 21, 2024

Instructor: Dr. Eryn Simon
Location:
Olympus Movement Performance
1281 Liberty Way, Suite A Vista, CA 92081
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St.-Louis
St. Louis, MO
September 7 – 8, 2024

Instructor: Dr. Eryn Simon, DPT
Location:
1176 Town & Country Commons
Chesterfield, MO 63017
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Raleigh, NC
November 9 – 10, 2024

Instructor: Dr. Eryn Simon, DPT
Location:
Kinect Physiotherapy
4005 Village Park Drive
Knightdale, NC 27545
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The best clinicians have the best assessments in their toolkits

More Specific Assessment
More Specific Treatment
Better Patient Outcomes

Day 1

You’ll learn a systematic, step-by-step approach to assess gait mechanics.

Day 2

You’ll dive deeper into specific assessment strategies for the forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot, ankle, hip, spine, and posterior chain.

Important

You will need to complete a Post Course Assessment within 48 hours of the course ending. A score of 85% or over is required to successfully complete your certification.

You will then receive a certificate of completion and be added to the Gait Happens Local Practitioners Map

CEUs:

This course is pre-approved for 18 contact hours by APTA New York.

This course is pre-approved for 15 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs for CA, IL, and FL PT’s.
Gait Happens (BOC AP#: P12088) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for a maximum of (15 hours/ Category A CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
For Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistants. 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, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

For Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistants. The following states are approved by virtue of Texas Physical Therapy Assocation: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin

*Registration is limited to 35 participants, register now before the classes fill

**Student discount available, email photocopy of student ID to info@gaithappens.com

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.

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

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8:00 – 9:00 AM The Evolution and Importance of Walking

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9:00 – 9:15 AM Taking a Thorough History and Asking the Hard Questions

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9:15 – 9:25 AM Morning Break

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9:25 – 10:30 AM The Big Picture of Gait Assessment – Lecture and Lab

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10:30 – 12:00 PM Assessing the Foot and Ankle in Motion – Lecture and Lab

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12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Break

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1:00 – 2:30 PM Assessing the Leg in Motion – Lecture and Lab

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2:30 – 3:50 PM Assessing the Torso/Abdomen in Motion – Lecture and Lab

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3:50 – 4:00 PM Afternoon Break

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4:00 – 5:00 PM Pathological Gait Patterns – Lecture and Sample Case Studies

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

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8:00 – 10:00 AM Forefoot: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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10:00 – 10:10 AM Morning Break

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10:10 -11:30 AM Midfoot and Rearfoot: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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11:30 – 12:30 PM Lunch Break

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12:30 – 1:45 PM Knee and Hip: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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1:45 – 3:00 PM Core & Spine: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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3:00 – 3:10 PM Afternoon Break

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3:10 – 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.

FGA On-Demand

 

Coming April 25th!

Our 2-Day Functional Gait Assessment Course is Going Digital!

We’re excited to announce that we’re now offering our most popular course, Functional Gait Assessment (FGA) Level 1, as an online, on-demand class. Our 2-day in-person course is now available to you from the comfort of your own home. 

That means there’s no strict schedule and no need to commute! Our FGA On-Demand course is pre-recorded, so that you can learn at your own pace, and it’s always there for you to re-visit. Once you purchase, you’ll have lifetime access to valuable, relevant gait analysis training so you can offer your patients more!
Get unlimited access to information packed materials for only $549!

What to Expect

  • Pre-Recorded videos to ensure easy access anytime
  • Helpful lectures led by Gait Happens foot and gait specialists
  • Lab demonstrations for better knowledge retention
  • Rewatch anytime to refresh your knowledge
  • Our Most Affordable Gait Certification

CEUs:

Gait Happens (BOC AP#: P12088) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for a maximum of (12 hours/ Category A CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

For Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistants. 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, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. 

For Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistants. The following states are approved by virtue of Texas Physical Therapy Assocation: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin

On Demand
Anytime

Online Recordings
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The certification that sets you apart

You’ll learn:

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A systematic approach to gait assessment

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How tissues can become overloaded leading to pain & injury

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How to identify aberrant patterns

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Evidence-based methods

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A system you can apply right away with nothing but your smart phone

With expert instructors and hands-on labs in multiple global locations, don’t miss your chance to elevate your skills and clinical expertise.

$549

Step Up My Assessment Skills
*350+ Professionals certified

Functional Gait Assessment Remote Hybrid

 

Take Our 2-Day FGA Course Online!

We’re excited to announce that we’re now offering our most popular course, Functional Gait Assessment (FGA) Level 1, as an online class. Our 2-day in-person course is now available to you from the comfort of your own home. 

The best part? You'll enjoy a mix of live Zoom sessions led by our seasoned instructors and on-demand videos for flexible learning pace. Our FGA Hybrid course offers the perfect blend, allowing you to learn from and engage with our experts in a small group atmosphere while also giving you the freedom to learn from home.

It’s time to level up your gait analysis training so you can offer your patients more!

Upcoming Course Dates

Please note: This is a scheduled course that will take place during the course dates and times you select. You will not have access to the course materials until the selected dates and you must be available to join the live zoom sessions.

  • June 8th & 9th, 2024 with Dr. Jenifer Perez
  • December 14th & 15th with Dr. Allison Riley
Reserve Your Spot

Get access to information packed materials and live sessions with our experienced instructors for only $649!

What to Expect

  • Combination of live and pre-recorded video sessions to give you the flexibility and teacher access you need to succeed
  • Helpful lectures led by Gait Happens foot and gait specialists
  • Extra Lab Practice for better knowledge retention
  • Learn from anywhere in the world, with no location limitations

 

CEUs:

This course is pre-approved for 15 contact hours or 1.5 CEUs for CA, IL, and FL PT’s.

Gait Happens (BOC AP#: P12088) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for a maximum of (15 hours/ Category A CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.
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For Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistants. 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, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. 

For Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistants. The following states are approved by virtue of Texas Physical Therapy Assocation: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin

Hybrid
June 8 - 9, 2024
8-5 MDT

Instructor: Dr. Jenifer Perez

Remote Hybrid
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Hybrid
Dec 14 – 15, 2024
8-5 EST

Instructor: Allison Riley

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

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8:00 – 9:00 AM The Evolution and Importance of Walking

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9:00 – 9:15 AM Taking a Thorough History and Asking the Hard Questions

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9:15 – 9:25 AM Morning Break

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9:25 – 10:30 AM The Big Picture of Gait Assessment – Lecture and Lab

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10:30 – 12:00 PM Assessing the Foot and Ankle in Motion – Lecture and Lab

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12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Break

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1:00 – 2:30 PM Assessing the Leg in Motion – Lecture and Lab

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2:30 – 3:50 PM Assessing the Torso/Abdomen in Motion – Lecture and Lab

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3:50 – 4:00 PM Afternoon Break

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4:00 – 5:00 PM Pathological Gait Patterns – Lecture and Sample Case Studies

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

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8:00 – 10:00 AM Forefoot: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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10:00 – 10:10 AM Morning Break

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10:10 -11:30 AM Midfoot and Rearfoot: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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11:30 – 12:30 PM Lunch Break

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12:30 – 1:45 PM Knee and Hip: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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1:45 – 3:00 PM Core & Spine: Static Posture, Palpation, Dynamic Assessment

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3:00 – 3:10 PM Afternoon Break

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3:10 – 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.

The certification that sets you apart

You’ll learn:

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A systematic approach to gait assessment

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How tissues can become overloaded leading to pain & injury

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How to identify aberrant patterns

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Evidence-based methods

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A system you can apply right away with nothing but your smart phone

With expert instructors and hands-on labs in multiple global locations, don’t miss your chance to elevate your skills and clinical expertise.

$649

Step Up My Assessment Skills
*350+ Professionals certified

Trusted By:

As seen in:

“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

Ever struggled to diagnose
a tricky patient presentation?

You know the cases. The ones where you’ve tried everything you can think of and still your assessments are just too generic to get to the root cause of their pain.

Your training, experience and expertise are telling you that your assessment criteria just doesn’t cater for the intricate differences and individual needs to your patient’s lower extremity complaints.

Especially when you come across tough cases that don’t present or respond as you’ve been taught they “should”.

Ensuring you have the most robust set of assessments possible is absolutely essential if you want to handle even the most complex of cases.

To participate we recommend you hold a certification or degree of higher education including (but not limited to):

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Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Doctor of Chiropractic

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Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

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Certified Athletic Trainer

Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Courtney Conley, DC

Lakewood, Colorado

Dr. Courtney Conley is the founder and creator of Gait Happens where she has the opportunity to truly realize her dream of helping as many people as possible reclaim their foot function.

Dr. Courtney Conley is a distinguished figure in the field of foot and gait specialization.

She holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine as well as two Bachelors degrees in Kinesiology and in Human Biology. In her over 25 years of clinical experience, she has had the privilege to work with a wide variety of foot and ankle patients, including professional athletes from organizations not limited to the Phoenix Suns, New York Yankees, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.

She is the founder of Gait Happens, an education enterprise that is leading a paradigm shift in foot health education and intervention, offering innovative solutions to reclaim optimal foot function and training that optimizes gait mechanics. Through science-
backed professional education, consumer training, personalized consultations with top-of-field practitioners, and cutting-edge protocols, Gait Happens empowers individuals worldwide to address foot and gait issues with research-based confidence and efficacy. With a focus on natural approaches and preventative measures, Gait Happens fosters a community dedicated to prioritizing foot health and overall well-being.

The Healthy Feet Alliance, is a pioneering initiative co-founded by Dr. Conley, which unites global practitioners committed to promoting natural footwear and preventing
unnecessary surgical interventions. Through collaborative research, advocacy, and education, the alliance empowers individuals to prioritize foot health and embrace holistic approaches to foot care. The Healthy Feet Alliance serves as a beacon of knowledge and support, fostering a worldwide community dedicated to preserving and enhancing foot function for generations to come.

Beyond her pivotal roles at Gait Happens, Dr. Conley is Head of Patient Care at Total Health Solutions and Total Health Performance, premier healthcare destinations
renowned for their comprehensive and personalized approach to patient care. With a team of rehabilitation-focused medical professionals, the THS companies deliver cutting-edge treatment and therapies to optimize foot and gait health and wellness. From preventive medicine to advanced diagnostic services, THS Clinic is steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the well-being of each patient it serves.

Dr Conley’s global influence extends beyond her teaching and treating as she is an internationally recognized authority on foot mechanics and gait dynamics, captivating professional and consumer audiences alike through her comprehensive in-person and
online lectures on foot function and strategies for mitigating foot and gait discomfort. Dr.Conley’s scholarly contributions encompass authorship, mentorship, educational program development, and the formulation of pioneering foot and gait methodologies and her private client list includes numerous professional teams, A-list celebrities, global experts in medical care and heads of state.

In Person Clinic: Total Health Solutions in Lakewood, CO 

Dr. Jenifer Perez, DC

Lafayette, Colorado

Dr. Jen Perez is co-owner and Vice President of Gait Happens. As both an educator and a clinician, her mission is 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 has lectured internationally on foot and gait biomechanics and helped clients across the globe live healthier lives from the ground up. She completed her clinical residency in Jamaica working  with Olympic and professional track and field athletes. She is credentialed in several movement assessment and treatment techniques such as Functional Movement Assessment, Fascial Distortion Model, Functional Movement Specialist, Dry Needling, etc.

Dr. Perez knows what it’s like to have pain stand in the way of your goals. This is what drives her to help as many people as possible get back to doing what they love. It’s this drive that inspired her to partner with Dr. Conley in creating Gait Happens for online courses, memberships and  virtual consultations. In addition to her contributions to Gait Happens, Dr. Perez, along  with her husband, Dr. Mark Perez, owns and operates Kinetic Chiropractic, in Lafayette, CO where she helps patients of all ages, backgrounds, and athletic abilities. No matter what your goals are, whether it's to improve your clinical skills or your physical abilities, Dr. Perez wants to support you and guide you forward. 

In Person Clinic: Kinetic Chiropractic in Lafayette, CO

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Dr. Eryn Simon, DPT

Colombus, Ohio

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.

Dr. Allison Riley

Dr. Allison Riley, DPT

Salem, Massachusetts

Dr. Allison Riley has a passion for helping people recognize that movement is a powerful way to get and stay healthy, active, and happy.

She has had an interest in lower body injuries and gait since early in her career and excels in identifying the root cause of symptoms, and developing individualized and effective plans to help relieve symptoms and promote long term relief. She thrives as an educator and empowers her clients to understand their symptoms and take an active role in their recovery.

She specializes in lower extremity orthopedic injuries and conditions, as well as in women’s health and pelvic floor diagnoses, specifically lower extremity, foot, and gait dysfunction that may be contributing to pelvic health concerns.

In addition to virtual consultations for Gait Happens, Dr Riley owns and operates her own practice, Stride Physical Therapy & Wellness, where she treats in-person clients with general orthopedic and pelvic health diagnoses, as well as performance and injury prevention services.

Allison received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA and is an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics. She completed her BA in Exercise Science from Gettysburg College where she played NCAA level softball.

Watch Dr. Allison's Intro Video

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In person clinic: Dr. Riley holds office hours at Stride Physical Therapy & Wellness in Salem, Massachusetts

Got questions?
We've got answers!

If I cannot take a live class what other options are available? 

We offer an on-demand course that students can take at their own pace/on their own time, we also offer a hybrid course with pre-recorded lectures and live-webinar gait assessment labs. These two options were created for students who prefer not to take an in-person live course and offer digital courses you can take in the comfort of your home or office.

Do I get a certification from FGA Level 1?

Yes, on successful completion of the post course assessment (85% or more to pass) you will receive a certification. Please see our CEU’s section above for further details.

What is the course cancellation policy?

In Person and Hybrid:
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.

On Demand:
Is non-refundable due to the immediate access of the course.

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No worries! We’d love to hear from you.
Simply reach out to us and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

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