Stay at the cutting-edge of injury prevention and treatment
Stay at the cutting-edge of injury prevention and treatment
Stay at the cutting-edge of injury prevention and treatment
Gait HappensTM Power Player Interview with Dr. Rich Willy

In this interview with Dr Rich Willy you’ll learn:

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The latest research on impacting bone
health after 30

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Specific strategies to promote bone
health for patients at all ages

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Important considerations for younger athletes
(including problems with specialization)

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When to apply plyometrics vs strength
training as part of your treatment plan

…and much more!

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Dr. Rich Willy

Assistant Professor, University of Montana

Dr. Rich Willy is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy, University of Montana (Missoula, MT, USA) and the Director of the Montana Running Lab. He received his PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware and his Master of Physical Therapy from Ohio University.

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Dr. Willy has been a clinician for over 20 years specializing in the treatment of the injured runner. He has presented on lower extremity injuries to multiple Olympic sports medicine staffs from around the world as well as to the National Basketball Association. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers primarily on two populations: endurance runners and tactical athletes. His research aims to develop clinically effective treatments for individuals with patellofemoral pain, Achilles tendon injuries, and bone stress injuries.
His research has been funded by the United States Department of Defense and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. He and his work are regularly featured in Runner’s World and Outside Magazine. Dr. Willy treats runners and athletes of all levels, from the new runner to the elite competitor.
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Dr. Courtney Conley

Founder & President, Gait HappensTM
Dr. Conley is the founder and creator of Gait HappensTM where she has the opportunity to truly realize 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.
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Dr. Jenifer Perez

Vice President, Gait HappensTM
Dr. Perez is the vice president of Gait HappensTM. Here, as both an educator and a clinician, she works 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.
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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 HappensTM 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.
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.