The Functional Gait Assessment Level One course is an in-person 16 contact hour course designed for health care practitioners interested in seeking advanced knowledge and understanding of lower extremity biomechanics in the gait cycle, as well as specific assessment strategies for the lower quarter with the purpose of restoring function, eliminating pain and normalizing gait for musculoskeletal patients. It is recommended that 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. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to assess the lower quarter through dynamic gait analysis, postural assessment, palpation, and dynamic orthopedic testing. We will discuss and demonstrate assessment techniques that will improve the clinician’s ability to identify and address musculoskeletal dysfunction and improve patient’s motor function.

During day 1, the participants will begin by learning a step by step approach to assess gait mechanics, both identifying normal gait parameters as well as aberrant patterns in the human gait cycle via lecture, case studies, and interactive labs.

During day 2, participants will dive deeper into specific assessment strategies for the forefoot, midfoot, rearfoot, ankle, hip, spine, and posterior chain. They will also learn to identify common congenital defects and their implications in the gait cycle. Each section of day two will have a hands-on laboratory session to practice assessment techniques amongst participants. This hands-on experience will give participants the tools to be able to apply their knowledge gained in the course immediately upon returning to patient care.

Participants will receive a certificate for successful completion of the course upon completing the Post Course Assessment with a score of 85% or higher. Participants will have 48 hours to complete the assessment.


Your Instructor

Dr. Courtney Conley

Dr. Courtney Conley is a chiropractic physician specializing in foot and gait mechanics.  She holds a B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, as well as a B.A. in Human Biology in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from the National University of Health Sciences.  She is the owner and operator of Total Health Solutions in Golden, CO. There she heads patient care with a specific focus on restoring gait mechanics and helping people resolve chronic foot problems.

Dr. Conley is also the creator of Gait Happens, an online education company helping people from around the globe improve their foot function. Together with her partner, Dr. Jenifer Perez, she has taken the past several years to develop online courses to educate clinicians on foot anatomy, the importance of foot health and the truths behind modern footwear. They have also developed, membership programs that are available for both the layperson and clincian. All memberships and courses can be found under the ‘courses and memberships’ tab.

She is also one of the founding members of the Healthy Foot Alliance, an international team of practitioners whose collective goal is to bring to light the benefits of natural footwear.  It is her passion to prevent unnecessary surgical procedures by improving our foot foundation and creating a stable platform from the ground up.

Dr. Conley lectures both nationally and internationally with her most recent projects including the 2020 Plantar Fasciitis Summit and the Barefoot Strong Summit schedule for 2021.  She recently launched her and her partner’s Top Down Bottom Up webcast, a lower extremity assessment and treatment course available now on webcast.

Her true passion lies in spending time with her beautiful daughter, Addison Grace.  They enjoy mountain biking, playing the piano, dancing to music, and living the active lifestyle that Colorado offers.  She is blessed to be engaged to her fiancé, Dr. Joe LaVacca, a physical therapist in NYC.  Joe and Courtney both have little girls that are the reason behind their determination to make a long-distance relationship successful.


Your Instructor

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 thoughtless, 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 the 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.

Functional Gait Assessment Level 1 – Vancouver 2022


June 4-5, 2022
8:00- 5:00 (subject to change)
East Van Sports Rehab, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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