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Motion Analysis Center Team of Gait Analysis Experts

The Motion Analysis Center at Mary Free Bed has the most experienced clinical gait analysis team of experts in the state of Michigan. The professionals working here have extensive experience in, and are commitment to, the use of clinical gait analysis as part of treatment planning for patients with walking disorders. We are committed to an evidence-based approach to recommendations based on gait analysis data for each patient.

Staff are actively involved in research to augment the body of evidence regarding gait in the patient populations with which we typically work. We are active members in the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) and regularly attend annual conferences of the GCMAS, as well as the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM).

The Motion Analysis Center staff is committed to the education of current and future health care professionals, providing gait analysis in-services, lectures, and collaborative research opportunities for physical therapy students, and other practitioners around the state.

Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Dayle Maples, Motion Analysis Center Medical Director

  • Board certified in orthopedic surgery, fellowship training in pediatric orthopedics
  • Practice in Grand Rapids since 1986 with extensive use of gait analysis
  • Contributes extensively to the analysis of the data and provides clinical recommendations in report

Kinesiologist, Krisanne Chapin, PhD

  • Manager of the Motion Analysis Center, team member since 1997
  • Background in biomechanics and movement science, bringing technical expertise as well as clinical experience to bear on each patient's data
  • Key participant in patient testing sessions; contributes to the interpretation of data in team conferences as well as written reports

Physical Therapist, Mitch Barr, MPT

  • Primary physical therapist for the Motion Analysis Center
  • Co-author on multiple peer-reviewed articles related to pediatric movement disorders
  • Performs and interprets physical assessments
  • Participates in all aspects of patient testing and report writing

Physical Therapist, Gordy Alderink, PT, PhD

  • Faculty member, Grand Valley State University Physical Therapy Program
  • A founding member of the Motion Analysis Center at Mary Free Bed, team member since 1994
  • Background in orthopedic and manual physical therapy
  • Regular participant in data interpretation, as well as coverage for clinical assessments in patient testing

Gait Lab Engineer, Amy Lenz

  • Undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering; master's degree in mechanical engineering
  • Performs most data processing and technical tasks related to clinical and research cases
  • Responsible for special projects related to data integrity and process improvement
     
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