Course Description

Course Description: Gait assessments and interventions are often incomplete, insufficient, and inaccurate. Additionally, they seldom respect the primary driver of our gait strategy: the nervous system. In this class, you will view gait from an evolutionary, developmental, and — most importantly — centrally-coordinated perspective. Become more complete in your understanding of gait while gaining tools and interventions to help clients with a wide variety of needs. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    PowerPoint Slides

    • TDBU Webcast PDF

  • 2


    • Who We Are, What We Hope to Do, and Why We Are Doing it

  • 3

    Chapter 1: The Evolution of Gait

    • The Evolution of Gait

  • 4

    Chapter 2: The Research Behind Our Story

    • The Research Behind Our Story

  • 5

    Chapter 3: The Science of Walking and Fascial Efficiency

    • The Science of Walking and Fascial Efficiency

  • 6

    Chapter 4: Normal Gait Parameters

    • Normal Gait Parameters

  • 7

    Chapter 5: Assessment and Treatment Options

    • Static Assessment

    • Foot Assessment

    • Ankle Assessment

    • Hip Assessment

    • Mobility Class

    • Advanced Assessment Options

    • Advanced Treatment Options

  • 8

    Chapter 6: Communication and Patient Centeredness

    • Communication and Patient Centeredness

  • 9

    Chapter 7: Assessing Dysfunctional Gait

    • Assessing Dysfunctional Gait

  • 10

    Chapter 8: Case Studies

    • Case Studies

  • 11

    Chapter 9: Gait Re-Training Drills

    • Gait Re-Training

  • 12

    Chapter 10: Conclusion / Wrap Up

    • Conclusion:Wrap Up


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.


Joe Lavacca

Born and raised on Staten Island, I made my way up to Connecticut for graduate school, where in 2010 I completed my Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University. I have since been a physical therapist in New York City for over 10 years, and have seen (and been a part of) both the good and the bad of the healthcare system. Throughout my time as a PT I always wanted more. More for myself, and more for my patients. Through my experiences, time with mentors, countless continuing education courses, teaching around the world, and my own personal battle with depression, I began to question what I could actually do as a Physical Therapist, and perhaps more importantly, what I could do better as a human being. I began to develop a style of care that centered around education, empowerment, and communication. It was there I discovered the importance of empathy and compassion, and how these tools were the biggest thing missing in my ability to help people in the past. Coupled with the birth of my daughter in 2014, these events and thoughts helped me re-shaped my view on life and my career. I started Strength in Motion Physical Therapy in 2018 with the goal of truly being able to deliver a patient centered model that was of the standards I, and patients, expected and deserved. Through utilization of techniques and systems such as Functional Range Conditioning/Functional Range Release, Kinstretch, RockTape, and Functional Movement/Selective Functional Movement Assessments, I am now proud to offer care the way it was meant to be received, and with one goal in mind - to keep you moving.