UCP 2021 Professional Learning Series


This is the first of a three-part series of professional learning workshops.

The series is hosted by United Cerebral Palsy in collaboration with the UCP National Research Committee, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare (UCP of Minnesota) and UCP of Central Arizona to be held in June, September and December of 2021.

The 90-minute sessions are aimed at professionals who work with people with cerebral palsy. The presenters are all associated with UCP affiliates.

NOTE: A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants 24 hours prior to the start of the event. You must register to attend.

Dr. Tom Novacheck

The series’ first presentation:

“The Critical Role of Gait Analysis in the Care of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy”

(See objectives and accreditation information below.)

Our first presenter will be Dr. Tom Novacheck (above), an orthopedic surgeon and Associate Medical Director at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare specializing in cerebral palsy and other complex orthopedic conditions with an emphasis on hip reconstruction. Dr. Novacheck is 1st Vice President, American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Minnesota. About Dr. Novacheck

Dr. Novacheck will discuss gait and motion analysis, why it is used and how care decisions are made related to the findings.

This 90-minute event starts at 6 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. CT, 4 p.m. MT (except in Arizona), and 3 p.m. PT.

[A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants 24 hours prior to the start of the event. All participants must register to attend.]

NOTE: Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be awarded. See accreditation details below.

Learning Series Objectives:

  • Appreciate the complex nature of gait dysfunction caused by cerebral palsy
  • Recognize why visual observation of gait and physical examination are not sufficient to diagnose and treat gait problems
  • Identify the types of equipment and data gathered during comprehensive gait analysis

Upcoming Professional Learning Series Presentations:

September 2, 2021

Title: “The Evolving Impact of Genetic Findings on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cerebral Palsy”

Presenter: Dr. Michael Kruer, a pediatric movement disorders neurologist, developmental pediatrician, molecular geneticist, director of the Pediatric Movement Disorders Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, board member at UCP of Central Arizona and co-chair of the UCP Research Committee. About Dr. Kruer / Professional Publications

December 6, 2021

Title: “Cerebral Palsy Early Evaluation and Intervention”.

Dr. Angela Sinner, a pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, will cover early identification and intervention of cerebral palsy. About Dr. Sinner

Questions? Please contact Valerie Pieraccini at vpieraccini@ucpofcentralaz.org, 602.682.1820; or Tara Swedberg at TaraSwedberg@gillettechildrens.com, 651- 265 -7361.


Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is accredited by the Minnesota Medical Association to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) through the joint providership of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and United Cerebral Palsy. Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is accredited by MMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Gillette designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This webinar is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 1.5 contact hours. It is the responsibility of the participant to determine if this program meets Minnesota Board of Nursing rules relating to mandatory continuing education provisions of the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act.

This live activity is worth a maximum of 1.5 clock hours. It is the responsibility of the non-physician individual to determine if this activity meets their professional requirements for continuing education credit.


It is the policy of Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, in accordance with the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA), to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME activities. Tom Novacheck, MD and the planning committee members have no relevant personal financial relationships to disclose.

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