UCP Professional Learning Series



Welcome to UCP’s ongoing Professional Learning Series of webinars on cerebral palsy research.

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.

The 90-minute sessions are aimed at professionals who work with children and adults with cerebral palsy, but are also open to the general public. The presenters are all associated with UCP affiliates.

Dr. Angela Sinner

Our Next Presentation

The next presentation happens December 6. Dr. Angela Sinner will present “Cerebral Palsy: Early Evaluation and Intervention.”

Angela Sinner, DO has worked as a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Physician at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare for nearly a decade. She is the co-director of Gillette’s inpatient rehabilitation unit and Sinner specializes in treating cerebral palsy, muscle spasticity and tone management, as well as traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. 

(Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded. See details below.)

Register here

Coming Feb. 24, 2022

Dr. Darcy Fehlings, head of the Division of Developmental Paediatrics and is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, at the University of Toronto. (Biography)

Presentation title: “Constraint Therapy for Children with Hemiplegic CP: What you need to know – from the Brain to the Clinic!”

Registration information coming soon.

Our Previous Presentations

  • “The evolving impact of genetic findings on the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy” was presented by Dr. Michael Kruer, a pediatric movement disorders neurologist, developmental pediatrician and molecular geneticist. If you missed it, here’s the link to the video recording of Dr. Kruer’s presentation.
  • “The Critical Role of Gait Analysis in the Care of Individuals with Cerebral Palsy” was presented by Dr. Tom Novacheck, 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. About Dr. Novacheck. If you missed this webinar and would like to watch a recording of the presention, click here.

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


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.

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