Pediatric Symposium 2021

Date and Time

May 20, 2021
5:30–8:30 p.m. ET


Virtual Event

Cost: Free
CE Contact Hours: 3 hours (180 minutes)

Physicians: Non-CME – Course Completion Certificate only

The Pediatric Symposium is an evidence-based program designed to provide healthcare professionals with insight into the role of orthotic intervention for optimal management of a wide range of pediatric diagnoses.

The Hanger Institute for Clinical Research and Education, along with the Cromwell, CT Hanger Clinic team, has organized this symposium to provide the most up-to-date information for pediatric clinicians, including education on treating idiopathic scoliosis, plagiocephaly, and atypical pediatric gait for children with cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This will be a virtual event for all healthcare professionals who work and care for pediatric orthotic patients. Attendees will have an opportunity to further their knowledge of common pediatric diagnoses, presentations, and the role of orthotic intervention.

Symposium Syllabus
Accreditation Status


  • The Role of the Schroth Method in Treating Idiopathic Scoliosis and its Relationship to Orthotic Intervention
  • Evaluation of Cranial Asymmetry and the Effects of Conservative Treatment Methods on the Natural History of Plagiocephaly
  • Understanding the Impact of Orthotic Intervention on Pediatric Gait using Motion Analysis Techniques


Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe current methods for treating idiopathic scoliosis, including the role orthotic intervention plays in optimal management.
  2. Discuss how the principles of Schroth techniques relate to the biomechanical principles of orthotic intervention.
  3. Explain evaluation techniques for cranial asymmetry and the impact of conservative treatment.
  4. Explain the ideal timeline for orthotic intervention for deformational plagiocephaly/brachycephaly based on cranial growth rates.
  5. Discuss the role clinical practice guidelines play in orthotic intervention treatment pathways.
  6. List the various outcomes reporting methods available across the healthcare spectrum for evaluating cranial asymmetry.
  7. Explain the relationship between orthotic intervention and atypical pediatric gait care planning.


Kathleen Carroll, CPO, MS, MSPO

Kathleen is a Clinic Manager for Hanger Clinic. She is involved in several O&P professional organizations and serves as the Chair of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) Student Resident Committee and is a Regional Residency Liaison for the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE).

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Featured Speakers: Connecticut Children’s

Ashley Barnas, PT, DPT

Dr. Barnas is a graduate of Columbia University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program and has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Hofstra University. As a level 3 pediatric physical therapist, Ashley treats a variety of pediatric patients and holds an additional specialty in the management of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, through the Barcelona Schroth Institute. Ashley is one of the few clinicians in Connecticut practicing the Schroth method and is excited by the promising impact this intervention has had on her patient’s scoliosis and associated pain.

Lauren Kline, PT, DPT

Dr. Kline received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science degrees from Quinnipiac University. She is one of only a handful of therapists in Connecticut to hold a BSPTS C1 Schroth Certification. She has been practicing pediatrics at Connecticut Children’s for the past 4 years. As a pediatric physical therapist, Lauren treats a wide variety of pediatric diagnoses but specializes in the treatment scoliosis as well as management of chronic pain.

Allison Labelle, MSN, APRN, FNP, CPN, WCC

Allison is an APRN at Connecticut Children’s in the Department of Neurosurgery. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in the Science of Nursing from UMASS Dartmouth with a minor in Business in 2001. She began working as a nurse at Connecticut Children’s from 2001 to 2017, when she graduated from the University of St. Joseph’s with her Masters of Science in Nursing with focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She then began her position on October 2017 as an APRN in Neurosurgery at Connecticut Children’s. Allison has received the Nightingale Excellence in Nursing and the Daisy Award. She is also a Certified Pediatric Nurse and a Certified Wound Care Nurse.

Sylvia Õunpuu, MSc

Sylvia is a Kinesiologist at the Center for Motion Analysis at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) in Farmington, CT, and is an Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, and University of Connecticut. Sylvia received her BSc in Kinesiology in 1982 and MSc in Biomechanics in 1986 from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.  She has been with the Center for Motion Analysis since 1987 and is active in both research and clinical services. Her major focus over the last three decades has been designing, implementing and promoting comprehensive gait analysis techniques for treatment decision-making and evaluation for a variety of gait pathologies in children, including but not limited to cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, Charcot-Marie-Tooth and club foot. 

Kristan Pierz, MD

Dr. Pierz is a graduate of University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine and Yale University and is currently an orthopedic surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She treats a variety of musculoskeletal problems and has a special interest in gait abnormalities, which she studies at CCMC’s Center for Motion Analysis. Additionally, Dr. Pierz is an expert in the treatment of limb deformity and performs limb lengthening and shortening procedures. Dr. Pierz also specializes in the treatment of cerebral palsy, child and adolescent trauma, clubfeet, developmental dysplasia of the hip, and injury prevention.

Breakout Instructors

Megan Chamis, MSPO, CO

Megan is an orthotist at Hanger Clinic who specializes in the treatment of scoliosis and cranial asymmetries. She is a leading expert in these areas as she has focused her nearly 30 year career on understanding these patient populations and how to best achieve the desired outcomes.

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Sarah Sheary, MSPO, CO

Sarah is an orthotist at Hanger Clinic who works primarily with pediatric patients, handling cranial asymmetry and idiopathic scoliosis in addition to lower extremity orthotic management of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

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Duffy Felmlee, MSPO, CPO, FAAOP

Duffy is an Associate Professor for the Prosthetics and Orthotics Program within the College of ENHP at the University of Hartford who maintains practice as a clinical and educational consultant for Hanger Clinic.

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