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Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Deborah Gaebler-Spira completed a Pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and then pursued a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (previously Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). She is board certified in Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. She has been affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Children’s Memorial Hospital as a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab for 25 years. Her primary clinical work is with children with cerebral palsy and spasticity management.

Theresa Sukal Moulton, PT, DPT, PhD Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Theresa Sukal-Moulton, PT, DPT, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She educates Doctor of Physical Therapy students, especially in pediatric and neurologic content. Her research interests are in underlying neural mechanisms of movement challenges in cerebral palsy, early detection, and activity-based treatment to address these mechanisms. She is the Coordinator for the Cerebral Palsy Research Registry, a multi-institutional effort to support cerebral palsy research. She is an active member of AACPDM, serving as a past Research Committee Chair and currently a Director at Large.

Sudarshan Dayanidhi, PT, PhD Research Scientist at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University

Sudarshan Dayanidhi's research focuses on the role of muscle stem cell dysfunction in impaired musculoskeletal growth in children with cerebral palsy as well as muscle mitochondrial function in development and aging. This uses a combination of work in human studies and animal models and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine/Pedal-With-Pete Foundation and American Heart Association. Sudarshan has diverse training in Physical Therapy, Mechanical Engineering, Biokinesiology and postdoctoral training in Muscle Physiology.

Kara O’Malley, PT, DPT Physical Therapist at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Kara O’Malley completed her undergraduate education and doctorate of physical therapy at Saint Louis University. Early in her career she spent a year working at a medical clinic in rural Bolivia, assisting with health education and coordinating volunteers. For the last seven years she has worked as a pediatric physical therapist, primarily in the inpatient rehabilitation setting, with time spent at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She has also worked with pediatric patients in the Motion Analysis Center at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab.

Larke Johnson Chicago native

Larke is a 16 year old high school junior diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Supported by her parents Armand and Angela, Larke had always complimented her therapeutic services with recreational activities. She participates in yoga, swimming, running, horseback riding (with her 8 year old brother Asa), and most notably ballet. She has performed in the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker in a role created for a diverse dancer. She has also participated in research studies with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Northwestern University, and Governor’s State University. After high school, Larke plans to further her artistic endeavors by studying dance in college. She hopes to help expand adaptive programs throughout the city.


Jason Carmel, MD, PhD Executive Director of the Weinberg Family CP Center | Pediatric Neurologist

Jason Carmel, MD, PhD, is a child neurologist and motor system neuroscientist interested in central nervous system injury and repair. Dr. Carmel is the Executive Director of the Weinberg Family CP Center and also Director of the Movement Recovery laboratory, which uses activity-based therapies, including brain stimulation and intensive behavioral training to promote recovery of function.

Joshua Hyman, MD Clinical Director of the Weinberg Family CP Center | Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Joshua Hyman, MD, specializes in the operative and non-operative care for a broad spectrum of pediatric orthopedic conditions and is one of the world’s foremost experts on cerebral palsy. As Clinical Director at the CP Center, Dr. Hyman helps oversee a team of medical professionals that carefully designs and executes personalized treatment programs for each and every patient to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Paulo Selber, MD Director of Gait Recovery at the Weinberg Family CP Center | Pediatric & Adult Orthopedic Surgery, Gait Analysis

Paulo Selber, MD, is an internationally recognized specialist in the operative and non-operative treatment of orthopedic conditions in children and adults living with CP and other neuromuscular disorders. His practice leverages the latest surgical techniques and diagnostic tools – including 3D gait analysis – to plan and execute the appropriate “orthopedic surgical dose”. For over 25 years, Dr. Selber has exclusively dedicated his practice to caring for patients with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular conditions.

Heakyung Kim, MD Director or Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Columbia University

Heakyung Kim, MD, is a pediatric physiatrist and the A. David Gurewitsch Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at CUIMC and Director of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian. She is an expert in the treatment of patients with cerebral palsy, and also sees patients with other neuromuscular disorders and special needs.

Jan Moskowitz, LCSW Mental Health & Psychotherapy, Weinberg Family CP Center

Jan Moskowitz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children and adults with cerebral palsy coupled with depression and anxiety. Jan practices from a holistic perspective while utilizing strengths-based interventions as part of a broad psychodynamic framework. She offers individual psychotherapy as a means of removing barriers for patients who seek support in order to reach their full potential.


Hank Chambers, MD Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Rady Children’s Hospital

Hank Chambers, MD, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. He also serves as a Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Chambers is currently the David Sutherland Director of Cerebral Palsy Research at Rady Children’s Hospital and serves as the director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory and the 360 Sports Medicine Program. He is active nationally in many organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Phoebe Scott-Wyard, D.O. Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and Assistant Professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine

Dr. Phoebe Scott-Wyard is double board-certified in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Originally from Maine, Dr. Scott-Wyard completed her undergraduate degree in behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University before attending medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California. She completed a combined residency in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati. She served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and is fluent in Spanish.

Kyle Ryan, MD Director of the Adult Spasticity Rehabilitation Program of the Southern Family Cerebral Palsy Center

Kyle Ryan, MD, is an adult physiatrist specializing in non-operative spasticity management in patients with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. He joins the rehabilitation team at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego in 2020 after recently completing a fellowship in Comprehensive Spasticity Management and Neurorehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Carolina Schaber, R.N., B.S.N., M.B.A. Care Team Coordinator, Rady Children’ Surgical Specialty Clinic Orthopedic Team

Carolina joined the Rady Children’ Surgical Specialty Clinic Orthopedic team in January 2006 as the care team coordinator for Dr. Henry Chambers. She has more than 20 years of clinical and business experience. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing from CSU Fresno, and after completing her nursing degree, she spent the next seven years in the pediatric critical care setting. Carolina earned a master’s of business administration degree from the University of San Diego.


New Horizons Town Hall Series*

  • Town Hall #1 - Weinberg Family CP Center at Columbia University

    Town Hall #1 - Weinberg Family CP Center at Columbia University

    Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2020
    Time: 6:30pm ET / (3:30pm PT, 5:30pm CT)

  • Town Hall #2 - Rady Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy Center

    Town Hall #2 - Rady Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy Center

    Date: Monday, November 16th, 2020
    Time: 5pm PT / (7pm CT, 8pm ET)

  • Town Hall #3 - Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University

    Town Hall #3 - Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University

    Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    Time: 7pm CT / (5pm PT, 8pm ET)

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