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Pediatric Neurology Movement Disorders and Spasticity Clinic

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Staff at the Children’s Mercy Kansas City Movement Disorder and Spasticity Clinic provide care for children with complex movement and spasticity disorders.

Movement Disorder and Spasticity Clinic

The Children’s Mercy Movement Disorder and Spasticity Clinic is one of the only clinics in the nation that provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary clinic for children with complex movement and spasticity disorders. In this environment, specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation medicine simultaneously address each child's medical needs in a single visit. 

What to expect during your appointment

The clinic schedules the patient for a 60 to 90-minute appointment. All specialists are in the same room at the same time, collaborating with one another and discussing the child’s case. Our team also includes the child’s family and other disciplines such as social work, nutrition, and physical therapy as needed. This approach provides better outcomes, increases patient and family satisfaction, and reduces time at the hospital. 

Diagnosis and Treatment 

Cerebral palsy and movement disorders are diagnosed with physical examination, neuro-imaging, laboratory and genetic testing to understand the cause and individual needs of the patient. Our specialists work together to offer comprehensive treatments that support your child’s full potential and abilities. 

Diagnosis

  • Musculoskeletal deformities
  • Chorea
  • Dystonia
  • Myoclonus
  • Spasticity
  • Kernicterus
  • Ataxia
  • Cerebral palsy

Treatments

Clinic Scheduling

The clinic is conducted the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Children’s Mercy Adele Hall campus in the orthopedic clinic.

For referral and appointment information, contact clinic coordinator Margo Simon, RN, at (816) 302-8412.

Movement Disorders Team

 

Neurology

Keith A. Coffman
Director, Movement Disorders Program; Director, Tourette Syndrome Center of Excellence; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Steven M. Shapiro
Director, Kernicterus Center of Excellence; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Rose N. Gelineau-Morel
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri Kansas City

Elizabeth Shaffer, APRN
Margo Simon, RN
Bridgette Cantwell, SW

Neurosurgery

Orthopedics

Kathryn A. Keeler
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine

Justin W. Ramsey
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Sathya  Vadivelu
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Jenni Woodke, APRN
Jessica March, RN

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