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Gordon Alderink, PT, PhD

I joined the Grand Valley State University physical therapy faculty in 1984, where I taught courses in kinesiology, biomechanics, and manual therapy. I directed the Biomechanics and Motor Performance Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy at Grand Valley from 2003-2021. I retired from my faculty position in December 2021. I was introduced to clinical gait analysis by Dr. Robert Soutas-Little during the early years of my doctoral work at Michigan State University, and attended the 6th Annual East Coast Clinical Gait Laboratory conference in 1990. In 1993 I established a clinical motion analysis center at Mary Free Bed (MFB) Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. In 1995 I became a charter member of the Gait and Clinical Motion Analysis Society (GCMAS). It has been exciting to be part of a society that exemplifies an eclectic approach utilizing biomechanics, rehabilitation medicine, orthopaedic surgery, and movement science to solve complex problems such as those seen in cerebral palsy gait. I was a member of the GCMAS Accreditation Committee for several years. After it completed its work I joined the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation (CMLA). I have been privileged to work with a talented and deeply committed CMLA Board for over a decade. I remain committed to the idea that excellence in clinical motion analysis must be linked to continuous quality improvement and accreditation.

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