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Dr. Shawn W. Allen


Dr. Shawn Allen is a 1995 graduate of the National University of Health Sciences, and 1991 Graduate from the Kinesiology/Human Kinetics Department at the Univ. of Waterloo. He received his post-doctoral orthopedics diplomate from National College of Chiropractic; he became board certified in 1999. Dr. Allen works with a broad base of patients including Olympic level, professional and paraprofessional running, triathlon and track and field athletes at his private practice in Westmont, Illinois, a close suburb of Chicago.

He is an adjunct faculty member for post-graduate education and part time instructor with the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago. He is on the post-graduate faculty of, an online post-graduate education center.

He lectures nationally on foot-ankle and gait biomechanics, orthopedics and rehabilitation. He, along with Dr. Ivo Waerlop co-authored the textbook: Pedographs and Gait Analysis: Clinical Applications and Pearls and Case Studies, along with numerous articles on lower extremity and gait mechanics. They also founded “The Gait Guys”, a national and internet presence gait information resource and consortium. He is also the co-creator of “Gait Guys at the Movies.”

Dr. Allen enjoys working closely with Dr. Ivo and a regionally famous speed coach, Chris Korfist to improve training and exercises for sport specific needs.

Dr. Shawn Allen is a Health Advisor to the Natural Running Center.

Most often, what you see on a video analysis of someone’s gait is not the clinical problem. What you are really seeing is their strategy to ambulate in using the parts that are available to employ. For example, you may see excessive pronation at the foot level, but this could be due to insufficient internal hip rotation at midstance. So, what you see is not always what is the driving problem !

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