Gillette Children’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship is offered in affiliation with the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

For more information and application instructions, visit the University of Minnesota pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellowship page.

Why Gillette?

Gillette Children's has been participating in the training of physical medicine and rehabilitation residents from the University of Minnesota for over 20 years. Gillette gained accreditation status for the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Medicine Fellowship Program in July 2006. Fellows are either graduates of an accredited physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program or a combined pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program.

The fellowship includes clinical, didactic and research experiences. By working with the unique patient population at Gillette, fellows will increase their knowledge of disabling pediatric conditions.

The main training site of the fellowship program is Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, an inpatient and outpatient multidisciplinary facility serving the needs of people who have complex conditions, rare disorders and traumatic injuries that affect the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Additional rotation sites include the Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota, Regions Hospital and Fairview Medical Center.

The fellowship program is supervised by board-certified pediatric physiatrists, under the direction of Amy Authement, MD, Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Fellows will interact with a number of other educators, including: pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, pediatric neurologists with neuromuscular expertise, pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric rheumatologists, pediatric urologists and pediatricians.

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Conditions We Treat

Our rehabilitation medicine specialists treat children, teens and adults who have a wide variety of complex conditions. We also treat typically developing children who require rehabilitation services following a traumatic or sports injury. Many Gillette patients benefit from some form of rehabilitation medicine or therapy during their experience with us.

Some of the conditions we treat most often include:

Tasks and Procedures Performed

Medical management of complex conditions:

Rehabilitation care and planning:

Diagnostic tests and evaluations:

About Our Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship trains academic pediatric physiatrists who will provide the highest level of clinical care and advance the frontiers of the field. Most of this training takes place at world renowned Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, located in St. Paul, Minnesota. During this two-year fellowship, fellows will participate in patient care in a variety of pediatric rehab settings, both, inpatient and outpatient. These settings include, but are not limited to:

  • Rounding on the inpatient rehab unit.
  • Participating in multidisciplinary and general pediatric rehab clinics.
  • Performing both botulinum toxin injections and phenol injections, both in clinic and in the operating room.
  • Managing baclofen pumps.

Commitment to Teaching

The faculty and staff at Gillette have a strong commitment to teaching. The culture at Gillette is one of outstanding patient care and unparalleled resident and fellow education and training. We are proud of the fellows who have completed our program, all of whom are now working at national and international institutions.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Lecture Series

This lecture series is directed specifically at the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) fellows, and covers topics specific to their specialty, including; normal growth and development, the many causes of congenital and childhood onset disabilities, the management, epidemiology, and outcomes of such disabilities and additional lectures relevant to the field. 

Pediatric Orthopedic Lecture Series

The Orthopedic staff at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare has morning lectures four days per week that cover many topics pertinent to the care of children by the pediatric physiatrist. 

Topics include typical and atypical gait patterns, overuse musculoskeletal injuries, basic fracture management, scoliosis (idiopathic and pathologic), myelomeningocele, back pain, pathologic hip development, neurofibromatosis, genetic disorders of musculoskeletal disorders, mitochondrial disorders, and osteomyelitis, to name a few.

Gillette Children's Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds occur approximately once month, covering topics pertinent to Gillette Children’s patient population. Physicians, nurses, therapists, researchers, guest speakers and others present the lectures.

Neuroradiology Rounds

Directed by the pediatric neuroradiology team, Neuroradiology Rounds are held twice monthly and cover interesting or challenging cases in a multidisciplinary conference. This conference is attended by pediatric neurology, pediatric physiatry, other interested consulting physicians.

Benefits and Applications

The University of Minnesota's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine website offers in-depth information on benefits and the application process UMN Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship.

A Conversation Between Fellows

At Gillette, we understand that choosing a fellowship program is a difficult and important decision. So, we sat down with two of our current pediatric rehabilitation medicine fellows to talk about how they made their decision, why they ultimately chose Gillette, and having been here, what they think now?

The fellowship at Gillette offers exposure to nearly every aspect of care that pediatric rehabilitation physicians provide. This program gives you the opportunity to learn everything you will need to be successful in this field. –Amy Authement

The care provided at Gillette is incredibly collaborative. Here, we all come together in the same room to assess the patient. Then we leave, discuss the best course of action, and go back to the patient and his or her family with a plan. It’s the perfect environment in which to learn. –Jeffrey Algra

Faculty and Fellows

Amy Authement, MD
Fellowship Program Director and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Nanette Aldahondo, MD
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Kelly Cho, MD
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Supreet Deshpande, MD
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Mark Gormley, Jr., MD
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Linda Krach, MD
Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Angela Sinner, DO
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Marshall Taniguchi, MD
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Marcie Ward, MD
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist

Current Fellows