Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Monroe Carell Jr.
Children's Hospital
at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Spasticity Clinic (STEP Clinic)

Spasticity Treatment, Evaluation and Planning - STEP

What we do in this clinic

Your child is initially evaluated by our team to assess, treat, and plan for motor delays and motor control issues. Based on our evaluation findings, we work together with you to decide on treatment recommendations. The most common treatments include oral medications, intramuscular injections, selective dorsal rhizotomy, intrathecal baclofen pump, deep brain stimulation, serial casting, and other therapies. Referrals to other specialists are made when helpful.

Our team

Alice Lawrence, M.D.
Stacy Stark, D.O.
Jennie Stevens, RN, MSN, CPNP
Shai Bynum, RN, MSN, CPNP
Laura Flynn, PT
Robin Cox, RN

Preparing for your visit

Ensure your child has had a good night’s sleep and has eaten a meal before coming to the clinic. Bring snacks or toys to entertain your child during the visit. If your child currently has therapists, we appreciate progress reports or a note from them. It is helpful to bring any braces, splints, walkers, and wheelchair to the evaluation.

What can I do for my child while I’m waiting for this visit?

Talk to your child's primary care doctor and to your child’s school system (if in school) about setting up evaluations and therapies with a physical and occupational therapist.

We can help families with issues including:

  • Motor delay
  • Motor impairment
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Dystonia
  • Spasticity
  • Ataxia
  • Brain injury
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Hemiplegia

A referral from your child’s primary care professional, neurologist or orthopedic physician is required for an appointment in the STEP clinic. Referring physician may contacting us at (615) 936-0249 or fax a referral to (615) 936-0256.

Last Edited: December 17, 2015