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A motility disorder, or dysmotility, occurs when the muscles and/or nerves in the gastrointestinal tract do not work properly. Symptoms of these types of disorder could include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and constipation. 

The Motility Program at Akron Children’s is one of the few pediatric hospitals to offer a full range of state-of-the-art testing and treatment options.  

The goal of the Motility Program is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to caring for your child. Our team of pediatric experts includes  

  • Neurogastroenterology 
  • Surgery  
  • Psychology  
  • Pediatric interventional radiology 

This team will work to diagnose common motility conditions as well as more complex disorders in infants, children, and teens. 

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Motility Program
Akron Children's Motility Program, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 6
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Shivani Gupta
Shivani Gupta, DO

Director, Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program

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Katherine Lamparyk, PsyD

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Danielle Theaker, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers:

Tina Enberg, RN

Nurse Program Coordinator, Neurogastroenterology and Motility

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

Colonic dysmotility; dysphagia; gastroparesis; Hirschsprung disease; intestinal pseudo-obstruction; rumination disorder; severe chronic constipation

Swallowing difficulties can affect many aspects of a child's health, including feeding, breathing, and overall growth. Learn more...

Learn more about this problem of the stomach and digestive tract. Learn more...

Children with Hirschsprung disease aren't able to pass a bowel movement, or do so with difficulty. Treatment almost always requires surgery. Learn more...

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