Amy Kanallakan, MD
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Medical School:
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (2009)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Point Loma Nazarene University (CA) (2004)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2010)
  • University of Colorado, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014)
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor
  • Program Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Program
  • Program Director, Combined Pediatrics and PM&R Residency Program
  • Site Director, PM&R Residency Program

Recognition & Awards

  • Star Service Award, Children's Hospital Colorado - Patient and Family Service Award (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) (2022)
    Awarded Honors for Patient and Family Service Award at Children's Hospital Colorado for family-nominated quality care.
  • Teaching Scholars Program Graduate, Academy of Medical Educators (2021)
  • "Denver's Top Doctor", 5280 Magazine (2021)
    Awarded "Denver's Top Doctor 2021" in 5280 Magazine for care in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. Awarded by peers in the medical field who nominate doctors whom they would trust to treat themselves or a loved one.


  • Assistant Professor (2016)
    School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Teaching Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) fellows, PM&R residents, and CU School of Medicine and visiting medical students about development, general pediatric rehabilitation care, career development. Mentorship to medical students, PM&R residents and PRM fellows. Academic medicine teaching scholarship.


  • Chiccone C, Desmarais L, Kanallakan A, Vargus-Adams J. Cerebral Palsy. Handbook of Pediatric Rehabilitation, 1st edition. Rinaldi RJ, Srinivasan R, editors. September 27, 2022.
  • Desmarais L, Kanallakan, A. Ultrasound Anatomy Curriculum for Neurotoxin Injections. CU School of Medicine Department of PM&R, Gersten Day Rehabilitation Scientific Symposium. Aurora, CO. June 17, 2022.
  • Kanallakan AS. Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine – PRM Fellowship Program and Pediatrics/PM&R Combined Residency. Recruitment website for virtual recruitment developed in COVID-19 pandemic. October 22, 2020. Revised Sept, 2021 and Sept 2022.
  • Kanallakan AS. Novel Co-Curricular Canvas Course for a Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship. CU SOM Academy of Medical Educators Education Symposium. Aurora, CO. March 5, 2021.
  • Oleszek JL, Kanallakan AS, Powell AJ. Out of the spasticity box: Off-label uses of botulinum toxin in children. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2020;13(2):205-207. doi: 10.3233/PRM-200707. PMID: 32444580.
  • Apkon SD, Kanallakan AS, Ford CR. Medical Care of Children with Disabilities. Pediatric Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice. 6th edition. Murphy KP, McMahon MA, Houtrow AJ, editors. New York: Demos Medical Publishing. October 12, 2020.
  • Kanallakan AS. Osteogenesis Imperfecta. PM&R Knowledge NOW, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation section. Peer-Reviewed. Published: April 20, 2020.
  • Kanallakan, AS.  Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship.  Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. University of Colorado School of Medicine. Updated July 2020.
  • Thomas S, Kanallakan A. Acute Immune Mediated Neuropathies.  PM&R Knowledge NOW, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Neurological Disorders section.  Peer-Reviewed.  Published: April 4, 2016
  • Oleszek J, Valvano J, Kenyon P, Denniston N, Clayton J, Kanallakan A, Brenner L, Steiner J. Changes in upper limb use and motor coordination in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy after combined botulinum toxin-A and constraint-induced movement therapy: a pilot study. Abstract for an oral platform presentation at Academy of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA. February 19, 2016.
  • Wilson J, Provance A, Murray J, Kirkwood M, Grubenhoff J, Johnson B, Golembeski J, Prokop J, Clarke M, May L, Kanallakan A, Wilson P, Gordon S, Bernard A. Concussion, Clinical Care Guidelines/Quality at Children’s Hospital Colorado. April 7, 2016.
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), Fellow
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists, Diplomate

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

Children's Hospital Colorado South Campus
1811 Plaza Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Board Certification (2015, 2015)
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2017, 2017)
  • Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination (HINE), Certificate (2022)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Board Certification (2015)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Brain and Nervous System - Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System - Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Brain and Nervous System - Spine Diseases and Conditions
  • Brain and Nervous System - Stroke
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System
  • Rehabilitation Therapy - Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Brain and Nervous System - Migraine
  • Brain and Nervous System - Trauma / Nerve Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
Clinical Interests
My many clinical interests include general rehabilitation care, cerebral palsy evaluation and management, brain injury care including concussion, torticollis and head shape (plagiocephaly) evaluations, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone multidisciplinary care), tone management. I am also a teacher at heart with a role in educational leadership in directing, teaching and mentorship in our nationally renown Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine fellowship program. I love shaping our future doctors to care for your incredible kids.

Care Philosophy
I am passionate about rehabilitation medicine for children to advance abilities and realize the functional potential of each child and young adult. My goal is to provide patient and family goal-directed care. I start clinic visits asking "What are your concerns or major questions for our visit?" I believe in treating the child (or young adult) as a whole and strive for clear communication between me, your child or young adult, your family, therapists and other medical care providers.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Minnesota Medical School (2009)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Point Loma Nazarene University (CA) (2004)
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program (2010)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2014)
  • University of Colorado, Pediatrics (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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