Motility Center

Dr. Mousa

Dr. Mousa examines a patient.

The Neurogastroenterology and Motility Center, under the direction of Hayat Mousa, M.D., AGAF, offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for children and adolescents with a wide spectrum of gastrointestinal motility disorders. Patients and families travel to meet our team and receive superb care for their children.

Our expert team is committed to delivering excellent care to patients with motility disorders, providing access to all referred children in a timely manner, counseling patients and parents on the benefits of mindfulness and providing hypnosis as needed, and conducting clinical, translational and basic research studies to find more effective treatments. (For a list of open clinical trials, click here and scroll down to “Motility.”)

Conditions we treat include:

  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Pseudoobstruction
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Gastroparesis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Achalasia
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Severe constipation refractory to medical management

Procedures we perform include:

  • Colonic motility studies
  • Antroduodenal motility studies
  • Anorectal motility studies
  • Esophageal motility studies
  • Smart pill
  • Gastric emptying
  • Gastric electric stimulation
  • Sacral nerve stimulation
  • Scintigraphic transit time

In the course of their treatment, patients and their families may work with dietitians, physical therapists, psychologists, and surgeons.

Clinical Hypnosis


Dr. Cherry helps a patient using clinical hypnosis.

Clinical hypnosis and guided imagery are techniques that have been proven to help many children and adults with chronic abdominal discomfort. These therapies are performed at our center by Rebecca Cherry, M.D. Dr. Cherry is a pediatric gastroenterologist who received special training in medical hypnosis.

Hypnosis or guided imagery sessions typically last about 30-45 minutes and are performed every two to three weeks. Up to eight sessions may be required. Between sessions, patients are asked to practice these techniques, often with the help of a customized audio recording.

For a list of frequently asked questions about hypnosis, click here.

Meet the Team

Nurse Practitioners
Rhys David, N.P.
Kristen Ginger, N.P.

R.N. Care Coordinator
Dawn Davis, R.N., M.S.N., IBCLC

Referral Coordinator
Sophia Ibarra

For more information about our center, please contact R.N Care Coordinator Dawn Davis.

Phone: 858-966-8965
Fax: 858-966-8592