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Our Sports Medicine Team in the Community

SMYC blogOur pediatric sports medicine team is committed to making sure young athletes have the right care in the right place at the right time. In order for that to happen, we invite the community to educational events throughout the year. For example, we offer splinting workshops in physician offices led by our Fracture Clinic team, athletic trainer education at local high schools, and coaches and parent meetings for sports organizations.

We recently held our second annual Sports Medicine for Young Athletes: An Update for Pediatric Providers event in Frisco. More than 80 providers in the community joined us for a day of pediatric sports medicine topics.

SportsWe were pleased to have Benjamin D. Levine, M.D., faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has done extensive research and training in the area of cardiovascular health for young athletes, and he has a particular interest in evaluating the use of the echocardiogram (ECG) for pre-participation screening for young athletes.

We know that many parents look to their pediatrician for advice when it comes to the health and safety of their young athletes. We are committed to keeping the most current information in pediatric sports medicine available to local providers through events like this and we plan to continue annually.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Teresa Collins-Jones, Ph.D. – Psychology

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re shining a spotlight on our Psychology staff who are dedicated to providing quality clinical care and promoting healthy child development, despite the stress and demands associated with a health-related condition.

Staff Teresa Collins-Jones, PhD

Learn more about our Psychologist, Teresa Collins-Jones, Ph.D. She has more than 20 years of experience providing psychological services to children and adolescents. She specializes in working with children with complex medical needs and those who are coping with chronic illness, pain, and adhering to medication and treatment regimens.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part about being a pediatric psychologist at Scottish Rite Hospital is being able to work with the children, adolescents and their families to promote health and well-being.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

Scottish Rite Hospital is a place like no other! I am still amazed at how former patients and their families hold such fond memories of their treatment—it makes me realize how this hospital affects lives.

Describe a typical day:

Boy, it would be difficult to describe a typical day because I really never have the same day twice! You can usually find me in a clinic, on the inpatient unit, or in my office working with children and their families. At other times, I may be attending meetings with other staff members to discuss ways to improve what we are doing or at work on one of our research projects to improve the quality of life of our patients.

How did you find out about the hospital?

I first learned about the hospital when I was a child living in the Dallas area (many years ago). My father was a Scottish Rite Mason who had volunteered at several events. He was very proud of all of the work that the hospital did to help children.

What made you want to work here?

I initially chose to become a pediatric psychologist due to my interest in working with children in a medical setting. My interest in working specifically at Scottish Rite Hospital is because of the reputation of the staff and hospital. It is a great feeling to know that our patients like coming to the hospital!

What skills do you need for your job?

A doctoral degree in psychology with training in developmental psychology, health psychology, and behavioral medicine. As a pediatric psychologist, I provide psychological services to children with complicated health conditions. Not only do I need to know how to provide psychological treatment for mental health problems, but I also need to understand how these may impact medical conditions or treatment. I also need to understand prevention, health promotion, and how to support families. A strong background in research is also needed to be able to promote evidence-based science and practice. It is also important that a pediatric psychologist is outgoing, a team player, enjoys collaborating with others, has a good sense of humor, and likes working with children.

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?

My first “real” job was working as a psychiatric technician on the pre-adolescent and adolescent units at an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

I knew that I wanted to become a pediatric psychologist after I took my first child psychology class as an undergraduate. From that point on, I began taking classes in health psychology and child psychology, working in various clinical settings, and working on research projects. My graduate coursework prepared me to pursue a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology.

What is your favorite…

  • Food in the SRH Cafeteria: Anything made by Stephan—his pasta bowls are amazing!
  • Place to travel: Europe…I love Italy, France, Ireland, and the UK!
  • Type of food: Italian or French
  • TV show: It used to be “Downton Abbey” but now, I love “The Crown” and “Victoria.”

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

To transport myself from place to place with a blink of the eye (avoiding all traffic).

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a journalist and travel the world.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

The most adventurous thing that I’ve ever done is studying abroad for a semester when I was in college. My time in Spain definitely contributed to my love of travel!

What’s the last book you read?

I just finished reading Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy.”

What kind of animal would you be?

A dog. We adopted our dog, Fergus, from a rescue group. We are so happy he “chose” us!

What is something people don’t know about you?

That I love history and when traveling abroad, I like to visit castles, churches, museums, and libraries!

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

American Pie by Don McLean. It is one of those songs that you cannot listen to without singing along—it is US history!


Scottish Rite Hospital Staff Return from Spain with Two Major Awards

Last week, our medical staff and researchers attended the 2017 EPOSNA conference in Barcelona, Spain. This inaugural meeting combined two established pediatric orthopedic societies, POSNA (Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America) and EPOS (European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society) to foster education and research on a global scale.

Scottish Rite Hospital had a tremendous showing with presentations throughout the four-day meeting. The hospital returned from Spain with two of the three major awards given at the meeting – Best Quality, Safety, Value Initiative (QSVI) presentation and Best Basic Science Research podium presentation. Staff Orthopedist, Amy McIntosh, M.D., and Director of Performance Improvement, Kerry Wilder, received the QSVI award on their work in quality improvement regarding reductions in surgical site infections (SSI) in patients undergoing spine surgery. This is a great accomplishment as this is the first quality improvement award the hospital has won at an international meeting.

Staff orthopedist, Lawson Copley, M.D., received the award for Best Basic Science Paper for his research work on acute hematogeonous osteomyelitis (AHO), which is a bone infection that is most commonly caused by bacteria called, Staphylococcus aureus. Copley and his team conducted a thorough analysis of bacterial virulence genes (genes responsible for causing infection) isolated from children with osteomyelitis to determine which ones were associated with a severe illness.

The 2017 EPOSNA combined meeting provided a great opportunity for our staff to learn and present their work to fellow medical professionals from around the world. Research and education continues to be at the forefront to help answer the challenging questions we face and is critical in carrying out the hospital’s mission to ultimately provide the very best care to our patients and children everywhere.

Mental Conditioning for Young Athletes – An Interview with our Psychologist

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked our psychologist, Erica Force, Ph.D., C.C.-A.A.S.P., to tell us about how to improve a young athlete’s mental health with mental conditioning.

What is mental conditioning?

This is a type of training where an athlete becomes familiar with his or her mental skills and ability to improve or optimize those skills. The goal is to improve performance in sport by improving mental skills such as focusing, confidence, and intensity.

Claire Brenner age 15 of Frisco _ 18Who needs mental conditioning?

Since our mental skills are critical in sports whether we are just starting or are competing at high levels, all athletes would benefit from mental conditioning.

What are some examples of mental conditioning exercises for teams?

Teamwork activities don’t have to be sport-specific. A team may learn to work better together with team building activities where the focus is on solving a problem or completing a task without talking. These activities can help a team increase communication and cohesion.

What do you recommend for individuals?

Reciting positive phrases like, “I’ve got this,” during training and performance can help build confidence. Many professional athletes prepare for competition using their imagination to visualize their success in an activity, this is called mental imagery.

How often should these types of exercises be performed?

Teams can benefit from making time to practice mental skills on a regular basis. Many coaches make time at the beginning of the season and continue to encourage practice on a monthly or weekly basis. Individual athletes can adopt positive mental habits into daily activities. Mental conditioning can improve performance just like physical conditioning and practicing technical skills. Thus, mental skills are equally important to practice!

What advice do you have for parents of young athletes?

Most parents know that positive mental skills have the potential to improve performance, what they don’t realize is that the contrary is also true. When a child has a poor attitude or is faced with a stressful social situation, their sports performance can decline. Creating open dialogue and helping your child develop his or her mental toughness can help a child perform in sports and recover from setbacks and injuries more quickly.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Johanna Pool, RN Coordinator

This week, we are celebrating Nurse’s Week and Hospital Week. Read our staff spotlight to get to know one of our Nurse Coordinators, Johanna Pool, who has been working at Scottish Rite Hospital for the past six years.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Knowing that I have properly prepared a family for a surgical case they will undergo with their child

Describe a typical day.

During my clinic days: I work with my team to keep the clinic flow organized and also see patients and help educate them on the diagnosis, treatment options and plan of care.

During my non-clinic days: desk time spent on phone calls, surgery scheduling, prepping upcoming clinics, etc

How did you find out about the hospital?

I was a Nurse Extern here one summer; I found out about the program from a friend in my class.

What skills do you need for your job?

Nursing knowledge, social skills, organization, time management

Johanna_Facebook copyWhat was your first job? What path did you take to get here?

Camp counselor – have always loved working with kids! I went to nursing school and then came back!

What is your favorite…

Hospital event: Spring to Health

Food in the cafeteria: Wok

Place in the hospital: 4th floor sky bridge between A & B building where you can see Reverchon AND Shivers parks

What’s your favorite…

Place to travel: Italy

Type of food: pizza or sugar cookies

TV show: “This is Us”

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Breathe under water

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 1.57.17 PM copyWhat did you want to be when you grew up?

Interior designer

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Building a hiking trail in a small Bosnian village or a scuba diving between North American & Eurasian continents in Iceland

What’s the last book you read?

“You Were Born for This” by Bruce Wilkinson

What is something people don’t know about you?

I had the middle school high jumping record in my home town

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Don’t Worry” – Bob Marley

Medical Staff and Researchers Attend Inaugural 2017 EPOSNA Conference

Our medical staff and researchers are attending the 2017 EPOSNA meeting this week in Barcelona, Spain, which combines experts in pediatric orthopedics from North America and Europe. This is the first year the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and the European Pediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS) will join in collaboration to highlight pediatric orthopedic education and research. The meeting will begin with the educational pre-course titled “Cutting-Edge Pediatric Orthopedics 2017: A Global Perspective.” Chief of Staff, Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., states “The combined meeting is very exciting as it brings pediatric orthopedic surgeons from all over the world together to share ideas, experiences and research that will improve the care of our patients. Scottish Rite Hospital is at the heart of all of the activities at this combined meeting.”

POSNA is comprised of over 1,200 members including orthopedic surgeons, physicians, and other medical professionals. EPOS is a European society with over 300 members. Both groups have a purpose of bringing better care to children and adolescents with orthopedic conditions through education and research, a mission which has been supported by Scottish Rite Hospital’s Assistant Chief of Staff, Lori Karol, M.D., who has been part of the leadership of POSNA for the last several years.

EPOSNA 2017 is the largest pediatric orthopedic scientific meeting with over 1,300 abstracts submitted. Only 200 podium and 200 posters were accepted for presentation at the three-day meeting. Scottish Rite Hospital has a strong presence with sixteen selected podiums and eleven poster presentations, which highlights the work of our current medical staff, researchers as well as our fellow and resident trainees. Director of Research, Harry Kim, M.D., says, “We are very excited to see so many of our research projects come to fruition and be on the program for presentation at this important meeting. We are truly blessed to have a great medical and research staff who value research and who are working hard to improve our understanding and treatment of various pediatric musculoskeletal disorders.” Podium and poster projects in the followings areas will be presented:

  • Spine
  • Hip
  • Trauma
  • Clubfoot
  • Limb Deformity
  • Sports Medicine
  • Basic Science
  • Biomechanics

The conference includes a session dedicated to nominees for best clinical and best scientific paper. Scottish Rite Hospital has a total of five nominations in the two categories. Harry Kim, M.D., has two presentations nominated for best scientific paper. Staff orthopedist, Lawson Copley, M.D., is also nominated for best scientific paper. Both Kim and Copley make up half of the nominations for this category. Dan Sucato, M.D., M.S., and Medical Director of Ambulatory Care, Brandon Ramo, M.D., are nominated for best clinical paper with their respective research in Perthes disease and halo gravity traction for the treatment of scoliosis.

Director of Clinical Orthopedic Research, Adriana De La Rocha, Ph.D., states “We are very proud of all the projects we will present. It’s another example of how our work with our medical staff and researchers at Scottish Rite Hospital continues to drive the innovation for the care and treatment of our patients, which are always at the forefront of our mission.”

This is a unique opportunity for our medical staff and researchers to showcase their work on a global scale. With the meeting being expanded to include the European society, it allows our staff to collaborate with professionals from across the world to ultimately bring better care back to our patients.

For more information on the innovative research and integration with education and patient care at Scottish Rite Hospital, please visit our website.







Calling All Princesses and Superheros – Character Breakfast is July 17

CharacterBreakfastOn Saturday, June 17, from 9 – 11 a.m., more than 50 favorite children’s characters will visit Scottish Rite Hospital for a magical meet-and-greet experience. The event is open to the public and ticket sales benefit the hospital. Attendees will enjoy breakfast, an autograph session, face painting and more!

Hosted by the hospital’s Crayon Club, the fundraiser is now in its fifth year. Tickets can be purchased at For details, call 214-559-8682.

Fracture Care Fit for A Princess

From the moment they walked into our Fracture Clinic, Ashlynn’s mom told us that her little princess felt right at home. In fact, she laughed her way through her first visit because the staff was so friendly and funny. “Ray was more than we could imagine. He made her laugh. He was really good with her,” her mom said, she never opens up right away.”

Ashlynn, 4, of Frisco, came to see our team when a fall caused her arm to hurt and her hand began to feel cold. A cold hand can be a sign of damage to a blood vessel and needs to be evaluated quickly. During her first visit, Ray Kleposki, Scottish Rite Hospital Fracture Clinic Nurse Practitioner, explained that some providers may have looked at the X-ray and said there was not a fracture. However, Ashlynn’s physical exam suggested otherwise and Kleposki recognized a subtle fracture.

The natural process of an injured bone is to try to remodel or repair itself. Weeks after a fracture, an X-ray will show signs of healing in an area that may have looked normal on the original X-rays. A pediatric orthopedic specialist, like Kleposki, is trained to recognize these and provide just the right treatment and activity recommendations.

Ashlynn said, “my teacher only let me walk in the grass when I had a cast.” So she was happy to get the news at her last visit that she could go back to playing on the playground with her friends.

Bumps and bruises are sometimes a normal part of kids being kids! However, if your child breaks a bone, you may call our fracture clinic directly at 469-515-7200. To learn more about our Fracture Clinic visit

Cody’s Moment – Dyslexia


When competitive gymnast Cody encountered a learning disorder; dyslexia, his family turned to the hospital’s internationally recognized team of experts. Cody’s schoolwork has improved by leaps and bounds, giving him the confidence to fly both in and out of the gym.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders on our Facebook page. Join us for patient stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit



What is Polydactyly?

polydactyly1Polydactyly is a word that means “many fingers.” There are many forms of this common diagnosis. Some extra fingers are on the thumb side, some on the pinkie finger side, and some in the middle of the hand. Polydactyly of the feet is also common. Some forms of polydactyly run in families, other come as new “surprises.” It is rare for the extra fingers to be fully formed normal fingers. Some of these fingers may be very small, floppy and have non-functional finger tips. Others will have bones and joints, and some may even have tendons and some movement. Some forms of polydactyly are “isolated,” meaning that there is nothing else the matter with the baby. Other forms of polydactyly may have other conditions such as webbing, twisting or angling of other fingers. In rare cases, there may be problems in parts of the body other than the hand. Polydactyly is common, it is not painful and it is not an emergency to treat.

How can Polydactyly be treated?

polydactyly2The treatment of polydactyly depends on the exact shape and form of the extra digit, whether there are other problems in the hand and whether or not there are other more general problems for the baby. If the extra finger parts are very small, the treatment may be simply tying off or putting clips on the base of the finger to allow it to dry up and fall off (similar to the way the stump of the umbilical cord dried up, separated and fell off on its own). Any finger that is too big for this will require surgery that will be done in the operating room, and done with general anesthesia for your baby. Some polydactyly cases require delicate reconstructive surgery to rebuild the best parts to save for your child’s best hand function. There is no hurry in doing this, because it is safer to wait until the baby is older. The risk of anesthesia is higher for a little baby, and lower for an older baby. Your doctor will discuss with you the exact plan for the polydactyly type of your child.

For more information about our treatment for hand disorders, please visit