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June: Juliet’s Moment to Shine


Meet Juliet, age 7, of Corinth.

My Defining Moment:

Juliet’s mom, Holly: Juliet was referred to TSRHC with amniotic band syndrome but we learned she also had severe hip dysplasia.

My Moment to Remember:

She loves Scottish Rite – we had to have the same toys at home as in TSRHC’s playroom because she didn’t want to leave.

My Moment to Shine:

Juliet has a wicked fastball! She wants to get a softball scholarship and become an orthopedic surgeon like her own, Dr. Sucato.

Give a Patient like Juliet a Moment to Shine – Juliet represented TSRHC as a Dallas Marathon patient champion. To learn more about the event, which benefits TSRHC, visit If you would like to make the hospital the beneficiary of an event, call TSRHC’s Development department at 214-559-7650.

Kids are amazing, and kids’ bones are too!

Knox fell off a slide and when he braced for the fall, he broke both of the bones in his forearm. During his clinic visit, our Fracture Clinic team straightened his arm and molded a custom cast to keep his bones in good alignment. In the emergency room, many parents are told surgery will be needed for this type of injury. The great news is that a good evaluation and a good cast can actually lead to great outcomes without surgery.

DSC_0494We’ve already told you that children are not small adults, and there is no better example of this than a child’s ability to heal broken bones through the process called bone remodeling. Many fractures that require a surgery in an adult patient can be managed without surgery in a child. As pediatric orthopedic specialists, we know when it is safe to manage a broken bone with just a cast and close observation or when surgery may be a better option. In most cases, as with Knox, growing bones heal relatively quickly and have few complications.

Our fracture team is focused on getting children like Knox back to playing. In every possible situation we avoid surgery and we always look out for risks of injuries that may affect future growth.

We hope you don’t need us, but our Fracture Clinic is here for you. Call 469-515-7200 for an appointment or for more information about walk-in hours.

To learn more about our pediatric Fracture Clinic on our North Campus in Plano, please visit

Scottish Rite Hospital is at the Center of Innovation

At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, our mission is to discover new and innovative ways to best care for children affected with orthopedic and certain related neurological conditions. We opened our doors in 1921, and since then, our doctors and researchers have been seeking ways to provide the best quality care for our patients.

Our Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Center for Musculoskeletal Research consists of six Centers for Excellence. You may be wondering….What exactly is a Center for Excellence? The main objective of these centers is to support our holistic approach to treatment by bringing clinicians, researchers and other health care professionals together to collaborate on relevant research for challenging pediatric disorders.

Our Centers for Excellence:

Over the course of the rest of this year, we will unveil videos and information highlighting each of these six Centers for Excellence. Below you will find an overview video.

We hope your enjoy and stay tuned for more updates!


Making a Difference with a Difference

Sports are a favorite pastime for active TSRHC patient Micah, age 11, of Shady Shores. He throws football passes, makes baskets and blocks soccer goals, but the most important stats he has posted are as the founder of a holiday toy drive for the patients of Scottish Rite Hospital.

Micah Pinson age 11 of Shady Shores_01Five years and more than 15,000 toys later, Micah is still going strong. “It’s an amazing feeling to give back,” he says.

His father, Richard, recalls brining 8-week-old Micah to TSRHC for the first time to be treated for a congenital hand difference.

“The hospital was like a knot at the end of a rope,” Richard says. “We focused on our child and they took care of everything else.”

Micah has many new friends who have supported his toy drive including local Masons, the Farmers Branch Police Department, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Glazer’s Inc. and Transwestern.

Upon visiting with Micah, it’s clear that the best gift he gives to others is his attitude.

“I used to be picked on a little,” he explains. “But one morning I woke up and realized that I am happy with my hand difference. It feels awesome to be different and to help other kids.”

Hear Micah’s advice to children with orthopedic conditions and learn what he wants to be when he grows up:

Sharing Research — Improving Care

While the internationally recognized research conducted at TSRHC benefits children around the world, many people may not realize how our research makes the leap from a local platform to a global stage. Whether publishing journal articles, educating fellows or hosting visiting physicians, our hospital is constantly engaged in sharing discoveries that improve treatment outcomes for children everywhere.Sucato Update_CELLR

To that end, our hospital also actively participates in medical conferences and symposiums nationally and internationally, many of which influence the direction of orthopedic care.

Recently, our Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction had a prominent presence at an international conference that brought together three notable limb-lengthening societies for the first time.

In addition to our team’s conference presentations, physicians from other institutions repeatedly featured TSRHC’s external fixations systems, the TRUE/LOK™ and the TL-HEX, in their lectures. This reflects our team’s positive influence in the international practice of limb lengthening and reconstruction.

This April, TSRHC’s medical team will have a highly visible role at the prestigious Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America’s annual meeting. Presentations submitted for this meeting are rigorously judged. This year, we have been invited to give 24 presentations. It will be one of the strongest representations of any pediatric orthopedic program in the country.

To have the work of our expert team of researchers and physicians recognized on a global scale is tremendously gratifying, but to know that the information and resources we share benefit children throughout the world is by far the greatest reward.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at

Meet our first round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 


Lydia Abigail has been heavily involved in the art industry for nearly 7 years. She has participated art shows with the North East Art Association, Texas Woman’s University, the 101 Gallery, and many Lydia Abigail Williams-DSC_0351local shops. Lydia loves to connect with other artists and has completed many art shows, pop-up galleries or craft markets with other artists in her area. Not only does Lydia show her work locally, but she also has completed live art drawings for coffee shop events and lead therapeutic art workshops. She has completed commissioned jobs with work in oil paint, pencil, charcoal, ink and chalk. Lydia has been trained in oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, woodwork and clay and is always continuing her study of these mediums. Lydia Abigail is currently involved in many local creative organizations which give her inspiration and encouragement!


Lydia Abigail is inspired by this magnificently beautiful world around her. Many of her works of art are based off of or are impressions of nature. Natural sources and images are often incorporated into each of her pieces, whether by pictures, scientific studies, or the simple observation of earthly-details. Overall, she finds the outdoors to be her main source of inspiration for her creative journey.


Nicole Morrow Davis is an abstract portrait artist from Dallas, Texas. Her gestural pieces have been described as ethereal, young, fresh and mysterious. Nicole works primarily with acrylic paint, but also employs the use of thread, veneer, and lacquers to achieve the desired look. Her work can be found at Curated as well as the NYLO hotels and the June 2008 issue of TIME magazine. Ms. Morrow studied under the direction of Dr. Joseph Pomara and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas – Dallas. She is currently, represented by Caldwell Arte Exposicion. When Nicole isn’t painting she is usually contributing to the Dallas Art community through various creative projects or conducting private art lessons with her young students.


Heather is a mom of three beautiful children, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend to many. She has lived FullSizeRender (2)in Texas her whole life and North Texas for most of that. She works for locally based non-profit ambulance service Careflite. She is a paramedic and enjoys taking care of her patients and their families. She paints as a hobby and has never really considered herself an artist, but she truly enjoys creating art.


Heather loves seeing what colors work together, and never really knows what is going to end up on the canvas. She loves abstract art, as it can mean many different things to many different people. She also love blues and greens, and fluid movement, and takes inspiration from her children’s drawings and paintings that they make because they are truly random and beautiful.


Dallas entrepreneur, Jenny Grumbles, obtained her degree in journalism and studio art from Southern Methodist University in 2002. Her work-life is threefold; artist, shop-owner, and buyer for A&E’s hit series, Storage Wars Texas. Jenny’s paintings have been sold in galleries and shops throughout Georgia, Texas, and California. She is the proprietor to her very own vintage home furnishings shop, Uptown Country Home.

Since realizing her passion in painting in 1994, she has created an impressionist style with loose brush strokes and an emphasis on light and color. There is never black on her palette. Her subject matter includes everything from children on the beach, home interiors, florals, and commissioned work. Jenny attributes much of her success to her mentor, the renowned Claudia Hartley of Arizona, and to gallery owner, Anne Irwin, of Atlanta.

Jenny also spends much of her time searching for treasures to recycle, repurpose, and repaint for sale in her shop.

In addition to her shop and artwork, Jenny has a passion for politics and major league baseball.

Jenny’s main aspiration is to make the world a better place through political advocacy, creative art and home decor, because she truly believes, whether it’s the whole world, or a little cottage in Dallas, home is where the heart is.


Dallas native, Christina Mitchella, is an accomplished and award-winning artist specializing in impressionistic drawings and abstract oil paintings. Her life-long zeal for the arts transitioned from Christina Mitchella- C.Mitchella Style 1passion to career, leading her to pursue an education in art at Dallas Baptist University. After graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Christina began actively showing her works in galleries throughout the DFW area and across the state, competing in art shows and completing commissioned pieces for her growing base of followers and supporters.

Christina’s art is remarkably inspired and contemplative, spanning many different artistic mediums. She often uses the synergistic relationship between music, color and light as a muse to gain insight into her works. Whether she is creating a portrait, painting in still life, or transforming a canvas with abstract expressionism, her impeccable attention to detail and vibrant use of color breathes life into every stroke and sketch.

Christina is affiliated with a number of local arts organizations, including Art House Dallas, Irving Arts Center and the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. She also maintains membership with the Plano Arts Association, the Associated Creative Artists of Dallas and the Texas Artists Coalition of Fort Worth. It is Christina’s hope that her works will emit joy, stir inspiration and spread enthusiasm for the arts in all who view them. Her works can be viewed in galleries throughout Texas, and she is currently available for commissioned work.



FullSizeRender3Jenn Thatcher has always has a love for color and design. After moving to Texas from Chicago 10 years ago, she was working for a Wall Street firm with a demanding travel schedule and long hours. Being a wife and mother of three, with two of the children being Scottish Rite Hospital patients, she finally decided to leave her corporate career to pursue painting full time. Jenn believes that creating art is a gift from God, and a blank canvas is a metaphor for life. It can be anything you want it to be. And if you don’t like the direction it’s going, it’s never too late to start over or change direction. It’s so important to remember that everyone and everything can be beautiful at some point in time, it’s all a matter of how you look at it. Jenn’s work is featured in stores through the US and works directly with designers and clients in the Dallas area. Some of her work can be viewed on Instagram @Jenn_Thatcher_Art or on her website at


Lisa first picked up a paintbrush ten years ago and hasn’t put one down since. Originally, she focused on capturing her family pets and favorite moments. Since then, she has moved to experimenting with more abstract painting techniques, mostly oil but occasionally water color and acrylic. This is the first time her art has been on display due to the fact that she is constantly proclaiming to her family that her pieces are “not quite done yet.” Lisa loves Scottish Rite Hospital and all it does and is honored to be included!

Pediatricians and Specialists Working Together with Young Athletes

Even in an individual sport, a young athlete needs a team. Their team includes parents, pediatricians, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports medicine specialists. Each of these individuals has a unique role on the team.

Sports Medicine Conference 5-2016_072The primary care provider, most often a pediatrician, knows the child best. This is a relationship that has developed over years before the child begins participating in sports. This results in familiarity with a child’s medical history, developmental history and family history. Therefore, the pediatrician is an expert at recognizing red flags for sports participation during pre-season physicals. And when an injury occurs, a visit to the pediatrician is often the most convenient, most comfortable, and an appropriate place to start for an evaluation.

When the condition or injury is complex, or requires an expert in a particular area, a pediatrician may consult with specialist. At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, we have many pediatric orthopedic specialists on our team. Our Sports Medicine Center is no different; we have specialists that only care for young athletes. Whether the problem requires surgery or not, we are ready to support the pediatrician in caring for young athletes.

Sports Medicine Conference 5-2016_014This past weekend, more than 75 local pediatricians learned the latest on sports injury evaluation and management from our specialists at a Scottish Rite Hospital-sponsored conference titled Sports Medicine for Young Athletes: An Update for Pediatric Providers in Frisco. With Shane M. Miller, M.D. as the lead, the goal of this program was to help young athletes get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

The goal of this program was to help young athletes get the right care, at the right time, in the right place. We’re already talking about our program for next year. For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

Donor Spotlight: Having a Ball Supporting TSRHC

The Delta Companies puts the “fun” in fundraising — all year long.

Teamwork and family are important values of the workplace culture of The Delta Companies, a health care staffing agency based in Dallas. The sparkling disco balls decorating the entryway on every floor of the organization’s building signifies those unifying values – one entity made of 100 pieces. In that familial spirit, The Delta Companies focuses its year-round philanthropic efforts on TSRHC, in support of a coworker whose child is a patient.

Donor SpotlightThroughout the year, the company hosts casual days, which allow employees to make a donation for the opportunity to wear casual clothing to work. Each spring, The Delta Companies hosts The Disco Cup, a golf tournament that benefits TSRHC. They also host a silent auction in the fall, and employees finish up their year with a visit to the hospital during the holidays for their annual year-end check presentation and toy donation. In 2015, The Delta Companies presented a donation of more than $139,000 for TSRHC patients, which included its annual toy donation.

“We are honored to be able to support such a deserving organization as Scottish Rite Hospital,” says The Delta Companies CEO Jeff Bowling. “Our team is humbled by the work of such an incredible group of people.”

The company’s commitment to the hospital has made a difference in the lives of countless patients. “We’re so grateful to have the support of an organization like The Delta Companies,” says TSRHC Vice President of Development Stephanie Brigger. “They keep the hospital top of mind all year long with their creative fundraising activities and generous spirit.”

If you or your organization would like to make a gift to the hospital, please contact the hospital’s Development department at 214-559-8374 or visit

Just say “NO” to Trampolines – Safety Tips from our Fracture Clinic

Many researchers have pondered whether a trampoline of any kind, with any safety features, can be considered safe. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Christine Ho, M.D., has participated in research looking at injuries from trampoline use. For her family, the answer is clear. No trampoline is safe enough.

DSC_0769She warns parents to not be misled by advertisements and accessories promising to offer a safe experience for your young children. “We see too many injuries in our fracture and hand clinics from trampolines, even the ones that have all the safety features from pads to nets,” Dr. Ho says. Since most injuries occur on the surface of the trampoline, nets and pads do not provide added protection.

We typically see broken bones, but trampolines can cause life-changing spine injuries among other non-orthopedic injuries. For these reasons and more, Dr. Ho, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommend against the use of trampolines in homes and for unsupervised recreational activities. Unfortunately, they know many are still used, and they encourage parents to learn ways to minimize risk of injury.

Be aware of the following things that increase the risk of trampoline injuries in kids:

  • Unsupervised jumping
  • More than one jumper at a time
  • Jumping before the age of six
  • Poorly maintained or broken trampoline equipment

We know protecting your child is your number one priority, but we also know accidents happen. We want you to know that we will continue to share our thoughts on keeping your child safe, but more importantly, we’re here when you need us.

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, please visit

Does your child complain of heel pain during or after activity? – TSRHC Sports Medicine

Growth plates in children’s bones are at risk of injuries because they are relatively weak and, in many cases, have ligaments or tendons attached nearby. Though some growth plates make bones grow longer, others give the bones unique shapes allowing them to do their jobs.

SAR_1032In the heel, the big tendon from the calf muscle, called the Achilles tendon, attaches to the back of the heel onto the calcaneus bone. In very young children, the bone is not yet grown, so the tendon is actually held onto the foot by the cartilage in the growth plate. Eventually, the bone grows, the growth plate closes, and there is a solid connection for the tendon.

Many children naturally become more involved in sports around 8-12 years old. When a young athlete runs or jumps, the Achilles tendon pulls repeatedly on the cartilage in the heel, causing it to become sore. For patients like Amelia, this can be painful. The impact on the ground with running and jumping can also cause this area to be irritated. Pain and inflammation in the growth plate of the heel is known as Sever’s Disease or calcaneal apophysitis. Symptoms may come and go for 1-2 years while a young athlete is growing quickly in the heel bone.

Shane M. Miller, M.D., tells us that it is safe to play sports as long as the athlete is not limping or complaining of significant pain, and that symptoms should improve with rest and ice, which allows these tissues to recover from the injury. Changing shoes or adding cushioned heel cups may be recommended. Other treatments are available and should be considered on an individual basis.

Here are some situations that increase a child’s risk of Sever’s Disease:

  • Year-round sports participation
  • Sudden increase in training intensity
  • Tournaments and summer camps
  • Running and jumping excessively
  • Sports that involve wearing cleats (such as baseball or soccer)
  • Going barefoot, or participating in barefoot sports (such as gymnastics)

For information about overuse injuries and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at