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Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part III

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

You can also view the rest of the artists in other posts:


Allyson Hall happily tabled her career as a journalist for the adventures of motherhood almost nine years ago. Four babies later, the youngest finally on board the “potty train,” she finally figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up. Allyson followed the pull to turn her creativity into a professional pursuit that excited her every day. It started with photography. She loves capturing the unexpected moment, the unposed expression on faces. Her Nikon is like a fifth child — it goes everywhere with her.

About face silhouettes is an extension of Allyson’s passion for photography, a new use for the thousands of .jpgs that were building up in her photo library. She was looking for a fresh medium to capture the images of her children and remembered the great black and white silhouettes of Allyson as a kid.

By first photographing her subjects’ profiles, she has a fixed moment from which she can trace a detailed silhouette. Allyson takes her time, putting great care into precisely cutting the slope of a nose, the pout of the lips or the curl in the hair. This is what sets an “about face” original apart from many other silhouettes. The greatest compliment she has received comes from clients who say they can fill in the rest of the silhouetted face’s features with their mind’s eye.

Allyson uses sturdy colored cardstock to give her silhouettes a modern vibe and to provide her clients another opportunity to express their individuality. So that’s what Allyson is about. She hopes that her work adds a splash of color to your walls and makes you smile.


Background in her own words: Studied oil painting under Clara Stovall at the Garrett Art Gallery in McKinney. (7 Years) Studied one semester under Janet Reynolds. Took drawing (MLA) at SMU.

Inspiration: I am in love with color! When I retired from teaching, I never expected to find something as meaningful to my soul as painting. I discovered God’s world in a whole new way. Though I only paint as my schedule allows, it is one of my greatest joys. I paint from my husband’s photographs, which are another inspiration. We are becoming nature lovers and so appreciate what God provides for us every day.


In her own words: I am a Texas native and earned a BA in Journalism from Baylor University. After many years in the corporate world, I took the leap of faith to pursue my lifelong passion as a self-taught artist. I am now a full time, working artist and dedicate my days to painting and searching for creative avenues in everything I do.

IMG_8946.JPGInspiration: My passions are creating and inspiring, and I wake up each day in hopes of combining the two in every endeavor. I paint in acrylics, often combining stains and metallic leafs and powders into my pieces. I am drawn to objects that reflect movement, and this is incorporated into my works. Finding beauty in unusual objects and places, I use unconventional tools and techniques to create imaginative, one-of-a-kind works of art. My goal is to create a painting for the buyer that will add flair and a special dimension to the space where it will reside.


Inspired by patterns and textures in the natural world, Megan Adams Brooks creates abstract paintings on silk that reflect the beauty found throughout nature. Brooks began painting interior scapes on canvas early in her career. It was through depicting the fabrics and patterns in a room that she discovered her fascination with fabrics, which led her to designing custom textiles.

From there, Brooks found her true passion for the silk medium. Painting on silk, similar to watercolor, provides many opportunities for unexpected challenges and happy accidents. The process is time-sensitive, multi-layered and endlessly inventive. Brooks’ unique method of self-expression fulfills her unending obsession to create.

Brooks’ work has been exhibited at Art Basel in Miami and McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) at 3120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX. Her work hangs in public and private collections, nationally and internationally. Brooks holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Art degree in painting and drawing from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s of Fine Art degree from the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Dallas, TX.


In her own words: Born and raised in the Northeast countryside, I grew up climbing trees, pocketing frogs, and collecting bird feathers. Adventuring in my backyard as a child brought a freedom that I have rediscovered through creating art. Most of my adult life was dedicated to the study of clinical psychology, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and a Master of Art in Clinical Hilary DonnellyPsychology. The healing journey of becoming a psychotherapist as well as Buddhist pilgrimages to Japan and India provided the necessary steps toward an unfolding of self that allowed my awakening to art. Playing with color, design, and texture brought me back to the bliss I felt as a child exploring my natural environment. Soon after complete immersion into art classes and workshops, my achievements attained recognition. I received the Studio Art Award from Cabrillo College and 2nd prize at SCAL’s 79th Annual Statewide Exhibition, Irreplaceable Places: Contemporary Landscape Painters. I also been invited and accepted into various group shows, including Santa Cruz Open Studios, a regional juried event that educates the public about the arts.

When a surprise injury limited my physical abilities, I surrendered to the moment and began to experiment with leftover materials such as nails and paper, allowing the process to be the focal point rather than the visual goal. My approach continues to reside in the moment as I merge a variety of materials into my own order, often salvaging objects and coaxing beauty from their parts. Once an idea has been explored or a material exhausted, I start a new project. This style encourages me to remain in a beginner’s mindset, full of wonder and possibility.


Andrea Netti- image3Background in her own words: I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 12-years-old and my doctors referred me to Scottish Rite where I later had a spinal fusion surgery. The incredible team at Scottish Rite helped me make the most of my recovery over summer vacation by bringing arts and crafts projects to my room. During this time I found great therapeutic relief through art, ad it has been my go-to source for joy.




Get to Know Our SRH Staff – Medical Consultation Coordinators Spotlight

In this “Get to know Our SRH Staff” series, we will be introducing you to various departments at our hospital and spotlighting some of our staff members.

Meet our Medical Consultation Coordinators

(L to R): Robin O’Neal, Terry Murphy, Claudia Parra

  • Their role at the hospital: The Medical Consultation Coordinator’s role involves facilitating the coordination of off-site medical appointments for evaluations, tests and procedures that are not offered here at Scottish Rite Hospital and are essential for assessment and treatment of the whole child by our staff.
  • How many combined years of service do they have? 71 years between the three of them
  • What is the best way to reach this department? You can contact them at 214-559-7490.
  • Fun fact about their department: In our program, they are called the “Three Stooges.”

Thank you, Medical Consultation Coordinators for all you do for Scottish Rite Hospital!

Monkeying Around – Scottish Rite Hospital’s Fracture Clinic

Even though falls can happen from anywhere, one of the more frequent injuries we see in our fracture clinic is a fall from the monkey bars. In a child’s first year, they develop a reflex called the parachute reflex. This means that when with the sensation of a fall, the child naturally extends his or her arms to protect the upper body from the impact.

As upper body strength develops, children become more adventurous on playground equipment. They climb higher and faster, and just as quickly, their risk of injury grows. We know that falls from higher distances and using equipment in ways it was not intended cause more injuries. On the playground, the most frequent injuries from these falls are to the arm, the very thing that is designed to protect the body.

Fortunately, broken bones in the wrist, elbow and upper arm in children heal well in most cases. Proper diagnosis and early management are critical. For children, like Ellie, a cast for a short time is all that was needed. For others, surgery may be required to return the arm to its normal position, or to hold it in a good place during healing. Gerad Montgomery, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C., tells us “as pediatric specialists, we only treat children and that gives us the experience and knowledge to determine which injuries will heal safely and which ones might need additional intervention.”

Though we know we can’t stop all playground injuries, here are a few tips for reducing the risk of broken arms from a fall. Children should:

  • Use properly sized equipment for his or her age.
  • Use equipment as it is intended.
  • Not skip rungs when swinging across monkey bars.
  • Not climb on top of monkey bars or outside equipment.
  • Only climb on equipment over mulch or rubberized surfaces.
  • Be supervised during play on any climbing equipment.

For more tips on playground safety, please visit our previous post.

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

Excelling in Spine Research – #ScoliosisAwarenessMonth

Spinal conditions, such as scoliosis, can take many forms and vary in severity. Since the 1970s, our hospital has been an advocate for and leader in research and treatment of spinal disorders in pediatric patients. Discover why the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research at TSRHC remains the nation’s premier center for spinal deformity research.

Center for a Team of Talent Collaborations

The purpose is to bring a number of different talented people in various disciplines to the table to try to answer the unanswerable questions we have in spine deformity today.

“There are a lot of treatment strategies — I call it tools in your toolbox — and we pick the right tool for each individual patient and case,” adds staff orthopedist Dr. Amy McIntosh. “But the beautiful thing about [TSRHC] and the Center for Excellence in Spine Research is all of the tools are available.”

Along with talent and tools, there’s another important T in the equation: the team approach that lies at the heart of the center’s mission and vision. Whether they’re being treated by physicians, nurses, or in-clinic orthotists, TSRHC patients receive only the best from the professionals working in these disciplines to provide treatment for scoliosis.

Putting Orthopedic Experts on the Research Front

The addition of Dr. Carol Wise as director of basic research has further advanced TSRHC’s research aims. Indeed, Wise was one of the first researchers to identify a gene for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. “The end result we’re hoping for,” Dr. Wise says, “is to cure this disorder — to treat it non-invasively so that we’re not taking children into surgery to correct a deformity of their spine.”

Treatments as Personal as Patients Themselves

Because each patient who comes to TSRHC is a distinct individual, no two treatment options are the same. However, what does remain the same is the unparalleled level of care that the TSRHC team dedicates to each patient.

Overall, Dr. Sucato says, the TSRHC team aims to prevent scoliosis from intensifying, thus preventing intensive treatments. But when surgeries are required, the team dedicates itself to making them as safe as possible: “The most important thing we do is we ask, ‘What are the important clinical questions we have for our patients? What are the answers that we don’t have today that we can research today so we have a better answer for tomorrow?'”‘

Watch this video below to learn more about our Center for Excellence in Spine Research:

Female Athlete Triad – What you need to know

The name, female athlete triad, suggests that there are three separate components to this condition. However, further research and studies have led experts at the Female Athlete Triad Coalition* to change their approach in making this diagnosis. Now, the three components are each considered on a spectrum and are thought to be interrelated.

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All of these concerning signs are a result of some imbalance in energy intake and expenditure, affecting the energy availability. This is particularly apparent in athletes competing:

  • In endurance sports.
  • At elite levels.
  • In sports where figure or weight is emphasized.
  • Under performance pressure from coaches/parents.

What Jane S. Chung, M.D. wants parents of young athletes to know is that athletes 11-17 years old are in an important phase of growth and optimizing bone health. It is during this window that bones will achieve more than 90% of their peak bone mass, and a well-balanced diet including sufficient calcium and vitamin D intake is important. Athletes with high energy expenditure are at the greatest risk of developing the signs and symptoms of the female athlete triad because they may unintentionally fail to meet their bodies’ energy needs.

To this point, research has focused mainly on female athletes and cannot be applied directly to male athletes, however, males may present similar signs and symptoms. The Female Athlete Triad Coalition has agreed upon a list of concerning signs and symptoms in female athletes. If you notice these in your young athlete or her teammates, please speak up.

  • Extreme weight loss or excessive worry about weight
  • Absent, delayed or irregular menses
  • Recurrent stress injuries such as stress reaction or stress fractures
  • Restrictive or unusual eating behaviors

For information about Dr. Jane Chung and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

*Dr. Chung is an active member of the Female Athlete Triad Coalition, an international multi-disciplinary organization aimed to promote healthy behaviors in female athletes through collaboration, education, research, and policy change. Read more about the coalition on their website



Protecting Little Elbows – Tips from our Fracture Clinic

Gloria loves to be outdoors, play in the water and look for airplanes. She has been known to sneak out the dog door to get into the backyard to play with her dogs. Her parents are focused on keeping her safe in all of her adventures.

DSC06905 (1)In a loving and playful moment at the park, Gloria’s arm was stretched out quickly with mom holding only her wrist. Immediately, Gloria was unwilling to move her arm. It was obvious that something was wrong. In hindsight, it’s easy to see what not to do, and Gloria’s mom wished she knew more about this condition before this moment.

For Gloria and all children between the ages of 1 and 5 years, a sudden forceful stretch of the arm can cause a bone in the forearm to come out of the looped ligament in the elbow that holds it in place. This condition is referred to as nursemaid’s elbow and it is treatable in a medical office, and in the right hands, it is very easily resolved.

Gloria arrived in our Fracture Clinic after three days and seven attempts to correct the problem. She was still holding her arm close to her, refusing to use it to play. Our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Ray Kleposki, confirmed her diagnosis, and on the first attempt, repositioned the bone back into its ligament correctly. Within hours, Gloria realized she could play again, and she went back to being the adventurer she has always been.Fig_33-105-01 (1)

Gloria’s mom now warns other parents “don’t swing your kids by the wrists.” Like her, we believe this injury is preventable. Here are some photos right out of Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics: From the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the textbook we have been publishing for many years. These show the “risky” behaviors that can put a toddler’s elbow in danger.

  1. Don’t pull or lift your child by the hand.
  2. Don’t swing your child by the arms.
  3. Don’t pull your child away if he or she is holding tightly to a stable object.

Read more about common injuries in toddlers in this previous article.

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


Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part II

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


Desmond Blair- Audrey1964Desmond is a Dallas based 2D artist that specializes in oil painting. Desmond experiments with various types of composition but most of his work centers around the human figure. He attempts to capture the emotion of specific moments and is heavily influenced by 2D animation. Desmond also channels the creativity from his art work into his work as a Project Manager for TSRHC. He believes creativity is just as much about solving problems as it is exploring possibilities.


Family, mentors, friends and he also finds inspiration from people he meet. He feels that people are passion because people carry stories with them that can have so much wisdom and opportunities to learn more about life.


Helen Green’s work was described by a local Dallas store as “simplistic beauty with light and airy colors that will add a touch of summer to any room”. Raised in Boerne, Texas under her mom’s easel, Helen has developed her graceful style, which has caught the attention of area stores, cafes and followers on Facebook site called

Helen Green -tumblr_n1ubvwz9TX1rj38qzo1_540Her education began at the University of Texas but chose to graduate at the Art Institute of Dallas. She left the stressful corporate world environment after beginning her career in a high-end specialty store in the visual communications department and ending as a senior art director for a national retailer. Now she finds true joy and peace as a stay at home mom with her precious 6-year-old daughter where she takes time to paint in her studio.

She also has mini art camps from home to encourage children to find joy in painting during a 2 hour sessions. Each with devotion, inspiration and snacks. They leave with their painted canvases and a smile! Facebook site called “Grace Filled Nest Mini Art Camps”

Sweetly rooted in her faith, Helen is moved daily by the beauty that she sees in the world through the eyes of the LORD. It’s amazing the following that she is blessed with in like-minded people and others that recognize a still small voice in her work.



Erika Krivda- 997026_10152550584786065_474948108921284908_nIn her own words: I believe that there is no one “thing” that inspires me. My inspiration comes from an accumulation of three things: my past, present, and future. Coming from a family of artists, I have been painting and creating since I was a child. I’ve watched my artwork evolve over the years and I love finding new ways to create. Painting is my way of understanding myself and everything around me.


artwork 1- rachel nash_resizedRachel Nash is an oil painter inspired by stories and human nature. Nash believes the act of creating is part of our make-up as humans. Nash is a native of Oklahoma City and came to Dallas to study at Southern Methodist University. Nash moved away to Chicago for three years to receive her Masters from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago before heading back to Texas. Nash is also an Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.




Doan1In her own words: I am a self-taught landscape artist, primarily using oils and sometimes watercolors.

Inspiration: My inspirations are the colors of the sky. My grandparents live on a farm in rural New Mexico, and I love being there because the sky is so wide and huge that it is possible to see everything, the stars, the clouds, the sunrises, and the sunsets. I especially love the vibrant oranges and reds of sunset, and these are the colors that you can see most in my paintings.



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In her own words: I have been painting and drawing since I was 5 years old. I am a former patient of TSRH. I received my BFA in graphic design from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010. I will paint or draw on anything that will hold paint. The world is my canvas, from walls (murals) to shoes to printing t-shirts to paint on making my own canvases; I’m blessed to say I do it all!

Inspiration: I get my inspiration from everyday life and sometimes even my dreams. Most times I’ll let my imagination run wild on a canvas.

Sports Drinks: Know When and How Much

In most situations, water is the best choice for hydrating young athletes. 21-13-17Sports drinks are only recommended when participating in activities:

  • In very hot or humid environments.
  • With high intensity for longer than 60 minutes.
  • Sports camps, tournaments and double-headers.

When water isn’t enough, reach for a sports drink with a good mix of water, electrolytes and carbohydrates. For many young athletes, 30-60 grams of carbohydrates in an hour is all they need. You can find this information on any standard nutrition label. Otherwise, stick with water, start early and drink often.

Download a PDF with more tips for hydration for young athletes.

To learn more about pediatric sports medicine at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital visit our website

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