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Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2017 Artists, Part I

Summer Colors, now in its ninth 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.

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 27, at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

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


Background: 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 local 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!

Inspiration: 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.


Jenn 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 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 www.jennthatcher.com.


In her own words: I’m a lifelong lover of art, classically trained in oil painting by Phoenix artist Barbara Bond. She taught me how to prepare for my work, create my own colors and be bold. These lessons have touched every part of my life, from my education, career and raising my own children to developing art programs for children and adults. Art allows me to make my world as vibrant and whimsical as I can dream.

My work has been shown in the Groove Salon in Deep Ellum and the Harvest Street Café in the Oxy Building in Dallas. I’ve also worked with non-profits Susan G. Komen, Loving Mothers and the Dream Warriors Scholarship, to date. I’m very excited to participate in Summer Colors!

This year, it is my philanthropic goal to donate 12 paintings, one for every month, to a non-profit whose work I believe in. A friend shared the work of Scottish Rite Hospital and the Summer Colors art auction with me as a possible match for this “Actions Speak Louder” goal, and I knew right away this would be a good fit! As a parent, who would not be able to financially provide extensive medical care for long term health issues in my own children, I can only imagine what a blessing Scottish Rite is for families who need the care. I am moved and inspired by the cases my friend shared with me. It is my honor to donate a piece of my artwork to this cause. Thank you for the opportunity!


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.

Allyson Hall- OtamiAbout 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.


In 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.


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 passion 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 Mitchella- For AUCTION C.MitchellaChristina’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.


Anita Felix 24x30Anita is renowned for her interpretations of ballerinas, churches, barns and of course, angels.

Her current surroundings in east Texas inspire her modern paintings of quaint historic barns and churches.

After living by the ocean for many years, you can see the influence of water in many of her contemporary pieces.


Background, in her own words: I was born and raised in Manchester, England. As a teenager I lived with my parents in Singapore for 4 years, before moving with them to Chicago IL. I was working as a computer programmer when I met my husband. After marrying my American, we moved down to Texas, where we have lived happily for over 10 years. We are now raising our two daughters here in Frisco, Texas. I have only been painting for a year. Purely for just the pleasure of creating at first. Then as gifts for friends and family. I am excited to have just sold my first commissioned piece!

Inspiration: I get my ideas by chatting with the person that is looking to add something to a space or room, with photos, or a certain color palette.

Sports Medicine MVP – Elijah

with MVP Badge 2Almost one year ago, Elijah, 16, of Dallas, met Philip L. Wilson, M.D., to discuss the pain he had been having in his knee. He learned a lot about his diagnosis of osteochondritis dissecans, a condition of the bone and soft tissue in the knee that causes pain and can worsen with activity.

Less than a year after Dr. Wilson performed surgery to encourage natural healing in his bone, Elijah returned to his favorite sport, track, at his high school in Dallas. Though he says it took some time to get his strength and speed back, he had an amazing finish with five medals including a gold for his performance in the district championship 400 meter race.

Elijah is grateful for his experience at Scottish Rite Hospital with Dr. Wilson and is looking forward to starting the summer track season. He’s especially excited to be able to consider fall football, now that he is cleared for all sports.

This is why we’re here, giving children back their childhood.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

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 scottishritehospital.org/sports.

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!


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

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 scottishritehospital.org/characterbreakfast. For details, call 214-559-8682.

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 scottishritehospital.org/dyslexia.



Scottish Rite Hospital: The Leader in Treating Hand Disorders

From a child’s hands, imagination becomes creation. Through their hands, children explore the world around them. For thousands of children with hand and upper limb disorders, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has been a source of hope and healing.

The Center for Excellence in Hand delivers a setting for both patient care and clinical research focused on the treatment for pediatric patients with hand and upper limb disorders, says Scott Oishi, M.D., the center’s director. “Our clinical practice [treats] a variety of children who are either born with congenital hand differences or upper extremity differences, or patients who have had trauma or something happen to them after they’re born,” he says. “There are a lot of patients who come through here and get no surgery at all because all they really need is a lot of encouragement and ability to grow and expand their horizons.”

Oishi and staff hand surgeon Christopher M. Stutz, M.D., have the privilege of seeing many of their pediatric patients from the time they’re a few days old until the time they become 18 years old. “We’re able to keep a database of our patients as far as what type of diagnosis they have, what type of surgeries they underwent, and what their outcomes were, based on very good outcome measures,” Oishi says.

The doctors of the Center for Excellence in Hand are able to understand the best form of treatment for each child through their dedication to research. One of the research studies in the center focuses on the impact of participating in Hand Camp has on school-aged children with a congenital hand difference. Our doctors and researchers evaluate a child’s self-esteem, function and participation in activities, as well as their relationship with peers before and after attending Hand Camp. From treating children with congenital hand abnormalities, such as webbed fingers, reconstructing children’s hands with extra digits, or changing the position of fingers on hands, the center strives to give children back their childhood through the hospital’s world-renowned patient care and groundbreaking research. The Center for Excellence in Hand is committed to helping children with congenital hand anomalies become active, happy, productive, and independent adults.


Future North Campus Construction is Underway

The groundbreaking celebration for Scottish Rite Hospital’s future North Campus in Frisco took place last fall. The event marked the start of construction on the hospital’s first-ever satellite campus since the institution’s founding in 1921.

Since then, excavation and clearing of the 40-acre parcel, located at the northeast corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, has commenced. The hospital’s ambulatory surgery center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

In the meantime, the hospital’s Plano location at 7000 West Plano Parkway is offering world-renowned sports medicine care to young athletes. In addition, the interim facility offers a fracture clinic, sports therapy, sports-related concussion treatment, a hand clinic and general orthopedic services to patients throughout North Texas.

Recent Updates to our Clinics

Scottish Rite Hospital recently completed the renovation of a new clinic space, which features a design theme based upon the seasons of the year. The area that once housed three clinics now hosts four, aptly named Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Front Desk

Orthotics and Prosthetics Front Desk

The new space features updated colors and architectural elements throughout. In addition, each of the 22 exam rooms is equipped with new interior furnishings and advanced electronic medical record technology to better serve hospital patients.

The hospital’s Orthotics and Prosthetics department also recently underwent a redesign of its check-in and waiting areas.

The “Under the Sea theme remains the same but with a fresh interpretation. Further renovations are ongoing, including new art in the exam rooms and waiting areas.