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Get to Know our SRH Staff: Tabetha Rowe, Registered Nurse, Sports Medicine

Tabetha is a registered nurse who has been working with young athletes for the past five years. She’s currently working at our North Campus in Plano. Get to know more about her in our Staff Spotlight below.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My sports medicine co-workers. We have an environment of trust, support and respect. We are always having a good time.

Tabetha RoweWhat’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

The opportunity to equally care for all kids, regardless of their financial situation.

What skills do you need for your job?

Time management, good sense of humor, patience, ability to stay calm when things get busy, multi-tasking, problem-solving

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

Sales at The Buckle in Memphis, Tennessee. My first nursing job was in Ventura, California in pediatrics at a community hospital.

What is your favorite…

  • Team building activity: When the North Campus staff joined a softball league last spring.
  • Hospital event: The Annual Brandon Carrell Conference 


What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: anywhere with sand, water and a view.
  • Type of food: dessert, preferably gelato, ice cream or frozen yogurt

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

Teleportation to eliminate my commute.

What is your favorite sport to watch? Do you have a favorite team?

College football – Michigan Wolverines, Go Blue!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine biologist, I love animals.

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

A trip to Alaska that included ziplining, flying in small planes over glaciers, and visiting the Arctic Circle.

Our KidSwing Golf Tournament is Celebrating 15 Years!


  • In sports…Mike Weir won the Masters, the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship, The Marlins won the World Series, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl.
  • At the movies….The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and Finding Nemo were tops at the movie theater. Chicago won the Oscar for the Best Picture.
  • On Television…CSI, American Idol, Survivor, and Friends were must see TV.
  • On Radio…50 Cent’s “In Da Club” was number one on the Billboard Charts, and Beyonce was “Crazy in Love.”
  • At the bookstore…Everyone was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Crazy but true…Baseball fan Steve Bartman reached for a ball that Chicago Cubs outfielder Moses Alou was trying to catch, continuing a Cubs World Series drought that would last 14 more years.
  • Music news…The iTunes Music Store as Time Magazine’s invention of the year.
  • In technology….Camera phones became popular.

For more information about KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 5 to 18 of all levels of golf ability, visit kidswing.org.

Get to Know our SRH Staff: David Espinosa, Social Worker

David EspinosaThe social workers at Scottish Rite Hospital focus on the well-being of patients and their families. As families find ways to work with the challenges of their children’s diagnosis and special needs, the social workers help in many ways, such as:

  • Providing emotional support and empathy.
  • Locating a variety of services, including supportive counseling, lodging and transportation assistance, discharge planning and referrals to community resources and programs.
  • Serving as advocates and liaisons and help to reduce stress and eliminate barriers families are experiencing.
  • Available to offer support, comfort and resources so parents can focus on what truly matters, their child.

Our Social Work team consists of 5 social workers at our Main Campus and one social worker at our North Campus in Plano. David Espinosa, the North Campus social worker, has been with the hospital for one year.

Get to know David in our Staff Spotlight below…

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Helping remove barriers to care.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

The popcorn…and my coworkers

Describe a typical day.

On a typical day, I assist with discharge planning and collaborate with the clinical staff. I speak with families about equipment vendors and therapy providers, community resources, or other needs related to care, and assess psychosocial needs. I also assist with Crayon Care enrollments at the North Campus.

What made you want to work here?

The positive atmosphere.

What career path did you take to get here?

I was a school social worker for 8 years prior to coming to Scottish Rite Hospital. In that time, I also became a licensed clinical social worker, provided counseling in a private practice, and did other contract work with various agencies.

What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: John USVI
  • Type of food: Thai
  • TV show: LOST

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


What did you want to be when you grew up?

A meteorologist and paramedic

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

I flew a trike over Kauai.

What’s the last book you read?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

What is something people don’t know about you?

I’m full of sarcasm.

Our Tips for Non-Weight Bearing Activities

Wheelchair blogEnvisioning a major lifestyle change can be a challenge. Transitioning from being a busy and active young person to being a wheelchair can be tough to visualize. Being in a wheelchair does not mean being inactive, it only means redefining activities. What does your child like to play and how can you change this activity to continue their interest and activity level? This post contains many ideas to help your child to remain active. You and your child can come up with your own activities and games as well.

Important: All activities must be discussed with your doctor before participating. The non- weight bearing status must be maintained at all times.

Adapting Activities

Adapting activities can be easy if you think outside the box. This means making the activity fit your child’s needs by changing different aspects of the activity, including the rules and structure. The same activities can still be fun and challenging for you and your child. Below are some ideas for adapting activities.


  • Allow more bounces in a game (i.e. basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.).
  • Allow for multiple hits in a sport (i.e. baseball, volleyball, tennis, etc.).
  • Allow different scoring system for points.
  • Vary the passing styles.
  • Reduce or extend time to perform the action for the sport.


  • Use lighter bats or racquets.
  • Use shorter handles on racquets or similar equipment.
  • Change the size or type of ball used for an activity. For example, for tennis, use a lowpressure ball; for baseball, use a softball; and for volleyball, use a beach ball or a balloon.


  • Decrease the size of the court or playing area.
  • Lower basketball nets or hoops.
  • Change the standard boundaries of a game.

Activity Ideas


  • Begin with a smaller basketball and lower hoop. This can help to develop coordination of shooting hoops from a wheelchair.
  • Slowly increase up to a standard size basketball and raise the hoop a little daily or weekly.
  • Play a game of H-O-R-S-E with your child if he or she enjoys being competitive.
  • Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.


  • Tennis can be played from a seated position.
  • Most high schools and parks have tennis courts that are open to the public.
  • Using smaller, lighter racquets with shorter handles and low-pressure tennis balls are ways to modify the game for your child.
  • Remember to be patient with your child when playing tennis in a wheelchair. 5. Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.


  • Start by using a balloon or beach ball with a string tied up horizontally as a ‘net’.
  • Once your child is comfortable with hitting the lighter objects, then he or she can begin using a beach ball or volleyball
  • Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.

Wheelchair Mobility

  • Have your child learn to wheel themselves in the wheelchair.
  • This can be an aerobic workout. Wheeling themselves everywhere they go helps develop strength and provides cardio exercise.
  • You can create games or races to see how far your child can go without getting tired.Consider racing them on a smooth sidewalk or go on family walks in the evening.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the therapeutic recreation department or your doctor for further assistance.

Adapted Cycles as Therapy

The Therapeutic Recreation staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children wants to see each child be as engaged and independent as possible. This is important in school and work but equally vital in recreation and play. Adapted cycles are one way to help a child achieve one dream they might have: riding a bike.

There are many types of adapted cycles for use by children with various medical conditions. These cycles give the flexibility needed for kids to ride a cycle who otherwise might not have that opportunity. The Therapeutic Recreation specialists at Scottish Rite Hospital can aid children in finding the right cycle for them. Additionally, several organizations exist dedicated to helping families pay for the cycle, once a family has decided what they need.

“We like to connect kids with adapted cycles because it not only promotes independence but also allows the child to achieve functional goals, like additional leg, arm or core strength,” says Allena Aussicker, Scottish Rite Hospital Therapeutic Recreation specialist, “It also allows them to just have fun and do something that many of their peers are doing.”

Kids are oftentimes thrilled when they have the opportunity to ride a cycle for the first time. Like many of us felt when we first learned to ride a bike, these kids also get to feel the special type of freedom and enjoyment that a cycle provides.

If you would like more information about adapted cycles, please contact the Therapeutic Recreation staff at Scottish Rite Hospital at 214-559-8348 or therapeuticrecreation@tsrh.org.

The Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge is Back!

Thanks to our wonderful friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe, every donation of $25 made to TSRHC beginning Monday, March 6 will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Cafe gift cards (up to $1,000 per donor).

Cotton Patch Cafe 2017 blog

All proceeds from the Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge directly benefit Scottish Rite Hospital and allow the hospital to provide world-class medical care to kids, regardless of any family’s ability to pay. With the help of our great friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe and dedicated donors like you, we can continue in our mission, bringing health, hope and happiness to thousands of children. We greatly appreciate your support!

Take The Challenge Today!

Sam’s Moment – Hip Dysplasia


Sam loves playing sports. After receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia, he temporarily needed a wheelchair and had to figure out a new way to play. He discovered wheelchair motocross. Flying down ramps, it’s Sam’s moment to be fearless.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders on our Facebook page. Join us for patient stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/hip-disorders.

Pediatric Orthopedic Education Series – “Looking Back and Looking Forward”

Over the weekend, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children hosted the Pediatric Orthopedic Education Series (POES), “Looking Back and Looking Forward.” This one-day program invites local pediatricians, family practitioners, physician assistants and other medical professionals to learn from our doctors on various pediatric orthopedic topics.

Several of Scottish Rite Hospital’s doctors presented and led hands-on breakout sessions to give a well-rounded educational program. The experience provided medical professionals the opportunity to learn from the best in pediatric orthopedics. Topics included, musculoskeletal infection, scoliosis, hip, hand, and sports medicine injuries. During the hands-on sessions, attendees were able to watch and practice performing various techniques in splinting upper and lower extremity injuries and applying a pavlik harness for hip dysplasia.

Program Director of POES and Scottish Rite Hospital staff orthopedist, Amy McIntosh, M.D., saw this series as a chance to train local medical professionals about our hospital and how we treat our patients. It is a privilege that as a leader in pediatric orthopedics, we have the opportunity to educate locally to ultimately bring better care to all of the patients treated at Scottish Rite Hospital and the Dallas area.

Announcing the 2017 Accessible Luxury Chairs

Accessible Luxury 2017 is pleased to announce this year’s Chairs, Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts.

After falling in love with the concept of Royal Blue in Austin, co-owners Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts brought this fabulous grocery store to Dallas in the fall of 2015. The boutique grocer offers everyday essentials, gourmet goodies, Stumptown coffee bar and great wines. Its charming setting has quickly earned itself an irreplaceable spot in Park Cities culture.

DSC_6204_blogEmily Ray-Porter is a highly sought-after real estate professional with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. For the past six years, Emily has been recognized through Dave Perry-Miller and D Magazine for her sales production and dedication to her clients. Emily is passionate about her work with Family Legacy and Naomi’s Village, two organizations dedicated to caring for orphan children in Africa.

Zac Porter is a founding partner of Viceroy Realty Advisors, which provides advisory services and development consulting for mixed-use and high-street properties. Zac is active in the Dallas community and is currently a part of the prestigious Leadership Dallas – Class of 2017. He is past president of Dallas Roundtable and a board member with Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Cullen Potts works as a proprietor of Capital Institutional Services, Inc., an independent brokerage firm founded in 1977. Additionally, he is a real estate investor and serves as director of Family Business Affairs and board director for Capital Institutional Services.

For more information about Accessible Luxury, please visit accessibleluxury.org.

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Pedro Rodriguez in Volunteer Services

Meet Pedro, an Evening Volunteer Coordinator who has been working in our Volunteer Services department for the past 3 years. Our Evening Volunteer Program is designed to provide a group activity for inpatients, siblings and family members during the weeknight evenings. Volunteers provide fun and recreation to keep the children’s minds off of their medical care and provide family-oriented activities while they’re at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Get to know Pedro in our Staff Spotlight below.

Pedro, pictured third from the right, with volunteers at Treasure Street.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Hmm…that’s a tough one; there are so many things I love about it. I love getting to hang out and  play different games and do different crafts with our inpatients. It’s great seeing them laugh, smile and forget whatever has brought them to our hospital, even if it’s just for two hours. I love how our volunteers, no matter how busy their lives become, always make time to make huge impacts in our inpatient lives. I literally could not do what I do without them.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

How inviting it is. People who work and volunteer here really do go the extra mile for our patients and their families.

What skills do you need for your job?

I think for my job, you need to be creative, outgoing, jovial, patient, have the ability to laugh at yourself and stay pretty calm. I think for the most part I hit all of those, although sometimes I can be an upside down duck.

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

I had my first job at 13. I worked at a country club as a waiter at the pool. I also worked at Starbucks, but I can’t recommend anything, not much of a coffee drinker. Most of my family is in the medical field in some form or fashion, I think with that influence and wanting to work with children brought me to Scottish Rite Hospital.

What is your favorite hospital-related Special Event?

I’m definitely a little biased. With the support I get from my team and the volunteers, the Evening Volunteer Program has created four hospital special events; Drive-In Movie Night, Back-to-School Carnival, Inpatient Night Parade, and our fundraising SPIKE Volleyball Tournament. Last year was our inaugural year and we raised $3,600 for Scottish Rite Hospital!

Inaugural SPIKE Volleyball Tournament hosted by our Evening Volunteers

Inaugural SPIKE Volleyball Tournament hosted by our Evening Volunteers

What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: Anywhere that my friends and family are.
  • Type of food: Tacos- All day, every day!
  • TV show: Who has just one? Definitely something a few seasons in so I can binge.

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

Telekinesis and Teleportation- you know, save on transportation.

What’s your spirit animal?


What is something people don’t know about you?

I played the violin for four years

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Anything 90’s


To learn more about our Volunteer Program and how to apply, please visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.