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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 scottishritehospital.org/fracture.

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 scottishritehospital.org/sports.

*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 femaleathletetriad.org.



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 community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

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 GraceFilledNestTumblr.com

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.

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  • 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 scottishritehospital.org/sports.

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 dallasmarathon.com. If you would like to make the hospital the beneficiary of an event, call TSRHC’s Development department at 214-559-7650.

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.