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Spine Institute is redefining pediatric spine care

As one of the nation’s largest and oldest providers of pediatric spine care, we bring to our patients care informed by 125 years of clinical excellence, research, and health education. ​

​From routine care to rare and complex spine conditions and spine injuries, our experienced team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, physical therapists, onsite orthotics, and other specialists collaborate to develop personalized treatment plans focused on the child's well-being and long-term health.


The future of pediatric spine care lies in a highly personalized approach

The Spine Institute is leading this transformative shift by enhancing our patient-centered model.  Our providers consider each child’s unique circumstances, aspirations, and preferences as a part of the assessment and treatment plan. 


What Sets Us Apart

Our internationally recognized orthopedic and spine surgeons have expertise in treating complex pediatric spine conditions. We focus on both short and long-term outcomes in patients who have idiopathic scoliosis, as well as various treatment options for those with scoliosis associated with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and other neuromuscular conditions. 

Spine Research

Our radiology team uses a wide variety of imaging tests to see inside the body. This can help our providers diagnose and treat complex conditions and injuries. From lower dose- radiation X-rays (EOS) to MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds, we offer high-quality imaging with increased safety and convenience.  

A unique aspect of spine care at Gillette is our experienced orthotics team. We use the latest technology to help create cutting edge braces for our patients. This team is typically onsite and works closely with the spine providers to ensure a patient has the best brace possible.  Learn more about casting and bracing.

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Care Team


  • Michelle Engberg, DPT 

  • Kellen Feeney, DPT 

  • Katie Wilkins, DPT

  • Guido Bruyers, CO 

  • Janet Cortes, CO 

  • Joe Herman, CPO 

  • Molly Linquist, CPO 

  • Kristine Nolin, CPO 

  • Kristin Smith, CO 

  • Paul Swanlund, CO