Kids Health Matters
My Gillette Story
The ability to stand up straight is something that most of us take for granted. Peyton's family can tell you how the ability to stand upright, transformationally changed her view of the world. Read more about the surgery that made it possible.
January 26, 2021
My New Year’s Resolution For Now and Always: Being Courageous for My Daughter
Most parents would tell you that having a child changes your life in ways you never could have imagined. That certainly was the case for my husband, Mike and me. Our daughter, Peyton, is now 9 years old, and it’s been a journey of hope, faith and love.
December 28, 2020
Meet our 2020 Top Doctors
Mpls. St. Paul Magazine recently released its “Top Doctors list,” which includes the names of 24 physicians from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. The magazine determines award recipients based on a survey sent to physicians each year, asking them to nominate one or more doctors (excluding themselves) whom they would visit if they or a loved one needed medical care.
July 28, 2020
Spine and Scoliosis
5 Scoliosis Facts Every Parent Should Know
Gillette expert Danielle Harding, PA-C breaks down five things to know if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with this common spine condition.
June 26, 2020
Bracing for Scoliosis with Kristin Smith, CO
Kristin Smith, CO, is the lead orthotist of the OPS spinal orthotics team, and has worked at Gillette for nearly 20 years. When it comes to scoliosis, her relationship with the condition is both professional, as well as deeply personal. Read our conversation with Kristin below.
June 25, 2020
After Treatment for Scoliosis, Taylor Barrels Ahead
Taylor’s a nationally ranked, competitive barrel racer. To watch her ride is a study of grace in motion. She makes it look effortless. When you stop to consider that she’s doing all of it while dealing with juvenile idiopathic scoliosis (JIS), it becomes even more impressive.
June 20, 2020
Erika Comes Back After Spinal Fusion
"I realized, for the first time, that I was shooting straight. Due to my scoliosis, I'd been overcompensating." Erika, a basketball player, gained confidence after surgery to correct her spinal curvature.
June 4, 2020
Sophia Soars: Family Makes 700-Mile Journey to Treat Daughter’s Cerebral Palsy
"Every step Sophia takes is a testament to the countless dedicated individuals who made it possible," says her mother, Susan Slinkard. Sophia and her family traveled from Arkansas to Minnesota for several major surgeries aimed at reducing Sophia's spasticity.
January 16, 2020
Spine and Scoliosis
Understanding Scoliosis: Infographic, Interviews
We are celebrating Spine Awareness Month with resources to help you get all the information you need on scoliosis and #KidsSpineHealth!
June 14, 2019
Limb-Lengthening and the Triumphant Life of Kate Ketelhohn
The day was Christmas Eve, the year was 2003 and the Ketelhohns were resting and watching a movie in their home near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was an idyllic evening, but their youngest daughter, 8-month-old, Kate, had a slight fever. It was the type of malady that many children experience throughout their development. There was no reason to worry, until there was.
January 9, 2019
The Story of Maia Gochez: Seashore Explorer, Road Trip Enthusiast
Maia Gochez pursues anything that catches her fancy: horseback riding, cute sandals, traveling the country. And she’s courageous enough to overcome anything that might stand in the way—even her cerebral palsy diagnosis.
August 15, 2017
After Scoliosis Treatment, Avital Aims to Help Other Kids
After a surprising scoliosis diagnosis, Avital Harris wore a back brace for two years. Now she is sharing her story, and plans for the future.
June 23, 2017
Spine and Scoliosis
Alexis, Scoliosis and the Blue Orchid
Beauty and imperfection aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s our differences that make us beautiful and irreplicable individuals. See how Alexis, a talented dancer who has scoliosis, recently celebrated the successful end to her treatment.
June 1, 2017