Kids Health Matters
My Gillette Story
When Isabella Gregory, 11, received a diagnosis of juvenile idiopathic scoliosis in 2019, it was a shock to say the least. Read about the unique surgical procedure that got Isabella back to her life and activities just 6 weeks later.
February 10, 2021
Innovation and Research
Promise Found: Peyton’s Halo-Gravity Traction Journey
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
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
Inimitable Avery: Relentless After Treatment for Scoliosis
"It was definitely a shock. I almost didn’t believe it at first. I’m a competitive athlete; I’d never really been hurt or sick in my entire life. I didn’t even know what scoliosis was." - Avery Wright
June 30, 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
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
How Joshua Surprised Dr. Guillaume and Almost Made Him Cry
June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month and a good time to revisit some of the remarkable stories of the Gillette patients diagnosed with scoliosis. In May 2018, Joshua and his parents surprised Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare orthopedic surgeon, Tenner Guillaume, MD with an unusual and highly personal gift.
June 11, 2020
My Gillette Story
Olympic Qualifier, Kyra Condie Reaches New Heights Following Spinal Fusion
This is not the summer Kyra Condie, 24, was supposed to have. Just a few months from now, Kyra was supposed to be in Tokyo, competing as a climber in the Summer Olympics.It would’ve been the first time climbing was featured as an event in the Olympics and for her, a tremendous personal achievement. A milestone she’s been working towards her whole life.
June 9, 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
Back Pain in Children: Gillette Can Help!
Back pain is more common in children than one might expect. In fact, by age 15, 30-50 percent of all children have had at least one episode of back pain! At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, our team of internationally-recognized orthopedic experts work closely with many pediatric patients each year, helping them identify and treat their unexplained back pain.
July 18, 2019
Robert’s Life with Prader-Willi Syndrome: A Rare Disease Story
For Janet Favorite, navigating her son Robert’s rare condition has been a rollercoaster, steadied by her family’s commitment to providing him with expert care and access to resources at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Read her story.
February 27, 2019
Awards and Achievements
Gillette Foundation Lands Generous Grant That Will Help Expand Our Spine Program
The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation awarded Gillette a generous grant to help expand Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare’s spine program. This is the largest grant we’ve ever received.
December 19, 2018
Spine and Scoliosis
Gillette Care for Scoliosis and Spine Issues Makes a Splash
Owen Earl can now swim and be active thanks to surgery at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare to help with a curvature in his back due to scoliosis. Gillette performs 80% of spinal fusion procedures in Minnesota and 65% of spine fusions to correct scoliosis.
August 8, 2018