Spina bifida is fairly common, occurring in one of every 1,500 births, and is a complex condition that requires a team of experts to make sure each child can thrive. A team of Gillette specialists, including neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, urologists, rehabilitation medicine specialists, therapists, psychologists, social workers, and orthotists is ready to help parents and referring providers create a treatment plan especially designed for each child diagnosed with spina bifida.
October 23, 2020
Gillette on the Job
A Conversation and Meeting with Walter Truong, MD
Walter Truong, MD has worked as a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare for nearly ten years. Dr. Truong specializes in treating a variety of pediatric orthopedic conditions. Learn more about him, here.
October 8, 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
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
Play it Safe During COVID-19: Avoiding Fractures and Injuries
As the weather turns warmer and sunnier, families are eager to get outside for fresh air and exercise. While the escape from the four walls of home is a welcome relief, it’s important to make sure we’re all safe during our outdoor activities. Gillette is here to help if a child is injured.
May 13, 2020
Robotics Can Help Train Kids to Walk: The Role of Locomotor Training in Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation therapy helps patients learn how to maximize their abilities and become familiar with new ways of moving. Locomotor training, a form of walking therapy that involves body weight support, can help eligible patients increase function in their lower extremities and improve their mobility.
October 1, 2019
Love of Dogs Helps Charlie Through Spine Straightening Treatment
Charlie Schultz is a longtime Gillette patient, athlete, and most importantly, a dog lover. Learn how Charlie's love of dogs blossomed (and led to him becoming a dog owner!) during his seven-week inpatient stay to treat his severe spinal curvature, called kyphosis.
August 8, 2019
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
Spine and Scoliosis
Gillette Has Your Back: Family Support on Scoliosis Facebook Group
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is kicking off June as Scoliosis Awareness Month by launching a new Scoliosis Resource Group on Facebook.
June 5, 2018
Not Just Brothers, Best Friends
Everyone knows at least one iconic duo. There are Batman and Robin, Mario and Luigi, Ash Ketchum and Pikachu, and by the time you’re done reading, you’ll add another to the list: Josh and Tyler Lindgren.
March 28, 2018
Diehard Vikings Fan Overcomes Disability, Snags Tickets to Super Bowl LII
Not one to sit on the sidelines, Danny Lilya’s wheelchair and congenital spine diagnosis have never defined him. From playing hockey to scoring field goals on the football team, find out how this athlete and Vikings fan is headed to the Super Bowl this weekend.
January 29, 2018
Help Fund Animal-Assisted Therapy at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
“I don’t think it would surprise anyone to learn that a lot of children love dogs,” says Emily DeBreto. “While we’ve had volunteers bring in therapeutic dogs at the hospital for comfort, we wanted to get our dogs more involved with the actual functional aspects of the therapy we’re providing.”
November 16, 2017
Research and Innovation
Gillette Part of a Big Breakthrough to Treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is playing a key role in the clinical trials and research into the drug Spinraza, also called nusinersen.The drug is being celebrated as the first real hope for people who have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
August 1, 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
Student Broadcaster Recovers from Transverse Myelitis with Eggnog Fizz and Friends
This is not what Earl Weir planned for his junior year in high school. The 17-year-old from Howard Lake, Minnesota was a busy teenager—involved in his school’s broadcast club, spending time hunting and fishing with his dad and listening to music with his mom. Earl is an example of how life can change in an instant.
May 2, 2017