Dan and Ella Matschina are a father/daughter duo, each with their own care journey at Gillette for scoliosis. Dan wore a brace during his middle-school years, which helped align his spine. Ella needed additional treatment and had Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) surgery at Gillette when she was 12.

#117 | Ella Matschina

December 19, 2022

“I was worried when I got older, when I needed to wear a brace and we started talking about surgery,” Ella shared. A swimmer and a softball player, she was concerned how her condition might limit her ability to do what she loves. Thankfully, she was back in the pool just six weeks after surgery and still competes today.

Original photos courtesy of Little Road Studios.

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