Our team, led by Dr. Suzanne M. Yandow, studies and treats problems affecting the growing bones, joints and muscles of children.

Our team includes pediatric orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants specializing in pediatric orthopedics. All of the doctors are board-certified in their specialties, and provide surgical and non-surgical care for your child.

We are experts in observing children's growth and in recommending treatment. To help your child, we often use physical and rehabilitation therapies, braces, splints and casts. When surgery is needed, we are very experienced in performing procedures to treat musculoskeletal problems.

In addition to doctors, our team includes highly trained genetic counselors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in musculoskeletal conditions.

We work closely with our colleagues in other specialties, and our patients have full access to the wide variety of services provided by a major regional medical center.


  • Suzanne M. Yandow, MD, chief medical director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Erik Mortensen, director of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Bone Tumors

Seattle Children's has the first interdisciplinary clinic in the United States dedicated to treating bone tumors in children.

Learn more about the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Foot and Ankle

Seattle Children's is a leader in researching and developing treatments that correct foot and ankle deformities, sometimes without using major surgery.

Hand and Upper Extremity

Our team includes doctors who treat hand and arm defects and injuries in children. At Seattle Children's, we perform both microvascular and general hand and arm surgery.


Our providers have expertise in treating hip injuries, including hip fractures and infections.

Limb Differences

Our team specializes in evaluating and treating limb differences, including limb loss and other limb disorders.

Neuromuscular Disorders

Seattle Children's is an experienced leader in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders including cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

Skeletal Health/Dysplasia

We specialize in diagnosing and caring for children with rare bone conditions. Our goal is to help children, teenagers and adults with skeletal dysplasias have a high quality of life.


Our team is nationally known for treating all kinds of spinal problems, including scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis.

Sports Medicine

At Seattle Children's, we are experts in treating growing athletes. We develop physical therapy programs for children recovering from injuries. When surgery is needed, we use techniques that limit the risk of injury to growing bones.

Sports Concussion

Our team consists of some of the nation's top experts on concussions and brain injuries. Seattle Children's is part of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program, the region's premier team for evaluating head injuries and providing the right treatments to keep young athletes safe and healthy as they recover from their injury.

Trauma Program and Fracture Care

Orthopedic Fellow

  • Ikechukwu Onyedika, MD

Advanced Practice Providers

Athletic Trainers

  • Kaiulani Gilbert, MEd, ATC, AT/L, supervisor
  • Andrew Little, MA, ATC, AT/L, supervisor
  • Tara Peerenboom, MA, ATC, AT/L, supervisor
  • Emily Carter, ATC, AT/L
  • Reuben Clements, MA, ATC, AT/L
  • Anna Collett, ATC, AT/L
  • Johnathan Geise, ATC, AT/L
  • Antonio Gudino, ATC, AT/L
  • Hannah Hames, MA, ATC, AT/L
  • Geniqua Harris, MS, ATC. AT/L
  • Carmay Jones-Isaac, ATC, AT/L
  • Liz Kakos, ATC, AT/L
  • Caitie Kokot, MEd, ATC, AT/L
  • Charles Liggett, MS, ATC, AT/L
  • Erin Melton, ATC, AT/L
  • Loka Murphy, ATC, AT/L
  • Thuy-Vy Nguyen, ATC, AT/L
  • Erin Paxinos, MS, ATC, AT/L
  • Haley Seymour, ATC, AT/L
  • Amanda Vakerics, MS, ATC, AT/L

Learn more about our athletic trainers.


Treatment plans can be complex, so our nurses are an important resource for families seen in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Their role includes patient assessment, coordination of care, education, and long-term follow-up. They are available to families throughout the course of care to answer questions and give advice.

  • Emily Sack, RN, care coordinator
  • Laura Alverson, RN
  • Candace Douglas, RN
  • Amy Dynes, RN
  • Carine Golfetto, RN
  • Melissa Humphrey, RN
  • Shannon Kniestedt, RN
  • Alissa Little, RN
  • Sue Robinson, RN
  • Katie Severance, RN


  • Viviana Bompadre, PhD, research manager
  • Tressa Mattioli Lewis, MPH, clinical research associate

Certified Medical Assistants

Our medical assistants have many jobs, including greeting you on arrival, taking your child's height, weight and medical history.

  • Elizabeth Carter, MA supervisor
  • Karen Becker, CMA
  • Brittney Berg, CMA
  • Sue Lenander, CMA
  • Azmaira Kara, CMA
  • Robert Nieto Jr., MA
  • Linda Sim, CMA
  • Julissa Siquibache, CMA
  • Chhorvyvorn Sok, CMA
  • Laurie Wandler, CMA
  • Whitney Wheelock, CMA
  • Tiara Williams, CMA

Registered Orthopedic Technologists

Our registered orthopedic technologists are specially trained in splinting, casting, and bracing bones and musculoskeletal injuries.

  • Jennifer Weber, ROT, supervisor
  • Tekasha Buss, ROT
  • Kristin Jenkins, ROT
  • Alicia Macias, ROT
  • Michele Monteclaro, ROT
  • Marina Steshuk, ROT
  • Richard Washington, ROT

Sports Physical Therapy Team

The Sports Physical Therapy team helps school-aged children and teens heal after sports injuries. Meet our Sports Physical Therapy team.

Support Staff

  • Valerie Borrego, senior administrative assistant
  • Deb Kahrimanovic, senior administrative assistant
  • Michael Mendelow, senior administrative assistant 
  • Melanie Miller, senior administrative assistant
  • Emily Moon, senior administrative assistant