Our team, led by Dr. Ernest "Chappie" U. Conrad , 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.

Leadership

Bone Tumors

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

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Foot and Ankle

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

Pediatric Orthopedics

We have the knowledge and experience to provide expert orthopedic care, including the treatment of complex fractures.

Hand and Upper Extremity

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

Dysplasia

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

Hip

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.

Spine

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

Sports Medicine

At 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

Inpatient Nurse Practitioner

Athletic Trainers

  • Phil Heywood, MS, ATC, AT/L
  • Kaiulani Gilbert,  MEd, ATC, AT/L
  • Antonio Gudino, ATC, AT/L
  • Carmay Jones-Isaac, ATC, AT/L
  • Tilden Keller, ATC, AT/L
  • Charles Liggett, MS, ATC, AT/L
  • Andrew Little, MA, ATC, AT/L
  • Loka Murphy, ATC, AT/L
  • Tara Peerenboom, MA, ATC, AT/L
  • Leslie Rodriguez, MS, ATC, AT/L

Learn more about our athletic trainers.

Nurses

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.

  • Kate Burke, RN, clinic operations manager
  • Laura Alverson, RN
  • Nicole Engel, RN
  • Jennifer Evans, RN
  • Shannon Kniestedt, RN
  • Marie Mangold, RN
  • Jeananne Martin, RN
  • Rebecca Merce, RN
  • Sue Robinson, RN
  • Emily Sack, RN
  • Katie Thaman, RN

Certified Medical Assistants

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

  • Elizabeth Greenough, MA supervisor
  • Karen Becker, CMA
  • Ashley Berryessa, CMA
  • Whitney Carberry, CMA
  • Liz Grundman-Brady, CMA
  • Kirstin Jenkins, CMA
  • Sue Lenander, CMA
  • Robert Nieto Jr., MA
  • Yi Piao, CMA
  • Christin Sanchez, CMA
  • Kayla Shreve, CMA
  • Chhorvyvorn Sok, CMA
  • Marina Steshuk, MA
  • Jennifer Weber, MA
  • 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
  • Alvin Abueg, ROT
  • Wayne Johnson, ROT
  • Michele Monteclaro, ROT
  • Stephanie Morgan, 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 .