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Mid Valley | October / November 2020

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We’re here …

… for your child’s health. Your family’s health and well-being are top priorities, for you and for us. As our communities meet the challenges of COVID-19, well-child checkups and vaccinations are as important as ever. When you make an appointment you can be assured that many safety measures are in place, including telehealth appointments, pre-appointment health screenings, physical distancing, face coverings requirement and strict cleaning and disinfecting.

Need a new health care provider? Call 800-863-5241.


It’s what‘s

inside that counts

Online Learning 20

Fall Family Fun 24

Cozy Casseroles 28

Meet the MOM experts ... 4 They know what they’re

Cover MOM: Christina Miller................10

The basics for kids and adults with scoliosis ..... 22

talking about

This mom gets real

Because I said so............... 5

Online learning............. 20

A message from MOM

We’re doing this!

Fall family fun ................. 24 Even in pandemic times

Cozy casseroles.............. 28

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Health. Let’s Talk Health with Samaritan Health Services, page 7



Partners in Education with Carla Towery, page 9

Focus on MOM with Dr. Masha Molodyh, page 19



Go Out and Play with Karen Swanger, page 15

Something to Smile About with Dr. Jay Vaikuntam, page 23



About Home Style with Heather Van Eyk, page 17

Natural Choices with Emily Stimac, page 27

Whoever said, ‘the days are long but the years are short’ did not know about 2020.

— The Salty Mamas @saltymamas 4 mommag.com

Say Cheese. Say Cheese with Dr. Wade Haslam, page 18


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It may take a candy slide this year My first baby, a boy, was born spontaneously on Halloween. What was a holiday I enjoyed turned into a celebratory one: “You had a Halloweenie!” my sister joked. I’m a firm believer in punking my kids every so often, and the year that baby turned eight was when I got him good. Donning an inflated Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume, I met him at the bus stop after school while not saying a word. He and the other kids were surprised and amused, and they had no idea it was me at first. It’s one of those memories I hope he talks about for a long time into adulthood whenever he thinks of me and his special birthday. With holidays on the horizon, many of us wonder how we are going to manage them, with our kids cooped up and trying to adjust to distance learning. How do we create some kind of normalcy, when we’re all tired of living in unprecedented times? In this issue, we compiled a list of family activities for all ages, and savory casseroles you can enjoy after a day of adventures. We hope it helps you and yours to find some much-needed joy. We’ve also included some tips for online learning, which if you’re like my family, has not been without hiccups and hurdles. Halloween looks like it will bring its own set of challenges this year, too. At first I thought, let’s just call it off — we’re all too tired, especially after the anxiety and sadness of the recent wildfires in our beautiful state. But then, something switched in me and I found my fighting spirit.

At the grandparents' house on Halloween in 2013.

“A what?” he asked, confused. I explained how I want a tube or slide contraption that I can use to send candy down to trick-ortreaters, socially distanced style. My firstborn, now age 14, says he’s not into trick-or-treating this year. But I still love seeing the littles in their adorable costumes. And it seems downright criminal to let neighborhood kids go without something delightful. It’s been a tough year for them, too. So, we’ll figure out some sort of candy delivery system for trick-or-treaters. Heck, I might just spring for full-size candy bars. I think we all deserve them. Audrey Meier DeKam Editor-in-Chief

“Will you build me a candy slide?” I asked my husband.

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Let’s talk health

Let’s talk health

Have a question you forgot to discuss at the doctor’s office or are too embarrassed to ask? The experts at Samaritan Health Services are here to help.

All of the changes in routine this year seem to be stressing my kids out. How do I know when to seek help?

How can I tell if someone in my household has the cold, flu or COVID-19 this winter?

This is a stressful time for both parents and children. Even young children are aware that something is amiss, even if it is simply that their schedule and normal activities are different. Your child may be struggling if they are exhibiting the following signs:

Regression in skills (i.e., bedwetting, tying shoes, etc.). New sleep problems (i.e., difficulty falling or staying asleep, nightmares). Signs of worry or anxiety, such as clinginess, reassurance seeking, stomachaches, headaches, nervousness, etc. Frequent tearfulness, irritability, withdrawal or loss of interest in normal activities. New behavioral problems, such as outbursts, aggression, etc. Be sure to talk to your children about how they are feeling and provide ways they can cope such as deep breathing, listening to music, playing with pets or calling a friend. If you and/or your child are struggling during this time, please contact your primary care provider or insurance company for the names of covered mental health providers. — Lindsey Felix, PhD, Samaritan Neuropsychology – Albany

I’m interested in getting laser hair removal. I’ve heard there are better times of the year than others to do this. Is that true? Yes, fall and winter tend to be the best times of year for laser hair removal. This is because there is often less sunshine, at least in Oregon. It’s important to not have any direct sun exposure to a treated area two weeks before and after the procedure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (skin darkening) or hypopigmentation (skin lightening) from occurring. For questions or to schedule a consultation, call 541-768-4370. — Karin Olszewski, RN, Samaritan Plastic, Reconstruction & Hand Surgery

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It’s very difficult to distinguish between influenza, COVID-19 and the common cold based on symptoms alone. Both COVID-19 and influenza share many symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion, headache and muscle pains, and occasionally vomiting or diarrhea. A mild COVID-19 infection can cause congestion and headache — symptoms that are also common with cold viruses. If you have any cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay home and limit contact with other people to avoid spreading the illness. Also, please call your health care provider or complete a Coronavirus Concerns E-visit through samhealth.org/MyChart to find out if you should be tested, as tests are available that differentiate between influenza and COVID-19. We strongly recommend getting the influenza vaccine this fall to help protect you and your family against influenza infection. — Adam Brady, MD, Samaritan Infectious Disease

Call Samaritan Health Services Find a Doctor line at 800-863-5241 to find a provider who is right for you.

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Showing thanks

It’s perfect, honey! Have you ever noticed that we love our children’s artwork, no matter how purple the sky or red the grass they’ve drawn? We don’t expect it to be perfect, yet we find joy in it anyway. We find joy in their imperfection, yet we often expect no less than perfection from ourselves or our spouse. When we reflect on our


HILE THANKSGIVING is a time for recognizing all that we are thankful for, it’s also a great time to talk lives, we see what we don’t have. When we look in the mirror, we see with our kids about how we show thanks. our flaws instead of the blessings. Can we take a step back? Can we Many of us have labored over writing you notes for accept those few extra pounds, or scuffed shoes, orthank not-so-new wedding or baby shower gifts and think of note writing as car—even with its occasional rattles—and allow ourselves to time-consuming in our sped-up world. Still, isn’t it nice to experience receive satisfaction with what we have Teaching and who we Peaceto an acknowledgement? ourare? children with ourselves liberates us to bewith our own “best. show thankfulness a brief and” sincere note is not only polite, it’s teaching them a valuable skill. Today’s the day. Give yourself a break from the expectation of There perfection and say,are “I’mmany okay.” ways to show thanks besides snail

mail, if it’s not your thing:

It’s called GRACE. Give yourself some today! • Have your children draw a picture for a grandparent who lives at a distance. You can either scan and email it, or just take a quick photo with your smartphone and brought to you by it. text

• Take a photo of your child holding a “Thank you” sign and text it to the gift giver.

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• A thank you phone or video call to their benefactor is Santiam Christian Schools always appreciated. Carla Towery is a Kindergarten teacher, www.santiamchristian.org • Take a short video clip of your child enjoying the item Santiam Christian 541-745-5524and x243share it with the gift giver.Schools • Take time to help make gratitude part of your child’s attitude. The art of showing gratitude is always in style.

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For cover MOM Christina Miller, becoming a pediatrician, serving abroad and a later-in-life journey to motherhood taught her to not sweat the small stuff.


Cover story photos by Emily Hall Photography


Husband: David Miller, co-owner of Willamette Valley Pediatrics Children: Jordan, age 6, and MacKenzie, age 4

Profession: Pediatrician Communities: Albany/ Corvallis

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for MOM Tea or Coffee? Coffee Morning or Night? Morning Summer or Winter? Summer Fly or Drive? Fly Gold or Silver? Silver Dog or Cat? Dog

Family comes first. All families are unique. Tell us about yours. My husband and I met through common interests of mission work. Before kids, we did several mission trips to the Philippines and Nigaragua. We were blessed with two wonderful children that we never expected to have, as we had several pregnancy losses along the way. We love being parents, even though we are often exhausted. When I come home from a busy day at work and my son wants to make an obstacle course in the backyard, I’m out there holding the sprayer. When I vacuum, I find all of Jordan’s rocks, and MacKenzie has naked Barbies in random places all through the house. My husband was a builder and is now home with the kids. He said, “This is the hardest job I’ve ever had in my life!”

When did you know you wanted to be a mom? I have always wanted to be a mom since I was little. I think that is why I was attracted to pediatrics as a profession. I’ve been around kids and worked with kids my whole life. Do you think that parenting is easier or more challenging than when you were growing up? I think parenting is unique for each generation. Kids have always had challenges — that’s part of development and maturity. The situations might be different now with more electronics but some of the pressures are the same, making good choices, friendships, responsibilities, etc. All that said, this pandemic has been a rough year! At our clinic we’ve been asking kids, how are you feeling? How are mom and dad doing? And we check in with parents, too. Parents have lost jobs, and that creates stress. At one visit recently a mom said, we just really need diapers. We got her some diapers.

Beer or Wine? Wine Bath or Shower? Shower Math or English? Math Hot or Cold? Hot Sweet or Savory? Savory Ice cream or Chocolate? Both Early or Late? Early

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Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments? Every day is unique with my kids, they surprise me every day with what they have learned, their interests and unique personalities. I am just proud to have kids and call them mine. What is the most surprising thing you have found wedged between the sofa cushions or behind a car seat? We have the usual food, Legos, doll pieces, but recently cleaning out the sofa we found a baby pacifier that must have been there for over three years despite cleaning often. We’re all moms so we know that no one is perfect all of the time, or even some of the time. Tell us about your most recent “Mother of the Year” moment. You know, like forgetting to pick the kids up from school. My son fell out of bed in the middle of the night. I heard him, went running in and got him back into bed but never turned on the light because I wanted him to go back to sleep. He said he thinks he hit his head on the bunk ladder. I said, you’re probably fine just go back to sleep and he did. In the morning he got up and had a small cut over his eye and small black eye. I should have turned the light on. In what way are your children like you? How are they different? They are curious about everything. They ask questions about everything, they enjoy the outside a lot. They are different from me in that I am more shy and introverted, and they are very outgoing — they talk to everyone. You know you’re a mom when you hear yourself say…“_____” Because I’m the mom, that’s why. Your biggest wish for your kids is… To grow up healthy, happy and knowing they are loved unconditionally. How do you balance (or not) motherhood, activities, work, volunteering, household responsibilities, and life in general? Typically, what falls through the cracks? I have a wonderful husband who helps me so much. We are a good team. Sometimes my workouts don’t happen in the morning because I need a little extra sleep, or I didn’t get to the three loads of laundry that have been waiting for me for several days. No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full-time job. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home. I am a pediatrician. I work four days per week but also take phone calls 24/7. I started my own private practice two years ago which was a huge undertaking but has been very rewarding.

What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom? That all kids and families are very unique, what works for one family may not work for another. Not everything is textbook black and white. Tell us about a recent achievement you’re proud of, or a personal passion or talent. I started my own private practice. This was a long process and a slow start. But we are two years into this and doing very well. I love all my patients and their families. I’d been in a much larger health organization before, and it wasn’t working for me, between breastfeeding and 2 a.m. patient calls. Financially it is a challenge, but I’m so satisfied with it. Your pediatrician is an important person in your family’s life. I get to spend 30 to 45 minutes with my patients and really talk with them. Patients can call me directly. It’s been wonderful because it allows me to just be who I am. When was the last time you failed? What did you learn? My biggest memory of failing was when I was playing sports and didn’t make the cut to be on the team with all my friends. At the time I ran cross country and we made it to nationals, which overlapped with basketball tryouts. I hadn’t practiced ball handling skills and wasn’t prepared, so I made the B team. As a middle schooler who lived for friends and sports, it was a disappointment when all my pals were on the A team. But it made me work harder. It was a good year of teaching me how to work hard, practice, make new friends and enjoy where I am. Later, when I was in high school, I told my parents, I’m going to get a college scholarship. And I did! I played Division 1 softball at Eastern Carolina University. And it was there that I was encouraged by my advisors to pursue medicine.



Favorite… …family game:

Animal Sequence

...way that you let off steam? Exercise ...guilty pleasure? Ice cream!

…parenting philosophy: Love and enjoy your kids, they are a blessing

Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish within the next five years? To continue to grow my practice.

If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. What do you think is the most important life skill or value your parents taught you? Love and forgiveness When did you realize you were no longer a child? College. I went away for college, realized I didn’t have my parents to advocate for me anymore. I learned a lot living on my own.

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What are three words your best friend would use to describe you? Active, empathetic, hard working If you could instantly have one new skill (i.e. foreign language, musical talent, eyes in the back of your head, etc.), what would it be? The ability to pick up a foreign language easily. Name one thing that is part of your daily routine that you just can’t live without. Morning coffee. With kids that get up very early, I need that morning caffeine. Tell us something about you that would surprise your kids (or your husband). I had lots of siblings that used to get into my things, so I used to hide things to keep them from being taken. I still hide money and sometimes treats. It’s Saturday afternoon and you suddenly find yourself at home alone for a few hours (we know, it never happens). What do you do? Probably a nap first then read a book or go on a run by myself. Outside of your family members, who/what inspires you to be better? I have a best friend who has raised her kids, and she encourages me and gives me advice.

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What keeps you sane? My faith and exercise. What is your greatest extravagance? A trip with my husband to Hawaii, pre-kids, when we stayed at an amazing hotel and spa. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Travel outside the United States. It gives you a good perspective on your life here. On mission trips to rural areas in the Philippines I realized that parents everywhere want the same thing for their kids, they have the same worries, despite luxuries or finances. Someday we want our children to experience a life of service. It gives you perspective when you see how people who are struggling find joy and grace.

Listen to mom. Is motherhood what you expected? What surprised you the most? Motherhood is wonderful and I never knew that you could love someone so much before they were even born. It is surprising how hard it is helping your kids grow up. Foster their individual personalities while still having good boundaries with them.

Who and what has influenced the mother you are today? Lots of people in my life: grandmothers, my mom and friends. What advice would you give your younger mom self? What do you wish you knew then that you know now? Being an older mom I feel I don’t sweat the small things like I probably would have. What message would you like to share with other moms? Remember to tell it like it is. Children are a blessing. Tell them daily you love them. Enjoy your time with them even when some days are very rough. Do not be afraid to ask for advice or seek help if things are becoming overwhelming. We’ve all been there.

Help kids get used to masks I

T’S A STRANGE TIME FOR ALL OF US RIGHT NOW, and from a child’s perspective, probably even stranger. When everyone is wearing masks, their faces are obscured. According to the Oregon Health Authority, kids age 5 and older are required to wear a mask, and kids over age 2 can wear a mask if they can remove it themselves. For children who might find this all a bit odd, there are tips to smooth the journey: • Practice inside and outside of your home, teaching them how to put the mask on and off. Model the behavior you want them to imitate. • Decorate their mask. There are plenty of no-sew, easy-to-make versions online, and a favorite color or character can help with a sense of ownership.

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• Help make it fun through play. One game you can play is identifying emotions behind the mask. Take turns making faces and guessing what emotion each other is showing. • Point out how other people and children are wearing masks when you are out. Source: Kidshealth.org

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Is your Zoom call on mute?

Christina Miller, MD

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Raising strong families through personalized care.

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At Willamette Valley Pediatrics we believe that healthcare is personal.

“We are all in this together” Tips to helping your child this school year: Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night Healthy meals and snacks Drink plenty of water Plan times for exercise or active games daily

low fares. nonstop flights.

Consider the influenza vaccine

Dr. Christina Miller takes the time to develop relationships with her patients and their families in order to care for their “whole” health.

You and your child’s health are our priority. We know that health concerns are stressful for moms. We offer same day appointments and can work with your busy schedule. We schedule sports physicals with minimal wait time, because we know that an active child is a healthy child. Dr. Miller knows that children are a blessing. That is why she comes alongside you and your child to help them become their best self. To learn more contact us at 541-704-7304 or www.willamettevalleypediatrics.com

Christina Miller, MD

Dr. Miller strives to provide so much more than just a doctor’s “visit”. Located in Albany 1123 Hill Street SE, Suite B. Albany

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the heart of the home Kitchens have experienced significant changes over the past 30 years as house plans become more open and entertainment centers more around food and beverage.


ith increased emphasis on how kitchens are utilized, materials have changed as well. SURFACES: Choosing the right surface should be determined by how it’s used and the level of upkeep required. Countertops, tile backsplash and all other wall cladding can be stone, glass, wood, concrete or numerous other manufactured materials. CABINET STORAGE: Modern cabinetry can make a kitchen of the same size but built 50 years ago function better, offer more ergonomic features and increase storage capacity.

APPLIANCES: After years of hiding appliances from view, they are now returning to center stage with bolder colors and increased technology. Smart appliances are designed to make time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable. WHEN YOU’RE READY FOR A REMODEL: hire a professional kitchen designer. It can make all the difference in space planning and curated choices that fit your style. Learn more at www.nkba.org.

Heather Van Eyk is a mother of two and principal designer at NW Design House & owner of Budget Blinds located next to Starbucks in North Albany.

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tricks and treats for halloween and braces However your kids are celebrating Halloween this year, it’s likely there will be plenty of treats. It might be tempting to overdo it — it’s just one night of the year, right? — but it’s not so fun when those treats mess up braces or cause cavities.

It’s important to know the best treats to eat so that those with braces don’t have to miss out. Here are the top five candy choices for braces: Three Musketeers Mint patties Peanut butter cups Twix Milky Way As a general rule, avoid candies that are overly sticky, crunchy or hard such as caramel, taffy, gum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Have acceptable treats on hand, like pure chocolate, to substitute for “off limit” candies. Remember that whatever you’re eating, brush and floss well afterward. By enjoying acceptable treats in moderation, you’ll have a great Halloween and a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Protect eyes during smoky wildfire season If you find yourself in the vicinity of a wildfire, the air could get smoky very quickly depending on wind direction and speed. Check out these tips to help protect your eyes from wildfire smoke: • Limit time outdoors and keep windows and doors closed while you’re inside. • Set your car and home air conditioners to the recirculate so that smoky outside air isn’t drawn inward. • If you have to spend time outdoors, safety goggles and sunglasses help minimize the irritating effects of wildfire smoke. • Practice good hygiene, especially if you are wearing contact lenses. Wearing eyeglasses, if possible, is a better option. Source: Pacific University

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hether we want to or not, distance learning is likely part of our collective new normal. How do we do this, when this fall’s online curriculum is more rigorous than in the spring? We jump in, fumble around and figure it out. The upside: we’ll all learn something — probably us, learning technology from our own children. There will be follies, too, like when your first grader’s class overhears your toddler’s news about peeing in the potty. How we act in the face of challenges impacts how our children will learn to cope when faced with something difficult. So laugh if you need to, cry if you need to, then hug it out and get back to it. Some tips to keep you on track...

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syn·chro·nous / ˈsiŋ-krə-nəs/ Some distance learning programs are synchronous, meaning they are live and in real-time. That means your student needs to be present online and on time.


a·syn·chro·nous /ā-ˈsiŋ-krə-nəs/ Asynchronous learning is when your child is learning on their own, not necessarily logged in at a specific time and without live instruction.



“Have a designated space for each child, set up with all of their needed supplies away from TVs and other electronic devices,” said professional organizer Megan Warren, of Shipshape & Organized Spaces. “This allows them to get in the habit of being in school mode when they are in that space and concentrate without distraction.”

There’s a time for work and a time play. “Keep them on a schedule just like they would be on if they were going to school in person,” said Warren.

It’s ideal if each child has a desk of their own, in their own room, but not everyone has that type of space. A quiet corner or shared space can suffice. Headphones keep the noise from traveling too far. Cute holders and caddies for freshly sharpened pencils can put your child in a learning mode, and plants and framed photos can give life to a personal space. HONOR HOW YOUR INDIVIDUAL CHILD LEARNS Got a broad thinker who likes to pace? Consider a white board. That way they can sketch ideas, doodle and literally draw the big picture. Emily Adler Mosqueda, MS, CCC-SLP, is a bilingual and bicultural pediatric speech-language pathologist at the University of Oregon, and author of My Big Feelings and The Big Bad Virus. Her advice? “Offer physical modifications like a standing set up for video calls/lessons. Technology can be propped up on stacks of books, or on a counter or table.” A fidgety kid might also like using a gym ball chair that allows for some movement while seated, she said. A super social butterfly may want her pals on Facetime while they work through math problems. “What works for a while might need to be adjusted and that’s okay. A curious growth mindset about distance learning, and life in general, is a great thing to model,” Adler Mosqueda notes. She also recommends making adjustments as needed. Try some modifications for a few days or a week, then ask your student how they felt with those changes.

A visual schedule can serve as a reminder to stay on task. It could be handwritten or printed out and pinned to the wall, or fancy and large on colorful paperboard. Let your child’s individuality be the guide. SOCIALIZE FROM A DISTANCE Your child can arrange to have lunch with his pals via video call. It’s not a typical lunchroom, but it allows for banter and chatter that humans need. MODEL THE BEHAVIOR If you’re working from home too, your children take notice of how you participate in your own video calls and deadlines, which might help them figure out how to act for online learning. Of course some workers are essential and must physically attend their jobs; if that’s the case, you are showing your children, through your own actions, the very meaning of commitment. (And we all thank you!) ASK YOUR STUDENT TO TEACH YOU To teach is to learn, as the saying goes. When the moment is right, ask your child to teach you or share how they came up with an idea for a story. AFTER SCHOOL PLAY Several sports clubs and other activities have been successfully modified to maintain CDC health standards. Playing soccer in a mask is a thing. Same for volleyball, cheer and many other sports. Some parents are using the time we have at home with kids to teach life skills. This can be a good hands-on way to undo all that time spent sitting in front of a screen. Bake a pie together, brush the dog, learn how to inflate a flat bike tire — all sorts of life skills are useful.

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The basics for kids and adults with scoliosis By Bailey E. Denno, Doctor of Physical Therapy BSPTS C2 Certified Schroth Practitioner ScoliosisStudioPT.com | (503) 926-3383 | Located in Corvallis

Do I have Scoliosis?

A quick home assessment is easy. To do this, check shoulder height in relaxed standing. If one shoulder is higher than the other, it could mean there is an underlying scoliosis. To screen further, have the person being assessed bend forward at their trunk. Look at their back to see if there is a more prominent region (or “rib hump”) on one side of the spine. What should I do if I think my child has scoliosis?

If you think you or your child may have scoliosis, contact their primary care provider. The provider will need to order a full spinal X-Ray or EOS X-Ray (less radiation exposure) of the whole spine, from skull to pelvis – front to back, and side to side. If I don’t do anything will it get worse?

Most likely yes. Scoliosis progresses throughout life. The risk of progression is calculated based on the patient’s age, the degree the spine is curved (the Cobb angle), and how much growth a child has left before growth plates close. Progression during adolescence

Some scoliosis is evident in infants and young children. Pediatric or primary care provider assessment is vital early on in order to identify scoliosis as soon as possible. If your child has scoliosis, assessment by a scoliosis specialized professional is essential. The scoliosis professional will develop an early intervention plan which can help minimize the effects of scoliosis. In kids with scoliosis, there is evidence to show the bony spinal column grows faster than the spinal cord lengthens. This can cause a buckling of the spine under the spinal cord tension. There is no single cause of scoliosis, rather a myriad of many factors. According to a 2012 article in the Journal of Children’s Orthopedics, prevalence of scoliosis can be up to 5.2% of our population. Since the

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spine is still developing in adolescence, early intervention is important, whether it be conservative (PT, bracing), invasive (surgery) or a combination of interventions. Postural balance and improved symmetry with specialized exercise can benefit people before and after surgery. Progression during pregnancy

The role of specific hormone changes during pregnancy (specifically, an increase in relaxin and progesterone) allows ligaments and muscles to extend more easily. Muscles, tendons and ligaments provide joint stability and support to our bodies; thus this increased extensibility increases joint mobility to allow the birthing process. Isn’t joint mobility good? Yes, mobility is not a bad thing. What is a bad thing is that new mobility in your joints means the muscles, tendons and ligaments aren’t used for controlling or stabilizing. This is why research has changed the way we stretch: we no longer encourage prolonged sustained stretching before an athletic activity. Scoliosis is all about forces (muscle pull), levers (joints) and center of mass (in pregnancy it moves forward, increasing the forward pull on the spine). The scoliotic spine is already deviating from a region of neutrality atop the pelvis. When changes in center of mass occur during pregnancy, the biomechanics of the system are changed, applying different force directions on the spine as well as overall increased loading of the spine. Progression during menopause

Again, there is a change in the hormone balance during menopause. Also, we know the skeletal system is compromised as we age (both male and female) due to declining bone density. Everyone will go through natural joint degeneration, but with the asymmetry of scoliosis there is also an asymmetrical wear and tear that happens throughout the life of the scoliotic spine because gravitational forces are not being distributed evenly throughout the loaded spine. Now what?

There is misinformation and outdated information about scoliosis out there, so it makes the most sense to work with a scoliosis specialist when it comes to your own care or for your child. Changes can be made to reduce postural asymmetry no matter your age or your scoliosis severity. There is hope for anyone suffering with scoliosis.

To fluoride or not to fluoride? That is the question I am asked frequently as a pediatric dentist. Many parents are unsure if their child would benefit from a fluoride supplement. It is a well-known, evidence-based fact that fluoride, when used appropriately, is one of the most effective ways to reduce a child’s risk of experiencing dental caries (cavities). Drinking fluoridated water and brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste are the most effective (and easiest) ways early childhood caries can be prevented. Children who consume mostly well water or un-fluoridated city water may benefit from a fluoride prescription that can be obtained from your pediatric dentist. Other options would include store-bought mouth rinse or a prescribed fluoride gel for at-home use.

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When the nights cool and the sunlight takes on that watery autumn glow, it puts you in the mood for all things fall. Whether that’s pumpkin spice everything, your favorite boots or hauling out the Halloween decor, the crisp bite in the air that this season brings is still meant to be enjoyed, pandemic or not. Round up the family for these fall activities you can do together.

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After you've carved pumpkins, roast the seeds: they are high in fiber (and what kid doesn’t need more fiber) and protein. Rinse and let them dry flat overnight. Toss with olive oil and salt, roast on a cookie sheet for about 25 minutes at 325 degrees. There are loads of variations on this, from boiling them first to adding seasonings like turmeric and chile powder. And use the pumpkin "meat" to make pumpkin muffins, bread or cake. Sure, there are hundreds of healthy recipes too, like soup, but those might be a hard sell to finicky young eaters.


Highway 101 is a gorgeous orean-front drive. Also beautiful: the Columbia Scenic River. Stop for lunch at McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale and enjoy the artwork and grounds. Continue on to the 1918 Vista House for stunning views and a glimpse into history.

TAKE IN THE ART Visit the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem. Don’t miss Brenda P by Barkley Hendricks, on loan through March 2021. See willamette.edu/arts/hfma for details.


Older kids find it fun to find the oddest pieces of trash while participating in a community clean-up. You might find that ripping out invasive ivy is surprisingly satisfying. From city spaces to cemeteries, visit solveoregon. org to find an event near you.


Remember circling everything you wanted in those holiday catalogues? Have the kids start making lists. The anticipation and dreaming are part of the fun.

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Stop by a farm stand you always meant to check out, like Blue Raeven Farmstand Pies in Amity or the Melon Shack in Corvallis. For info: Blueraevenfarmstand.com, Facebook.com/themelonshack


From sailors and marines, to teens and tweens, knitting is a great way to destress. Your maturing daughter may want nothing to do with you, but she might be interested in making a slouchy hat.


A favorite American seasonal kid’s craft: have your child trace their hand on paper and create a turkey picture from it. Make one for each place setting.


Get out the fall decor and do it up this year. If you always wanted a fog-breathing dragon or another inflatable for your Christmas collection, now is the time. Make your own spooky fun house, complete with a “guess what you’re touching” game. Take a cardboard box and cut arm holes. Use peeled grapes as pretend eyeballs and cooked spaghetti noodles as worms.


Detering Orchards in Harrisburg is a family favorite for many. Visit deteringorchards.com to plan your trip.

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Little kids delight in watching the water splash up from their feet. Plus, it’s exercise for cooped-up kiddos.

Support kids’ online learning with healthy eating The Co-op is happy to help you make the best of online learning for you and your kids. Here are some ideas to keep things sustainable, healthy and happily routine while adjusting to our new normal.

Keep packing those lunches: One way to help keep the distinction between “home” and “school” is to hold on to those school-day routines. Pack a lunch just like you would when sending them off to school and have a lunch period at the same time every day where the kids can enjoy a lunch

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packed just for them. Keep it waste-free with reusable lunch containers from the Co-op, available in a variety of fun designs and sizes for snacks, sandwiches, build-yourown lunch kits, and more.

Harness the power of fruits and vegetables: Keep the kiddos focused with strategic snacking. When the afternoon gets long and attention gets short, a few apple slices smeared with peanut butter or carrot sticks dipped in hummus can help open their eyes and keep them focused. Just like the rest of the lunch, have it packed for them in the morning to help them establish a healthy routine and pace of the day.

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Cozy Casseroles

Cozy Casseroles When the autumn rains start, it puts us in the mood for all things cozy and warm. In Denmark they call this feeling “hygge,” pronounced “hoo-gah.” Think sweaters, warm socks and of course, comfort food. Casseroles have to be in the top tier of comfort foods. On a cold night, a dish of goodness bubbling away in the oven fills your house with rich smells. Plus casseroles usually involve cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese? We thought it would be fun to share some of the MOM team’s favorites. Enjoy!

Audrey’s Go-To Hashbrown Casserole Our editor-in-chief Audrey is always looking for fast recipes that are approved by all four family members. Why she likes it: “It has potatoes, which are technically vegetables, so let’s consider it healthy-ish.” I NGR E DI E N T S



pounds of frozen hash browns


oz. sour cream


cup of onion, chopped


cup melted butter


can of cream of chicken soup

1. In a big bowl, mix the sour cream, onion, soup, garlic salt, pepper and 1 cup of the cheese. Add the hash browns and melted butter. It helps to do this about a third at a time, as the mixture gets harder to stir.


cups grated cheddar cheese

teaspoon garlic salt

teaspoon black pepper

2. Transfer it to a greased casserole dish and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until bubbly. Remove the foil and broil for five minutes to give the top a nice finish. Notes: You could add chopped ham to it if you want, but watch how salty it gets. And if you’re out of sour cream, you can get by without it.

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Our graphic designer enjoys his mother’s delicious breakfast casserole. Why he likes it: “This casserole is one of my favorites because it brings back so many memories, from camping in the RV around Oregon or family get-togethers at my parent’s log cabin home,” said Sean. “Part of the tradition was to wake up early and eat outside in the brisk mountain air, enjoying family stories with a steaming cup of coffee making it that much better. I’m also a sucker for a cheese-loaded, hearty breakfast.” I NGR E DI E N T S



slices of bread, crusts removed


tablespoons softened butter


large onion, chopped


cup sliced mushrooms

1. Butter the bread slices and place facedown in the baking dish, covering the bottom. Use the rest of the butter to saute mushrooms and onions then spoon over the bread.


cup cooked sausage


cups grated swiss cheese


tablespoons flour

4 eggs ½

teaspoon salt


teaspoon garlic powder


teaspoon regular mustard

1 ½ cups milk

2. Brown the sausage, drain, and then add to the baking dish in an even layer. 3. Place flour in a large plastic bag with grated cheese and shake to mix. Sprinkle the cheese flour mix evenly over the sausage.


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Sean’s Mom’s Breakfast Casserole

Tuna Casserole with Kale • 8 oz Field Day fusilli • 4 small leaves kale, chopped • 1 can Health Valley cream of mushroom soup • 1 small roasted red pepper, diced • 1 can tuna, drained • 1 cup sour cream

Directions: Heat a saucepan of water to boiling; add salt and pasta. Cook, stirring occasionally until pasta is al dente. Drain and rinse. Combine drained pasta mixture with all remaining ingredients and place in an 8 x 8” glass baking dish. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Serves 4-6.

4. Beat eggs and milk with seasonings and pour over the top of the casserole. Refrigerate overnight. 5. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 35 minutes until fluffy. Cut into squares and serve.

Kim’s Family’s Inside-Out Ravioli Salem advertising representative Kim shares a family dish with sentimental value. Why she likes it: “This is my favorite! My mom got this recipe at a Lamaze class when she was pregnant with me.” I NGR E DI E N T S 1

pound hamburger


cup onion, chopped


clove garlic, minced


oz. frozen chopped spinach


pound spaghetti sauce with mushrooms


oz. tomato sauce


oz. tomato paste


teaspoon salt


oz. shell macaroni, cooked and drained


cup cheddar cheese, grated


cup soft bread crumbs

2 eggs ¼

cup salad oil

Dash of pepper


1. Brown the hamburger, onion and garlic. Cook spinach, drain and reserve the liquid, then add water to make 1 cup. Add liquid to the meat mixture. 2. Add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce and tomato paste, along with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. 3. Combine spinach with macaroni and remaining ingredients. Spread in a casserole dish and pour the sauce over. 4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Cozy Casseroles

Linda’s Go-To Ravioli Casserole Our Mid-Valley & Lane County business development manager Linda loves to cook, but sometimes she likes a fast dish to feed her crew. Why she likes it: “It’s easy! And the ingredients are easy to keep on hand,” said Linda. I NGR E DI E N T S



oz. of ravioli, refrigerated or frozen


oz. red pasta sauce


cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. In a sprayed casserole dish, spread about ½ cup of the sauce. Make a layer of half the ravioli. Add half of the remaining pasta sauce and sprinkle on a handful of cheese. Repeat the layer.


teaspoon dried basil

2-3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


2. Sprinkle the remaining cheese, dried basil and parmesan on top, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Take the foil off and bake for another 10 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Invest in a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish with a lid, as it’s a great way to store leftovers. Even better if both dish and lid are dishwasher safe.

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