Erin wanted to pursue a dance career from an early age. It’s all she ever wanted to do. She was then faced with a closed growth plate that was going to make that a challenge. Erin came to Summit Orthopaedics as a 13 year old middle schooler after she and her family had seen a video on Limb Lengthening and they decided to pursue that course of treatment with Dr. Beaman.
After surgery she faced seven months with an external fixator as her constant companion. “As a kid you are more emotional, you just want to fit in,” she said recently. “I didn’t know anyone to talk to about it, but I had great support from my family. They tried to make it fun. My mom decorated the fixator to make me feel comfortable,” she laughed.
After three and half months there was talk of another surgery since the Achilles was not growing as fast as the bone. Dr. Beaman designed a splint that stretched it out as she was on her way again. “Once I was able to start walking it was a test to see what I was NOT able to do. It was kind of cool that the leg was now even stronger than the other one.”
Erin continued to pursue her goal of dancing professionally and attended musical theatre school in California prior to becoming a Disney performer in both Florida and California theme parks. She now works in a medical office in the Portland area and has completed an internship with the hopes of working a Child Life Specialist. “I wanted to be in the medical field and help children,” she says. “It’s a huge testament to my experience and to Dr. Beaman.”