When Missy Maclin and her daughter Breanna met with Michael Schmitz, M.D., chief of Orthopaedics at Children’s, in November 2011, it was the little things that impressed them.
“He never looked at his watch when he talked with us,” Missy said. “He never rushed us. He took his time. It was all about Breanna, which I think is the way it should be.”
Months earlier, Missy noticed her 8-year-old daughter was standing “a little awkwardly.” Breanna’s pediatrician recognized the signs of scoliosis and recommended they see a specialist.
Missy and her husband were in unfamiliar territory and were not comfortable with the first two doctors they met with after the diagnosis.
“We didn’t feel comfortable, and Breanna didn’t feel comfortable. That made us more nervous,” Missy said. “That caused us to look for another doctor.”
Missy went online to do research on spine specialists in Georgia and landed on the orthopaedic services at Children’s and Dr. Schmitz. A few days later, the Maclin family drove from Columbus to meet with him.