Scolios-us Mentor Program
Mentor Program for Bracers & Surgery Warriors
For Bracers: The Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program offers new bracers the opportunity to connect with seasoned bracers on an individual basis. Especially when you start bracing, connecting with a fellow bracer can be incredibly powerful and helpful as you adjust to a new normal.
For Surgery Warriors: The Scolios-us Surgery Mentor Program offers scoli kids and teens who are heading into surgery the opportunity to connect with a scoli warrior has already had surgery. Connecting with a fellow surgery scoli warrior can help to ease your nerves and prepare you for surgery.
IMPORTANT: Check Your Emails
When you sign up for the Mentor Program, the program coordinator, Megan Glahn, will reach out to you and your parents via email. Please make sure you check the email you listed in your application to ensure a swift sign-up process.
If you or your parents do not receive an email within one week of signing up, try checking your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at [email protected] so we can get you set up as soon as possible.
Meet Our Mentee Coordinator: JOCIE
"My name is Jocelyn, but most people call me Jocie. I am currently a resident in Orthotics & Prosthetics through Baylor College of Medicine, and I am on my way to becoming a practitioner. I received a biomedical engineering degree from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!). I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was in middle school, and I went through two years of bracing treatment. I am here now to hopefully lend a helping hand to those going through this same experience. I am excited to be a part of this amazing patient resource!"
Meet Our 2022 Team Leaders
Hi! My name is Lily, and I am 17 years old. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 13, and I have worn a Providence brace ever since. Although adjusting to wearing a brace was a challenge, the opportunity to connect with new people and make a difference in their lives far outweighs any of the struggles.
My name is Emily, and I am 16 years old. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8 and did Schroth for 3 years before getting a brace. I wore my brace until I was 13 and had spinal fusion surgery in 2018. Although it was very hard to go through, it made me a stronger and more resilient person.
My name is Shirley, and I was diagnosed with scoliosis in 7th grade and wore a brace throughout my middle school years. It was definitely a struggle, but I eventually came to accept it as part of me. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything else and hope to help others going through similar experiences!
My name is Prateek, but you can call me Teek! I was first diagnosed with scoliosis in 6th grade. My curve didn't allow me to wear a brace and surgery wasn't an option. There were a lot of scary moments throughout my journey, but it's made me resilient. I'm here to share my experience and help anyone in need. We can be strong together!
My name is Madison! I’m 17, I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 8. I wore two braces and ended up having surgery in 2019. Now, I'm fused T6-T12! I wanted to be a team leader because I remember being an afraid little 9 year old with my scoliosis brace. Now I want to encourage girls to be proud of who they are and see that it isn’t anything to be afraid of!
My name is Hannah and I’m 15 years old. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 12 with curves located at 56 and 53 degrees and braced for 2+ years to keep my curve in check. I am so proud of how far I have come and I am always there for anyone who needs advice or motivation for bracing! I enjoy scuba diving and marine biology and I'll always be there for you!
How does the Scolios-us Mentor Program work?
Whether you want to get matched with a mentor or become a mentor yourself, the first step is completing the 3-step sign-up process. Once the sign-up process is complete, new "mentees," or scoli warrior who want to get matched with a mentor, will be contacted by their specific mentor via phone, text, or video chat. All Scolios-us Mentor Program members are encouraged to participate in the group discussion boards and photo albums.
All Scolios-us Mentor Program participants must complete all three steps in the sign-up process before being accepted into the MemberPlanet Group:
1. Request to join MemberPlanet group and fill out information - note: in the "Family Information" section, please put your parent's email if you are under 18 or your own email if you are over 18
2. Receive parental consent from one of your parents or legal guardians if you are under 18
3. Mentees must complete a video call with program coordinator, and mentors must complete their Mentor Training session.
The three-step process ensures that all participants are joining the Scolios-us Mentor Program for the right reasons. It also helps the program coordinator best match mentors and mentees, while giving mentors and mentees time to ask any questions they may have.
IMPORTANT: If you or your parents do not receive an email within one week of signing up, be sure to check your spam folders. If the email is not there, please email us at [email protected] so we can get you set up asap.
Our Platform: MemberPlanet
Give Us Feedback
We would love to hear your feedback about our Mentor Program! Please send us an email at [email protected] and let us know what you think!
Flyers for Clinics
Download and print the flyers below for your scoli patients! From our experience, the best time for new bracers to get paired with mentors is actually before they receive their brace. We recommend handing out flyers during your evaluation appointments, so your patients are already matched and ready to go by the time they are fit with their brace.
Any information shared between individuals through the Scolios-us Bracing Mentor Program is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment because of something you were told by a mentor/mentee.