May 01, 2023 / Scoliosis & Spine

Share Your Story: Meet Marley

Meet Marley, a patient who is seen by our team of scoliosis and spine experts. She also appears in some of our new advertisements! Learn more about her journey below.

Blog written by Marley.

I first learned that I might have scoliosis when I was at my 7-year-old annual checkup with my pediatrician. I didn’t think that I had any symptoms, but when the doctor checked my back, they told my parents I had a curve. My pediatrician referred us to Scottish Rite because they are the experts in helping kids who have scoliosis! 

When we got to the Frisco location, I recognized the crayon logo from going to a park by the Dallas hospital. I’ve now been a patient at Scottish Rite for four years, and I see Dr. Ramo for my scoliosis treatment. On my first appointment, we learned that my curve was large for my age, since I hadn’t had my growth spurt yet. Dr. Ramo told us that as I grew, the curve might get worse, and I could end up having to have surgery. I started wearing a brace, and over the past four years, my curve has actually decreased, and I will most likely not need surgery if I continue on this path! 

Dr. Ramo makes me feel like he knows me as a person and not just a patient. He always asks me about how I’m doing in the different sports I play, and he remembers things about my hobbies and interests. I also really enjoy talking to Kelsey, who makes my brace and works on it when I grow. Whenever she has to make me a new brace, she lets me pick out my design. The last time I had to get a new brace, she even helped track down the special pattern I wanted for my brace. 

My favorite thing about Scottish Rite are the volunteers. They are always at the front entrance, and I feel comfortable when they welcome me. I love when they give me stickers, books or popcorn. My entire experience has been great because everyone cares about me and wants to help me improve.

Favorite dessert?
Sugar cookies and vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles. 

Favorite color?
My favorite color is metallic gold because it’s sparkly and shiny.

Favorite book?
My favorite book is The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I want to be a marine biologist because I love the water, I love science and I love animals.

Do you have a favorite hobby/sport/interest? 
My favorite sports are swimming and kung fu. I also love to play the piano. 



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