Patient Stories

Reid Petersen
"We have a 24 hour window to prevent paralysis." Eighteen-year-old Reid Petersen was on a family vacation in Mexico when it happened. While he was surface diving in waist-deep water, the waves pounded his head into the ocean floor. “I heard a crunch. I immediately knew something was wrong,” he recalls. That’s about all he remembers of the accident, other than significant pain and numbness on the right side of his body. After a CT scan at a local clinic, his family decided...
Leigh Ballantyne
"I have a lot of my life left to enjoy.” A spine surgery that Leigh Ballantyne calls “totally amazing” has finally relieved the neck, shoulder and arm pain that had started to consume the life of this 42-year-old wife, mother of two and busy volunteer. “The pain was having a big impact on my ability to do the things I love to do,” she recalls. “Just getting through the day was difficult.” “She was pretty miserable,” agrees Dr. Jeffrey...
Karyl Lee Olels
"Three months after spine surgery, I was having fun at Disney World!" Seventy-one-year-old Karyl Lee Olels was no stranger to surgery, having had both hips replaced and work done on her rotator cuff. But there didn’t seem to be any answer for the back problems that had plagued her for years. “The pain was getting progressively worse,” she recalls. “I saw orthopedic specialists, and they told me that having back surgery was the worst thing I could do. So I tried...
Christine Simpson
"I feel so lucky and so blessed that I found Dr. Roh." Christine Simpson had lived with severe scoliosis since she was diagnosed at age 17. Scoliosis is a painful and sometimes crippling condition in which the spine is curved in the shape of an 'S' or a 'C.' Christine had not one, but two curves - one in her upper back and one in her lower back. Part of a military family, she would see specialists about her case as her family moved around Europe. "I saw eight different surgeons in...