Heiden Davidson Orthopedics Scholarship Announcement

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Lisa Cilva Ward
Ward Communications

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February 17, 2011

HEIDEN DAVIDSON ORTHOPEDICS ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF “Heiden Davidson Orthopedics Sport and Health Science Scholarship”

Alexis Lee and Adam Callister selected for second annual scholarship

Park City, UT - Heiden Davidson Orthopedics is pleased to announce the selection of two recipients of the second annual “Heiden Davidson Orthopedics Sport and Health Science Scholarship.” The recipients were selected from among applicants from all Summit County high schools.

Park City High School senior Alexis Lee and recent Park City Winter School graduate Adam Callister were selected to receive the scholarship, which includes a contribution towards college tuition, as well as an experiential component, accompanying five-time Olympic gold medalist and orthopedic surgeon Eric Heiden in his role as team physician for the U.S. Speedskating team, to the Speedskating World Cup at the Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, February 18-19, 2011.

The doctors at Heiden Davidson Orthopedics, Dr. Eric Heiden, Dr. Karen Heiden, and Dr. Phil Davidson, are committed to supporting youth, sport, education and healthy lifestyles through their medical practice, and as citizens of the Park City community. “Again this year it was hard to narrow the potential recipients down to only two,” says Dr. Eric Heiden. “I want to thank all those who participated and wish we could have honored all of those who applied.” Dr. Karen Heiden notes, “I continue to be impressed with the quality of high school students coming out of Park City.” Adds Dr. Phil Davidson, “I am pleased that we are able to support sports medicine education in our community, and very proud of these worthy recipients.”

Applicants were asked to demonstrate an interest in studying orthopedic or sports medicine, and write an essay addressing one of two topics: the effect of an active lifestyle on health, or the implications of preventative health care on one’s own health as well as public policy related to healthcare.

Scholarship recipient Alexis Lee is a long-time active citizen in the Park City area, serving as president of the Interact youth leadership club at Park City High School, and recently graduating as one of only two high school students in the prestigious Leadership Park City program. As both a certified nurse’s assistant and a runner on the high school’s track and cross country teams, Lee understands the physical demands of athletes and the importance of a focus on health. “My running career spurred my personal interest in the human body,” she says. As a top student and Sterling Scholar with numerous AP credits and academic achievement awards, she is well prepared for a college academic track focused on health and medicine. Lee plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, and continue on to medical school, ultimately becoming a physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has a particular interest in research, ranging from the effects of circuit training on Type 2 diabetes to studying the effects of pregnancy on hip strength and knee drive in young female runners. A traveler to Mexico and Costa Rica who speaks fluent Spanish, her ultimate goal is to open a free women’s health clinic in Central America. “I want to become a doctor so that I can help and heal people around me,” she says. “I feel that doctors really help give back to their communities through their work, and I want to use my profession in this beneficial way.”

Recipient Adam Callister is a nationally ranked speed skating athlete who will compete in the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Courmayeur, Italy, February 25-27. A strong student who has shown great commitment both academically and athletically, he is known to be passionate, hard working and driven as an athlete. “Since I am an athlete, I have always been fascinated with the human body and how it works,” he says. Callister believes that a healthy and active lifestyle helps people avoid health risks such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and that maximizing one’s health relates directly to athletic ability. Years spent focusing on a healthy diet, conditioning and strength training for speed skating have influenced his physical performance both on and off the ice. He plans a career in sports medicine or physical therapy after speed skating, “Because I would like to help others live up to their full potential.”

Both Alexis Lee and Adam Callister will attend the Speed Skating World Cup with Dr. Eric Heiden February 18-19 at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. There, they will have a hands-on opportunity to experience sports medicine with elite athletes at the height of competition. Dr. Heiden hopes this experience at the World Cup will give the students insight into sports medicine and the challenges that medicine has to offer. Beyond the World Cup, “I look forward to following Alexis and Adam as they continue their education and seek their professional careers,” Dr. Heiden says.

Heiden Davidson Orthopedics is a Park City-based orthopedic specialty practice focused on sports medicine, knee, shoulder, hand and upper extremity orthopedic medicine, cartilage restoration and joint resurfacingFor more information, contact Lisa Cilva Ward at (435) 645-7206 or lisa@wardcomm.com .

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