Josh Johnston and his mom Janice on a baseball field

Covering all the bases

Like many baseball-mad kids, Josh Johnston spent a good chunk of his childhood on a ball field. He’d picked up a bat at age 6 and played every position before junior high. What he loved most was pitching. But looking back, he admits his mechanics on the mound weren’t exactly fine-tuned. “I was just up …

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A WOMAN AND HER HORSE

When it comes to specialty orthopedic care, two Northwest Hospital & Medical Center surgeons say experience counts. Dr. Kevin Smith and Dr. Caroline Chebli have much in common, including specialty training in shoulder and elbow orthopedics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. As leaders in their field, and colleagues at Northwest Hospital, they …

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WOMEN ON WHEELS:
GETTING ROLLER DERBY STARS BACK ON SKATES

They have saucy, playful names like Anya Heels and X-Khan. They dress up in short skirts, loud knee socks and false eyelashes. But don’t let the kooky exterior fool you. These ladies skate fast, hit hard and mean business. This is the rough-and-tumble world of Seattle’s wildly popular Rat City Rollergirls roller derby league. During …

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UW Medicine Sports Medicine Patient Kat Sweet

WHEN A CYCLIST NEEDS A HELPING HAND

Katrina “Kat” Sweet was 43 when the accident happened. “I’ve been riding mountain bikes since 1987. My dad bought me my first mountain bike. I’ve always loved getting out on the trails, challenging myself. There’s an element of risk that is exciting,” she says. A professional cycling coach and a competitive mountain biker, Kat is …

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A SWIMMER'S QUEST TO CONQUER HIP PAIN

When Heather Burger first felt pain in her hip 10 years ago, she didn’t know what to make of it. “It was quite a surprise to me. I had always lived a very active life: hiking, biking, aerobics. Around my 40th birthday, I had a pain in my right hip. I thought I just over-exerted …

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