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WashU, Meet SpoonU


Eat a cupcake the right way by breaking off half the bottom and placing it on the frosting

Photo by Kirby Barth

Make your chip bag stand up on itself by inverting the bottom and rolling it up a few times

Photo by Marykate Surette

Put a straw through the tab on your soda to keep it from rising out

Photo by Marykate Surette

Put eggs in a bowl to see if they're fresh: eggs that sink are freshest. Don't eat eggs that float.

Photo by Parisa Soraya

Use oil to remove paint from skin

Photo by Isabelle Chu

Eliminate garlic smell on your fingers by rubbing them with lemon juice, baking soda or stainless steel.

Photo by Kristen Yang

Freeze coffee in an ice tray to avoid watered-down iced coffee.

Photo by Kristen Yang

Cut soft cheeses with dental floss

Photo by Kristen Yang

Use a hanger with clips to keep cookbooks open

Photo by Isabelle Chu

Flip your toaster on its side to make easy grilled cheese

Photo by Kirby Barth

Maximize ketchup cups by turning them inside out

Photo by Gabby Phi

To eliminate cooking odors, boil water with cinnamon

Photo by Christin Urso

To chill wine in 6 minutes, place bottle in a bucket of ice, water and salt

Photo by Christin Urso

Dunk an Oreo with ease by sticking a fork in the frosting

Photo by Kirby Barth

Freeze ripe avocados to enjoy year round, even when they're not in season

Photo by Christin Urso

Keep bananas fresh longer by separating them and wrapping stem in plastic wrap

Photo by Kirby Barth

Make scrambled eggs in the microwave

Photo by Kirby Barth

Use an onion ring to make the perfect fried egg

Photo by Kirby Barth

Take stems out of strawberries with a straw

Photo by Kirby Barth

Binder clips keep kitchen sponges dry

Photo by Kathleen Lee

Wooden spoon prevents pots from boiling over

Photo by Kathleen Lee

Microwave a sponge with dish soap to keep it smelling fresh

Photo by Kathleen Lee

Reheat pizza to perfection by microwaving it next to a glass of water

Photo by Molly Krohe

Microwave two bowls at the same time by propping one up on a mug

Photo by Lily Allen

WashU met SpoonU in a big way this weekend. Students rolled out of bed and over to the DUC on Saturday, January 25 at 11:30am to get the brunch of a lifetime. Vendors from around St. Louis showed up with sandwiches, snacks, and desserts galore, all for Spoon’s newest followers.

Jilly’s Cupcakes brought a tower of mini cupcakes, an array of sandwiches, and samples of their new cupcake-inspired ice cream line. Chill Frozen Yogurt had a full toppings bar for their favored flavors: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Lemon Sorbet, Blackberry, and Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl. Dewey’s Pizza kept plates filled with slice after slice of their warm, crispy pizza with varying toppings. Snarf’s sandwiches and cookies ran out quickly, along with Fitz’s soda pop, PopChips, Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, Kaldi’s Coffee, Strange Donuts samples, Companion desserts, and Chipotle shirts and coupons. Many thanks to all the outstanding companies that participated in the event.

Over 400 students patiently waited in line to savor the flavors of St. Louis’ finest establishments and quickly devoured all of it. A few lucky students won gift cards to Crushed Red, Kaldi’s Coffee, and Three Kings by being chosen in our random raffle or by guessing the correct number of Hershey’s kisses (357!). I think it’s safe to say WashU meeting SpoonU was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The post WashU, Meet SpoonU appeared first on Spoon University.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.


Washington University Orthopedics

Dr. Daniel specializes in nonoperative care of sports-related bone and muscle injuries in pediatric and adolescent patients, including sports-related concussions.

Her research interests include the female athlete triad, relative energy deficiency in sports, menstrual dysfunction in female athletes, and ultrasound use in pediatric sports medicine.

Where are you from?

I&rsquom from St. Louis and grew up in the Olivette area. We just moved back to St. Louis in the summer of 2020 and live about 5 minutes from where I grew up. It is so great being back home and living in my old neighborhood&mdash I missed toasted ravioli and Imo&rsquos pizza.

What made you choose orthopedics as a specialty?

I was an athlete back in the day and have attempted to be a weekend warrior more recently. I learned and benefited so much from sports/activity with respect to both physical and mental health. I sustained some injuries as a young athlete and can personally relate to my patients, which I think it very important in establishing the doctor-patient relationship. I love that I can combine my passions for sports and medicine and ultimately help kids get back to doing what they love.

What sports did you play growing up?

I played all different sports when I was really young. I actually played on a boy&rsquos baseball team because I didn&rsquot want to play softball! As I got older, I played mostly soccer through high school and early on in college. Now, I enjoy tennis and running.

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics?

I grew up in St. Louis, so it was always a long-term goal of mine to return home and live/work in the community I grew up in. WashU Orthopedics is nationally known and recognized for excellence in research and patient care, and I was fortunate to be connected to Mark Halstead, MD, through a mentor of mine during my fellowship. Dr. Halstead is a well-known leader in the pediatric sports medicine community, as are many other physicians within the department. I knew WashU would be a great place to build my practice and continue to learn/grow as a young attending physician.

What aspect of your practice do you find most interesting or rewarding?

The most rewarding part of my practice is discharging, or clearing, a patient to return to their normal activities. I have received a couple pictures of patients holding medals or just playing their sport once they are healed and it truly makes my day!

What&rsquos your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is be with my family, my husband Kevin, 9-month-old son Grant, and our 3-year-old puppy Jack Daniel. We love taking walks and exploring all of the parks and trails in and around St. Louis. Pre-pandemic and pre-baby, we did a lot of traveling which we hope to do as a family in the future. I would love to take a family trip to Kiawah Island and Charleston in South Carolina. We had our &ldquobaby-moon&rdquo scheduled there last spring but cancelled due to COVID. It would be fun to take Grant to the beach, and we love the food/activities/culture in Charleston.

If you weren&rsquot a doctor, what would you like to be doing?

If I didn&rsquot go to medical school, I think I would go to culinary school and open up a restaurant &ndash a neighborhood spot with local coffee and bakery items in the morning and local beers/food in the evening. My husband and I love to cook all different types of food. I haven&rsquot yet thought of a good name for this hypothetical restaurant, but when I do I&rsquoll let you know.

For more on Dr. Daniel, check out her welcome video and physician bio page.