Dancing doctor busts a move with patients in the hope of bringing joy to the faces of children who “Haven’t smiled for days”
This pediatric physician assistant has danced into the hearts of his patients, after busting a move with seriously ill children in an attempt to bring smiles to faces that haven’t done so for days.
As the famous saying goes, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ – and this pediatric neurosurgery physician assistant seems to agree in abundance.
In an attempt to cheer up one of his patients post-op, in 2017, 42-year-old Tony Adkins, from Orange County, California, decided to spontaneously break out into dance – and since then, boogying has become integral part to his methods of treatment.
Insisting that smiling and being more interactive is ‘more powerful’ than some pain medications, Tony bops, shimmies and frolics with all of his patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), earning him the nickname ‘Dancing Doc’.
Hoping to protect the “magic of childhood” in all of his patients, despite some of their profoundly adverse prognoses, Tony pledges to continue dancing throughout his medical career.
Army veteran Tony, said: “Dancing with patients is important because it adds levity and joy to the hospital experiences.
“What I’m doing is right in with CHOC’s commitment to preserving the magic of childhood and ensuring patients don’t have to put their childhoods on pause.
“Studies show that when people laugh, smile and become more interactive, the effect on the brain is more powerful than some pain medications.
“It has a clinical value as it allows me to assess a patient’s physical abilities, mobility and recovery process.
“I recently had a patient who reluctant to get out of bed after surgery, but when I came in one morning to see him, an invitation to dance got him out of bed and moving.
“After we finished dancing, he kept going and starting doing laps around the hospital floor – it was awesome to see.
“Nurses have told me that when patients get admitted to the unit, they will ask for me specifically.
“I’m not formally trained in dance, but I’ve always loved music and movement.
“If I can help to instill a love of music and dance in my patients, in addition to improving their outcomes and outlooks, that’s a wonderful thing.
“There’s nothing better than seeing a smile on my patient’s faces or to hear them laugh – it’s self-care for me too.
“I will definitely continue to dance with my patients – it’s become an integral part of my treatment and care for children.
“Nothing is more important than the health of a child, and I am so lucky to play an integral role in that.”
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