Provider Spotlight: Kailey Wilson

By Kailey Wilson, D.O. with Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

Kailey Wilson, D.O.I knew I loved science growing up, so I chose biology for my major in college. I didn’t know what to do with it until I went on a medical mission trip with my church to Peru my junior year of college. We set up shop in a community orphanage and I knew this was where my gifts and passions collided. It’s an awesome feeling to get to do what you love on a daily basis, and I feel so blessed and fortunate to get to do just that.

Family

My husband and I got married right before I started medical school, and he has supported me all the way through. I couldn’t have made it without his love and support! We had our first child Tucker during my intern year of residency – it was a little crazy, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way! He is a joy to our family. After starting with Lee’s Summit Physicians Group last fall, we welcomed our daughter Eeva just before Christmas. She loves watching her big brother and he loves to make her laugh! I love that having kids gives me insight and experience that can hopefully help make me a better pediatrician!

Fun

One of our favorite things to do as a family is go on walks. We love to be outside together. We also like to go to the lake and enjoy water skiing and swimming. And, we love to cook food for our family and friends. We lived away from our families during my residency, so we’re thrilled to be back closer to them and we enjoy getting to see them often.

Advice for Aspiring Medical Students

Advice I would give anyone who is thinking of pursuing medicine: be 100% sure that is what you want to do. It’s a long road and it takes all of your commitment. But if you are sure, the discipline will follow and when you reach your goal, you will be in such a rewarding place every day. There are hard days, especially with balancing a family and a career, but I cherish my role as both a mom and a pediatrician. I feel so lucky to get to be both!

It’s truly an honor that other parents would entrust their children’s health to me. I understand the weight of that gift as a parent. I pray that I will always have that perspective… of what a privilege it is to care for their precious little ones. I think that perspective will make me a better pediatrician!

Kailey and Family

LSPG Uses Virtual Reality to Reduce Anxiety During Pediatric Care

By Daniel E. Gershon, DO – Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

I remember one or two years ago watching a news report that showed how the military was using sophisticated virtual reality (VR) to help soldiers, who were burn victims, reduce the need for or strength of narcotics during long and painful medical procedures. Soldiers were put into immersive VR (blocking out all surrounding reality) and then used a program called SnowWorld 3D.

SnowWorld 3D

In this game, soldiers were taken through an ice and snow environment where they had to focus on throwing snowballs at snowmen. One hit would freeze them, but a second hit would shatter them. The blue and white colors were intended to create the opposite emotion of the burns that injured their bodies.

Studies have clearly shown that VR can reduce the pain and anxiety of painful medical procedures. Pain requires attention, and the more attention diverted leaves fewer signals to the pain receptors in the brain. So, I began to think about my patients. Pain and anxiety are experienced everyday in a pediatric office.  Most kids have a certain degree of fear and anxiety just thinking about getting a vaccine or having blood work done.

I remember my nephew nervously asking me about whether or not he needed any shots at his next check up. I said, ”When is your next visit?” He replied,”In three months!” Typical fear and anxiety only require a patient to hold a parent’s hand, look away, or start a short filibuster by asking questions. Atypical (and not uncommon) fear and anxiety results in patients needing to be held down by parents or staff and can cause post traumatic stress triggered at future visits. It can also result in staff being injured or having an unnecessary needle or blood exposure.

The CHARIOT Program

In my research, I found that VR has just started being used in some children’s hospitals and very few pediatric offices. Most VR use in children’s hospitals are during chemotherapy and pre-op/anesthesia. I reached out to staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in California to discuss their CHARIOT program (Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation).  They created their own software but used commercially available VR headsets. I learned how and when they implement it and started using VR in my office with patients that I could identify as “high risk” for anxiety.

VR Being Used at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group

Using my own iPhone, a $30 headset from Toys-R-Us, and several VR apps I downloaded from iTunes, I immediately began to see just how powerful distraction and immersion can be.

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A 5 year old boy with autism was struggling during the end of his exam. He is non-verbal and had become combative. He still had his kindergarten vaccines left. Sitting on his parent’s lap, we struggled to put the Oculus Go (yes, we upgraded!) headset on him. Once the headset was in place, he instantly became still and started reaching out to grab the manatees during his underwater adventure in an app called Ocean Rift.

Another example? A mother’s jaw dropped when her 8 year old boy made it through blood work without even flinching. Last year he had to be held down by his mother and staff to have blood work done. “This is amazing!” she said.

LSPG Virtual Reality

Currently, our office is using the Oculus Go (VR) headset for patients 5 years of age and older who have a high likelihood of anxiety with a painful procedure. There are approximately 8 different immersion experiences for them to choose from ranging from underwater Ocean Rift, Star Wars Droid Repair, Learning to fly an airplane, to more adolescent experiences like traveling through the body or moving in and out of the International Space Station.

The results over the past 6 months have been impressive, but it doesn’t work for every patient. Some patients have to see what is happening, but most are completely immersed in a dazzling 360 degree world with amazing graphics and sound. We will ask, but if you’re interested in your child using VR at his/her next appointment, feel free to ask your nurse or provider about it.

LSPG Virtual Reality