Meet the Team

Michael Glotzbecker, MD

Michael Glotzbecker, MD

Chief, Pediatric Orthopaedics
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Glotzbecker joined the UH Rainbow team as Division Chief in September 2020 after being in practice in Boston for the previous 10 years. He received his undergraduate degree at Duke University, and completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His residency training was completed at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, and he completed his fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has interests in scoliosis and other spinal conditions, pediatric trauma and fracture care as well as general pediatric orthopaedics. He is active in international study groups including the Pediatric Spine Study Group where he will be installed as president in 2022 and the Harms Study Group. He is chair of the Quality and Safety committee of the Scoliosis Research Society and chair elect of the Spine Quality Safety Value committee for POSNA.  Additionally, he will start the MBA program at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the fall of 2022. His wife Brett is Chief Medical officer at UH Seidman Cancer Center. He is kept on his toes by his 7 year old twin girls.

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Allison Gilmore, MD 

Allison Gilmore, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Allison Gilmore, a life-long Clevelander, obtained her undergraduate and masters degrees in Exercise Science at Ohio State University and Cleveland State University. She obtained her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland and subsequent fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and has been a practicing pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Rainbow since graduation. Dr. Gilmore has expertise in the evaluation of the full-spectrum of general pediatric orthopaedic conditions and has a special interest in pediatric surgical sports medicine. Dr. Gilmore sees patients at UH Ahuja Medical Center and at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Gilmore lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Michael, an attorney, and son Bailey. In her spare time she enjoys running and weight lifting.

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Christine Hardesty, MD 

Christine Hardesty, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Christine Hardesty was raised near Sacramento, California and obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology and Math at Hendrix College. She attended medical school and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and a secondary fellowship in Neuromuscular Orthopaedic Surgery at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children.  She has special interests in pediatric spine deformity (such as scoliosis), baclofen pumps, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other neuromuscular disorders. In her spare time, she is an OrangeTheory addict, bakes a lot, and sometimes flies airplanes. She and her husband, Dustin, have 2 boys (Jack, 8 and Henry, 4) and one dog.

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Raymond Liu, MD

Raymond Liu, MD

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Raymond Liu was raised in San Dimas, California, and obtained his degree in bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. After medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He returned to San Diego for his pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship, followed by a mini-fellowship at the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is the Victor M. Goldberg Professor of orthopaedics, with a specialization in complex hip and limb deformity. He also serves as the President of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and Deputy Editor for Hip and Lower Extremity Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.  His wife Caryn trained in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and his daughter Emily is a student at Shaker Middle School.

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Justin Mistovich, MD 

Justin Mistovich, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Justin Mistovich grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. His undergraduate degree was from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, followed by medical school at Wright State University. His orthopaedic residency was at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, followed by fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. His professional interests include arthroscopy, chondral preservation, and the care of the growing athlete, scoliosis, and the optimal management of pediatric and adolescent fractures. He was also selected for a Traveling Fellowship by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Dr. Mistovich, and his wife Keili, a pediatrician, live in Cleveland Heights with Madeleine, their 8-year-old daughter, and Frank, their Vizsla puppy.

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Jochen Son-Hnig, MD 

Jochen Son-Hing, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Dr. Jochen (Joe) Son-Hing was raised in Vancouver, Canada and obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology at McGill University in Montréal. He then returned to his hometown for medical school and a subsequent residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of British Columbia. He pursued a fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital (under the direction of Dr. George Thompson) and was then a Visiting Scholar in spine surgery at Washington University in St. Louis (under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Lenke). He is skilled in the evaluation of the full-spectrum of general pediatric orthopaedic conditions and has a special interest in pediatric spine deformity (such as scoliosis) and the care of acute fractures and their long-term sequelae. His wife is a Registered Nurse and native Northeast Ohioan. They have 3 children.

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Pediatric Orthopaedic Nursing Team

Emily Canitia, MSN, APRN, CPNP 

Emily Canitia, MSN, APRN, CPNP

Special Interests: Pediatric fractures, intoeing/outtoeing, external fixation, limb lengthening and deformity

Emily is one of our Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and has been with our department for 5 years. She partners primarily with Dr. Raymond Liu but also sees patients independently. She sees general orthopaedic injuries and fractures, assists with our pediatric limb deformity and lengthening patients as well as hip deformity patients, and helps manage and coordinate care for our patients with external fixation devices. Outside of work Emily enjoys spending time with family and running.

Michelle Calabretta, MSN, APRN, CPNP 

Michelle Calabretta, MSN, APRN, CPNP

Special Interests: Pediatric fractures, acute injuries, sports medicine

Michelle is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has been with our department for 5 years. She specializes in fracture care, acute injuries, and sports medicine injuries. She partners primarily with Dr. Allison Gilmore and helps to coordinate care for our sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two year old daughter, and miniature dachshund. This year she has a son on the way.

Erin Gill, MSN, RN 

Erin Gill, MSN, RN

Special Interests: Research, scoliosis

Erin joined our team in November 2020. Her role entails coordination of research across the division. She manages new research proposals as well as maintain compliance on current projects. She continues to maintain our scoliosis database as well as our contributions to outside Spine Registries. She also assists our clinical nurses with patient care. Outside of work Erin has three lively children and 2 dogs and enjoys the outdoors and hiking.

Michelle Janas, MSN, RN, CPN 

Michelle Janas MSN, RN, CPN

Special Interests: Scoliosis, neuromuscular deformities, general orthopaedics

Michelle is one of our advanced clinical nurse specialists and has been with our department for 6 years. She specializes in scoliosis, cerebral palsy, and tone management. She primarily partners with Dr. Christina Hardesty.  She helps to manage and coordinate idiopathic, congenital, and neuromuscular spinal deformity patients, intrathecal baclofen pump management, as well as general orthopaedics. Outside of work she likes to spend time with her family and bake.

Michelle Moran, RN 

Michelle Moran, BSN, RN, CPN

Special Interests: Spine disorders, general orthopaedics

Michelle has been a nurse at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for more than 25 years. She worked on the surgical trauma floor for 14 years before joining the pediatric orthopaedic team. Michelle enjoys working as an advanced clinical nurse coordinating care while providing support and education to families. Outside of work she likes to spend time with her husband and three teenage sons at their baseball, basketball, and marching band events.

Nicole Sharp, CNP 

Nicole (Nikki) Sharp, MSN, APRN, CPNP

Special Interests: Scoliosis, spine disorders, general orthopaedics

Nikki is new to our department and joined us in 2021 as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She cares for patients with spinal deformities as well as general pediatric fractures and Orthopaedic issues. She comes to us from the pediatric comprehensive care team and brings her vast knowledge of complex pediatric medical care.