Dr. Kathryn Williams
Dr. Kathryn Williams is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, specializing in Foot and Ankle surgery in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at UWHealth. She earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She did her fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery in Charlotte, NC at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute and then practiced at the University of Miami for two years before joining UWHealth. In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Williams now serves as Assistant Residency Program Director for Orthopedic Surgery, is a member of the UWHC Medical Board, and is currently working to help design the new curriculum for Musculoskeletal education at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Public Health. Her clinical interests include adult foot and ankle surgery including reconstructive procedures, foot and ankle trauma, surgical treatment of sports injuries, and foot and ankle arthritis, including total ankle replacement.
Deb Constien lives in Sun Prairie with her husband of 24 years and 18-year-old son Jacob. Deb is a 1991 graduate of Mount Mary University and works as a registered dietitian. She fills her days with being a homemaker and running the family household schedule. Deb also serves as the board chair of the Arthritis Foundation for the Madison area.
Deb has found her calling in advocacy and has been awarded the Arthritis Foundation's Platinum Ambassador status 2 years in a row. She leads an arthritis support network in the Madison area and was elected to serve on the National Walk to Cure Arthritis Committee. She has also served on the Patient Council for the Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF), Patient Partners in Research for GHLF, International Foundation of Autoimmune Autoinflammatory Arthritis and Wisconsin Research and Education Network.
Deb was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) when she was 13 years old. Her treatments have included daily/monthly medicinal injections, infusions, knee replacement surgery, two spinal fusions and a wrist fusion. Through everything, she has found a way to keep a positive outlook and focus on her passions of family, gardening, cooking and volunteer work. She has been blessed to have a very supportive immediate and extended family who have been willing to help at every turn, as every arthritis survivor requires.
Deb has learned a great deal about arthritis over the years. But the most impactful moments have centered on the chance to meet, interact and learn from the many people that are joined together to fight this disease. From the honorees and families impacted, to the medical caregivers and Arthritis Foundation staff, Deb is struck by the large network of people focused on helping the arthritis community. The support they and millions of others have felt is a great inspiration to continue this journey.
2017 Youth Honoree
Evie Hornickel is an active and enthusiastic 3rd grader who loves life! Besides playing with her younger sister and pets, she enjoys gymnastics, swimming, skiing, and camping. She's a Girl Scout and loves to read, write stories and draw.
Another part of Evie's life is managing her juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and uveitis. She was diagnosed with JRA at 19 months old after she was unable to stand or walk in the mornings because her knees were so inflamed. After years of trying various medications and completing physical therapy, Evie's joint inflammation is managed through weekly injections and quarterly appointments with her pediatric rheumatologist. Her eye inflammation which is caused by uveitis, an eye disease that can accompany JRA, is closely monitored by regular visits with her pediatric ophthalmologist.
While none of this has effected Evie's enthusiasm for life, regular blood draws, weekly injections, joint pain and inflammation are not fun for anyone especially children.
Juvenile Arthritis Mom
Wisconsin JA Committee Co- Chair, Madison JA Parent Lead
Marie Hornickel’s dedication and compassion to helping her daughter be a Champion of Yes is an inspiration. She has helped create a network of friends for Evie to grow up with peers who understand her diagnosis. Marie’s passion doesn’t just end with Evie. She spends her free time ensuring families across the state continue to have valuable programs and resources.
Marie has become a go-to resource for local families and was recently awarded the co-chair position on the Wisconsin JA Committee. This committee works on year-round initiatives that connect families, while also planning our annual JA Family Day which is a one-day conference for families around the state with programming for the kids, siblings, and caregivers. Her contributions have been a driving force behind the evolution of the JA programming.
The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community. The Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.
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