UNT Performing Arts Medicine Clinic Pilot Program for Artists

“We’ve taken care of virtually anyone across the spectrum of performers, dancers, musicians, singers, you name it, we’ve done it,” Dr. Surve said.

FORT WORTH, Texas — When it comes to the sound of music, every note has to be perfect for bassist Jose Saavedra. He hopes one day to be recognized as one of the best musicians in the world.

And thanks to his doctors, Saavedra is making great music – again.

Saavedra earned his doctorate in musical performance while a student at University of North Texas. He is also an adjunct professor of double bass at Midwestern State University and plays bass section with the Amarillo Symphony.

A recent opera performance went well, but Saavedra’s bicycle ride came to an unexpected end.

“Opera performances are really long,” Saavedra said. “So it was past midnight. I had to go home. It was raining. I fell on my bike and sprained the bones in my hand.”

During a post-treatment follow-up visit, Saavedra showed Dr. Yein Lee more of her progress. His visit to Performing Arts Medicine Clinicwhich specializes in the prevention and management of unique injuries commonly encountered among artists, is part of a pilot program at UNT.

The objective of this specialized clinic is to take care of the idea of ​​”global health” put forward by the UNT Health Sciences Center in Fort Worthwhere doctors are able to treat all performers.

What’s more impressive?

“This is a free clinic for any type of performing artist. So if you are an entertainer of any genre, of any age, you can come and see us and our doctors at this clinic for free” , said Lee.

The first free clinic of its kind runs throughout March. This means that all artists can make an appointment for free treatment for any illness.

“Well, performers, most performers, struggle, first of all, with access to health care,” Lee said. “And they also struggle with the cost of health care. Performers don’t make a lot of money. When they’re injured, they can come to our doctors.”

The program’s co-founder, Dr. Sajid Surve, is ready to take care of any performing artist who needs medical attention.

Surve is an artist himself and is aware of the challenges they face in health care.

“We’ve taken care of virtually anyone across the spectrum of performers, dancers, musicians, singers, you name it, we’ve done it,” Surve said.

Doctors not only treat the injury, but they also treat all aspects of the patient, looking at outside stressors and other factors that increase the risk of injury in their art.

The Performing Arts Medicine Clinic is the largest of its kind at DFW. The clinic provides contract services to Texas Ballet Theater and UNT College of Music and has collaborated with numerous performing arts groups including the TCU Department of Dance, Mimir International Festival, Fort Worth Opera, and Van Cliburn Competition. .

The free clinic is possible thanks to a private donor and supporter of the arts. Surve hopes word will spread in DFW about opening the clinic to all artists. One of the goals is to extend the pilot program beyond the March deadline if possible.

Saavedra is convinced that without the doctors at the Performing Artists Medicine Clinic, he would not have gotten back on track playing the double bass so quickly. Now they’re even teaching him better techniques so he doesn’t get hurt again.

The clinic is located at HSC in Fort Worth. Performing artists interested in making an appointment can call 817-735-2455.

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