The Clinic’s history begins with the influential civic leader and philanthropist, Adelaide Tichenor. Based on personal experience, she was a firm believer in the treatment of orthopedic problems during childhood. Her dream to help children with chronic orthopedic disabilities, regardless of their ability to pay, was realized with the opening of the Tichenor Orthopedic Clinic for Children in 1926.
- Helped children affected by polio and infantile paralysis
- Opened the first school in Long Beach for children with physical disabilities
- Operated the city’s premier bone bank
- Developed some of the first metal implants for joint replacement in children