Scoliosis is tough... But, our kids are tougher.


ISOP History
The Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program (ISOP) was established in 2003 in Denver, Colorado. It was created by a mother who was searching for a more gentle, non surgical alternative method of care to treat her young daughter with progressive infantile scoliosis.

Fortunately, this mother was able to find a doctor, who was willing to listen and consider other, “not so popular,” forms of treatment.  Doctor Jacques D’Astous performed the halo turnbuckle cast treatment on her daughter Olivia, and her cohort Breann in October, 2000. After the success of the halo-cast treatment, it was clear that there were other families seeking alternatives to surgical intervention for this condition.

Out of necessity, prior to the ISOP Program’s formation, this mother started the website,  Since its establishment, this website has heightened awareness of infantile scoliosis and provides up-to-date educational material to numerous inquiring families, at an international level.

Subsequently, this founding mother was introduced to Dr. Min Mehta.  Dr. Mehta had recently retired from The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and Stanmore, England. This connection enabled to provide educational material on yet another successful, alternative, non surgical treatment for infantile scoliosis that is not widely available to patients in the United States.

Dr. Mehta has straightened over 100 infants/young children by treating them early with a series of corrective plaster casts.  She has followed the progress of her patients for over ten years. They remain straight.

Early treatment with serial corrective plaster casts was what prompted the development of The Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program.  In 2004, ISOP became a service of Ability Connection Colorado, a 57 year 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  This has enabled ISOP to begin raising the necessary funds to investigate beginning an Early Treatment Project (ETP) here in the U.S.

Early treatment with serial corrective plaster casts for progressive infantile scoliosis has not been available for infants/young children in the United States.  ETP is the beginning of ISOP's effort to make this treatment available to children throughout the United States. 

Unrestricted funds raised this year will be applied directly toward costs of initiating the Early Treatment Project (ETP) and toward the maintenance of current family and medical outreach and educational programs.     


ISOP Board of Advisors

Heather R. Hyatt Montoya
Founder & Coordinator of ISOP

Heather Chambers, MSW

Judith I. Ham
President and CEO
Ability Connection Colorado

Holly LeMaster
Genuine Enterprises

Dan Snyders
Armada Medical Marketing
Vice President

Patty Skolnik
Colorado Citizens for Accountabilty
Executive Director

Judith B. Trimble
Director of Special Projects
Ability Connection Colorado

Matt Yeingst
Executive Director
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Rocky Mountain Chapter
Serving CO, NE, WY, UT

ISOP's Physicians
Advisory Board


Min Mehta, MD, FRCS, Retired
Jacques D'Astous, MD, FRCS
James Sanders, MD
Peter Stasikelis, MD
Peter Sturm, MD
Karen Zorrilla, MD

Heather and Olivia

Founding Mother, Heather Hyatt
with daughter Olivia


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