This is a video that I created for a San Francisco orthopedic clinic http://www.stoneclinic.com telling the story of a remarkable pro-skier, Jen Hudak and her recovery from her knee injuries. Kevin Stone M.D. is a pioneer in the field of orthopedics, with 25 years in private practice. He has an innovative, biologic approach to repairing joints with stem cells and donor tissue and he's a master at his profession. But Dr. Stone doesn’t see himself as a hero, he sees himself as a mentor. The patients are the heroes. This was especially apparent in his relationship with Jen Hudak. Jen specializes in half pipe skiing and had injured her knee in competition.
The story was strong: Dr. Stone fixed her knee, she worked hard to rehabilitate it and within 6 months she was back out skiing. That season she won everything: X-games, European X-games, the world skiing invitational and the US nationals. When we first talked about the story, it seemed like this incredible accomplishment would be the place to end the video. What a triumph! We could show Dr. Stone’s expertise and Jen’s incredible dedication to her sport. I was aware that after her amazing success, Jen had been injured again but at first I didn’t think we needed to include the second injury. However, once we did the interview with Jen, I recognized that this second injury was in fact more devastating to her and her trust in Dr. Stone was all the more critical. To Jen, Dr. Stone’s belief in her ability to heal and get back out there again has been central to her decision to carry on with the sport. These twists and turns are what make stories interesting. We opened up the video to include this dramatic turn of events. Jen draws us into her struggle to once again get back into competition and we see a compassionate Dr. Stone through Jen’s eyes.