Meet Molly: Positive Image Consultant

Best Job Ever? Positive Image Consultant!

While attending cosmetology school nearly two decades ago, it never crossed my mind that someday I would be able to apply the skills I was acquiring to help children in a hospital setting. Most likely, the reason it hadn’t occurred to me is because it is extremely rare that cosmetology services are offered in a pediatric hospital. The Positive Image Center is a hidden gem on the second floor of American Family Children’s Hospital, known as the only hospital-based salon of its kind geared specifically to children.

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Stripes, Spikes and Smiles: A Haircut for Jaxson

Jaxson Trickle gets a haircut in his room at American Family Children's Hospital from cosmetologist Debi Machotka

Jaxson Trickle gets a haircut in his room at American Family Children's Hospital from cosmetologist Debi Machotka

It had been a rough week for Jaxson Trickle.

By all accounts, he was nothing but a champ after having yet another surgery, only five months after undergoing a kidney transplant. But when you’re 7 years old and just want to be at home playing with your Scooby Doo Legos, it’s tough to sit at your hospital room window in a wheelchair, looking out at a gray, rainy morning.

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