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Debby Crevonis, Clinic Photographer

Many of the visitors to the Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic at Riley at IU Health have experienced the gentle manner of our clinic photographer, Debby Crevonis. Debby's reassuring ways and collection of flashing toys have coaxed a smile from even the most timid child. 

Debby was in nursing school when marriage and children took her life in a new direction. Debby gave up dreams of a medical career, but her other passion was photography. After moving to Indiana, her husband Mark bought a home on a sprawling, wooded lot that could accommodate a home photography studio as well as provide a beautiful backdrop of nature for outdoor pictures. Debby went on to develop a thriving business, Debby's Photography, that specializes in children's portraits, wedding photography, and senior pictures.

When the clinic had an opening for a medical photographer, Debby was recommended. Her gentle ways and photography skills were exactly what we were looking for. For Debby, the job combined her interest in photography with her original desire to work in the medical field.

Debby takes photographs at our weekly Monday and monthly Saturday clinics. The photos are used in treatment planning, provide a visual record of the patient's progress before and after surgery, and are submitted to insurance for approval of procedures.

An avid baker, Debby often provides the team with treats on busy clinic days and makes "graduation" cookies for children with cancer who have completed their chemotherapy at Riley at IU Health. Volunteer activities include taking photos at Camp About Face and of Riley at IU Health cancer patients. She still maintains Debby's Photography and is sought-after as a medical photographer in Indianapolis.

Team members such as Debby help us provide outstanding care to patients who visit the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic. The next time you visit the clinic, be sure to look up Debby and say hello. She'll probably coax a smile out of you.

Trish Severns, MA

Author of this Article

Trish is the Cleft and Craniofacial Program Coordinator for Riley at IU Health. She is active in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association where she serves on the Cleft Palate Foundation Leadership Award Committee.

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