Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: ‘Dancing Doctor’ Cheers Up Pediatric Patients

Who: Neurosurgical Physician Assistant Tony Adkins

His dance:

Why we chose him: Meet the ‘Dancing Doc’, Tony Adkins. His moves not only bring smiles to the faces of his pediatric patients, but also to thousands of people across the globe who have viewed his viral videos on Instagram.

Tony Adkins is a physician assistant in the neurosugery department at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Southern California. After noticing that his patients could use a little extra cheer and positive distraction during their hospital stay, Adkins decided to do something to help them “feel like kids again.”

“What Tony is dealing with everyday is the saddest news,” neuroscience unit nurse Trisha Stockton told the Orange County Register. “He’s able to turn that around and make it into something so beautiful and positive.”

Adkins doesn’t limit himself to just one style of dance. He has developed countless routines with dozens of kids to happy and upbeat songs ranging from Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” and Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

“I’ve seen the bottom and I know what it looks like,” Adkins told the OC Register. “I’ve been there. So, I know every day is a blessing and a day to rejoice.”

Fun fact: Pediatrics wasn’t Adkins’ first career choice. He joined the Army after graduating from high school in 1994 and trained at both Fort Knox, Ky., and Fort Jackson, S.C.

Rockette kicks (on a scale from 10 to 10!):