2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis Honorees


Tony Hyott
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Corporate Chair

Tony currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Orthopedics & Neurosciences at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Born and raised in Vandalia, OH, Tony received his Bachelor's degree from Baldwin-Wallace College before completing his Master's degree in health services administration at Xavier University. Tony is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and his community involvement includes serving on the United Way Northern Kentucky Action Council and Board of Directors for the Greater Cincinnati Arthritis Foundation. Tony resides in Milford, OH with his wife and four children.

Toni Eby
Corporate Co-Chair

Toni Eby joined TriHealth as Executive Director, Musculoskeletal Services, beginning February 5, 2018. In this role, Toni partners with Dr. Thomas and the musculoskeletal team to advance development of our regionally integrated and consumer focused musculoskeletal services.

Toni joins TriHealth from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she served as Clinical Administrative Director, Gastrointestinal (GI) and Colorectal Clinics. In this role, she was responsible for the direction and oversight of all administrative operations including patient care activities, strategic planning, marketing, quality and safety initiatives, regulatory compliance, financial, technical, human resource, operations, facilities and physical asset management. We are so happy to have Toni, her husband Greg and her three children in Cincinnati and part of the TriHealth team!

Michael Lied LEED AP
GBBN Architects
Corporate Co-Chair

As GBBN’s Director of Healthcare, Mike is passionate about reducing anxiety as people move through healthcare environments. He’s driven to empower patients and practitioners through great design, from arrival to wayfinding to programming and every touchpoint along the way. He directs market strategy and leads diverse teams of clients, planners, designers, and consultants to challenge convention while finding the right solution for every project. Recent work includes TriHealth’s Thomas Center, the Christ Hospital Health Network’s Liberty Township Medical Center, and the Bugshan Ambulatory Health Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A Healthcare Design board member, Mike believes in collaborating and sharing knowledge across the industry; he has been featured in Healthcare Design magazine and presented at Healthcare Design’s annual conference. He’s also presented the business case for innovative healthcare environments for both Facility Care and Design Realized. Outside the office, Mike can usually be found gathering friends, family, and neighbors around the fire pit to sample the Bourbon Trail’s best offerings.

Dr. Sandra Eisele
Medical Honoree

Dr. Eisele earned her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and her MBA from The University of Notre Dame.  She completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Henry Ford Hospital, and had further specialty training in Sports Medicine at Ohio State University, and in Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery at The Christ Hospital and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  She is the director of The Christ Hospital Bone Health Program, and sees patients at the Red Bank location in the Cincinnati Sports Club.

A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with 35 years of experience, Dr. Eisele's special interests include evaluation and care of foot and ankle injuries, dance medicine, foot and ankle arthritis and deformity, and the evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis and general bone health. 

Chelsea Gilchrist
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Adult Honoree

Chelsea was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 18 months. As a child she had to wear braces on her legs and hands. Chelsea has issues with her jaw, hands, ankles and knees.

Chelsea and her husband have two fur babies, Mick and Lucy. They are also huge UC Football and Basketball fans and season ticket holders. You can find them courtside cheering on the teams.

Chelsea wants to raise awareness about this disease and has set a lofty goal to raise $5,000 to help find a cure. Her team name is Bearcats For A Cure!

Abby Ramsey
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Enthesitis-Related Arthritis
Young Adult Honoree

Abby is 17 years old and a senior at Mercy McCauley High School. Her favorite activities are volunteering at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and The Jewish Hospital.

Abby was diagnosed in January of her sophomore year in high school with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Enthesitis-Related Arthritis. Although she had been experiencing symptoms since she was 13, she officially got the diagnosis at age 15. Abby had been referred to a rheumatologist early on and was told to wait to see if her symptoms resolved over time with more sleep and hydration. Her pain only worsened but Abby and her family tried to chalk it up to growing pains. They did not make another rheumatology appointment until the disease had become debilitating.

Abby and her family participated in the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis and had a great time walking with friends and family at Sawyer Point with such great views along the Ohio River. Abby’s goal is to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for this disease. Her team is Abby Dabby DO IT!

Abby’s words of wisdom for others just diagnosed is not be embarrassed about your disease, and to answer questions people may have so that they do not make incorrect assumptions. Since this disease is not visible, you must share how you feel with your close family and friends or they will never truly understand.

Arlo Vasilidias
Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Youth Honoree

Arlo is 2 years old. He is the son of John and Leah and has a four year old brother, Oliver.

Arlo was diagnosed with oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age 9 months. Arlo had suddenly stopped using his left arm at 8 months old. Assuming he had been injured in some way, he was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for X-rays for a possible wrist fracture. Imaging never showed a break, but he was put in a cast under the assumption it was not visible. When the cast came off a month later, he was still unable to use his arm. After lab work it was determined he needed an MRI to see what was going on, fearing an internal infection. The MRI showed fluid, inflammation and possible infection, but it was not clear what the problem was. He was taken the next day to surgery to biopsy the wrist and they discovered torn ligaments that were then repaired during surgery. He was admitted for a week and underwent frequent lab testing, and IV antibiotics, as no one knew what was wrong. Eventually, everything else was ruled out and he was diagnosed with JIA.

John and Leah loved seeing other families with kids like Arlo at the Walk to Cure Arthritis. They enjoyed celebrating Arlo and all of his brave moments dealing with arthritis. They felt like they were making a difference.

Arlo’s team, Arlo’s Army, has set a goal of $4,000 for the 2019 Walk and hope to grow their team. They love how the arthritis community comes together and the support they get from families around them. They are excited to spread that support to other families too.