Willard Helmuth, M.D., is a pediatrician and the medical director of the Union County (North Carolina) Health Department, where he is in charge of the programs for immunizations and infectious diseases. He also has a high-risk pediatric clinic there for economically deprived children. With his wife Loretta, Dr. Helmuth has worked in volunteer clinics in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He is the medical director of the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center in Monroe, North Carolina, a clinic for the evaluation of sexually or physically abused children. As a medical examiner, he takes part in the medical exams, forensic interviews, psychological evaluation, and counseling for these children. He also works closely with the district attorney and spends time in court as cases are prosecuted. He is the author of Climbing up to the Tree House and Old Bones.