Penn Hills Doctor Plays Role in New PBS Children's Show

An area pediatrician will appear in the national debut of PBS' new television program, "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood," on Monday.

Troy Lyons, who practices at the Premier Medical Associates office in Penn Hills has a role in the new animated series from the Fred Rogers Company. Debuting as part of the PBS Kids line up, the program that includes Lyons will air for the first time on Sept. 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The series centers around a 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original “Daniel Striped Tiger” on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." The series features other children of the (now grown-up) characters from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Two 11-minute episodes are linked by a common social-emotional theme and uses musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark curriculum and music.

“It is an incredible honor to have been selected to be part of this program, which carries on the legacy of Fred Rogers and has the ability to deeply impact so many children,” Lyons said in a press release.

The local doctor plays herself in the segment, which is designed to help young children feel comfortable and know what to expect when they visit their pediatrician. In the segment, Lyons meets with a young patient and talks about her work as she examines him during a well visit.

More information about the show is available at www.pbskids.org/daniel.