1.) What is your position and role at Gillette? As a Certified Child Life Specialist at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare I provide a number of services to patients and families. I help to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with hospitalization for children through preparation for procedures, procedural support and distraction, medical play, and creating a more relaxing environment. I also explain things in a "kid friendly" and developmentally appropriate way. My role varies with each family that I interact with but the most important thing is advocating and providing patient and family centered care.
2.) Do you have a favorite Gillette story or memory? One of my favorite memories is when our entire care team worked together to overcome a number of challenges we encountered with a patient. It was incredible to watch the teamwork and communication that went into providing an amazing level of care. At the same time, the team advocated for the patient and family so they could have the resources they needed to cope with the hospitalization of their child. I was incredibly impressed with the work ethic and creative solutions the team came up with to help make it a more positive experience for the family.
3.) What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I enjoy figure skating and spending time with family. I am from northern Minnesota so I love winter sports!
4.) Do you have any children or pets? I have a boxer puppy named Belle. No kids yet!
5.) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would love to travel back to Europe someday. I have been to Germany, but haven't explored elsewhere. Each year I try to go to a new place.
6.) What is one fun fact about you? I have two different colored eyes.