Child Life Specialist

The Child Life Program was established to help children and families cope with the stress and anxiety during clinic visits. Child Life Specialists are certified non-medical professionals who understand child development and provide interventions in an environment that will support normal growth and development.


Bethany Fisackerly

Bethany is a Gator at heart- earning her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2009. Since that time she earned her M.S. In Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University (2011), and holds the credentials of Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Having worked professionally in both Miami, FL and Columbia, SC, Bethany returned to UF Health/Shands in 2017 to provide support to patients and families admitted on the 4200 pediatric unit. In her capacity as a CCLS, Bethany helps patients all ages cope with their diagnosis and treatment through developmental play, procedural support, and educational interventions.


Michelle Austin