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.
Jenna began her work at UF/Shands as a Therapeutic Recreation Therapist in November of 1997. She went on to complete additional education and became a Certified Child Life Specialist in 2002. Jenna is available to orient patients to the clinic and provide preparation and support during port accessing, IV placements, blood draws, or any other invasive procedure. Jenna is also a liaison between the clinic and community informing our patients and families of opportunities that may benefit them during treatment for life-threatening or chronic illnesses.
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.