Integrative Care at CHKD

Being sick or hospitalized is difficult for children. In addition to the physical discomfort of illness, they may feel frightened, confused, and overwhelmed. In essence, kids need more than medicine to get well. At CHKD, we understand that.

Our integrative care team works with patients and families to help children feel more comfortable and more in control of their hospital stay.

Integrative care team members like child life specialists along with recreation, music, and art therapists help patients and families successfully navigate the hospital experience by providing education, therapeutic and developmental play, creative therapies, and so much more. Through the use of age-appropriate interventions, they help children better understand their illnesses and medical procedures, provide distraction, and develop positive coping skills.

Our integrative care team encourages play and creative expression for patients as they learn about their world and how to cope with new experiences. Through these therapies, children can express their feelings and gain a sense of control.

Services We Provide

  • Family support to help adjust to the hospital.
  • Creative expression through art, music, and recreational activities.
  • Medical play to become more familiar with the medical equipment and procedures, and encourage expression of feelings.
  • Sibling visits to help brothers and sisters understand why their sibling is in the hospital.
  • Coordination of special celebrations such as birthdays and holidays.
  • Activities to help bridge the gap between home and the hospital.
  • Psychological preparation and tours to help patients and siblings understand and cope with healthcare experiences.
  • Emotional support and coping techniques, such as guided imagery, deep breathing and diversion.
  • Activity room and bedside programming to promote normalization to the hospital experience, peer interaction, and independence.

Integrative Care Team Members - Child Life, Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy

Morgan Eller
CTRS, Children's Pavilion
Email Morgan
(757) 668-2836 
Lauren Babashanian Pike
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Phone: (757) 668-6912  

Traci Maye
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Phone: (757) 668-6970
Kristi Logg 
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Phone: (757) 668-6921
Haley Edwards 
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Phone: (757) 668-7994
Emily Anne Taylor
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Phone: (757) 668-6817                       

Shannon Hood, Director
Rehab | Neuroscience
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Phone: (757) 668-9528
Madison Paulin
CTRS/Education Coordinator,
Children's Pavilion Email Madison
(757) 668-2837                          
Andi Baldree
Office Coordinator
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Phone: (757) 668-7327
Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center  
Alyssia Smoes-Land
CCLS, Children's Pavilion
Email Alyssia
(757) 668-2128                                                                                                                                   
Krystian Hudson 
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Phone: (757) 668-9032

Patricia R Taylor
Child life assistant
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Phone: (757) 668-8129
Nolen Hammer
Child life assistant
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Phone: (757) 668-8129
Holly Payne
Art Therapist 
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Phone: (757) 668-7178

Chris Byrd
Music Therapist

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Olivia Vincent
Emergency Department                  
Email Olivia
(757) 668-6892
China Slade
Child Life Assistant
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(757) 668-8129
Breajai Davis
CTRS, Children’s Pavilion                  
Email Breajai
(757) 668-6834
Genna Winter
CTRS, Children’s Pavilion
Email Genna  
(757) 668-6847
Rebecca Bowie
Music Therapy, Children's Pavilion                  
Email Rebecca
(757) 668-5155
Kaitlyn Lewis

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Maya Nizinski
Day Surgery/PACU                 
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(757) 668-9891
Sydney Powell
Princess Anne Surgical Center  
Email Sydney  
(757) 668-6807
Elizabeth Bowman
Emergency Department  
Email Elizabeth  
(757) 668-6941