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Meet the Specialists

Child Life Specialists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in child life or a closely related field. Upon graduation, Child Life Specialists must complete a 500-hour internship before they are eligible for certification.

Through their specialized training, Child Life Specialists become experts in anticipating the needs and concerns of children in the medical environment. Their training makes them aware of issues that can arise at various ages.

Examples include:

  • Preschoolers may think they are having blood drawn as punishment
  • School-aged children may blame themselves for having cancer
  • Adolescents covet privacy, independence and peer interaction, and can become withdrawn or feel sad during or after hospitalization.

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Child Life Specialist's participate in a variety of hospital wide committees and programs, these include:

The goal of the Child Life Department is to enhance understanding and awareness of the Child Life Profession within the hospital and community.

Contact the Child Life Department

Phone: 305-624-4875
E-mail: ChildLife@mch.com

Meet the Child Life Experiences Team

Kara Marante - Director of Child Life Experiences

Kara Marante, MBA

Director of Child Life Experiences

Jennifer Oquendo - Supervisor of Children's Experiences

Jenny Oquendo

Supervisor of Children's Experiences


Renee Jadusingh-Sabillon - Child Life Manager<br />Certified Child Life Specialist

Renee Jadusingh-Sabillon, BS, CCLS

Child Life Manager
Certified Child Life Specialist

Karen Filosa - Certified Child Life Specialist

Karla Filosa, M.A. Ed, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist


Regine Duret - Child Life Student Academic Coordinator<br />Certified Child Life Specialist

Regine Duret, BS, CCLS

Child Life Student Academic Coordinator
Certified Child Life Specialist

Danielle Furio - Certified Child Life Specialist

Danielle Furio, BS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist


Caroline Cortezia - Certified Child Life Specialist

Caroline Cortezia, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist

Anina Sansonetti - Certified Child Life Specialist

Anina Sansonetti, BS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist


Lisa Kimball - Certified Child Life Specialist

Lisa Kimball, BS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist

Ashley Jugo - Certified Child Life Specialist

Ashley Jugo, BA, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist


Kelly Scher - Certified Child Life Specialist

Kelly Scher, BS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist

Elizabeth Fitzgibbons - Certified Child Life Specialist

Eli Fitzgibbons, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist


Diane Morales - Certified Child Life Specialist

Diane Morales, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist

Daquan Stephenson - Certified Child Life Specialist

Daquan Stephenson, BS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist


Rebecca Pickard - Certified Child Life Specialist

Rebecca Pickard, MS, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist

Gaby Maggi - Child Life Specialist Fellow

Gaby Maggi MS, CLS

Child Life Specialist Fellow



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