Certified as a child life professional, Kara provides child life services to Texas Center for Proton Therapy’s pediatric patients and their families while they are in treatment. Working closely with the clinical team, she provides support, education, and programming to patients and families, who have specific needs and challenges during a child’s serious illness.
Prior to joining Texas Center for Proton Therapy, Kara was a child life specialist in the hematology/oncology clinic at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth and in the inpatient unit at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Kara also completed an internship with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she then moved on to provide child life services in the hospital’s cardiac preparation and recovery unit and outpatient cardiac areas. She completed post-graduate studies and a practicum specifically focused on child life. She also has served as a speech language pathologist assistant.
She has devoted her time to serve as a child life specialist at Camp NOW for families with a child with a brain tumor; Camp Sanguinity for pre-school oncology and blood disorder campers; and Dragonfly Heart Camp for pulmonary hypertension or heart transplant campers; and as a cabin buddy for school-age and adolescent girls at Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children. Among her community outreach work, she participated on a mission trip to Ghana, Africa, where she provided educational workshops to local caregivers who care for the children and adults with disabilities.
Kara is a member of the Child Life Council and has a background in American Sign Language.