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Dogs on call

Dogs on Call

Does your child need to get a break from the medical routine and spend some time just being a kid? You might find a visit from the Dogs on Call team will help put them at ease. And we know that our young patients often miss their pets when they are in the hospital or in clinical settings.

Dogs on Call teams visit our pediatric inpatient units regularly and by appointment in our outpatient clinics. The dog may visit in a resource room on the floor or in the patient's room, where it can sit on the floor, in a chair or on a clean sheet on the bed. Visits typically last from 5 to 10 minutes, although that can vary. Children may pet, play with or watch the dog, who is specially trained to work with pediatric patients.

Our teams only visit children who are not in isolation. If you prefer not to have a dog team visit your child, let a child life specialist know or tell the Dogs on Call volunteer when they knock on the door.


Meet the team

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Bailey Brannon, OTD R/L
Bailey Brannon OTD R/L Occupational therapy Read more
Katherine Clapp, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Katherine Clapp M.Ed., CCC-SLP Speech therapy Read more
Erin Corker, MS, CCC-SLP
Erin Corker MS, CCC-SLP Speech therapy Read more
Justin Demarchi, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Justin Demarchi OTD, OTR/L, BCP Occupational therapy Read more
Genevieve Denue, MS, CCC-SLP
Genevieve Denue MS, CCC-SLP Speech therapy Read more
Caroline Gerlach, M.S., CCC-SLP, CAS
Caroline Gerlach M.S., CCC-SLP, CAS Speech therapy Read more
Alexandra Houlbrooke, MS, CCC-SLP
Alexandra Houlbrooke MS, CCC-SLP Speech therapy Read more
Patrice Hounshell, OTR/L
Patrice Hounshell OTR/L Occupational therapy Read more
Akshay Kumar, CCC-SLP
Akshay Kumar CCC-SLP Speech therapy Read more
Kasson Massimino, DPT
Kasson Massimino DPT Physical therapy Read more
Rebecca Merritt, PT, DPT
Rebecca Merritt PT, DPT Physical therapy Read more
Erin Swierczewski, OTR/L, OTD
Erin Swierczewski OTR/L, OTD Occupational therapy Read more
Taylor Verne, OTR/L, OTD
Taylor Verne OTR/L, OTD Occupational therapy Read more
Margaret "Maggie" Patricia Altieri, MEd, Speech Language Pathology
Margaret "Maggie" Altieri MEd, Speech Language Pathology Speech therapy Read more
Samantha K Burch, MEd, CCC-SLP
Samantha Burch MEd, CCC-SLP Speech therapy
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Gail Divizio Grubb, MA, CCC-SLP
Gail Grubb MA, CCC-SLP Speech therapy Read more
Alyssa C Hensley, MS, CCC-SLP
Alyssa Hensley MS, CCC-SLP Speech therapy Read more
Andrea Scott Lester, MSPT
Andrea Lester MSPT Physical therapy Read more


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