Jessie has been working at BC Children's since 1997 starting in bedside care of medical and surgical patients, and then moving over to Ambulatory care positions in gastroenterology and endoscopy. She has been in the role of Transplant Nurse Coordinator since 2007. Jessie assists in the coordination of care for all patients who require solid organ transplant (heart, liver, kidney or lung) in both the pre-transplant phase and the post-transplant phase.
Sarah has worked at the BC Children's Hospital in various nursing roles since 2006, before joining the Multi Organ Transplant Team as one of the Transplant Nurse Coordinators in 2016. Sarah assists in the overall coordination of care of solid organ transplant (heart, kidney, liver and lung) patients and their families.
Marijana has been working at the Children's Hospital since 1999, and has been a casual RN for the Multi-Organ Transplant Program for the past three years. She has worked on Cardiology and Medical units as a bedside RN, as a Clinical Nurse Coordinator on the Medical Unit, and as a UBC Clinical Instructor.
In her role as the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for Nephrology and Solid Organ Transplant, Katie cares for children with chronic kidney disease, and those with kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants to optimize medication therapy, and educate patients and their families about their medications. Her current research areas include immunosuppressant pharmacokinetics (how your body deals with the immune-suppressing drugs you need after a transplant) and monitoring for adverse effects of medications in transplant recipients. She is also a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia and mentor students and pharmacy residents training in hospital clinical practice. She completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at the University of Alberta, and has been with BC Children's Hospital since 2014, and in her current role with the MOT team since 2016.
Dr. Erin Moon, R. Psych completed her doctoral training at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS). She is a Registered Psychologist specializing in child and youth clinical psychology. She began working with the Multi-Organ Transplant (MOT) Program in 2012. In this position, Dr. Moon provides evidence-based assessment and therapy for children and youth with mental health and behavioural concerns related to their medical condition. Dr. Moon's work with families also includes brief therapy for parents to help them manage the stress of their child's medical condition. Dr. Moon provides consultation to the interdisciplinary MOT team, schools, and community care providers. Dr. Moon's research interests include the assessment and management of acute and chronic pain in children and youth. She has published a number of articles and book chapters in this area.
Soleina completed her Dietetic Internship through UBC in June 2017 and
began working with BC Children’s shortly after. Currently, she is covering a
maternity leave in the MOT department until June 2019. As the dietitian for the
MOT team, she conducts nutrition assessments during all stages of the
transplant process and develops nutrition care plans to support the nutrition
and growth of patients. She is passionate about supporting children and
families to achieve their health care goals and providing practical,
evidence-based approaches to support a healthy lifestyle.
Preeti has been a Registered Dietitian at BC Children's hospital for the last ten years and recently joined the MOT team in November 2017. Her role within the team is to develop nutrition care plans that meet the nutritional, medical and cultural needs of the patient and family during all stages of the transplant process. She is passionate about working with children and their families to optimize growth, improve nutrition status and provide education on healthy lifestyle choices.
Stephanie has a passion for working with families in healthcare and has worked in a variety of areas at BC Children's and Women's hospital including a residential treatment centre and inpatient medical and surgical units. In her role as MOT Social Worker, Stephanie provides post-transplant psychosocial care and support to all patients who have received a solid organ transplant (heart, liver, kidney, or lung) until they transition to adult care. She also conducts pre-transplant assessments, which involves psychosocial assessments of all patients who require a solid organ transplant.
Karen has been working at BC Children's since 2002, starting in Oncology and then moving other areas of the hospital and eventually starting in the MOT program in 2009. Karen provides post-transplant psychosocial care to all patients who has received a solid organ transplant (heart, liver, kidney or lung) until they transition to adult care. She also conducts psychosocial assessments on all patients who require a solid organ transplant as part of the pre-transplant assessment.
Rita has been a child life specialist at BC Children's Hospital since 1989, and is certified with the Association of Child Life Professionals. She has been a part of the MOT program since 2015, and has often worked with families in the Renal Dialysis Unit.
Child life specialists promote effective coping with health care experiences through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children and youth facing a broad range of challenging experiences. Working collaboratively with the health care team, child life specialists address the psychosocial and emotional needs to make hospital experiences more positive for patients and their families.