Caroline is a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with over 13 years of experience in pediatric practice. She graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and received her Master of Science in Nursing at Emory University in 2011. She is passionate about patient, family, and medical education. She has previously held faculty positions at The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and is currently adjunct faculty at Emory University’s School of Nursing. Caroline has spent most of her professional years practicing in pediatric emergency medicine and transitioned to the Veritas team in 2019 after developing an interest in adolescent healthcare and eating disorder treatment.
Presentation Tail-Waggin’ Treatment: The Role of Certified Therapy Dogs in Recovery
There is something magical about the connection between people and dogs. A dog’s contagious joy and unconditional love make a wonderful addition to any therapy program. The physical and emotional struggles that often accompany eating disorders can seem overwhelming for our patients and family members, and therapy dogs are incredibly valuable in easing that pain and worry,
Trained and certified therapy dogs who are engaging in Animal-Assisted Therapy help in diffusing family conflict, decreasing the tension and anxiety associated with therapeutic challenges, helping with group engagement, entertaining a visiting younger sibling or child, and increasing a patient’s endorphins (good feelings) to balance negative emotions.
This dinner presentation will focus on the data behind therapy dog engagement, real family and patient stories with therapy dogs, and therapy dog demonstrations. Our furry friends will make an appearance throughout the presentation.