ABOUT HEARTS CONNECTED 

Our Team

We serve clients throughout the United States.

These are just a few of our team members that are available to help you and your family.

Meet Our Founder,

DD Fritch

Hearts Connected, LLC was founded by DD Fritch. She is a pediatric nurse of over 30 years and mom of three.  While she is now a healthcare leader and consultant, she was at the bedside for many years where she personally witnessed the impact that Child Life Specialist played on both the child and the child’s loved ones while they were facing situations during their medical care that was hard to understand.

She, along with Molly have a deep desire to bring the services that typically are only available to patients in pediatric hospitals to families while they are in their  community. Connecting Child Life Specialist all over the United States with parents, caregivers, family members and most importantly, the children they love!

 

Providing services to help children cope, grieve and heal.

Meet Molly Porr Wilson,

Our Operational Manager

Molly Wilson is a Certified Child Life Specialist who provides clinical child life services to pediatric clients, siblings, and families, to promote coping with life’s most trying situations.  After spending the last twelve years working in pediatric hospital settings, Molly is excited to partner with Hearts Connected to bring child life services into the community.

Molly believes that child life services are highly transferable and offer a wealth of support to children and families in the community who are facing many of life’s challenges.

Molly was a Child Life Specialist  leader at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, providing child life services to patients and families in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, neurology, neurosurgery and GI/Endocrine units. Molly also successfully established child life services when Inova Fairfax Hospital opened their pediatric surgery center. 

In addition to her child life certification, Molly has been a Certified Trauma Practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children.  

Molly attended Auburn University where she obtained a BS in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life.  She completed her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University.

Meet Lauren Whaley Gertz,

Child Life Specialist

Lauren is a Certified Child Life Specialist that has been practicing child life since 2012. She received her undergraduate degree in child life from East Carolina University.

 

Lauren started her career at Miami Children's Hospital, now known as Nicklaus Children's Hospital, where she established child life services that had not worked with child life previously in the radiology department. Lauren later moved back home to Atlanta to work at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where she worked in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at both Egleston and Scottish Rite locations. Lauren also was the first child life specialist at Emory Healthcare at their Proton Therapy Center.  

 

Lauren has a passion for promoting advocacy for children and their families and is looking forward to supporting families in the community setting.

Testimonials

Some of what our clients have said

“This was definitely helpful. I wish I had this available for all of MY medical procedures.”

-Dad

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