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

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 specialists have on both the child and the child’s loved ones while they faced situations that were hard to understand during their medical care.

She, along with the team of child life specialists at Hearts Connected have a deep desire to bring the services that typically are only available to patients in pediatric hospital settings to families in the community. DD is excited to be able to connect child life specialists 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 Alice Shi,
Operations Manager & Child Life Specialist

Alice joins Hearts Connected as the Operations Manager with over 8 years of experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist, having worked in several hospitals including Seattle Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus. Alice has also worked in the non-clinical setting as a program manager for the Child and Family Center at Vanderbilt University. Alice is bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English and is passionate about serving children and families in the greater community and expanding the child life field to countries all over the world.

Alice holds a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Medicine, Health, & Society from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science in Family and Child Studies from Texas State University.

Alice resides in Seattle, Washington with her husband and son. Family is everything to Alice and most weekends are spent exploring a new restaurant, picnicking at a park, or making travel plans for a new adventure.

Meet Alice Shi, Operations Manager & Child Life Specialist

Meet Our Staff

Meet Molly Porr Wilson,
Child Life Specialist

Meet Jeela Tavakoli,
Child Life Specialist

Meet Anna Fowler,
Child Life Specialist

Meet MaKaylie Peterkin,
Child Life Specialist

Meet Lisa A. Ciarrocca, Certified Child Life Specialist, Registered


Some of what our clients have said

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