Erin Panzella first became interested in the field of Child Life through her own experiences as an adolescent with chronic illness. This led her to pursue a degree in Psychology-Child Life from Utica College, NY. She then completed her internship at Miami Children's, spending her final rotation in the hemodialysis clinic. Since achieving her certification as a Child Life Specialist, Erin has been providing psychosocial care to children and families in the critical care setting for the last 14 years. In addition, Erin joined the Hewell Kids' Kidney Center team at Arnold Palmer Hospital 4 years ago, where she provides Child Life services to the hemodialysis patients and their families.