Carrie Starnes

Carrie Starnes

Carrie Starnes, CCLS, LRT / CTRS

PrAssistant Professor of Medicine
Section of Hematology / Oncology
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Carrie Starnes is the child life specialist at the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, an outpatient clinic that provides services for blood-related disorders. Previously, Carrie worked as a Recreational Therapist/Child Life Specialist for the NC Jaycee Burn Center. In 2006, she was named the Sigma Sigma Sigma Robbie Page Recreational Therapy Fellow at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. She graduated in 2004 from Indiana University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. As the child life specialist of a multidisciplinary team, Carrie provides children and teens with opportunities for procedural education, support, pain & anxiety management and non-pharmacological techniques. She has played an integral part of developing and implementing a Sickle Cell education curriculum, which has an emphasis on the importance of age-appropriate education related Sickle Cell disease and treatment, as well as non-pharmacological coping techniques for stress and anxiety reduction at Camp Silver Moon.


Did you know?

Extremely cold weather can trigger a pain crisis in a child. Even when bundled up in a snowsuit, the shift in temperature may be enough to cause red blood cells to begin sickling in just a few minutes of outdoor play.