Rachel Ryan is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Ayers Children’s Medical Center of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. As a child life specialist, she helps reduce the stress and anxiety of hospitalized children by providing play, social interaction, teaching and distraction during medical procedures. Additionally, she can be seen marketing child life and the pediatric unit at community events and in university classrooms. Before beginning her career as a child life specialist, Ryan had the opportunity to intern with the child life program at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Ryan is a member of the Child Life Council, serves on the UT Martin Advisory Council for the Family and Consumer Sciences department, and is currently teaching as an adjunct instructor for UT Martin.