Sickle Cell Team

Our Team:

Dr. Alicia Chang, Dr. Robert Mignacca, Dr. Ginna Priola, and Dr. Arun Gurunathan
Jessica White, Daryl Moczygemba, and Jennifer Tiller
The Doctor and Nurse Practitioner treats your sickle cell by assessing your medical needs and making decisions with you on what is best for your care.

The nurses provide care for you by assessing your medical needs, collecting your labs, updating meds, and collaborating your care with the doctor and other team members.

Sickle Cell Transition Nurse Coordinators, Kristina Harrison and Emily Barclay, help you transition from Dell Children’s to your Adult Hematology facility by providing education and support all along the way.

Complex Care Nurse Coordinator, Samantha Lochte, facilitates collaboration and sharing of information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.

Social Worker, Claire Hodgins, helps navigate your social and emotional needs by providing resources in the community and coping skills that can help support you and your family.

Child Life Specialists, Cindy Pena and Faith Dziura, help support and advocate for your needs minimizing your stress and anxiety at your appointments. Child life provides therapeutic interventions, educational and emotional support.

School Liaison, Sandy George, navigates your school, vocation, and career needs by providing support and individualized plan to help you succeed.

Through a collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin, we are also able to offer behavioral health services and neuropsychological testing to our patients through the Texas Child Study Center, a program embedded in our clinic.  

The behavioral health team, including Sasha Jaquez and Katie Tripp, provides assessments and individualized support for psychosocial needs at the doctor’s office, home, and school.

Neuropsychological evaluations can help identify learning problems sometimes associated with sickle cell disease, and provides an opportunity for expert recommendations to address learning problems.

You, the patient, know the most about your body and what works best for you. It’s important to share the decision making process with you to give you the best care possible.

You, the parent or guardian, are an expert on caring for your child and we need your help in guiding and in encouraging your child in becoming autonomous.