The Dell Children’s Palliative Care team includes two pediatric specialty physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, social worker, chaplain, and nurse. Our team members have the specialized training, experience, and understanding to work with you and your health care team to provide support and help you find the path that is best for your child and family.

Patrick Jones, MD

Dianna Yip, DO

Laura Cummins, PNP

Rachel Carnahan-Metzger, LCSW

Rachel joined the palliative care team in January 2012. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work and completed her palliative care training at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia. She is a social work field supervisor with the University of Texas and Baylor University, and loves helping to develop the next generation of amazing social workers. Rachel spends time outside of work chasing her children around, swimming, and eating tacos for every meal.

Tim Waithaka, Chaplain

Tim is a Board Certified Chaplain with Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). He is a graduate of Messiah College in PA and has a Masters of Divinity from Nairobi International School of Theology. Tim is a native of Kenya and has been in chaplain ministry for over 10 years with work experience at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Trihealth and Hospice of Cincinnati in Ohio. As a father four, Tim loves to work with children and parents. He loves to listen to stories and be present with patients and families. In his spare time, Tim loves to spend time with family and friends. He prefers animal storytelling to watching TV or movies. On a good day, he will roast goat meat.