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LIFT Clinic - Lifelong Interventions Focused on Thriving

The Single Ventricle Program, also known as the Cardiac LIFT (Lifelong Interventions Focused on Thriving) Clinic will provide multi-disciplinary care for single ventricle patients, encompassing all aspects of their growth and development from prenatal diagnosis to early adulthood.

In addition to care provided by Akron Children’s cardiologists, patients will also receive comprehensive care through the Cardiac LIFT Clinic from:

  • A developmental pediatrician and/or pediatric neuropsychologist who will evaluate for developmental, cognitive or behavioral issues.
  • Speech and nutrition experts who will manage patient growth, oral feeding skills, tube feeds, screen for speech delay, and help older children learn healthy eating habits for long-term heart health.
  • An adult congenital nurse to educate adolescents and young adults, and their families, on a broad range of health care topics, including the transition process from pediatric to adult congenital care.
  • A social worker from the Heart Center who will meet with each family to offer support and assist with access to community resources.

Care through the Cardiac LIFT Clinic is fully virtual, allowing patients to be seen from the comfort of their own home.

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Our Doctors/Providers

Physicians/Providers:

Jessica Bivens, DO, MA

Pediatric Cardiologist

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Brandon Jones, DO

Pediatric Cardiologist

Accepting New Patients

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Ashish Saini, MD, FACC

Pediatric & Adult Congenital Cardiologist

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Bruna Schneider, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Grace Smith, MD, FACC

Director, Heart Center Mahoning Valley; Associate Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center; Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic; Pediatric Cardiologist

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Kristen Stefanski, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Kathyrn Wheller, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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