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Advisory Council Members

Cinda McDonald, MEd, RDH, CCLS
Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified Child Life Specialist
Bereavement Support Specialist, Supportive and Palliative Care Team
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Dentistry

Cinda McDonald blends her love of children with her interests in healthcare, dentistry and end of life care. Through her passion and hard work, Mrs. McDonald has pioneered pediatric support programs which have served as models for programs around the world.

Following her dream to enter dentistry like her father, Mrs. McDonald worked for over six years until an unexpected hand injury ended her dental career. Mrs. McDonald returned to school gain wisdom and experience to prepare her to work with children. Her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education is from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mrs. McDonald became a Certified Child Life Specialist. She is recognized nationally as a pioneer who successfully blended child life techniques in the hospital’s dental clinic where she implemented a successful pediatric dental health program.

Mrs. McDonald’s pioneering work continued as she is the first child life specialist in Texas to develop a pediatric hospice care program. She worked extensively with terminally ill children and their families, providing support for end of life care.

Mrs. McDonald started a one-person child life program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. McDonald is a co-investigator for two research studies and adjunct professor at Baylor College of Dentistry.

As a dedicated volunteer, Mrs. McDonald provides bereavement support for terminally ill children and their families at bereavement camps and on family trips to Disney World. She brings a wealth of experience and a huge heart to Standish Foundation.

When she is not working or volunteering, Mrs. McDonald enjoys her time with her husband Steve, the love of her life, and their four furry cats.

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