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Dottie Ward-Wimmer, a pediatric nurse, Certified Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist, has been working with and for children, teens and their families for over 30 years. In 1980, she began working in the field of death and dying and in 1986 moved to Washington, DC where she helped establish the Special Immunology Service at Children's National Medical Center. She has published and taught about the issues of loss, life threatening illness, transition, violence and abuse and testified to two Presidential Commissions on the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and families. In 1991 she joined the staff at William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing (formerly St. Francis Center) where she serves a the Director of the Children's Program and maintains a private practice. Dottie believes that all children are precious and deserve to be treated with gentleness, humor and respect.