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Ann Bonifacio, CMA

Ann Bonifacio, CMA

Gastroenterology Medical Assistant, Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care

Ann is a certified medical assistant at Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care Clinic where she and her gastroenterology teammates provide care to kids and their families. Ann is the Chair of the Safety Committee for Pediatric Specialty Care and an EPIC SuperUser at Swedish. She received her MA certificate at Carrington College. Prior to joining Swedish in 2013, Ann worked at Providence Heart Clinic in Portland, OR. Outside of work, Ann’s passions are exploring Seattle, spending time with family, and cooking.

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Tips for kids with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Working as a CMA (certified medical assistant) in Swedish Pediatric Gastroenterology, I have the responsibility and honor of taking care of children diagnosed with a variety of gastrointestinal problems, one of the most serious being Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  IBD is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic intestinal inflammation.  Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main types of IBD, depending on the location and depth of inflammation in the gut. 

As I work with the families of children diagnosed with IBD, I am constantly amazed at what a complicated job they have, balancing life between a chronic illness and the challenges of “normal childhood”. 

As the school year gets off to a start, seeing how hectic life can become for most kids, I wanted to write down a few ways children with IBD might better empower themselves to gain control over their chronic disease:

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