Peer Mentor Program

Our mentors share their own experiences from a peer perspective, and listen to our patients and caregivers. They understand the toll a serious health issue can take on our families. Our participants say this one-on-one communication with another patient or caregiver has been extremely beneficial.
Peer Mentors can:
  • Provide information, guidance and emotional support to patients who have experienced a serious health issue.
  • Help patients confront challenging issues and emotions.
  • Offer a network of peers to help those experiencing a health issue to not feel alone.
  • Encourage patients to partner in their care.
All peer mentors are volunteers of the Michigan Medicine who have received extensive training. Conversations are kept in strict confidence. You can connect with a mentor in person or by phone, have a single conversation or more – whatever you find most helpful!

Check this video highlighting the benefits of having a peer mentor program. 

Current Peer Mentor Programs

Bone Marrow Transplant Peer Mentor Program
Kathryn Hudacek, Nurse & Mentor Coordinator
Cardiac Rehab Peer Mentor Program
Kari Meyers, Exercise Physiologist & Mentor Coordinator
Community Amputee Network (U-CAN) Peer Visitor Program
Carla Vollmer, Limb Loss Support Coordinator
Craniofacial Anomalies Peer Mentor Program
Laura S. Hatch, Social Worker & Mentor Coordinator
Differences of Sex Development Peer Mentor Program
Chris Kozel, Social Worker & Mentor Coordinator
Kellogg Eye Center Peer Mentor Program
Miho Ito-Navarro, Social Worker & Mentor Coordinator
Spinal Cord Injury Peer Mentor Program
Patricia Zuba, Spinal Injury Clinical Specialist & Mentor Coordinator
Stroke Peer Mentor Program
Leah Brock, Social Worker & Mentor Coordinator
Cystic Fibrosis Peer Mentor Program
Katie Hall, Mentor Coordinator
Kidney Transplant (Donor and Recipient)
Heart Transplant
Lung Transplant
Liver Transplant
UM Community Amputee Network (Limb Loss)
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Congenital Heart Center
Pediatric Neurology
Spinal Cord Injury
Disorders of Sexual Development
Implantable Cardiac Device
Adult Bone Marrow Transplant