Health & Wellness center

About Us

In 2013 we changed our name from Health Services to the Health & Wellness Center to reflect a new philosophy of how we serve the healthcare needs of the Williston community. At Williston, we believe that physical and emotional wellness is an integral part of academic, professional, and personal success and fulfillment. We encourage our entire campus community to reach higher levels of personal health, well-being, and satisfaction.

We are located in the white house at 15 Payson Avenue, across from Scott Hall.


Regularly scheduled clinic hours are:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Class Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Non-Class Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday-Friday: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Drop-in visits are welcome during these times. We encourage students to come see us during free periods.


Our staff includes registered nurses with years of experience in pediatric, emergency, student, and community health care.

The staff includes: Director Health & Wellness Services, Amber Mish RN; Lindsay Hanford RN, BSN; Kathy Hunter RN, BSN; Amy Lehane, RN, BSN, CPN; Michaela Litzner, RN BSN; Claire Saphire, RN, BSN and Catherine Schwartz, R.

The school doctor and Medical Director, Peter Elsea, M.D. is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is on the staff of Cooley Dickinson Hospital in nearby Northampton.

Counseling staff consists of Director of Psychological Counseling Services Duncan Laird, LICSW, and Dana Weaver, Ph.D. Mr. Laird and Dr. Weaver are available to students by appointment and on an as-need basis. Students can make appointments through Health and Wellness Services. These services are available when school is in session during the academic year at no initial cost to the student. Broad categories of psychological services are available.

How to Reach Us

Nurses can be reached from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (413) 529-3234. You can also reach a nurse by asking for extension 3234 through the switchboard during those hours. Our fax number is (413) 529-3388.

When the Health & Wellness Center is not open a nurse is always on call. Students and faculty may reach a nurse at the Health & Wellness Center by dialing (413) 529-3911. Nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week while school is in session, including during evenings, weekends, and holidays.


Visits to the Health & Wellness Center are for students only. Nursing staff visits do not require an appointment and are at no cost. Drop-in hours are during regular office hours.

Appointments to see the school doctor or a counselor are booked through the Health & Wellness Center. Medical appointments with the school doctor are billed to the student’s insurance company

Initial counseling visits are at no cost. Some cost may be associated with routine follow up visits.

The Williston Northampton School
19 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027 | Phone: (413) 529-3000

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