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Health + Wellness
at Williston

Ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of every student in our care is a top priority at Williston Northampton. We have many programs and policies in place to educate and support our students, including our CORE program, dorm meetings, discussions and assemblies. Our Health & Wellness Center is open 24/7 when school is in session, and our professional team provided medical and counseling services. During the academic day, three full-time nurses are available, and at night, one on-call nurse and one on-call mental health counselor are available around the clock

Read more below about the ever-expanding health and wellness resources available to our campus community at right and below.

Health + Wellness Center

Williston’s Health and Wellness Center is located in the white house at 15 Payson Avenue, across from Scott Hall.

  • Hours

    Regularly scheduled clinic hours are:

    Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

    Class Saturday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Non-Class Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Sunday: 9 a.m.–1 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.

  • How to Reach Us

    Nurses can be reached from 7:30 a.m. to 4 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.

  • Appointments

    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.

  • About Health Insurance

    All students must have health insurance while attending the Williston Northampton School. The school offers international students with a 10 or 12-month health plan.

    International families must carry U.S.-based insurance with an American claim address or purchase the plan offered by the school.

    Please log into your Magnus Health account to update your insurance information for the upcoming school year.

Director of Counseling Meg Colenback

Layers of support for mental health

Under the leadership of Director of Counseling Meg Colenback, we continue to expand the integration of mental health programing outside of individual counseling in Health and Wellness. Important priorities include:

  • Training our entire community to be a web of support around student wellness and mental health, so that no matter who they go to for support, it’s there to meet them
  • Broadening the definition of wellness to include dealing with stress and working through the everyday struggles of life, by building skills and learning the language to freely discuss emotions

New programs 2023-24

At Williston, we’re always looking for new ways to support the wellness of our community. Read about our new programs and initiatives for the 2023-24 school year.

Link to news story coming soon

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Our Dedicated Staff

Our staff includes registered nurses with years of experience in pediatric, emergency, student, and community health care, including Director of Health and Wellness Services Amber Mish.

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.

Our counseling staff 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.

Meg Colenback

Director of Mental Health Counseling

Peter Elsea

Medical Director

Amber-Mish Amber Mish

Director of Health and Wellness Services

Robyn Beaton

Registered Nurse

Tammie Beaulieu

Registered Nurse

Sydney Brady

Health & Wellness Services Intern

Nina Cole

Registered Nurse

Lindsay Hanford

Registered Nurse, BSN

Amy Lehane

Nursing Coordinator

Wildcat logo on gray background Caitlin Oelrich

Registered Nurse

Anne Zager, LICSW

School Counselor

Heather Manley

Administrative Assistant to Health & Wellness Services

Marian Zeiss

Health Services Driver

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