Health and Counseling Services

The Health Services clinic is located on the 22nd floor of the Meredith Willson Residence Hall. Health Services provides medical treatment and preventative care, as well as providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition services to aid students in performing at their best. Counseling Services provides supportive psychotherapy to assist students in meeting their emotional, psychological, and mental health needs.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call ext. 282. 

Student Health Services

About

Medical services are conducted on-site at Health Services on the 22nd floor of the Meredith Wilson Residence Hall. The clinic provides free urgent care, sick visits, well-patient visits, sexual health visits and women's health exams (including gynecological services) and tests done at the clinic and specimens are sent to an outside lab. Health Services offers free flu shots in the fall, immuni­zations, tuber­culosis testing, H.I.V. and S.T.I. (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing, free condoms, and free educational brochures on a broad range of health topics.

Students should note that laboratory services provided by outside labs are not free, and that invoices for such services will be sent to students and/or their insurance companies for payment.

Students are referred to off-site specialists when deemed neces­sary. We have established a network of excellent practitioners representing many medical specialties.

The clinic is staffed by two physician's assistant, a certified medical assistant, a consulting orthopedic surgeon (who specializes in performing arts medicine), three consulting physical therapists, one consulting occupational therapist and three consulting nutritionists. Our medical director is an internist who sees patients at the clinic and is available for consultation 24 hours a day.

Hours

Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-2pm
Walk-in hours: Monday-Friday, 1:30-2:30pm & Wednesday 1-2:30pm

Contact

Health Services, ext. 282
Fax (212) 769-6427

Staff

Beth Techow, Administrative Director
Howard Rosenberg, MD, Medical Director
David Weiss, MD, Orthopedist
Matthew Allman, PA, Physician's Assistant
Diane Bruessow, PA-C, Physician's Assistant
Kathleen Roman, CMA, Medical Assistant
Verleen Philogene, Administrative Assistant

Absences Due to Illness or Injury (All Divisions)

Juilliard Health Services will NOT provide excuse notes for routine illnesses or injuries that may lead to missed classes, rehearsals, or performances. Students who need to miss class due to illness/injury are encouraged to notify their teachers and department offices that they are ill or injured and unable to attend prior to the absence.  Please refer to your class syllabi and or department handbook for absence policies.  It is the purview of the faculty to determine when or if a student will be excused from class or a performance.

Health Services will only issue a note stating that a student has sought treatment for an illness. To protect patient privacy the note will not provide information about diagnosis or ability to attend class.  This note will not act as an excuse from class.

Cases of chronic illness or injury that result in absences from multiple days of class, juries, orchestra rehearsals or performances will be dealt with on an individual basis. Please consult your department handbook.

If your condition is a disability requiring reasonable accommodations, it will be necessary to file all required documents for qualifying as a student with a disability with the Office of Academic Support Services.

Emergency Procedures

Medical Emergencies

The Health Services clinic is not equipped to handle serious medical emergencies.

If a student is in need of an ambulance in the school building:
If there is a medical emergency at any time in the school building, call 911 immediately and then call the Security Desk  at ext. 246 or 247. (If you call Security first, they will call 911 for you.) When 911 is called, a dispatcher will ask for the company name, address to which the ambulance should respond (which is 155 W. 65th Street), the patient's exact location (floor number and specific area), the general nature of the medical emergency, the caller's name and the callback telephone number. It is important for the 911 dispatcher to be told the general nature of the patient's illness or whether the patient has been injured (from a fall, in an assault, etc.), so that the paramedics can immediately bring the appropriate equipment and medical supplies from the ambulance to the patient as soon as they arrive on the scene.

If a student is in need of an ambulance in the residence hall:
If the emergency occurs in the residence hall, please note the Security number is (212) 769-7442. The address to which the ambulance should respond is 165 W. 65th Street.

If a student is not taking an ambulance:
The hospital emergency room closest to the School is at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, 10th Avenue at 59th Street.

Please also note:
If the emergency is during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm) and the injured/ill person is a Juilliard student, Health Services should be notified at ext. 282. After business hours and on weekends, Security will notify the appropriate staff members.

If you live in the residence hall please also notify Residence Life at (212) 799-5000, ext. 7400, or after hours residential hall security at ext. 7442. 

When you return from the hospital please come to Health Services during business hours as soon as possible for medical follow-up and insurance claim assistance.

Psychological Emergencies

If a student needs an ambulance please follow instructions regarding contacting 911 above.

If a student is not taking an ambulance:
Students experiencing emergencies that are psychological in nature are advised to consider seeking emergency care at the Payne Whitney Clinic, part of the N.Y.-Presbyterian Hospital, 525 E. 68th Street. The Payne Whitney Clinic has worked closely with The Juilliard School in providing excellent mental health care to students requiring hospitalization.

Please also note:
When possible or practical, please leave a message for Counseling Services at (212) 769-3918 that you are going to the hospital. If you live in the residence hall, please also notify Residence Life at (212) 799-5000, ext. 7400, or after hours, residential hall Security at ext. 7442. When you return from the hospital please leave a message for Counseling Services at (212) 769-3918.

Counseling Services

Hours

Walk-in hours:

Wednesday: 1-2pm
Friday: 1-2pm
Saturday: 12:30-1:30pm
Sunday: 11am-noon

Appointments are available Monday-Sunday.

Contact

(212) 769-3918
Fax (646) 505-4190

About

The mission of Juilliard Counseling Services is to provide free supportive psychotherapy to assist students in meeting their emotional, psychological, and mental health needs. Our services advance the academic and performance missions of the School by facilitating personal development, self-awareness, problem solving, and communication. Counseling Ser­vices carries out its mission through essential roles and functions including counseling and psychotherapy, consulta­tion, and outreach programming.

Counseling Services are conducted onsite on the 22nd floor of the Meredith Willson Residence Hall. Juilliard Counseling Services has a clinical director and eight psychotherapists who are all available to stu­dents onsite at various hours Monday through Sunday during the academic year. We also have a staff psychiatrist to whom students who require medi­cation are referred (free of charge). Counseling services are conducted in four soundproof counseling rooms.

Students may call to schedule an appointment or to speak with a therapist by leaving a message on the confiden­tial answering machine at (212) 769-3918.

Staff

William Buse, PhD, LCSW, Counseling Director

Nutrition Services

Hours

Appointment Hours — while school is in session

Wednesday: 5-8pm
Some Saturdays: 10am-2pm

Contact

To schedule an appointment, please call Health Services at ext. 282.

About

Every Juilliard artist can take advantage of meeting with a performance nutritionist on site at the School. One-on-one sessions are designed to meet the personal needs of each performer: come with a single question in mind, or ask for a more thorough nutrition evaluation including a dietary and lifestyle assessment.  Some students seek advice for health related reasons, others for performance enhancement and some just for a “nutrition check-up”!  From simple action steps to a complete diet overhaul, our qualified nutritionists are here to help you achieve your personal and performance goals. 

  • General Nutrition — get ideas on what to eat in the cafeteria, helpful snack ideas or foods to prepare on your own. Learn what foods to eat before and after (and even during!) performing to maximize your energy. Find out if supplements will or won’t help and how to attend to your hydration needs. For artistic athletes, athletic artists, and for those active performers who may need to modify weight, Juilliard nutrition services can help you meet your health and performance goals.
  • Functional Nutrition — education and counseling will be geared towards identifying potential long term health threatening issues such as vitamin, mineral, carbohydrate, protein and essential fat deficiencies and excesses in sugars, fats and substances such as caffeine to help prevent or lessen unstable energy levels, mood issues and sleep disorders.
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy — is offered to those with more challenging health conditions including GI distress, allergies/sensitivities, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, high or low blood sugar, menstrual irregularities, sleep issues, joint pain, and injuries, and mental health issues such as substance use and eating disorders.

We are happy to coordinate care with other healthcare providers as well.

Eating Disorder and Disordered Eating Services

If you think you may be struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating, we can help! 

Juilliard Health and Counseling Services have several practitioners who specialize in helping those struggling with restriction, binging, and the gamut in between. We offer counseling, medical, and nutrition services for students with eating disorders and support for those who are in recovery from an eating disorder. Medical, counseling, and nutrition providers work together as a team to provide coordinated care and help you get better. All of our services are confidential and individualized for the needs of each student.  Referrals to higher levels of care can be given as needed. Students may access counseling appointments by calling 212-769-3918 and medical and nutrition appointments by calling 212-799-5000 ext. 282.

Staff

Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM
Andrea Chernus, MS, RD, CDN CCSD
Monika Saigal, MS, RD, CDM

Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy

Hours

Orthopedist

Appointment Hours
Thursdays

Physical Therapy

Appointment Hours 

Monday: 10am-6:40pm
Tuesday: 1pm-6pm
Wednesday: 1:20-5pm; 6:40-8:20pm
Thursday: 10:20am-4:00pm
Friday: 10am-6:30pm
Some Saturdays: 10am-2pm

Occupational Therapy 

Monday: 5-8pm
Wednesday: 5-8pm

Contact

Call ext. 282 for an appointment.

About

Physical Therapy

The physical therapy service at Juilliard is unique in that students from all of the performing-arts disciplines—music, dance, drama, and voice—are treated in one setting. Free physical therapy is available to all students on an appointment basis (call ext. 282) or during scheduled walk-in hours during the week. Appointments are 20 minutes long. Students in all disciplines are encouraged to seek guidance and take preventative measures by scheduling a physical therapy appointment before their injury becomes debilitating. The physical therapy suite (located on the 22nd floor of the Meredith Willson Residence Hall near the Health Services office) is large enough to accommodate several students at one time. It is equipped with modalities such as ultrasound, electro-stimulation and paraffin, Pilates machine, and an array of exercise apparatus.

All physical therapists have extensive experience and training in the treatment of performing artists. The therapist evalu­ates the student's injury and technique to develop an individualized treatment program. Treatment focuses on manual therapy, alignment, and therapeutic exercise to improve muscle balance and movement strategies. The goal is to educate the student in self-care for healthful performance. The physical therapist will refer some students (depending on their injury) for consultation with the on-site consulting orthopedic surgeon who sees patients in the Health Services clinic on Thursdays. 

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapist (O.T.) also cares for students from all disciplines. We see acute injuries or ongoing problems in upper extremities (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand). Appointments for occupational therapy are scheduled every 30 minutes. 

Upper extremity therapy is carried out primarily by the occupational therapist. She treats the current injury, then works to regain previous conditioning, and to avoid recurrence.  Each student receives individual care to meet the unique challenges of his or her schedule of practicing and performance. The occupational therapist will refer some students (depending on their injury) for consultation with the on-site orthopedic surgeon who sees patients in the Health Services clinic on Thursday mornings.

The O.T. sees all types of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries. During the first evaluation she carries out many tests and measurements to determine a unique treatment plan with immediate and long term goals. Treatment may include modalities, joint and soft tissue mobilization, splinting, active exercises, strengthening and conditioning. To effect the most useful treatment she also works with the student in his or her performing medium. Her primary goal for treatment is a full and successful return to performance. 

Staff

David S. Weiss, MD, Orthopedist
Katy Keller, MS PT, Clinical Director of Physical Therapy & Therapist
Carol Holyoke, MS PT, Physical Therapist
Jessica Lassiter, DPT, Physical Therapist
Aviva Wolff, EdD, OT, CHT

Health Education Resources

There are many websites that have valuable and straightforward information about sexual health, mental health (including depression, anxiety, and how to get help), diseases, nutrition, physical health, substance abuse, and current treatments. We have included these links to sites and phone numbers that you might find helpful. None of these sites is in any way affiliated with The Juilliard School, nor does the School endorse any information they contain.