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 212-799-5000 ext. 282.
Student Health Services
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). Health Services offers free flu shots in the fall, H.I.V. and S.T.I. (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing and immunizations.
Diagnostics tests done at Health Services are sent to an outside lab. The outside lab will send invoices 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.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am-5pm
Walk-in hours: Monday-Friday, 1:30-2:30pm & Wednesday 1-2:30pm
212-799-5000 ext. 282
Fax (212) 769-6427
Howard Rosenberg, MD, Medical Director
Beth Techow, Administrative 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.
Appointments are available Monday-Sunday.
Fax (646) 505-4190
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.
William Buse, PhD, LCSW, Counseling Director
Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy
Some Saturdays: 10am-2pm
Two evenings a week
To schedule an appointment, please contact Health Services at 212-799-5000 ext. 282.
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.
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.
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, Occupational Therapist
Appointment Hours — while school is in session
Some Saturdays: 10am-2pm
To schedule an appointment, please call Health Services at 212-799-5000 ext. 282.
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.
Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM
Andrea Chernus, MS, RD, CDN CCSD
Monika Saigal, MS, RD, CDM
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.
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.
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.
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
- American College of Sports Medicine
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention This is a sophisticated organization that has good information on prevention, depression, how to help someone who is suicidal, and how to get help.
- Athletes and the Arts
- Australian Sports Commission
- Befrienders Worldwide Information for anyone feeling low, depressed or suicidal, or worried about a friend or relative; general information about issues relating to suicide. Access to the world's most comprehensive directory of suicide and crisis help lines.
- Break the Cycle Empowering youth to end domestic violence.
- Dance Magazine
- Dating Violence Among Adolescents
- Gatorade Sports Science Institute
- Go Ask Alice This is Columbia University's popular health questions and answer site. You will find an extremely wide range of topics covered, including some that you might not expect!
- Half of Us Program to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the proper resources to get help.
- International Association for Dance Medicine & Science
- Journal for Dance Research
- Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN)
- Love is Louder Online support for anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone.
- Love Is Not Abuse Provides information and tools to prevent teen dating violence.
- Love Is Respect Building more healthy relationships and saving more lives.
- Male Survivor Overcoming sexual victimization of boys and men.
- Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN)
- That's Not Cool Provides tools to help you draw your digital line about what is, or is not, O.K. in your relationships.
- ULifeline Online resource for college mental health.
Eating Disorder Resources
- National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
- NEDAs free and confidential screening for Eating Disorders
- Eating Disorder Hope (a list of resources)
- Something FishyPro Recovery Site
- Female Athlete Triad Coalition
- National Assoc. for Males with Eating Disorders
- The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
- Gurze-Salucore Books and resources
- Healthy Body Image, US Olympic Committee
- Samaritans of New York Suicide Hotline (212) 673-3000
- Suicide Prevention National Hotline (800) SUICIDE or (800) 273-TALK
- Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.