The mission of Health Services at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School mirrors that of the school itself: we are committed to developing the whole person — mind, body and spirit. Our goal is to approach both physical and mental health challenges of the students entrusted to us in a preventative and holistic way. By linking the services of the medical and counseling staffs we believe we can best accomplish this mission in a proactive and collaborative approach.
Health Services Co-Directors are Gretchen Inman, head nurse, and John Dugan, director of counseling. They coordinate health curriculum and programming for the middle and upper schools, through classes, workshops, brown bag discussions with parents, and special speakers and presentations. They bridge counseling and medical concerns in both divisions by serving on Health Team, a group that meets weekly to provide a safety net for any student evidencing a particular emotional or medical need. Medical services are under the direction of Dr. Kerry Rhodes. To contact the on-call nurse, call the Health Center's cell phone at 512.801.7614.
|Gretchen Inman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC|
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Director of Health Services
University of Delaware, BA, Biological Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin, MSN, Adult Holistic Health
Gretchen first came to St Stephen's in 1995 as a Biology teacher, cross-country, track and DCWP coach, and dorm parent. After working at the school for 6 years, she left to obtain her Master's degree in nursing and become an Advanced Practice Nurse. She is board certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health. She has worked in the community in acute care hospitals, private practice, and long term-care facilities in the areas of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, and Geriatrics, Gretchen has also been on faculty at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Gretchen returned to SSES in 2006 as a part-time Clinical Nurse Specialist and has assumed the role of Director in 2013. She practices with a holistic approach, empowering individuals to become aware and involved in their own health.
|Annelle Adams, BSN, RN|
Assistant Head Nurse
|Carolyn Siebenlist, BSN, RN|
|Marsha Caven BSN, RN|
|Colleen O'Heren, BSN, RN|
|Ray Mason, Driver Assistant|
John Dugan, Director of Counseling, Co-Director Health Services
Karrie Poppinga, Upper School Counselor
Tania Gil, Middle School Counselor
Meet the Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers
|Kathy Rainey, ATC, LAT|
Texas Christian University, B.S., Movement Science; University of Texas at Austin, M.Ed., Health Education; Licensed Athletic Trainer (TX); BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
A lifelong athlete, Rainey injured her ankle playing soccer in college and worked closely with TCU’s athletic trainers during her recovery. The experience led to her entering the athletic training program herself. She has more than 20 years of experience in clinical, collegiate, and public and private high school settings. Her experience includes the care and prevention of athletic injuries — from concussions, dehydration, sprains, strains and fractures, to wound care and work conditioning.
Rainey, who joined St. Stephen’s in 2008, hopes students will view the athletic training room as an oasis, where they can escape the pressures of the classroom, home and practice field. The most important aspect of her job is helping students safely return to their sport while providing a safe, fun place for them to rehabilitate.
When asked what she appreciates most about her role at St. Stephen’s, Rainey said it is the opportunity to provide the highest level of care for the school’s athletes and the freedom she has to investigate and implement evidenced-based medicine to improve the level of care provided.Please see our Sports Medicine page for more info.
|Elizabeth Bird, ATC, LAT|
James Madison University, B.S., Athletic Training; Licensed Athletic Trainer (TX); BOC Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
An active high school athlete, Bird said she knew from her first college course in athletic training that she had chosen the right major. James Madison University boasts a 100 percent BOC passage rate among its students, so she is confident that she received a solid educational foundation.
Bird joined the Sports Medicine Athletic Training staff in 2014. She appreciates the diversity of our students and that the athletic trainers care for everyone at the school with an athletic injury — from dancers and sports team members to DCWP climbers. She believes the entire school community should feel welcome to visit the athletic trainers, even if they don’t consider themselves ‘athletes.’ According to Bird, the most important aspect of her job is ensuring that our school community feels well cared for.
|Direct Line: 512.327.1166|
Campus Switchboard: 512.327.1213 x231
Emergency Cell: 512.801.7614
St. Stephen’s has AED heart defibrillators throughout campus. Our AEDs are fully automatic, which means a user does not have to push a button to deliver a shock. When deployed, the machine will ask the user to stay clear several times before delivering the shock automatically. Please follow the instructions.Current AED locations (map):Health Center
(waiting room) Dining Hall
(near the TV displaying the menu)Gunn Hall
(lobby/ foyer area)Clayton Gym
(east wall of the courts)Tennis Center
(roaming in their cart/vehicle)Security
(roaming in their vehicle)Spartan Fitness and Wellness Center