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Phyllis Isaacs, MSA, RN
Health and Counseling Services
(540) 362-6444


More information:

Insurance requirements: contact Anna McLaughlin,
(540) 362-6588 or amclaughlin@hollins.edu.

Keeping our students healthy

Hollins University prepares its graduates for active lives of fulfilling work, growth, achievement, and service to society. Ongoing health maintenance and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle are central to that mission. Hollins University's Health and Counseling Services is committed to promoting health and well-being. Our mission is to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining their health, while fostering individual responsibility and decision-making concerning one's health care. We incorporate health promotion, disease prevention activities, and outpatient medical and psychological care for common/minor illnesses, injuries, and life stresses. Health and Counseling Services offers a positive approach to the student's individual lifestyle through the development of physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. Mind and body wellness through positive care is our commitment to the Hollins community. We are a member of the American College Health Association.



Students are seen by appointment and by walk-ins. Walk-ins will be seen by the nurse/director and/or nurse practitioner, depending on the day's appointment schedule. Appointments can be made by calling ext. 6444. Students are always seen in an emergency.

The nurse/director will be available during these hours for evaluation and education:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Family nurse practitioner hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A licensed professional counselor is available Monday through Friday by appointment.


Health and counseling services

Health and Counseling Services is here to help you identify and manage your health needs. We provide individual primary care and promote wellness and disease prevention.

We offer basic primary health care for acute and chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, colds, flu, allergies, stress, sleep disorder, anxiety, and more.

A central focus is women's health. We provide education and care in the areas of GYN services, nutrition, contraception, smoking, and exercise. Pap and STD testing is done by appointment. Pregnancy tests are $5.00 and done by walk-in.

We offer immunizations for flu, meningitis, and foreign country travel requirements. A licensed family practice physician will be available by appointment for ADD and ADHD medication refills.

All services are free to students except for specialized tests, immunizations, and some supplies. All charges are at cost. A student can charge to her individual Hollins account, pay cash, or write a check. Insurance is not filed from our office. Health Services will provide itemized statements if it is deemed a reasonable request.

Counseling services include individual 50-minute sessions with a counselor. A psychiatrist is available four hours per month for medication evaluation. Counseling sessions are free for six sessions per academic year. After six sessions a $30 charge will be incurred.

Referrals are available for health and counseling issues. We have many community health affiliations and relationships (mental and physical) and do not hesitate to refer students who may need or choose to have another provider.



We have one nurse/director, Phyllis Isaacs, MSA, RN, who directs the day-to-day operation of health and counseling. She provides health care services to students including assessment, treatment and/or referral of health problems. We also have a part-time medical assistant who assists with the running of the clinic.

We have one family nurse practitioner, Debra Bright, FNP, who provides 21 hours per week.

The nurse/director and nurse practitioner work independently and collaboratively as a health education and health care provider.

We have two licensed professional counselors, Jane Hundley, LCSW, who provides 26 hours per week and Rebecca Ewell, LCSW, who provides 12 hours per week in individual sessions or educational services. Areas of assistance include a wide variety of emotional, transitional, and psychological concerns. Group work and educational programming are also available.

A psychiatrist, Dr. Felicity Adams, is available four hours per month for evaluation.

A local physician, Dr. W. Kent Harris, is the medical supervisor of the nursing staff. He will see students by appointment for ADD, ADHD, and medicine refills for one hour per month. Students are required to provide medical documentation of diagnosis and medications prescribed.