STUDENT HEALTH & COUNSELING
The staff in the Parsons Center for Student Health and Counseling provide a complete approach to wellness including physical and mental health issues. A Licensed Practical Nurse, a Registered Nurse, and a Physician’s Assistant are available during regular hours. Physician Clinics are offered four days each week.
STUDENT HEALTH & COUNSELING STAFF LISTING
Cheryl, A Danville native, joined Centre College August 2017. She attended Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Danville, KY where she earned an Associates in Applied Science and Licensed Practical Nurse Degree in December 2016. She is a first generations college graduate. She has worked in the medical field since 1994.
Dr. Clark is a Danville, Kentucky, native and a 1993 graduate of Georgetown College. He attended medical school at the Universtiy of Kentucky College of Medicine, graduating in 1997. He completed his Internship/Residency at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 2000. Dr. Clark then returned to Danville and joined Danville Family Physicians.
Marsha Edelen is the administrative assistant at Parsons Student Health Center. She has been with Centre since 1998. She assists our professional staff at the student health center. Marsha is available to answer questions about student health care including immunization records, women’s health clinic, doctor’s clinics, travel clinics, and more.
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Dr. Ellis was raised in Benton, Kentucky, and is a graduate of Marshall County High School and a 1986 graduate of Centre College. He attended medical school at Medical College of Georgia in Atlanta, graduating in 1990. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Virginia-Chief Resident in 1993. Dr. Ellis then moved to Danville and joined Danville Family Physicians. Dr. Ellis is also the team physician for Centre Athletics.
Amanda, a Danville native, joined Centre College in August 2008. She attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem North Carolina where she earned her BA in psychology and a minor in French. She then received her MA as a physician assistant from the University of Kentucky. Amanda comes to us from Kentucky Clinic in Adolescent Medicine where she has been for the previous two years. She also worked in several emergency rooms as a physician assistant.
Ann, a Danville native, joined Centre College as a counselor September 2013. She assumed the role of Director of Counseling in the fall of 2015. Ann received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1998 and her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003. Ann has experience as a mental health counselor at a community mental health center, a rape crisis/domestic violence agency, and an intensive in-home family services program. Prior to Centre, she worked for several non-profit agencies and in 2001 served as an international volunteer in Nicaragua. Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
A native of Lincoln County, Kathy joined Parsons Parsons Center for Student Health and Counseling in August 2004 as the Registered Nurse. She assumed the role of Director in the fall of 2008. She has a B.S. in Education from Eastern Kentucky University. After losing a friend to AIDS, she gained an appreciation for a skilled and compassionate nurse and chose to make a career change. After earning an Associate degree in Nursing from Midway College in 2000, she worked at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center as an RN in the Critical Care Unit and Emergency Room.
Joel has been part of the Centre Counseling team since 2015. Joel’s experience prior to coming to Centre College includes NGO work in Romania with children at risk for 8 years. Since moving back to the USA and completing a masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, he gained experience working at Eastern State Hospital with severe and persistent mental illness clients, in teaching parenting and relational skills classes in the Fayette county detention center, and doing individual, family and group therapy for in a community mental health setting. For three years before coming to Centre Counseling, he also facilitated intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment for community members and people paroled with drug related charges.
In addition to providing therapy at Centre College, Joel has participated in an Associated Colleges of the South Grant for education around supporting neuro diverse students and has lead a support group for students with Dyslexia and/or ADHD. He has also completed 11 days of training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in a year-long program and teaches and facilitates workshops at Centre college and in the greater community.
File last updated: 2/26/20
Crystal joined Centre College as a counselor August 2018. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 2006 and her Master of Social Work from Campbellsville University in 2015.
Crystal worked as a mental health counselor prior to coming to Centre. Crystal also has over 12 years of experience as a social worker, case manager, and administrator running to local nonprofit.
Mike, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, joined the counseling department in August of 2015. Mike received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brescia University in 1999 and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005. Mike has 15 years experience in mental health counseling, most recently with KVC Kentucky Behavioral Health where he worked as a mental health therapist and clinical supervisor. Mike also worked as a school counselor at Fort Logan Alternative School in Lincoln County and at Boyle County High School.