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Welcome to the Health and Wellness Center at Centennial High School. For over 20 years we’ve been providing integrated and comprehensive medical and mental health services to the students at Centennial High School as part of the nationally recognized School Based Health Center (SBHC) model.  Now, as of the 2017-2018 school year, we are able to serve all Poudre School District students who enroll in the Center!

School Based Health Centers

Research shows that SBHCs eliminate barriers to positive physical and mental health, lower absenteeism and improve graduation rates. We provide students with high quality, confidential, youth centered services when and where they are needed most; helping students return to the classroom faster, ready and able to learn.

SBHCs focus on the health needs of young people; especially those who are at risk and/or with high need.

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Services Provided

  • Annual well-child exams and care / sports physicals
  • Treatment of acute medical issues such as colds, flu, acute illness and infections
  • Management of chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes
  • Health needs assessments using state-of-the-art technology
  • Counseling for emotional issues
  • Health and wellness planning for adolescents
  • Reproductive health care
  • Prescriptions
  • Health education and awareness campaigns
  • Referrals to other medical and mental health professionals as necessary
  • Vaccines for Children (VFC) – in collaboration with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment
  • Dental screenings and services – in collaboration with Project Smile, The Health District of Northern Larimer County and Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

Insurance & Payment Options

We accept insurance, including Medicaid and CHP+ and we offer a sliding fee scale.
No student who enrolls in the Center is ever turned away for an inability to pay.

Our Team

All Center providers are licensed professionals, including Physician Assistants,
Nurse Practitioners and Licensed Professional Counselors.

Merry Hummell
Merry Hummell
Merry began working at the Health and Wellness Center in May 2013. As the Director, she provides strategic and operational oversight of the Center, including working with Poudre School District and Every Child Pediatrics (the Center’s medical and fiscal sponsor). Merry is advised by a Health Advisory Committee, composed of school district staff, parents, community and business members, working together collaboratively to support the Center’s work and mission.

Merry has over 30 years of non-profit management experience in diverse organizational settings including: philanthropy, human services, healthcare and higher education. She has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology and Education) from CU Boulder (1987) and earned her MBA from Boston University in 2002. She is passionate about the School Based Health Center model and welcomes any opportunity to talk about it!

Cynthia “Thia” Mullikin
Cynthia “Thia” Mullikin
Thia is a Board Certified Physician Assistant (PA) with 14 years of experience in a variety of settings including: Orthopedics /Sports Medicine, Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery, OB/GYN, Urgent and Primary Care. She earned a Bachelor of Science at University of Wyoming (her home state) in 2000 and her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at University of Florida, Gainesville in 2003.

Thia began working at the Health and Wellness Center in September 2016. She recognizes the positive outcomes and the value School Based Health Centers’ provide to youth. She’s excited to be part of work that supports youth being able to learn and thrive!

Maura Rickart
Maura Rickart

Maura is a Behavioral Health Provider/Social Worker at The Health and Wellness Center in Fort Collins, CO. She is committed to helping people learn about how stress, anxiety and depression impact their quality of life. Maura is passionate about breaking down the barriers and stigma related to mental health.

As a Behavioral Health Provider in the school setting, she works hands on with adolescents by increasing their own awareness and providing students with tools and techniques to manage their mental health.

When she isn’t working, you’ll find Maura being mom to her three sons, walking her dog, trying to play the piano or traveling our amazing world with her husband.

Jeanette Van Galder
Jeanette Van Galder
As a Patient Care Assistant, Jeanette greets patients, schedules appointments, performs clinical duties and provides technical and administrative support to the Center’s Program Director, Behavioral Health Specialist and Physician Assistant.

Jeanette began working for the Health and Wellness Center at Centennial High School in November 2016. Before joining the team, she spent more than 34 years in information technology and retired from the University of Northern Colorado while serving as the Chief Information Officer.

Kayleigh Cross
Kayleigh Cross
Kayleigh has been at the Center since November 2016 serving as a Patient Care Assistant. She is fluent in Spanish and supports the clinical team through translation of written documents and orally in student-patient appointments. She is also trained as a Certified Assistant and Application Site (CAAS) program representative, assisting individuals and families in Medicaid or CHP+ enrollment.

Kayleigh received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Education in 2016. Her passions include health, happiness, enjoying making other’s laugh and leaving them better than when she met them. Hablo Español.

Margaret Brock
Margaret Brock
Margaret has worked at the Health and Wellness Center for two years, initially as a volunteer during the 2015-2016 School Year and now as a Patient Care Assistant.

Support & Funding

The Center is operated by Every Child Pediatrics, a Denver based, pediatric, non-profit organization. All Center staff are part of the Every Child Pediatrics’ vast network of medical and mental health professionals working in three traditional clinics, three mobile clinics and nine school based health clinics, including the Health and Wellness Center at Centennial.

Annually Every Child Pediatrics provides more than 64,000 high quality health care visits to over 24,000 young people. More than 85% of the children Every Child Pediatrics serves live in low-income households. Every year, over $1 million of free-to-the patient care is provided to those that are uninsured, not able to afford or secure health care services.