Health & Wellness
At The Frederick Gunn School, the health and well-being of our students is a priority. Health and wellness services are provided by our on-campus Health Center seven days a week. FGS also offers counseling services, which are coordinated by the Dean of Students Office and Dr. Brian Konik, Director of Counseling.
The Health Center is staffed by Registered Nurses, led by Nursing Director Mary Ewing, R.N., who work in partnership with Candlewood Valley Pediatrics, which provides physician services for students as needed. With offices just 7.5 miles from our campus, the practice consists of six board-certified pediatricians, who are committed to providing quality, family-oriented care in a friendly and compassionate environment. Kristi Beck, M.D., who joined the practice in 2019, is The Frederick Gunn School’s Medical Director.
In the event that a student requires hospital care, Dr. Beck and all of the physicians at Candlewood Valley Pediatrics have ambulatory privileges at Western Connecticut Health Network’s (WCHN) New Milford Campus, which is now part of Nuvance Health™.
Health Center Hours
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The on-call nurse is available all hours when the health center is closed.
Policies and Procedures
Students receive information upon registration and during all-school Orientation about The Frederick Gunn School's health policies and procedures. Parents are asked to provide all required health forms via Magnus Health, an online service that securely collects and stores all student medical records, by July 1. No student will be allowed to register, or participate in athletics, without proper documentation and clearance from the Health Center. Find the Magnus Health link under “Resources” on HighlanderNation. Forms may include but are not limited to:
- Vital Health Record
- Physician Report
- Immunizations (For full legal requirements for school entry, click here)
- Annual Influenza Vaccine
- Tuberculin (TB) Screening Requirement
- Proof of Insurance
- Permission to Treat
- ImPACT Authorization Form
- Seizure Disorder
The Health Center does not prefer to accept actual medication at registration.
Instead, please mail hard copies of prescriptions directly to the Health Center or to the school’s designated pharmacy, Town Apothecary in Bethlehem, ConnecticutPlease see contact information below.
Physicians may also call in prescriptions or E-prescribe to Town Apothecary. Please ask your provider to state that the prescription is for a student at The Frederick Gunn School.
95 Main Street South
Bethlehem, CT 06751
Phone: (203) 266-7801
Fax: (860) 868-0865
Meet Our Nursing Staff
Mary Ewing, R.N., BSN, Director of Nursing
Betsy Chadwick, R.N., BSN,
Doreen Gray, R.N.
Carolyn Minicucci, R.N.
Emily Morgante, R.N., BSN,
Meet Our Medical Director
Raised in Washington, Connecticut, Dr. Kristi Beck is a 1989 graduate of Shepaug High School and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Her studies led her to Philadelphia, where she attended Jefferson Medical College. She remained in Philadelphia and completed her pediatrics residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She started in private practice at Atrium Pediatrics in Marlton, New Jersey, while her husband completed military service. She then joined Candlewood Valley Pediatrics in August 2004.
Dr. Beck is Board Certified in Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a member of the medical staff at New Milford Hospital and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of New Milford Hospital, and is on the Board of Directors of Family & Children's Aid, a nonprofit organization that offers high quality and innovative programs and services to heal and support children and families in crisis. Dr. Beck enjoys caring for children of all ages and has particular interest in supporting breastfeeding, children with asthma and allergies, and obesity prevention. Dr. Beck repairs lacerations (using sutures or Dermabond) in the office. She is also enjoying her new role teaching general pediatrics to medical students from Ross and University of Vermont medical schools.
Dr. Kristi Beck lives in New Milford with her husband, Dr. Jonathan Beck, and their two daughters. She enjoys skiing, boating, hiking (geocaching), and traveling.