Upper School Wellness

A vital component of a "moral, happy, productive" life — Durham Academy's goal for each student — is physical, social-emotional and mental wellness.

Wellness Professionals

Teachers are at the heart of wellness efforts, and to enhance care for students and bolster our medical policies and procedures, DA also relies on multiple health professionals.

The Upper School's counselor is Shelley Danser, M.S.W., a licensed clinical social worker. She is available for individual and group consultation with students and parents. Danser's role is to enhance communication between students, their families and the school; to provide personal and academic counseling; to provide consultation regarding mental health and behavioral issues; to offer referrals to outside therapeutic professionals; and to communicate with those professionals in order to best serve the needs of the school.

Hunter Babwah, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, is DA’s health director. Parents may occasionally hear from Babwah regarding health alerts and advice.

Dr. Walker Robinson serves as DA’s collaborating physician, supervising sports medicine education programming and schoolwide health care policies and protocols.

During the school day and after school during sports practices and contests, at least one of our three certified athletic trainers is available. These professionals emergency management and care, concussion management and injury prevention.