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Health Center Staff

Kay Petersen, MD

Medical Director

Kay Petersen, MD, has been the medical director of the Simmons Health Center since 1987. She is a graduate of Dartmouth Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She is board-certified in internal medicine. Dr. Petersen also serves as the director of the Beth Israel Deaconess College Health Program, is a staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is particularly interested in health care quality and in public health problems that affect college campuses.

Marybeth Davis, ASN

Assistant Director

Marybeth Davis has worked at the Simmons Health Center for more than 25 years, initially as a clinic nurse and more recently as an administrator. Among her current responsibilities are the implementation of the college's immunization program, and managing the front desk operations of both the Simmons and Wentworth Health Centers. Marybeth's primary areas of interest are public health issues and health education.

Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue PhD, APRN, RNC

Staff Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue is a nurse practitioner certified in adult health and women's health and is as assistant professor in the Simmons College Nursing Department. She has worked at the Simmons College Health Center since 1995 and has been an NP for over 25 years. She received her PhD from the University of Rhode Island, master's degree from Boston University and BSN from St. Anselm College. Rebecca's areas of clinical interest include health promotion and prevention, women's health across the lifespan, and evidenced-based complementary therapies.

Rececca Acome, MS, RN, NP

Staff Nurse Practitioner

Rebecca came to the Simmons College Health Center in January 2013. Rebecca has practiced primary health care in the Boston community since earning her MSN from Simmons College in 2008. She is very pleased for the opportunity to work with students to provide primary and episodic health care as well as health promotion and education.

Elizabeth (Liz) Fayram, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Liz has been practicing nutrition counseling in the greater Boston area for the last 3-4 years. She is originally from Seattle, WA where she completed the Nutrition and Dietetic program through Bastyr University. Her internship was with Seamar Community Health Center in Seattle where she solidified her passion and interest in working with young women in both the community and counseling settings to help them achieve their wellness goals. Liz has focused her work in the areas of eating disorders, women's health, sports nutrition and general nutrition counseling with a mind-body approach to health. Personal interests include staying physical active, traveling, cooking and experiencing all different types of foods. Liz is available through the health center for individual consultations and through the health education center for campus outreach.

Denise O'Connor, R. N., B.S.N.

Nurse Coordinator

Denise O'Connor, nurse coordinator at the Health Center, has worked at Simmons for over 20 years. Her responsibilities include managing the walk-in clinic, scheduling and assisting the practitioners, and working to ensure continuity of care. Denise enjoys helping students manage their health problems in the college setting.

Amy Silver, MD

Staff Physician

Amy Silver, MD has been a physician at the Simmons College Health Center since 1993 and a full time practicing internist for nine years prior to coming to Simmons. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and on the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Silver's special interests include adolescent medicine, gynecology, and medical education (teaching).

Jennifer Staton, MS, NP, RN

Jennifer's degrees include a BFA from the University of Massachusetts and BSN and MSN degrees from Simmons College. Jennifer worked as a Primary Care NP in an Internal Medicine practice at Harvard Vanguard, providing comprehensive primary care to a diverse, medically ill population prior to joining the Simmons College Health Center in 2007. Jennifer is happy to be back at Simmons working with the student population and precepting Nurse Practitioner students. She enjoys the challenge of treating complicated medical problems as well as facilitating healthy adjustment to college life. Jennifer is the Health Center representative on the Simmons College Sexual Assault Task Force.


Call ahead to make an appointment. Same day appointments are available for urgent care.

During the academic year, the Health Center is open during the following hours:

Monday - Friday:
9:00am to 5:00pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays

To contact a health provider after hours for urgent care call Simmons Public Safety at 617-521-1112

Call the Health Center for hours during vacations and holidays, and during the summer months


Residence Campus
Health Center
94 Pilgrim Road
Boston, MA 02215


Phone: 617-521-1002

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