Our Services

Our Services
Care at the Bard College Student Health Service is based on a holistic approach to treating students. Our goal is to promote optimum physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well being through education, preventative and primary care.

We believe that health care is a partnership between
the student and the health care provider.
All students are eligible to be seen at Health Service, regardless of their insurance coverage.
LGBTQK friendly.


There are many resources available to assist with your decision to stop smoking. We offer nicotine replacement products and counseling at Health Service. Or you can get advice and free nicotine replacement products from New York State here.
Also check out the Quit Smoking Community or join their Facebook group for online support.


We are open Monday through Thursday from 9AM- 7PM
Friday 9AM-- 5PM
Please call for an appointment 845-758-7433.

Please note: You do NOT have to have the Bard insurance to be seen here.
Please bring your most current insurance card with you to each visit.

Need to get to an appointment off campus? UBER and LYFT are now both available in the area, if you choose not to use a Zip car.
The CATS program is still available for mental health appointments.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest quality health care possible with dignity and compassion.

About Us

The Student Health Service is staffed by four nurse practitioners, a registered nurse, and a part-time physician. Nurse practitioners specialize in primary health care services and have, through a master’s degree program and national accreditation, the knowledge base and clinical skills to provide a wide range of health care services. The Bard College medical staff understands and treats problems that relate to college-age students and their lifestyles.

Bard College medical staff can:

  • Provide primary health care during the academic year for routine concerns
  • Diagnose and treat short-term physical illness and minor injuries
  • Prescribe medications and perform routine lab work
  • Give vaccinations or regular allergy injections
  • Perform annual gynecological exams and PAP tests and address routine gynecological problems and concerns
  • Provide birth control, emergency contraception and sexual protection to both male and female students
  • Test for and treat sexually transmitted infections
  • Refer for long-term or complex medical treatment with off-campus specialists, as warranted
  • Provide educational programs a on a variety of health issues relevant to college students.

We strongly encourage students with chronic and/or complicated medical issues to be established with local specialists for ongoing care. Ideally, this relationship should be established BEFORE you start here at Bard and we can provide you with a list of local providers. However, keep in mind that your primary insurance will determine which providers are covered. Also, please remember that Bard College is located in a rural area and you may need to travel over an hour to see specialists.

Bard College Student Health Service adheres to the guidelines recommended by the American College Health Association and does not prescribe Schedule II- IV medications which includes opiates (eg.; Percocet), benzodiazepines (eg.; Klonopin), sedatives (including Ambien), stimulants (eg.; Adderall), and barbituates (eg.; phenobarbital). The potential for abuse and drug interactions are very high on a college campus, and the Health Service recognises that prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from drug misuse NOT use of street drugs. Students who have legitimate reasons for taking any of these medications will be referred to providers off campus.


Our Staff

Barbara Jean Briskey, FNP, Director

Barbara Jean graduated from Pace University for both her undergraduate degree and master's degree in Family Primary Care. Barbara Jean's work experience includes nine years at the Westchester Medical Center through the 80's and early 90's, then two years of community health before beginning at Bard in 1994.

Outside of Bard, Barbara Jean is an artist, an avid gardener, mother of two young adults and a gorgeous kitty, and loves hiking, biking and dancing.

Andrea Provan, RN, MS, FNP, Assistant Director

Andrea received a BA in biology from the College of the Holy Cross and a BSN and MSN from Pace University as a family nurse practitioner in 1995. Andrea has worked in student health at Boston University, conducted research at an STD clinic in Birmingham, AL, as well as having experience at Cornerstone, a drug detox and rehab facility in Rhinebeck.

Outside of Bard, Andrea is busy keeping up with her 2 young adult children and several animals. She is originally from Jamaica (West Indies not NY), and has lived in France, Boston MA, Birmingham AL and now the Hudson Valley.

Ilona Snyder, RN, MSN, FNP

Ilona is an ANCC board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained Master of Science in Nursing from the Sage Graduate School at Albany, NY and BSN from SUNY, Downstate. Prior to joining Bard College Health Services she has practiced in a variety of settings including cardiology, community health and family medicine.

Ilona is a native of Russia and has lived in Hudson Valley for over 20 years. When not at work, she enjoys reading, photography, vegetarian cooking and spending time with her average children and one supercat. 

Belinda (Bel) Casivant, RN, MSN, ANP

Bel received her MSN from Sage Graduate School in Troy, NY. She holds an AA in Nursing from Columbia Green Community College and a BS in Psychology from SUNY Albany. She has a wealth of knowledge having worked in endocrinology.

When not at work, she loves spending time with family, participating in outdoor activities including snowmobiling, reading and sewing/crafts.

Angela Cavanna, DO, College Physician
St. John's University BS degree. 1990 graduate of NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Cavanna completed a sports medicine rotation at the Center for Sports Medicine and
Orthopedics in Phoenix, Arizona, and was a consulting physician for The Phoenix Sun, Arizona Rattlers, and Seattle Mariners. She holds Board Certification in Internal Medicine from both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal
Medicine, and holds CAQ in Sports Medicine.

Outside of Bard, Angela plays volleyball and softball. 

Peggy Mantey, RN, BS, Clinical Coordinator

Peggy has a BS in Business & Economics. She has an AAS in nursing and has worked as a registered nurse since 1975. Peggy's work experience ranges from hospital nursing to pharmaceutical research to office- based allergy care to utilization review to college health. She runs Health Service's allergy clinic and has been treasured by students and staff here since 1995.

Peggy is a devoted mom to two twenty-something children and their families. She is an avid gardener; her shade garden is a beautiful summer sight. Peggy can be found many evenings at social, charitable, and business events in Ulster County.



  • To promote the idea that health care is a partnership between the student and the health care provider.
  • To promote optimal physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well being through preventive and primary care.
  • To promote a holistic and integrative approach to student health care.
  • To provide health education to the student and the Bard community. To advocate for students with regard to health care issues.