Teen Health Center
Ballard Teen Health Center
Parents and Students! Did you know that students can get health care at the Teen Health Center. Students, did you know that you can come to the Teen Health Center to receive confidential mental health therapy?
The BTHC provides free Sports Physicals.
Appointments should be made by emailing or calling/texting Say at Sailau.Tuitele@swedish.org 206-390-3355 or 206-781-6400.
Masks Required for the BHS Nurse and Teen Health Center
While masking is now optional, masks must be worn in the BHS Nurse Office and the Ballard Teen Health Center.
The district welcomes and encourages staff and students to continue mask wearing through the end of the year if that is their preference.
COVID Vaccine Availability | BHS Staff & Students
The Ballard Teen Health Center has the Covid-19 Vaccine Pfizer (only) available for both Boosters and 1st & 2nd doses for BHS Staff and Students who have never received the vaccine and want to start the series.
With the mask mandate being lifted it is even more important now to get your vaccine booster! The Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC) now has the Covid Vaccine Pfizer (only) available for both Boosters and 1st , 2nd & Booster Doses for those who have never received the vaccine and want to start the series.
Please complete the Pediatric Permission to Vaccinateand call 206-390-3355 or 206-781-6400 or email Say at Sailau.Tuitele@swedish.org schedule an appointment. We do not charge/bill for flu shots for any SPS student.
Student Resource Links and Phone Numbers
View this helpful SPS Student Resource List with emergency phone numbers, help with physical or mental health, food needs and more!
Karen Boudour, ARNP
Karen has been working with teens and their families for nearly 20 years. She enjoys helping students learn to navigate the health care system so that they can remain healthy throughout their lives. She has a particular interest in behavioral health, providing medical care in coordination with the therapist. Karen provides all the services offered by primary care providers, and does so in a teen-friendly setting to all SPS Students.
The Nurse Practitioner Karen Boudour, ARNP will be available for all SPS Students in clinic or in-person visits on Monday through Friday. Telehealth visits will be available as well if a student is not in school.
Mental Health Couseling
Chelsea Clark, MSW, LICSW
Chelsea is a mental health counselor who provides free, confidential therapy to Ballard and Center School students. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and CBT with Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), in addition to elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Chelsea is especially interested in teaching students mindfulness approaches to manage stress and improve mood. She is the advisor for the Students Learning About Mental Health (SLAM) club which provides peer education around suicide prevention/mental health. She is also a field instructor with the University of WA School of Social Work for MSW candidates during their advanced practicum. She will be providing in-person intake sessions in clinic and ongoing Telehealth sessions via telephone or video.
Chelsea Clark, MSW, LICSW will be providing in-person intake sessions in clinic Monday through Friday. Telehealth visits will also be available as well if a student is not in school.
To schedule with Karen or Chelsea please call or text our clinic coordinator Say Tuitele.
Chemical Dependency Counseling
Eddie Medina, BS, CDPT, AAC
Eddie is a substance use counselor who provides free, confidential counseling to all SPS Students. He is a Prevention/Intervention specialist who has worked with youth in an inpatient treatment center, as well as in high schools.
Eddie offers individual counseling as well as support groups for SPS Students affected by substances either through their own use, or the use of family/friends. His counseling strategies are based on harm reduction techniques and he is passionate about providing students with a safe place to explore the many different factors associated with adolescent drug usage.
Eddie Medina will be available for all SPS Students in clinic for in-person visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Health Center Forms
- Consent For Health Care Services
- BTHC FERPA Form
- Permission to Vaccinate Form
- COVID-19 (Pfizer) Vaccine Form
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information Fact Sheet
A VIS or Vaccine Information Statement is a document, produced by CDC, that informs vaccine recipients – or their parents or legal representatives – about the benefits and risks of a vaccine they are receiving.
Students please visit the district Immunization FAQ for more details on immunization rules for medically verified records and all students required to get a Tdap (Tetnus, Diptheria, and Pertussis) vaccine.
Medical and Counseling Services Offered
What are the costs for services? All services are FREE for all Seattle Public School Students. Welcome new Freshman!
Services include the following:
- Sports physicals
- Reproductive health care: Birth control, STD screenings, emergency contraception
- Treatment for acute and chronic illnesses
- Illness and injury care
What information is confidential?
What information is confidential and doesn’t need to be shared with parents?
- Sexually transmitted disease testing/treatment
- Birth Control Services
- Outpatient Mental Health Treatment
- Chemical Dependency Treatment
- Swedish Cherry Hill and Ballard Family Medicine Residency programs place medical residents at our clinic two days per week under the supervision of Karen Boudour, ARNP.
- Sound places a therapist at our clinic 1-2 days per week.
- The Ballard Food Bank provides food to be distributed both during the day and a weekend back pack program to students in need.