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AMDA Center for Health and Performance (ACHP) aims to foster a community of performing artists who are optimally prepared, both physically and mentally, for a successful, healthy, and sustainable career. The ACHP includes the following services:

The School Nurse for the Los Angeles campus will provide preventative health services, health promotion and education, consultation for general medical conditions, first aid and emergency care, and physician referral guidance for our students.


Heather Johnson, BA, RN


Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm PST (subject to change)
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911.


Vine Building: 4th Floor in Room V4C



  1. Individual consultation for general health and wellness conditions
  2. Health education and promotion
  3. Physician referral guidance and support
  4. First aid care for urgent and emergent medical conditions and injuries
  5. Monitoring of infectious conditions including COVID-19
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Our Athletic Performance team provides injury consultation, injury prevention, and performance enhancement services. Our mission is to empower students to become active participants in their wellbeing and support a vibrant, healthy and engaged campus community.


Christina Fisher, ATC - Director of Community Health and Athletic Performance
Stephanie Coffey, MS, ATC - Assistant Director of Community Health and Athletic Performance


Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm PST (subject to change)

Appointments are required for individual consultation.


Vine Building: 4th Floor in Room V401



  1. Injury consultation
  2. Wellness screening and individualized exercise programs
  3. Promote optimal levels of conditioning and overall health
  4. Education regarding injury prevention and self-care strategies
  5. Referral and timely access to physician evaluation and care
  6. General guidance on health and nutrition
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The Community Health team remains committed to the health and safety of our campus community. This team works to develop, implement, evaluate and manage a variety of multifaceted health promotion initiatives and processes for the campus community based in theory- and evidenced-informed practice of college health promotion.


Vine Building: 4th Floor, rooms V4F & V4G


Phone: 323-603-5991


  1. Advance community health and well-being – work to embed well-being into the fabric of the AMDA community.
  2. Campus capacity building – develop and maintain relationships with campus partners and consult on campus initiatives that center well-being.
  3. Disseminate health information to the campus community – develop, coordinate, facilitate, and evaluate interactive educational events.

AMDA LA offers free, confidential counseling services to help meet the emotional and psychological needs of our students. Our goal is to create a campus environment that facilitates the health and well-being of all of our students and advances our academic and performance mission. Our counselors can also provide referrals to community resources as needed. Appointments are required.


Rui Dolen, LMFT
Geoff Milam, LCSW
Shaunda Boyd, PsyD


Vine Building: 4th Floor, rooms V4F & V4G


  1. Short-term psychotherapy
  2. Crisis Intervention
  3. Consultation and referral services
  4. Support groups


If you need immediate assistance please call LA's 24/7 hotline at 310-391-1253 or 211 for more information. If you are in danger or need immediate medical attention Call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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AMDA's Vocal Health Resource Center provides students with information and guidelines on the care and use of the professional performance voice. By promoting current best practices in the field of voice and vocal health, students are empowered to make informed decisions about their voice use while training for a professional performance career.


Victoria Lavan, Vocologist, RYT200 - Director of Vocal Health


Vine Building: 4th Floor in Room V4B



  1. Voice assessments for vocal rest
  2. Vocal health/vocal hygiene current best practices
  3. Vocal wellness resources and information
  4. Assistance during illness to keep students safely singing/speaking
  5. Exercises to restore, strengthen and maintain a healthy voice
  6. Referrals to laryngologist/physician voice specialists
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The welfare of our students is essential to our vibrant performing arts community. Per the Affordable Care Act, all enrolled students on either campus must have both mental and physical health insurance at all times while attending AMDA.

To assist students with this requirement, AMDA automatically enrolls each student in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), an affordable service that offers students access to mental and physical healthcare services throughout New York City and Los Angeles.

Whether it's a broken ankle or a psychological trauma, SHIP provides vital resources to ensure AMDA students are healthy in body and mind for continued success in their education.

You can find all plan materials at If you have questions about enrollment, please call Relation at 800-955-1991.

*Please note that beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, AMDA will no longer offer a student health insurance plan. Please contact with any questions or assistance securing health insurance coverage.

Waive Out Of SHIP

Students have until the Friday of Week 1 each term to waive their automatic SHIP enrollment. To waive out, you must provide proof of comparable health insurance that meets the coverage requirements of the Affordable Care Act. You may waive out of SHIP if you provide proof of comparable health insurance.

Additional Information


If you have any questions or concerns about SHIP coverage on either campus, please email: