Health & Wellness

Caring for our students

Boston Ballet School is committed to nurturing the whole student. Faculty and staff partner with parents and health care providers to educate and develop healthy habits. We offer resources to parents and students to assist in their progression. Our wellness consultants have been carefully chosen because of their specialized skills in working with young developing dance students. They collaborate closely with faculty and staff, and are also available for private consultations with our BBS families. 

Consultations are by appointment only and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are encouraged to attend. To make an appointment email and include the following information: 

  • Student Name      
  • DOB                    
  • Phone Number
  • Student class level
  • Parent Name        
  • Phone Number      
  • Home Address
  • Desired appointment time
  • Health insurance information
Physical Therapy

Susan Kinney is the School's consulting physical therapist and leads our Physical Therapy Clinic. She is the owner of Artists Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS) and has more than twenty-five years experience working with young dancers and athletes. Ms. Kinney is a member of the Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Dance Team and can be reached at


Our Registered Dietitian, Kate Thomas, provides nutrition counseling to patients of all ages using a “whole health” approach to help clients make maintainable changes for a healthy lifestyle. Kate Thomas, MS, RD, LDN holds a Master's degree in Nutrition Science from Boston University and completed her Dietetic Internship at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, MA. In addition to her private practice, Kate has experience working at Walden Behavioral Care's eating disorder and psychiatric treatment center, Boston Medical Center's Endocrinology, Diabetes and Weight Management Clinic and at Franciscan Hospital for Children on the medical and adolescent psychiatric inpatient units, and as the RD in the pediatric outpatient clinic. Kate can be reached at

School Counselor

Katherine L. Wilson, LICSW, our Wellness Advisor, is a licensed independent Clinical Social Worker with over 22 years of experience working with adolescents and families. Currently, she is a core staff member at Boston Behavioral Medicine in Brookline, MA and a staff clinician at Comprehensive Psychiatric Associates in Wellesley, MA.  Ms. Wilson attended The School of American Ballet, from which she graduated, and was a member of the corps de ballet at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has a deep understanding of the unique needs of dancers. Ms. Wilson may be reached at

Wellness Clinics

Students may sign up for personal consultations with the Physical Therapist and/or the Nutritionist. The appointments allow students to receive a general physical therapy screening, obtain information about injury prevention, treat a particular injury, or receive information on nutrition for dance students. Individualized recommendations will be provided to help improve and sustain each student’s overall physical health.

2016-2017 Wellness Clinic Dates

Physical Therapy 9 am - 3 pm
Nutrition 9 am - 2 pm*
●     Saturday, September 24
●     Saturday, October 15
●     *Saturday, November 19
●     *Saturday, December 17
●     Saturday, January 21
●     *Saturday, February 18
●     Saturday, March 18
●     *Saturday, April 15
●     Saturday, May 6

Please note that a minimum of five students are needed to hold the Physical Therapy Clinic. If less than five students sign up, the clinic will be cancelled and families will be notified in advance

Great dance will take you on an emotional journey and recharge your spirit.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director