Health Services

RISD’s Health Services Center provides high-quality, confidential healthcare services to students in an ambulatory care setting, including RN triage for first aid/emergent care, acute care visits and referrals to specialists. Comprehensive GYN care and STI testing are also available.

Our qualified and knowledgeable providers give personal attention specific to your healthcare needs. Referrals are available as indicated. If you have a Student Health Insurance Plan, you need to schedule a visit with one of us before seeking outside care.

Appointments are required, with limited walk-in hours available for Experimental and Foundation Studies students only.

We look forward to helping you practice the Art of Health.


Kristin Anastasiades
Medical Office Supervisor
401 454-6625

Brenda Azar
Nurse Practitioner
401 454-6625

Carline Fleig
Nurse Practitioner
401 454-6625

Nelfi Geraldo
Office Assistant
401 454-6625

Mary Jo MacKinnon
Director of Health Services
401 454-6625

Karen McCahey
Office Assistant
401 454-6625

Daniel Regan
401 454-6625

Sasha Rodriguez
Registered Nurse
401 454-6625

Arian Solomon
Nurse Practitioner
401 454-6625

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: Women’s Clinic 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Walk-In Hours (for Experimental and Foundation Studies students only): Weekdays 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

If there is an emergency when Health Services is closed, call Public Safety at 401 454-6666. A Public Safety Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) will respond.


Scheduling an Appointment
All visits require an appointment. To schedule one, please call: 401 454-6625.

When to Schedule an Appointment
Schedule an appointment when you are experiencing the following:

  • A health concern
  • Fever of 101 or greater
  • Fever of 100 lasting more than 2 days
  • Vomiting lasting more than 24 hours

Staying Healthy

Students who practice healthy habits are proven to perform better in college. These include:

  • Eating a nutritionally balanced diet
  • Sleeping 7-8 hours a night
  • Regular physical activity
  • Healthy stress management

Helpful Items to Have On-Hand
Not all things require a visit to our clinic. These common items can help you manage your health:

  • Thermometer (to check temperature)
  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol (for fever, headache, or body aches)
  • Pepto-Bismol or Maalox (upset stomach, indigestion, heartburn)
  • Benadryl (allergies)

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time students, and is provided by University Health through United Healthcare. Students wishing to waive the University Health option may do so if they have a United States based insurance company, and are not an international student. All International students are required to enroll in RISD’s health plan.

To waive, please visit RISD Student Health Insurance Plan | University Health Plans, Inc. and follow the steps on the website. This website also provides other information on the insurance plan.

Students who are enrolled in the health plan will receive an e-mail to their RISD account with a link and sign-in information. Create your account, and then print out the insurance cards. All students should keep a copy of their insurance card on them at all times.

Reporting Illness & Missed Classes

For EFS students who are ill and will miss class please first sign-in to your RISD Google Apps for Education email account and then fill out the Nurse Web Form. By submitting this form you will be notifying EFS and Health Services simultaneously of your illness.

Note: Submission of this document does not result in an excuse from class. All students must be evaluated by health services.

Excused Absence Policy

We do not provide excuse notes, however we are happy to provide you with care. Contact your professor, prior to the start of the missed class, if you feel too ill to attend class.

Patient Portal

Welcome to the RISD Health Services’ Patient Portal. We are very excited to provide this service to our students. Using the Patient Portal, students can do the following:

  • Submit immunization records
  • Access their visit notes
  • View upcoming or past appointment dates
  • Submit health records information
  • Update address, phone, and other like information
  • Update allergies or medication

Visit the Patient Portal now!


More About Our Staff

Mary Jo MacKinnon, FNP-BC, ND (Director, Nurse Practitioner)
Dr. MacKinnon attended the University of Colorado Health Services Center in Denver. She has been at RISD for over 3 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge to college health. Trained in both functional and primary care medicine, Dr. MacKinnon appreciates the opportunity to care for the college population while educating them on how to stay healthy, now and for a lifetime.

Arian Solomon, RNP (Nurse Practitioner)
Arian Solomon attended Yale University and specializes in Women’s Health. She is the lead nurse practitioner for the Women’s Clinic at RISD. Also well versed in college health, Arian is an invaluable resource for our students.

Sasha Rodriguez, RN-BSN (Triage Nurse)
Sasha Rodriguez has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Rhode Island College as well as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rhode Island College. With clinical experience within the specialties of Telemetry and Pediatrics, Sasha brings a great deal of expertise to her role.

Kristin Anastasiades, BSM (Office Supervisor)
With 14 years of experience in health administration, Kristin understands the best ways to reach the college population and introduce topics to them in ways that are easily understood. Engaging the RISD population while managing the daily operations of the office are her priorities.

Nelfi Geraldo (Office Assistant)
Nelfi Geraldo works hard everyday to ensure that there is a friendly voice at the other end of the phone when you call. He is responsible for managing the daily tasks of the front of the office, and scheduling patient visits.

Daniel L. Regan, MD (Medical Director)
CETC University School of Medicine
Licensed in Rhode Island, Georgia, Certified American Board of Family Practice

Additional Wellness Offices and Services

Disability Support
The office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides, arranges and coordinates appropriate and reasonable accommodations for disabled students.

Counseling Services
RISD’s office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to help students improve emotional, interpersonal and academic functioning.

Sports and Fitness
If you're looking for fitness activities on campus, visit the Catanzaro Student Fitness Center for dance, pilates, spinning, tai-chi and yoga or head to the nearby Brown athletic complex, where you'll have access to a swimming pool, an ice skating rink, indoor and outdoor tracks, and courts for tennis, squash, racquetball and basketball. You can also get together with other RISD students to play soccer, hockey and other sports by joining athletics clubs and teams on campus.