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Health & Wellness

If you’re not feeling well, the Health Center’s physician and registered nurses will get you up to speed again or give you a place to rest until you do. The Health Center will schedule your medical appointments when needed and arrange for transportation too.

All faculty members receive first aid and CPR training and those who lead outdoor trips are specifically trained in wilderness first aid. High school isn’t without its challenges, so if you find yourself dealing with personal issues you can meet with Cate’s Director of Counseling Services.

Health Center Staff

Medical Director

Dr. Zapalac is the Medical Director at Cate and co-chair of the Student Services Committee. She is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician and has worked in the field for over 20 years. She and her husband moved to Santa Barbara 20 years ago after finishing residency at LA County+USC. Dr. Zapalac is a mother of three teens, ages 19, 16, and 14. and two dogs Scarlet and Arjen. In her free time she loves the outdoors–backpacking, hiking, skiing and walking on the beach. Dr. Zapalac appreciates how fragile life is and believes it’s important to work hard and play even harder.

Associate Director of Health Services