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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

BS, University of British Columbia
MD, University of British Columbia
Appointed: 2016

After many years of serving as an emergency room physician at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Cate welcomed Dr. Bob Gayou as the new medical director for the School. While at Cottage Bob served as both the director and chair of the ER. He earned his B.S. and M.D. at the University of British Columbia and did his residency at Cottage. Bob was twice voted Physician of the Year at Cottage. He also founded a nationwide medical scribe business to help physicians cope with the trials of electronic medial records.

Health Center Director

Appointed: 2017

Natalie is a graduate of the University of Colorado. After receiving her BS in nursing, she began her career at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara as a certified pediatric nurse, caring for children in the pediatric ward, floating as needed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. After ten years, she decided to expand her skill set to include school nursing at Cate. She began as a staff RN and is now Director of Health Services.

Natalie is a Certified Pediatric Nurse accredited by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Natalie is certified in basic life support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. In 2014, she received the Nursing Excellence Award, given annually to the top nurses in the Santa Barbara community, awarded by the Bialis Foundation. She lives in Carpinteria with her husband, Ingo, and their two children, Ingo and Quinn.