CCS Employee Wellness Center
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Ascension
If you are concerned about potential exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) or have general questions about COVID-19, please call the Carmel Clay Schools Employee Wellness Center during regular business hours or your personal physician. You may also call the Ascension St. Vincent Care Line at 317-338-CARE.
*At this time, the Wellness Center is unable to provide breathing treatments for asthma flares, and we are not able to provide nasal or oral swab testing for COVID-19
If you are ill and would like an appointment or would like information on how to treat your symptoms, please call the Wellness Center and we would be happy to help you. If you call after hours, please leave a message on our secure voicemail and we will contact you the next business day.
We are committed to helping keep you safe and therefore our scheduling and clinic processes have changed. We are doing the following:
*Staggering appointments to avoid overlapping wait times.
*Offering telephone and/or virtual visits, when possible.
*Asking COVID-19 screening questions prior to your in-person appointment.
*Requiring that you wear a mask or face covering while you are in the Wellness Center (children under age 2 should not wear masks).
*Asking that you come alone to your visit (except for a caregiver or parent).
The Wellness Center provides a convenient, no cost option to the employee for acute, preventive, and wellness focused primary care services for all CCS employees and their families enrolled in the CCS Health Care Plan. The services provided can be shared with your personal primary care physician. This coordination can help you get healthy and stay healthy in all aspects of your life.
Clinic Hours of Operation:
Wed, Fri: 6:30am-1pm
Physicians, counselors, dietitians and exercise physiologists are doing telephonic visits. If you would like a telephonic visit with one of the Wellness Center Physicians, please leave your information on our voicemail at the Wellness Center, or send a request through the patient portal.
- Annual Exams
- Sports Physicals
- Sick Visits and Minor Injury (Non-Work Related)
- Laboratory Services
- Chronic Disease Management
And More – view complete scope of services
Your clinical pharmacy specialist will provide an in-depth review of your medications, answer any medication-related questions, and help you reach your health-related goals.
- Physician may refer you for educational purposes or an adjustment of your medications for specific health reasons
- diabetes, high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol
- You can make your own appointment to identify lower cost alternatives, tips to avoid side effects, potential medication interactions, or possible ways to simplify or optimize your medication regimen.
- Physician may refer you for educational purposes or an adjustment of your medications for specific health reasons
Led by a Registered Dietitian or Exercise Specialist
Available in person or by telephone
Personalized to help you with:
- Weight loss
- Managing a chronic health condition
- An eating or exercise plan
Appointments range from 30 to 60 minutes and may be scheduled online, by phone (317) 571-4651, or with the staff at the Wellness Center
You must be established as a patient at the Wellness Center in order to be scheduled with the registered dietician or exercise physiologist/specialist.
Virgin Pulse is an incentive program that works much like a frequent flyer program – except under the Virgin Pulse program; you get rewards for getting active and improving your wellbeing.
Join our onsite group fitness classes to get in shape with our quality instructors.
We offer classes such as Indoor Cycling, Boot Camp, Pilates, Ballet Barre, Yoga, Zumba, Jazzercise, and Strength.
Classes are $4 per class for each session and are open to employees, their spouses, and retirees. Participants are also eligible to try a free class or join a class mid-session and have the class cost prorated.
For additional information or questions, please contact Monica Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Group Fitness Instructor Biographies
You won’t find a better deal anywhere in the city for personal training! (minimum 4-session purchase). And paying is easy–through payroll deduction!
- 1 person: $25/session
- 2 people: $12.50 (ea.)/session
- 3 people: $8.50 (ea.)/session
- 4 people: $6.50 (ea.)/session
Interested? Click here to fill out this quick personal training assessment form (this does not commit you). From this you will be matched with a trainer appropriate to your goals/interests!
Recipe: Vegetable Barley Soup (Tip: If you do not have barley, the following alternatives would also work: Brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, or farro.)
Recipe: Creamy Potato Soup (Tip: If you do not have fresh kale or spinach, use ~½ cup frozen.)
Recipe: Red Lentil Sloppy Joes (Tip: Use a red bell pepper instead of anaheim pepper.)
Recipe: Vegetarian Pot Pie (Tip: If you do not have almond flour, substitute for all-purpose or wheat flour.)
Recipe: Frozen Vegetable Coconut Curry (Tip: Serve over brown rice.)
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry Bake (Tip: Use brown or wild rice.)
Recipe: Italian Turkey Meatballs (Tip: Use dried herbs if you do not have fresh available. 1 teaspoon dried herb or spice is equivalent to 1 tablespoon fresh.)
Recipe: Loaded Baked Sweet Potato (Tip: For a non-vegetarian option, add shredded chicken or lean ground turkey.)
Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Casserole (Tip: Use lean ground turkey instead of ground beef.)
Recipe: Healthy Apple Muffins
Recipe: Cowboy Caviar Dip – Vegan
Recipe: Easy Refried Beans
Recipe: The BEST Hummus!
Recipe: Homemade Granola Bars
Recipe: Frozen Banana Ice Cream
Mental health is an important component to keeping you healthy overall.
Our licensed Behavioral Health Counselor has worked with children and adults in both inpatient and outpatient programs with her expertise including crisis intervention and assessment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, and chemical dependency/recovery.
Please contact the clinic by phone (317) 571-4651 to schedule your first visit with the Behavioral Health Counselor.
All follow up visits will be scheduled directly with the counselor.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Stay connected and reach out if you need more support! If you are thinking of suicide, are worried about a friend or a loved one, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across America.
CCS has teamed up with Market Wagon for a special promotion now through the end of April—FREE DELIVERY TO YOUR HOME. Please see the attached flyer for more details.Market Wagon is a unique, online Farmers Market experience that is both fun and convenient for employees. You can shop ONLINE from nearly 200 farms and artisans local in your community—vegetables, dairy, eggs, and so much more!Click on the flyer for more details or just get started by clicking on www.marketwagon.com. Use the code CARMELCLAY at the checkout to get your delivery fee waived.
Meet the Wellness Center Staff
Suzanne Montgomery MDRead Bio
Dr. Suzanne Montgomery grew up on the north side of Indianapolis. After graduating from Westfield High School, she finished her undergraduate studies in Biology at IUPUI. She received her MD degree from IU Medical School then completed her residency at St Vincent Hospital, achieving board certification in in Family Medicine.
Her passion is for missions. During her over 30 years of practice, she traveled to Haiti, Ecuador and Appalachia on short term medical missions and volunteered at several local free clinics.
She and her husband live on a mini farm outside of Sheridan where they care for a menagerie of cats, dogs, chickens and bees. Between the two of them, they have 6 grown children, 1 grandchild and another on the way.
Julia Theriot RN, BSNRead Bio
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Julia graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has extensive pediatric and adult nursing experience, having worked in hospitals in Atlanta, GA, Nashville, TN, St. Louis, MO and San Diego, CA. She also worked for Abbott Laboratories in a clinical consultant role and as a sales representative, and prior to coming to the CCS Wellness Center she worked at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN on the orthopedic, spine, and trauma floor.
Julia has been married for 27 years and has 3 children, all of whom attended Carmel Clay Schools. When she is not working she enjoys biking, hiking, traveling and spending time with family.
Elisabeth Prosser MDRead Bio
Dr. Prosser attended Booneshaft Medical School and completed her Family Practice residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She has been board certified in Family Medicine since 1992. She joined the St Vincent Health Wellness and Preventative Care in 2012 after enjoying 20 years in private practice. She became certified in Lifestyle Medicine in 2017. She enjoys being with her family, eating good food, gardening, traveling and being outside.
Emily Stochel, MDRead Bio
Dr. Stochel is a native of Zionsville and a graduate of Zionsville Community High School. After four years in New Orleans at Tulane University, she came home to Indiana for medical school at IU. She did her family medicine residency at St. Vincent Hospital, then completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at St. Vincent Sports Performance, giving her the knowledge to care for a broad range of musculoskeletal problems. Outside of medicine, she enjoys running, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, TJ, and two boys, Liam and Jacob.
Dr. Stephan Zentner, MDRead Bio
Dr. Zentner is originally from North Dakota. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of North Dakota, he moved to Chicago and completed medical school at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. Having completed his family medicine residency in Lansing, MI, he was stationed with the Army at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN. Most recently he has been working with St. Vincent in their immediate care clinics. He enjoys watching sports, listening to music, and playing racquetball. He also is interested in serving the poor, and has been to Haiti several times on medical missions sponsored by his church and works locally with Gennesaret Free Clinics.
Amy Adamski, Licensed Clinical Social WorkerRead Bio
Amy Adamski LCSW, LCAC received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University in 1993. She is currently certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. Amy has worked for St. Vincent Stress Center since 1996, where she has worked with children and adults in both inpatient and outpatient programs. Her expertise includes crisis intervention and assessment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues and chemical dependency recovery. Amy currently lives in Westfield with her husband and 2 children.
Monica Cronin, Wellness CoordinatorRead Bio
Maria Dykema, LMHCRead Bio
Maria grew up in Europe and her native language is Hungarian. She has her undergraduate degree in education, and before pursuing graduate studies in counseling, she worked as a teacher in a Montessori School. Maria received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and completed post-degrees studies at Indiana Wesleyan University. Maria is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She has been working at St. Vincent Stress Center since 2011 in acute inpatient and intensive outpatient care setting serving individuals across the lifespan. Her expertise includes providing assessments, crisis intervention, group counseling, individual counseling, helping with mood disorders and substance abuse issues. She loves spending time with her family, enjoys documentaries, hiking, gardening and travel.
Kathy Lowe, RNRead Bio
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Kathy graduated from Mount Carmel School of Nursing. She spent the first 28 years of her career in Oncology/Hematology. In 2006 she was involved in opening the Mark H. Zangmeister Cancer Treatment Center in central Ohio. Upon moving to Indianapolis, Kathy joined the St. Vincent Medical Grip as the Team Lead for the Broad Ripple Family and Internal Medicine practice before working at the Carmel Clay School Wellness Center. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
Monica Porter, MA, RD, CDRead Bio
Monica Porter, MA, RD, CD holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Ball State University. As part of her education, Monica completed a dietetic internship based in Indianapolis where she gained experience working for Community Health Network, YMCA, and Purdue Extension of Marion County. Since becoming a Registered Dietitian, she has worked clinically, both inpatient and outpatient, for Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana and St. Vincent Medical Group. She strives to help each of her patients achieve their nutrition and wellness goals by providing nutrition education that is applicable to everyday life. Her areas of focus include, but are not limited to, diabetes, weight management, cardiac health, and renal nutrition
I love the people! They are so friendly and were able to recommend a top notch specialist for a specific chronic health issue. I really feel like they take the time to listen to me. More personalized, less rushed, and there was a little more knowledge about how our professional field impacts our health.
Working at the Wellness center allows me to spend the time needed to get to know patients medical needs and also provide a personalized plan of preventative care. I am well supported by an amazing wellness team. I love the team approach to health care that allows us to care for the whole person.
The CCS Wellness Center is such an excellent benefit for employees. We can feel supported in all aspects of our lives – including our health. The staff at CCS Wellness Center knows me and my family by name and I don’t feel like I am being shuffled quickly through the office.
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