Wellness Center

Wellness Center

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The NNU Wellness Center includes Counseling Services and Health Services, which provide support for our community’s mental and physical health. 

Counseling Services is located beside the Alumni House.  Health services is located in the Brick House.

Services are available Monday through Friday.


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Counseling services are available for undergraduate students with referral information and consultation for staff, faculty, and parents. 

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Health services is available for all NNU students, employees, and employee family members.

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NNU requires all undergraduate and all international students to have health insurance. 

Questions? Need help? Contact us.

To schedule an appointment call (208) 467-8466 or email us at wellnesscenter@nnu.edu.
For other inquires, call (208) 467-8428

All services at the Wellness Center are walk-in or you can make an appointment. Health Services are fee-based, please visit the Health Services page for more information.

If you are experiencing a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the local Emergency Room.

Health Services Office

Bryon Hemphill

Director of Health Services

Bryon Hemphill, DO, is the Director of Health Services. He is a graduate of NNU 1989, receiving a BA in History. He graduated from Western University Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 1997, completing an Internship and Residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center {San Bernardino County Medical Center} in 2000. Prior to coming to NNU, Dr. Hemphill was a staff physician at Snake River Correctional Institute, and before that, he was in private practice in Weiser, Idaho, providing a wide range of family medicine services, including obstetrical care, Emergency Room coverage and acting as Medical Director for the local Nursing Home facility. Dr. Hemphill's previous roles provide a wealth of experience in disease and wellness care that has given him a broad perspective from which to address the health concerns of the NNU community. In his free time, Dr. Hemphil enjoys reading and writing about his various interests and spending time with family and friends.

Jana Wolf

Health Services Office Administrator

Jana Wolf is the Office Administrator at NNU’s Health Services. She has a bachelor's degree in Social Science from NNU. Before coming to NNU, she worked for 13 years at Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center as Director of Education, Project Manager & Bookkeeper/HR. Jana is the front desk receptionist for Health Services. She does COVID and medical software management, medical billing and more. She loves interacting with students and engaging in their lives. Jana enjoys hanging out with her family outside—hiking, swimming and playing in McCall. Both of her girls are active in sports and she enjoys watching them play. In her downtime, she enjoys reading and walking her Yorkie, Marley.

Shannon Hemphill

Health Services Nurse

Shannon Hemphill is the nurse at NNU’s Health Services. She graduated in 2006 with her LPN, where she went to work for Family Medical in Weiser, Idaho. Shannon was Dr. Hemphill’s nurse for nine years before taking a break to help their three children graduate from high school and transition to college at NNU. She returned to nursing in 2017 after working for a year in NNU’s Admissions Department. Her responsibilities include assessing patients, testing, blood draws and back-office work. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her family and being outdoors. Shannon is most thankful to be working in a clinical setting where she can pray with her patients and her goal is to be light to all who come into Health Services.

Counseling Services Office

Malinda Yellon

Director of Counseling Services

Malinda Yellon, MS, LPC, is the Director of Counseling Services. She is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Therapy and Community Psychology and NNU with an MS in Clinical and Community Counseling. Malinda has been in the Wellness Center since January 2013 with additional experience in a local community clinic as a clinician and director.
Malinda provides individual counseling, advises NNU’s Peer Mentors, is the primary intern supervisor for the Wellness Center and is responsible for the administrative aspects of Counseling Services. Malinda enjoys being a generalist in counseling and working with college students as they navigate either the early stages of adulthood or returning to school after a hiatus.

Julie Barrass

Clinical Counselor and Supervisor

Julie Barrass, MS, LCPC, is a Clinical Counselor and Supervisor. She earned her MS in Counseling and a BA from Northwest Nazarene University. Julie has been a mental health clinician since 2006, working in community mental health and private practice and has been a Clinical Counselor in the Wellness Center since January 2019.
Julie provides individual counseling and clinical supervision for LPCs and interns, works with student performers specifically in athletics on mental skills training and is the Director of Mental Health Care Services/Counseling in NNU Athletics for NCAA purposes. Julie’s counseling style is positive, faith-based and encouraging.

McKenna Lacy

Wellness Center Office Administrator

McKenna Lacy is the front desk receptionist for Counseling Services and the office administrator for the Wellness Center. She tracks student health insurance and immunizations, provides software management and keeps the offices running smoothly. She enjoys getting to know students and being helpful in whatever way she can.
McKenna has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from NNU. Before coming to the Wellness Center, she worked for 13 years at Canyon County Family Court Services as an instructor of Focus on Children workshops for divorcing parents.