Bowdoin Health Services has an experienced interdisciplinary team with extensive college health experience.

Birgit Pols      

Birgit Pols, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.
Director of Health Services

Dr. Birgit Pols joined the Bowdoin community as Director of Health Services in August 2014. She is responsible for the daily operation and oversight of the medical staff and services at Bowdoin’s Health Center in the Peter S. Buck Center for Health and Fitness.

A native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Birgit has 25 years of medical experience, the last eight of which were spent immersed in college health. She was most recently the director of health and wellness for both the New York University Abu Dhabi Health and Wellness Center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and for NYU Global Sites, where she balanced clinical and administrative duties. Pols was previously the lead physician at the NYU Health Center in New York City, providing primary and urgent health care to the student population.

Wendy Sansone


Wendy Sansone, R.N., M.S.N.
Clinical Coordinator

Wendy earned a bachelor's degree at Villanova University and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a registered nurse for thirty-five years. She lives in Yarmouth with her husband and pug named Jack. She has four grown children, the youngest one now in college.

 Julie Gray

Julie Gray,
M.H.S., P.A.-C
Physician Assistant

Julie attended Colby College as an undergraduate and went on to complete the PA program and receive a master's in health sciences degree from Duke University. She worked at maine Medical Center and Brighton Medical Center in the emergency department for twelve years. She also worked in family practice/urgent care in Freeport before coming to Bowdoin. Julie lives in Freeport with her husband and three daughters.

Carri Kivela


Carri Nix Kivela, M.S., N.P.-C
Nurse Practitioner

Carri was born in Texas and lived in several states coast to coast during her childhood. She attended the University of Vermont as an undergraduate and received a master's degree in nursing from the University of Rochester. She is now married with a son in high school. They share their home with three llamas, three cats, and a yellow lab named Fenway. She enjoys traveling, snowshoeing, playing ice hockey, hiking, photography, and gardening. Her areas of clinical interest include asthma, concussions, travel health, and sexual health.

Courtney Lowe
Administrative Coordinator