Dedham Middle School Health Services

We are back in the building and will "see" you soon! To request a virtual appointment, please use the email addresses below.

Jennifer Atkins, RN

Jennifer Atkins is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Simmons College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. Jen brings a unique perspective to her nursing practice from her previous careers working on Capitol Hill before law school, and then as an attorney - first as a consumer advocate, and later in tax consulting with both Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jen started her nursing career at Boston Children’s Hospital as a staff nurse in their cardiology unit and then moved into primary care, working at Dedham Medical Associates in Norwood. She first became interested in school nursing during a community practicum and began working as a substitute school nurse in both Westwood and Dedham.

Jen joined the Dedham Public Schools in 2016, working first at both middle and high schools, and then full-time at Dedham High. In 2019 she moved over to her new health office home at Dedham Middle School!

When not at work, Jen enjoys spinning, cooking, reading and walking her Labrador Retriever, Leo. Jen and her husband Dave live in Westwood with their three children.

(p) 781-310-7008 (f) 781-329-7468 (e) jatkins@dedham.k12.ma.us

Donna Farrar, RN

Donna Farrar is a Registered Nurse and holds an Associates of Science Degree in Nursing from Quincy College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Anna Maria College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Bridgewater State. Donna worked at DMS as a paraprofessional from 2004-2007, while completing her first BA.

Donna started her nursing career at South Bay Early Intervention before heading to Florida to participate in an Emergency Nurse Internship Program. Donna worked in the emergency departments at Largo Medical Center, Mease Countryside and Palms of Pasadena, all located in Florida. Donna returned from Florida in the fall of 2017 to greet her new niece Wynnie who arrived that October. Once back in Massachusetts, Donna was a travel nurse in the emergency department at Morton Hospital until she accepted a full time position as a Utilization Review Nurse at Blue Cross, Blue Shield of MA.

Donna is excited to return to the Dedham school system and looks forward to working with the middle and high school students! When not at work, Donna, can be found at her per diem job at South Shore Hospital, working on her masters degree, or hanging with her nephew Cy and nieces Farrah and Wynnie. If those names sound familiar, it could be because they are the children of DMS’s Mrs. Randall, who is Donna’s big sister!


(p) 781-310-7010 (f) 781-329-7468 (e) dfarrar@dedham.k12.ma.us

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