baird health & counseling center staff

Pam Spear, MBA


Pam is an experienced professional in management. She has 20+ years experience in the medical device industry, including VP of Quality Systems with global responsibilities. Pam managed volunteer blood collections for New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) in Boston which was a pioneer as the first totally automated blood donor site(s).

Pam received her BSBA in Business and Sociology from a rural college in NH and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Pam monitors the site and will answer your questions or direct it to the person who can address your comment. Please contact her via e-mail you are also invited to call the BHCC at 603-526-3621. Our fax is 603-526-3453.

Leigh Bears, ARNP-CNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Leigh is a family nurse practitioner who has experience providing primary care across all age groups but she particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. While she is skilled in all areas of health care her particular interests are in health maintenance including nutrition, fitness, and stress reduction. Leigh lives in New London with her family. She also works per diem at New London Hospital and the local school district.

Heather Astle, RN, B.S.N.

Nurse / Wellness Coordinator

Heather is a graduate of UNH. She has over 30 years of nursing experience in Acute Care as well as Primary Care settings. Her most recent years prior to joining the BHCC staff were spent working in a busy Pediatric Primary Care practice, caring for the needs of children, adolescents and young adults, where she continues to maintain a per diem position. This allows her to remain current with the rapidly changing Primary Care medical field. Heather lives in Warner with her family.

Kara Kidder, M.Ed., LCMHC

Clinical Counselor

Kara is a New Hampshire licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor and School Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. She earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Hartwick College, Oneonta NY, and her Master's Degree from Colorado State University. Kara is experienced working with students and is focused on providing treatment that is strengths based, collaborative, and tailored to meet the needs of clients and their support systems. Kara's stress therapy through Yoga group is popular with students. She resides with her family in New London.

Tom Wilkins, MA, LCMHC

Clinical Counselor

Tom is a graduate of Antioch New England College. He approaches Counseling from a holistic perspective looking at students through the lenses of the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, Social and Occupational levels. He believes that to change much of what we see happening around us, we have to start by looking inside ourselves and seeing what needs to be changed.

Tom has experience in all facets of College Counseling, presenting for classes and facilitating various groups on campus. He has strong interests working with: self-discovery (bringing meaning to one's life), anxiety issues, spiritual concerns, working with dreams, anger management, assertiveness training, relationship issues, conflict resolution, grief, issues experienced by students of diversity as they become a part of the CSC community, men's issues, depression, substance abuse, and self-injury.

Michael Mariska, PhD

Clinical Counselor Intern

Michael has his PhD in Counselor Education and Counseling. He is an Assistant Professor and Clinicial Experiences Coordinator at Plymouth State University. Michael brings a wealth of college counseling experience having worked at Southern California State University, Colby College, Idaho State University and Long Island University. He is currently accruing his required hours for a LCMHC license in New Hampshire. We are very fortunate to have Michael join us - Fall 2015.

New London Hospital Practices

New London Hospital is 1 mile from Colby-Sawyer. Baird Health and Counseling Center consults with the medical and psychiatric services of New London Hospital as needed.