Video: “Overcoming Challenges of Changing Learning Environments: Part Two” Featuring CHaD Pediatrician

Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) is past the halfway point of its "Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19" virtual roundtable series. “Overcoming Challenges of Changing Learning Environments: Part Two” premiered, Wednesday, April 14 on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock YouTube channel.

This latest segment focuses on the high school student perspective on coping with changes to virtual, hybrid and in-person learning; dealing with missing big events such as school dances; and navigating feelings of anxiety, depression, social isolation and more.

Panelists featured in this segment include:

  • Erik Shessler, MD, Pediatrician, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and President, New Hampshire Pediatric Society
  • Jason Strniste, Principal, Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH
  • Emily Galeva, 2020 Graduate of Lebanon, NH High School
  • <Aron Silvestre, Senior at Goffstown, NH High School

As a pediatrician at CHaD and the president of the New Hampshire Pediatric Society, Shessler sees students of all ages in his practice, and discusses how the past year has affected their physical and mental health. As principal of Bishop Guertin High School (BG), Strniste brings a unique perspective to the virtual roundtable conversation. He details how his faculty and staff as well as students and families at BG have navigated the past 14 months and looks ahead to the remainder of the school year.

Galeva and Silvestre participated in the first installment of the Heads Up series in April 2020, and bring a student perspective to the conversation. Galeva shares how her plans of being a vet tech in Africa drastically changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although Silvestre has missed out on a lot of social activities due to the pandemic, he provides insight into how he’s stayed positive over the past year.

For more information about the “Heads Up: Coping through COVID-19” virtual roundtable series, please visit

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

About CHaD

As New Hampshire's only full-service, comprehensive children's hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock (CHaD) is committed to providing outstanding compassionate care for children and their families. Their physician expertise provides primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the children of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. CHaD offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient and same-day surgery services are available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock Manchester. Primary care is available at Dartmouth‐Hitchcock facilities in Bedford, Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT. For more information about CHaD, please visit or contact us at 603-650‐KIDS or