Consulting Staff


Toby Diamond, Ph.D., PNBS Consulting Psychologist

Toby Diamond joined Pacific Northwest Ballet School’s Consulting Staff in 1981 as Consulting Psychologist.  As such, she provides services to PNBS students, parents, faculty and staff regarding the issues involved in serious dance training.

Dr. Diamond holds an M.A. degree from Columbia University in Developmental Psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Educational Psychology.  She worked in public schools from 1964 to 2000, initially as a Special Education teacher and since 1968 as a School Psychologist.  She established a private practice in 1981, encompassing family and individual therapy, psychoeducational evaluation for children and adults with learning difficulties, and consultation.  In addition to her private practice and consulting work for PNBS, Dr. Diamond serves as a consultant for Epiphany and Bertschi private schools, dealing with school adjustment and learning issues.  She is licensed by the State of Washington to practice psychology, and holds State of Washington and National certifications to practice School Psychology.

Peggy Otto Swistak, M.S., R.D., C.D., PNBS Consulting Nutritionist

A native of Washington, Peggy Swistak graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics. After an internship in clinical and administrative dietetics at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Ms. Swistak received a Master’s in Nutrition and Child Development from the University of Washington. She was Chief of Clinical Dietetics at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, and has worked extensively in both Pediatric and Cardiovascular nutrition in various hospitals. She has been working in the area of Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition for the past 30 years.

Peggy has been the Nutrition Consultant for Pacific Northwest Ballet since 1994, and also the Wellness Dietitian for Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, WA, educating and lecturing throughout the community on all topics of nutrition.

Alan S. Woodle, D.P.M., Podiatrist

Karen Clippinger, M.S.P.E., Kinesiologist

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