About Us

Symbiosis: nounany interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc. (Dictionary.com)

Working together at Mount Ida College, we were greatly disappointed when the college closed, especially because the support program we had worked so hard to develop came to an end.  We decided to continue the services we provided at Mount Ida College on a private basis because we recognize the value and importance of this kind of unique support.  With the success of our College Support Program, we decided to open our Progressive Education Program to give students an alternative option to traditional high school.  Simultaneously, we opened our Gap Year Program for students who need some time to prepare themselves before going to college or who need a break from college.

All of our programs are holistic in the guidance and in the opportunities we provide, but one of the things we value most is the relationship we build with each of our students.  This relationship allows us to develop a deep understanding of our students’ unique strengths, challenges, and goals. Armed with this knowledge, we are then able to individualize our support of each student according to their specific needs.  Moreover, after working so closely with our students over the course of several years, our students virtually become our extended family!

We derive tremendous purpose and meaning through facilitating a holistic support system and assisting our students with developing essential skills.  Therefore, we named our company Symbiosis to reflect and honor the mutually beneficial relationship our program engenders.

picKristine Fringer


Kristine has been working with young adults in a college setting for 20 years. At Mount Ida College, she held the positions Director of the Student Achievement Program, a support program for students with learning differences, and Director of Accessibility Services during three interim periods. In these positions, her number one goal was to ensure that students learned to self-advocate and to realize their full potential.  She believes students need to recognize and understand how they learn before they can navigate the path to their success. She also taught a first year seminar course and psychology at Mount Ida College.  She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Kristine has a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Boston University.  She has received extensive training in Disability Rights in Higher Ed; and led several seminars for faculty on their role in leveling the playing field for students with learning differences.

In Kristine’s free time she enjoys yoga, tennis, and spending time with her three children.

Kristine@symbiosiscenter.com  ∼  617-564-1089

bio picJeanne Freeman, DVM, PhD

Advance Tutor

Jeanne became interested in veterinary medicine growing up on a small sheep farm.  While attending veterinary school, she developed an interest in the host-vector-pathogen interface as it relates to parasites of human and veterinary importance.  Her interest in parasitology led her to pursue a PhD in veterinary microbiology, where her research focused on tick acquisition and subsequent transmission of bovine babesiosis.  Jeanne has worked as a small animal clinical veterinarian, and as a Veterinary Medical Officer with USDA where she published several manuscripts in the area of vector-borne diseases.  She enjoys working with students to achieve their academic goals and has served as a mentor and teaching assistant for pre-med and pre-vet students enrolled in biology, parasitology, anatomy and physiology, and animal science courses.

In her free time, Jeanne enjoys gardening, walking her dog, volunteering with Girl Scouts, and spending time with her family.