Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Karen Westervelt is a physical therapist, a certified athletic trainer, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist. She received advanced training in manual and manipulative therapy from the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and most recently her Ph.D. in Physiotherapy from Bond University, Australia. Her Ph.D. research focused on the area of post-professional education for health care providers.

Dr. Westervelt teaches interprofessionally within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the areas of biomechanics and kinesiology for Exercise Science and Athletic Training students, and musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment for students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where she has been teaching since 1996. Dr. Westervelt supervises graduate and undergraduate students involved research in the areas of clinical mentoring, integrative health, and the scholarship of teaching. Dr. Westervelt is the Education Program Director of UVM Integrative Health, and is excited to be introducing students to an integrative health approach to the delivery of health care. She is also a 2017-2018 Participant of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Initiative. Dr. Westervelt is a strong advocate for travel study. In 2013, she established UVM's first faculty-led physical therapy program abroad to New Zealand and Australia (PT 352 - International Collaborative in Manual Physical Therapy) in collaboration with the physiotherapy schools at Auckland University of Technology and Bond University. She also designed HLTH 296 - Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Icelandic Thermal Springs, a faculty-led travel course for undergraduate students.

Dr. Westervelt practices physical therapy in Stowe, VT. She treats patients with a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, with a focus on treatment for patients with spinal pain.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • 2015 TIFF UVM Grant
  • 2014 Center for Teaching and Learning Hybrid Initiative Grant

Publications

  • Westervelt, K., Ellis C, Ellis L., Quanstrom A., Wallingford K., Maltby H., Hing, W. (2016) International Collaboration in Manual Physical Therapy: An Educational Model. Journal of Physical Therapy Education 30(4).
  • Westervelt, K., Crane, L., Sibold, J., Hing, W., (2017). Physical Therapist Postprofessional Education in the United States and in Australia. Published online Physical Therapy Reviews 23 June 2017. DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2017.1336839.
  • Westervelt, K., Chenette, J., Merkel, L., Crane, L., Sibold, J., Hing, W., (2017). Postprofessional Physical Therapist Education: A Survey from Two Different Regions of the World. Manuscript accepted for publication by Journal of Physical Therapy Education.
  • Westervelt, K.C., Banks, L.M., Carney, C.A., Kunker, K.A.; Magoon, A.B., McGovern, M., Sibold, J.S., Crane, L.H., Hing, W.A. (2017) An Online Model of International Clinical Mentoring for Novice Physical Therapists. Under review at the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
  • Westervelt, K., Ellis C, Ellis L., Quanstrom A.,Wallingford K., Maltby H., Hing, W International Collaboration in Manual Physical Therapy: An Educational Model. JOPTE in press.
  • Westervelt, K., Ellis C, Ellis L., Quanstrom A.,Wallingford K., Maltby H., Hing, W International Collaboration in Manual Physical Therapy: An Opening of Ideas and Opportunities. Abstract. JMMT October 2015.

Awards and Recognition

  • Nominated for the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award 2016

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Section Member and Education Section Member
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Member
Karen C. Westervelt, M.S., P.T., FAAOMPT, PGDHSc, O.C.S., A.T.C., C.M.P.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Classification and treatment of low back pain
  • Orthopedic manual therapy
  • Post-professional physical therapist education
  • International collaborations in health care
  • Novel mentoring techniques for new clinicians and clinicians in rural settings
  • Kinesiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Travel study

Education

  • Ph.D., Bond University, Australia
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP)
  • National Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • M.S., Movement Science and Rehabilitation, University of Vermont
  • Postgraduate Certification in Health Science specializing in Manipulative Physiotherapy, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Athletic Training Certification, University of Vermont
  • B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Vermont

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-3268
Office Location:

310H Rowell Hall

Courses Taught

  • RMS 095/175 - Applied Kinesiology
  • RMS 213 - Biomechanics
  • RMS 295 - Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Icelandic Thermal Springs (faculty-led program abroad)
  • PT 349 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal #2
  • PT 395/352 - International collaboration in Manual Therapy
  • PT 340 - Patient Management Fundamental Skills Lab
  • PT 344 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal  #1 Lab
  • PT 347 - Patient Management CardioPulm
  • PT 328 - Research Independent Study
  • EXMS 263 - Fitness for Special Populations