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.