Karen C. Westervelt, M.S., P.T., FAAOMPT, PGDHSc, O.C.S., A.T.C., C.M.P.

Lecturer Rehabilitation and Movement Science

Karen WesterveltOffice: 305B Rowell
Email: Karen.Westervelt@uvm.edu

Karen C. Westervelt has been teaching in the UVM Physical Therapy Program since 1996. She is a practicing Physical Therapist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and a Certified Athletic Trainer. She teaches in the entry-level Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in musculoskeletal curriculum. Karen received advanced training in manual and manipulative therapy from the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. In 2013, Karen established PT 395 International Collaborative in Manual Physical Therapy. This is the first PT Faculty Lead Program Abroad to New Zealand and Australia for The University of Vermont. This international project is a collaboration with the Physiotherapy schools at Auckland University of Technology, Bond University and UVM. Karen also coordinates PT 349 Musculoskeletal Patient Management II and teaches in labs for PT 241 and PT 242, the musculoskeletal track of the curriculum. She practices physical therapy in Stowe, VT at Pinnacle Physical Therapy. Karen treats patients with a variety of musculoskeletal injuries with a focus on treatment for patients with spinal pain.


Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, 2014
Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP), 2011
National Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 2009
M.S., Movement Science and Rehabilitation, University of Vermont, 2000
Post Graduate Certification in Health Science specializing in Manipulative Physiotherapy, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, 1997
Athletic Training Certification, University of Vermont, 1996
B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Vermont, 1993

Courses Taught

PT 349 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal #2
PT 395/352 - International collaboration in Manual Therapy
PT 241 - Patient Management Fundamental Skills
PT 242 - Patient Management Musculoskeletal  #1
PT 347 - Patient Management CardioPulm
PT 328 - Research Independent Study
EXMS 263 - Fitness for Special Populations

Research Interests

Classification and treatment of low back pain

Selected Publications

Henry SM, Westervelt KC. The use of real time ultrasound feedback in teaching abdominal hollowing exercises. JOSPT 35(6):338-345, 2005.

McNair P, Prapavessis H, Callender K. The Effects of Verbal Feedback on Landings. The British Journal of Sports Medicine, October, 2000.

Callender, K. Sailing Therapy. Advance, January 12,1994.


2014 Center for Teaching and Learning Hybrid Initiative Grant

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Section Member
American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Member