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: 310P Rowell
Email: Karen.Westervelt@med.uvm.edu

Karen C. Westervelt 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 received advanced training in manual and manipulative therapy from the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Karen has been teaching in the UVM physical therapy program since 1996.

In 2013, Karen 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.

Karen practices physical therapy in Stowe, VT at Pinnacle Physical Therapy. She enjoys treating patients with a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, with a focus on treatment for patients with spinal pain.


Ph.D. candidate, Bond University, Australia, 2015 – present; research topic post-professional physical therapy education
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

RMS 213 - Biomechanics
HLTH 296 FLPA - Exploring the Therapeutic Effects of Icelandic Thermal Springs
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

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.


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

Professional Affiliations

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