University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Practice Group

The Nurse Practitioner Practice Group

Faculty Nurse Practitioners

An Innovative Approach to Primary Care

The University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences nurse practitioner primary care practice group provides comprehensive community health care services, a practice site for faculty, and an ideal clinical learning environment for future nurse practitioners. Services include:

  • Wellness visits and routine physical exams
  • Sick visits and lab testing
  • Management of chronic health conditions

Clinical Focus, Community Practice

Faculty nurse practitioners maintain a dual focus: providing quality health care services while introducing students to primary care and the patient-provider relationship. Experienced in clinical practice, medical research, and education, nurse practitioner faculty introduce students to primary care while working with patients to develop individual health care goals.

This unique group practice model ranks the University of Vermont among a small but growing number of elite medical institutions providing outstanding primary care to the community and the best educational environment for future health care providers.

Nurse Practitioner Faculty

Rosemary Dale, Ed.D., APRN
Clinical Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing

Rosemary Dale

  • Ed.D., Administration with Cognates in Nursing and Higher Education, Ball State University
  • M.S., Nursing, Ball State University
  • B.S., Nursing, College of Mount St. Vincent

Dr. Rosemary Dale has been associated with the University of Vermont since 1976. She spent 25 years as the Chief Nursing Officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care, ten years as Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Vermont, and 12 years in the private practice at Vermont Internal Medicine. She returned to the University of Vermont in September 2010 as Chair of the Department of Nursing. In 2014, Dr. Dale launched a faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care. The practice provides healthcare and is an educational venue for graduate students. Dr. Dale has served on numerous boards including Champlain College, United Way of Chittenden County, Mater Christi School, Vermont Catholic Charities of Vermont, Voluntary Hospitals of America Nursing Advisory Board, Visiting Nurses of Chittenden and Grand Isle Board, and Vermont Health Foundation Board. She has thesis advising expertise in clinical practice in internal medicine/health maintenance in adults, administration and management, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and hypertension.

Margaret Aitken, M.S., APRN
Visiting Instructor of Nursing

Margaret Aitken

  • M.S., Nursing, University of Vermont
  • B.A., East Asian Studies, Haverford College
  • Certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing

Margaret Aitken's nursing practice focuses on primary care for adults and clinical instruction. On campus she works with the RN to B.S. program, an online, non-traditional baccalaureate program for registered nurses holding associate degrees in nursing. Her areas of interests include care of older adults, educational needs of non-traditional, adult learners, online education, and public health. Margaret currently works as an adult nurse practitioner at the UVM CNHS faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care. She is affiliated with the Vermont Nurse Practitioner Association.

Jennifer Allaire, M.S., APRN, ANP
Visting Instructor of Nursing

Jennifer Allaire

  • M.S., Nursing, University of Vermont
  • B.A., Psychology, Boston College

Jennifer Allaire's nursing practice focuses on primary care for adolescents and adults as well as clinical instruction. Her areas of interests include adult care and palliative care. As an adult nurse practitioner, Jennifer previously worked at a rural family practice in Vermont and currently works at the UVM CNHS faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care. Her master's thesis was titled "The Attitudes Toward Death of Graduate Nursing Students." Jennifer was awarded the Vermont State Nurses Association's Clinical Excellence Award in 2013. She is affiliated with the Vermont Nurse Practitioner Association and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

Jennifer Laurent, Ph.D., FNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Jennifer Laurent

  • Ph.D., Duquesne University
  • M.S., Family and Community Health Nursing, University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • B.S., Nursing, University of Connecticut

Dr. Jennifer Laurent is a practicing family nurse practitioner specializing in the primary care of adults and children. She currently practices in a private practice and is a preceptor for graduate nurse practitioner students at the UVM CNHS faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care. In addition, she serves on the Vermont State Board of Nursing and APRN sub-committee.  She teaches graduate courses at the University of Vermont, including Advanced Neuropharmacology and Primary Care Management of Complex and Chronic Health Conditions.  She received the Vermont Nurse’s Foundation Recognition Award in both 2009 and 2010, and the Freeman Nurse Scholarship for Doctoral Studies from 2005 to 2008.  Dr. Laurent was the recipient of the 2014-2015 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Incentive Grant for her project investigating food addiction, fructose metabolism, and neural correlates in obese children and the 2015-2016 University of Vermont REACH award for her project investigating food addiction, high fructose corn syrup, and metabolic and neural correlates in obese children.

Barbara A. Rouleau, M.S., APRN
Visting Instructor of Nursing

Barbara Rouleau

  • NP Certificate, University of Vermont
  • M.S., Nursing, Sage Graduate School
  • B.S., Nursing and Health Education, University of Vermont

Barb Rouleau is a family nurse practitioner that has been involved as a clinical instructor with the UVM graduate nursing program since 2008. She joined the University of Vermont full time in the summer of 2014 to teach Advanced Physical Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology and Optimizing Health. In addition to the didactic teaching, Barb provides primary care to patients at the UVM CNHS faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care. Barb has been a nurse for over 20 years, with 13 years as a nurse practitioner.

Deborah Wachtel, M.S., ANP, MPH
Clinical Nursing Faculty

Deborah Wachtel

  • M.S., Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of Vermont
  • M.P.H., Boston University
  • B.S., Community Health Sciences, Johnson University

Deborah Wachtel is an adult nurse practitioner specializing in the primary care of adults.  She currently practices at the UVM CNHS faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care. In addition, she is participating in an NIH research protocol providing contraceptive services for women who are on maintenance methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone treatment for opiate addiction. She teaches graduate courses at the University of Vermont, including Professional Roles Development, and in 2013 and 2014 taught nursing leadership at the University of Connecticut. Her practice concentration has been in endocrinology with a focus on diabetes and obesity. In that capacity she was a co-investigator researching the impact of chromium picolinate on insulin sensitivity.

Deborah is the American Association of Nurse Practitioners state representative and a longtime board member of the Vermont Nurse Practitioner Association. She received the Vermont State Nurses Association Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse Award in 2014. Deborah is a Jonas Nursing Leadership Scholar.

Ellen Watson, M.S., APRN
Visting Instructor of Nursing

Ellen Watson

  • M.S., Nursing, University of Vermont
  • B.S., Nursing, University of Vermont
  • A.S.N., Nursing, North Country Community College

Ellen Watson is a family nurse practitioner providing primary care to patients at the UVM CNHS faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care, in addition to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Vermont since 2013. Ellen serves on the Vermont Board of Nursing and has served on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing APRN Committee and the Leadership Academy Committee. She was inducted into Sigma theta Tau as an undergraduate student and is a member of the Vermont Nurse Practitioner Association.

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