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

Rosemary DaleRosemary Dale has served as chair and clinical professor of nursing for UVM's College of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2010. Her career includes 25 years as chief nursing officer at Fletcher Allen Health Care, 10 years as dean of the former UVM School of Nursing, and 12 years in private practice at Vermont Internal Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Dale has maintained a clinical practice for the past 20 years and has extensive experience with medical management of patients in a long-term care setting.

Margaret Aitken, M.S., APRN

Margaret AitkenMargaret Aitken has served the University of Vermont in multiple capacities since 2009, and brings years of clinical practice, teaching, and education experience to the team.

She has been a graduate teaching assistant, pre-enrollment advisor, and education outreach coordinator for the Department of Nursing. Margaret received her M.S. from the University of Vermont in 2012. 

Jennifer Allaire, M.S., APRN

Jennifer AllaireJennifer Allaire previously provided primary care to adults and adolescents through the Charlotte Family Health Center, and received the Vermont State Nurses Association’s Clinical Excellence Award in 2013. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Vermont State Nurses Association, and has a special interest in geriatric health and palliative care.

Jennifer completed her M.S. in Nursing at the University of Vermont.

Jennifer Laurent, Ph.D., APRN

Jennifer LaurentJennifer Laurent has practiced as a family nurse practitioner in rural Vermont since 1997. She received her Ph.D. from Duquesne University in 2010 and joined the University of Vermont’s Department of Nursing full time in the fall of 2011 after teaching clinical graduate coursework at UVM. Dr. Laurent serves on the Vermont Board of Nursing and the APRN Sub-Committee for the Vermont Board of Nursing. Her research investigates the influence of food on eating behaviors in obese children.

Deborah Norton, Ph.D., APRN

Deborah NortonDeborah Norton joined the University of Vermont in 1998, following seven years of teaching.

She received her Ph.D. from UVM and practiced in the Albany and Plattsburgh, NY areas before coming to Burlington.

Dr. Norton has extensive experience in diabetes and cardiology.

Barbara A. Rouleau, M.S., APRN

Barbara RouleauBarbara Rouleau is a nurse practitioner and health educator with 25 years of clinical experience. She has served as Wellness Coordinator at Vermont Health CO-OP, Chief Wellness Officer at PURE Wellness, Inc., and family nurse practitioner at Colchester Family Medicine and Christ the King school. Barbara received her M.S. degree from the Sage Graduate School and her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Vermont in 2001. She has been teaching at UVM since 2005.

Ellen Watson, FNP-BC, APRN, CDE

Ellen WatsonEllen Watson recently rejoined the College of Nursing and Health Sciences following four years maintaining a private practice in Winooski, Vermont. Ellen received her M.S. in Nursing in 2005. She has practiced in the Burlington area for 20 years, and taught at both UVM and North Country Community College. 


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