Clinical Assistant Professor

Abilene came to UVM from Michigan, where she worked as a clinical manager in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and inpatient acute rehabilitation. She is currently employed by The University of Vermont Medical Center, where she specializes in rehabilitation and case management. Her area of expertise is neurology including stroke care and prevention, brain injury rehabilitation, and movement disorders. She is also passionate about elder care, and serves on volunteer groups and community forums to assist those with chronic conditions.

Awards and Recognition

  • Young Careerist Award presented by Alma Business and Professional Women
  • State of Michigan recognition for community service and career achievements

Associations and Affiliations

  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Cancer Patient Support Foundation of Vermont
  • Vermont Elder Resource Group
  • Alzheimer's Association of Vermont
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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Nurse case management, utilization review, acute care rehabilitation, stroke management


  • M.S.; University of Phoenix
  • M.H.A.; University of Phoenix
  • B.S.; University of Phoenix


Office Location:

224 Rowell Building

Courses Taught

  • GRNS 302 Science of Nursing: Adults & Elders
  • GRNS 303 - Practicum: Adults and Elders
  • GRNS 304 Practicum: Adults & Elders
  • GRNS 305 - Practicum: Complex Nursing Care
  • GRNS 312 - Pathophysiological Phenom