Deborah Wachtel is an adult nurse practitioner specializing in primary care. She currently practices at the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty practice, Appletree Bay Primary Care. In addition, she is participating in a National Institute on Drug Abuse research protocol providing contraceptive services for women who are on maintenance methadone or buprenorphine/naloxone treatment for opioid addiction. Dr. Wachtel teaches graduate courses at the University of Vermont, including Health Care Organization, Delivery, and Finance. Her practice concentration has been in womens’ health and 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. Currently Dr. Wachtel is integrating the concepts of harm reduction and treatment of substance use disorder into the Doctor of Nursing Practice curriculum.
Dr. Wachtel is the chair of the Vermont Nurse Practitioners Association Policy Committee and has worked on federal policy for several decades. She received the Vermont State Nurse’s Association Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse Award in 2014 and is a Jonas Nursing Leadership Scholar.