Susan has been active in the healthcare field for over 25 years, starting as a ski patroller and EMT, and progressing to a primary care PA-C. She practiced as a PA-C at the Community Health Center in Burlington for five years and at Stowe Urgent Care for another five. During this time, to help her patients engage more with their own health, she studied and received a certificate as an Integrative Health and Wellness Coach from Duke Integrative Medicine. Over the years, she built her own coaching practice, offering individual and group coaching and mindfulness practices with local doctor’s offices, a national firm, universities, and several corporations. In 2014, she began teaching and mentoring with the health coaching program at Duke Integrative Medicine and subsequently helped found the UVM Health and Wellness Coaching Program in 2019. She was part of the first cohort to pass the National Board Exam for Health and Wellness Coaches in 2017. She also co-founded and ran Richmond Community Kitchen from 2015 to 2020 to support her local community and local producers. RCK offers locally sourced prepared meals, cooking classes, and event space to help make it easier for people to eat well and support local farmers. In 2023, Susan started the Interprofessional Health Sciences PhD program here at UVM, focusing on Integrative Health. Susan lives in a solar-powered home in Richmond, VT, with her husband and two children.


Sibold J, Whitman S, Westervelt K. An Evidence Based Rationale for Health and Wellness Coaching as a Complementary Certification in Undergraduate Health Education. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/15598276231189206

Awards and Recognition

  • Prelock Online Teaching Award – 2021

Associations and Affiliations

  • Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
  • Chair, Health Coaching Special Interest Group, Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
  • Chair, Vermont Coaching Collaborative 
  • Health Coaching Member Interest Group, American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Susan Whitman, PA-C, NBC-HWC

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Integrative Health, Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching


  • Certificate in Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching; Duke Integrative Medicine
  • M.S., Physician Assistant Studies; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • B.A.; Middlebury College


  • 802-578-5146
Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

  • HLTH 2010 - Introduction to Integrative Health
  • HLTH 3840 - Health and Wellness Coaching Immersion
  • HTLH 3860 - Health and Wellness Coaching Advanced