health

Mike Nocek Leaves the World of Finance and Start-Ups for a Career in Medicine

Working in medicine was always in the back of Mike Nocek’s mind. An avid skier, Nocek attended Stratton Mountain School in southern Vermont, studied economics at Boston College, and raced on the college ski team. After working in finance in Boston, followed by a year-long stint to launch a start-up sports medicine app, Nocek decided […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Helps Student Solidify Her Decision to Pursue Research and Medicine

Gina Demilt’s passion for research led her to a behind-the-scenes position for a COVID-19 vaccine trial at the UVM Medical Center. The UVM Medical Center and Vaccine Testing Center at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are taking part in a Phase 3 trial for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by […]

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A Mother Channels Her Grief by Helping Others as a Health and Wellness Coach

For decades, Valerie Pallotta’s passion has revolved around holistic and integrative health. An aromatherapist since 1994, she has pursued complementary and alternative healing methods and completed healing touch and energy medicine coursework. But she feels like she’s just getting started on putting her passion into practice. In fall 2019, she enrolled in UVM’s Integrative Health and […]

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Trevor McDonald Pivots from Math to Marketing to Medical School

Trevor McDonald studied math in college and worked in digital marketing before realizing that practicing medicine was what he wanted all along. After graduating from college in 2015, he returned to school in 2017 when he enrolled in UVM’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program. Two years after completing the program, McDonald is now a medical student at […]

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In Colorado, a Doula Guides Horses at Life’s End

Karen Koehler is no stranger to the animal world. Based in Erie, Colorado, Koehler has an animal practice, Equine Spirit, LLC, which incorporates touch skills, trauma resolution support, and reiki, and provides euthanasia support and assistance to create meaningful ceremony.  For 13 years, she has also volunteered at Colorado Horse Rescue, where besides the usual […]

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Public Health Graduate Program Helps Alumna Take Her Career to the Next Level

Shifting from an office environment to remote working turned out to be a smooth transition for Zoe Adams. For Adams, who works as a research coordinator for Gideon Health, her time at UVM prepared her well for the evolving remote workforce. The Vermont native graduated from UVM in 2014 with a degree in Community and […]

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Caring for Children’s Mental Health As They Return to Pre-School, Daycare, and Summer Camps

After nearly three months of stay-at-home orders, the State of Vermont is allowing the reopening of early childhood education centers and summer camps under strict guidelines. Sending kids to pre-school, daycare, and camps— and potentially back to school in the fall—will likely bring up a wide range of emotions for children and families.  A panel […]

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Weathering the STORM of Grief. Perspective from End-of-Life Doula Program.

By Francesca Arnoldy End-of-Life Doula Program Director   Grief is our natural response to a meaningful loss. Some losses are heavier than others, yet they are all valid and real. It might be a change in daily activities, losing a role we have held, transitioning to an empty nest, divorce, retirement, or a death (among others). […]

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Once an Aspiring Artist, Caroline Clark Found Her True Calling in Medicine

Caroline Clark’s career after college bounced between art and medicine. It was during an intensive artist residency in 2017 that she realized she wanted to work in medicine. Now, three years later, Clark is working at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. While her job as a clinical research coordinator for Dana-Farber’s Medical Oncology Department does […]

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A Hospice Volunteer Supports the Dying, Loved Ones from a Distance

After losing her mother and grandmother a month apart, Alana Osher felt compelled to learn more about end-of-life support. “When my mom got sick—she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of terminal cancer—I was her caregiver at the end, and it was kind of crazy and a whirlwind,” Osher says. “I remember feeling so frustrated […]

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