Karen C. Westervelt

Karen C. Westervelt, Ph.D., PT, ATC, NBC-HWC

UVM Osher Center for Integrative Health Program Director

Dr. Karen Westervelt is the educational program director for the Integrative Health program at UVM. She is a clinical associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She was instrumental in developing the UVM Integrative Health and Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching Certificates for undergraduates, professionals, and continuing education students. Dr. Westervelt is a practicing physical therapist, athletic trainer, and board-certified health and wellness coach. She has focused her 28-year clinical career on helping people with musculoskeletal injuries. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist. She received advanced training in manual and manipulative therapy from the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and completed her Ph.D. in physiotherapy from Bond University, Australia, where her doctoral research focused on post-professional education for health care providers. Dr. Westervelt completed her integrative health and wellness coaching education at Vanderbilt University. She teaches interprofessionally in the areas of health and wellness coaching, integrative health, physical therapy, musculoskeletal evaluation and treatment, and health promotion for health care providers. She supervises graduate and undergraduate research students in clinical mentoring and integrative health. Dr. Westervelt is the 2020 recipient of the CNHS Deans Award for Innovative Teaching.