Instructors

Susan Whitman, M.S., PA-C

Susan WhitmanSusan has been active in the health care field for over 25 years, starting as a ski patroller, EMT, and progressing to a primary care PA-C. She practiced as a PA-C at the Community Health Center in Burlington for 5 years and at Stowe Urgent Care for another five. During this time, in an effort 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. She built her own coaching practice over the years, 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. In an effort to support her local community and local producers, she also co-founded Richmond Community Kitchen in 2015. 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. Susan lives in an off-grid home in Richmond, VT with her husband and two sons.

Cara Feldman Hunt, M.A.

Cara Feldman HuntCara has been involved in the field of integrative health care since 2008. As Administrative Director of UVM Integrative Health, Cara works with leadership in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Larner College of Medicine and the University of Vermont Medical Center to develop a sustainable program with clinical, education and research activities. Cara’s background is in organizational development and she has worked in large corporate settings, small start-ups, non-profits and educational institutions. Prior to joining the University of Vermont, Cara served as Executive Director of the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health, a 501c3 that promoted the benefits of integrative health care by bridging the gap between community members and health practitioners from all disciplines. Cara is also a certified Health and Wellness Coach. She coaches at the comprehensive pain program and teaches in our Health and Wellness coaching program. Cara is passionate about creating access to Integrative Health and Medicine.

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

Dr. Karen Westervelt

Integrative Health Educational Program Director

Clinical Associate Professor

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.