Health Services Staff

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Robin Patch

    Ms. Robin Patch 

    Director of Health Services
    (802) 869-6210
    Connecticut College - BA
    Lesley College (University) - MA
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing - BS
  • Photo of Amy Burmester

    Mrs. Amy Burmester 

    Nurse
  • Photo of John Buser

    Mr. John Buser 

    Counselor
    (802) 869-6667
    Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor
    Springfield College - BS
  • Photo of Kirsten Beske

    Ms. Kirsten Beske 

    Counselor
    Harvard College - BA
    Boston University School of Law - JD
    Antioch University New England - MA
    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Photo of Skylar Snyder

    Ms. Skylar Snyder 

    Head Athletic Trainer / Science Faculty
    Mercyhurst University - BS
  • Photo of Nicole Blodgett

    Nicole Blodgett 

    Assistant Athletic Trainer / Learning Skills Faculty / Strength & Conditioning Coach
    Norwich University - BS
Student Life

Health & Wellness

We provide a wide variety of health and wellness services to our students, including access to our Health Center staff, counseling, flu preparedness, and athletic training.

Health Services
The health and safety of Vermont Academy students are our top priorities. The Proctor House Health Services staff seeks to help students maintain the best possible level of physical and emotional health, both by providing treatment for acute and chronic physical, social, emotional, and mental health issues and by providing the knowledge and resources necessary to assist students in making healthy choices now and in the future.
Proctor House Health Services is located in the red house near Horowitz Performing Arts Center and below the hockey rink. It includes an infirmary with 10 beds in a home-like environment and a counseling center on the second floor. Nursing staff is available 24 hours a day via the Health Services pager at (802) 741-2440.

For any questions about Health Services and/or to speak to a nurse, call (802) 869-6239 or email nurse@vermontacademy.org.

Counseling Services
Health Services staff includes two counselors: one Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and one Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Individual counseling, assistance with emotional problems or issues, peer relationships, drug or alcohol abuse support, family meetings, classroom observations and feedback, as well as off-campus referrals are available to all students.

Counselors are on campus Monday through Friday with office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Counseling staff is available after hours on an on-call basis.

Sports Medicine
The Health Services staff also includes one full-time and one part-time certified athletic trainer (ATC). The athletic trainers manage the athletic training room located in Williams Gymnasium. Athletic training services include: practice and game coverage, care for sport-related and orthopedic injuries, rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning. Any student who has suffered illness or injury must be cleared by a nurse or athletic trainer prior to returning to sports/activities.