Deborah Wachtel is a nurse practitioner specializing in primary care of adults. She currently practices at the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Nursing faculty owned and managed clinic. Dr. Wachtel is conducting research in a NIDA funded protocol studying the impact of co-locating family planning services in facilities that treat women for substance use disorder. Deborah teaches graduate courses at the University of Vermont, including Organization, Delivery, and Finance of Health Care. She is integrating the concepts of Harm Reduction and treatment of substance use disorder into the DNP curriculum at UVM.
Deborah’s practice concentration has included women’s health, endocrinology, bariatrics, and currently focused on integrating medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder into primary care. Her attention to the current opioid crisis includes sitting on several committees and workgroups providing guidance towards initiating new state prescribing protocols and improving treatment options and availability for people struggling with opioid use disorder.
Deborah has worked on state and federal policy for several decades, has sat on numerous boards, gubernatorial workgroups, and received the Vermont State Nurses’ Association Outstanding Advanced Practice Nurse Award in 2014 and is a Jonas Nursing Leadership Scholar.