Health Services Staff

List of 6 members.

  • Victoria Potter 

    Director of Health Services
  • Karlyn Bastian 

  • Photo of John Buser

    John Buser 

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

    Robyn Lantz 

    Nurse Manager
    University of Connecticut - BSN
  • Ms. Nancy Natvig 

    McGill University - RN
  • Dean Walz 

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

Counseling Services
Health Services staff includes two counselors: one Masters Level Social Worker 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.

Campus COVID-19 Guidelines

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic forced Vermont Academy (VA) to take action to help alleviate the spread of the virus and preserve the health and safety of the VA community. Everyone rose to the challenge with character, resilience, and grace. As we look with optimism toward the reopening of campus for the 2022-2023 academic year, we are keenly aware that COVID-19 is still present in our global community and we face the continued need to implement policies and procedures that protect our community -- students, faculty, staff, and our families who live on campus and around us..

The following plan reflects the thoughtful work of the COVID Task Force, the continuous monitoring of federal and state guidelines, collaboration with the Northern New England boarding schools, and consultation with medical experts. Though the plans presented here represent our most up-to-date thinking about the coming year, we will remain flexible in our approach and our response. Our plan begins with an investment in health and safety protocols, but allows us to adapt to changing conditions in order to provide a continuous and meaningful educational experience for all students.