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Occupational Medicine

Six Weeks Later He Felt 20 Years Younger

Hollis Pratt of Waterbury, VT fell 20 feet and broke his pelvis. After completing aquatic therapy and work hardening, he flies out of bed in the morning like never before.

Megan Jerome, Northfield, VT

Stronger Than Ever Before

Megan Jerome of Northfield, VT couldn't do anything after a back injury at work. Learn how our Work Hardening program changed her life.

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Visit Our New Waterbury Location

To better meet all of your employee health care needs, we’ve added a new office co-located at our Waterbury ExpressCare walk-in clinic.

We promote worker health and safety by working collaboratively to provide high quality medical care to the workforce of central Vermont.

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Occupational Medicine

Our Occupational Medicine team is committed to the prevention and management of work related injury, illness, and disability. Our Goal is to return injured employees to work in a safe and timely manner.

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Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine services empower patients to better self-manage their health conditions and take charge of their health. Our strategies help patients to enjoy life to the fullest and improve productivity at work and home. It's about regaining control over one's life.

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Rehabilitation Therapy

When necessary, we coordinate your care with our highly qualified team of Physical and Occupational Therapists. They help patients overcome barriers to wellness, regain daily functions, return to productive employment and resume an improved quality of life.

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Occupational Medicine Services
for All of Your Employee Health Care Needs

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Coordinated care for injured workers at CVMC’s ExpressCare with no appointment necessary, 7 days a week, 9am to 7pm.

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Urine Drug Testing & Medical Review Officer (MRO)

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Management of workers compensation injuries & illness

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Post-Offer Pre-Employment (POPE) Medical Examination

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Commercial Driver Medical Examinations

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OSHA compliance assistance with hearing and respiratory protection standards

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Permanency Ratings

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Independent Medical Examinations (IME’s)

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Work Hardening: Multi-disiplinary Occupational Restoration Program (MOR)

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Consultation: causation evaluation, fitness for duty, treatment plan development and return to work planning


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Meet Our Team

Austin Sumner, MD, MPH
Occupational Medicine Physician

Austin Sumner, MD, MPH, Medical Director Occupational Medicine, attended Louisiana State University Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Environmental and Occupational Medicine. Dr. Sumner has been practicing occupational medicine for more than 10 years and enjoys collaborating with employers, adjusters, attorneys, vocational rehabilitation counselors and other clinical care providers to aid in worker recovery and the safe return to work.

Laurance Thompson, MS
Clinical Psychologist

Larry Thompson, MS is a licensed psychologist-master specializing in behavioral medicine pain management services. His interests include helping injured workers maximize their recovery, improve function, return to productive work and reduce emotional distress. He consults with medical centers and hospitals to develop effective protocols for chronic pain treatment and opioid risk reduction and gives workshops on Pain Management and Disability Prevention to health care providers, attorneys and insurance personnel.


Rebecca Scholl, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Rebecca Scholl, PA-C received her degree as a Physician Assistant from Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens. She has worked in emergency medicine and family practice. Rebecca enjoys making personal connections with her patients. "I feel when someone is injured on the job it is important to try to keep them working in some capacity as they recover from their injury. It is important to get people not only back to work but also back to the things they enjoy doing in life."

Carly Lagasse, RN

Carly Lagasse, RN attended Castleton State College for her Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing. She has previously worked in Community Health Nursing and Adult Primary Care, with a passion for holistic and preventative medicine in a community healthcare setting. “I believe that an individual’s health is so much more than a diagnosis and treatment. You have to treat the whole person, not just their injury or illness. I am drawn to Occupational Medicine because I get to be a part of a team that helps patients return to, maintain, or even strengthen their pre-injury level of function.”

Alison Porter-Cruickshank, LPN

Alison Porter-Cruickshank, LPN, COHC received her License for Practical Nursing from Essex Agricultural and Technical Institute of Hathorne, MA in 1993, and has been licensed in the state of Vermont since 1994. Alison joined CVMC’s Occupational Medicine Department in 2015. There, she works as the Nurse Care Coordinator for the MOR program, and has a passion to see patients maximize their abilities and rejoin the work force. She became a Certified Hearing Conservationist in 2018, and can now offer industrial hearing screens.

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