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Provider

Each day, I hope to improve the health and well-being of my patients using the latest research, modern technology and communication systems.

Lorne M.N. Babb, M.D.

Family Physician


Biography

High School: Kettering High School, Waterford, MI
Graduation Year: 1980
Activities and Awards:  Basketball, football and track, Senior Science Student of the Year
   
Undergraduate college/university:  Alma College, Alma, Michigan
Graduation Year: 1983
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology (Cum Laude)
Activities and Awards:  Sigma Chi Fraternity, Biology Honors Society
   
Graduate college/university:  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Graduation Year: 1987
Degree: Doctorem Medicinae et Chirurgiae Magistrum (M.D.)
Internship: Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
Graduation Year: 1988
Training: Rotating Internship
Residency: Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Burlington, VT
Graduation Year: 1997
Degree: Family Practice
Board Certification: Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine
Certification Years: 1997 to Present
Professional Memberships: American Academy of Family Practice, Vermont Medical Society, Franklin County Medical Society
Since fifth grade, I have wanted to be a doctor. The smartest and coolest guy I knew was my own family physician, Dr. O’Neill in Waterford, Michigan. Dr. O’Neill looked after my whole family until his retirement as I was heading off to college. For summer jobs, I worked as nursing assistant in a nursing home and a lab tech in my county epidemiology lab. Ever since medical school, medicine has been my full-time job.

In Family Medicine, I have the privilege of treating all ages and all ailments. We always say, “You never know what will walk through the door.” With babies and young children, it’s about alleviating their fears, and mostly their parents’ fears. With older children and adolescents, we foster independence and healthy behaviors to prevent later chronic conditions. Working with adults of all ages is a mix of prevention, treatment, and helping patients set health goals. For seniors, we respect their health legacies and support their goals for aging and end of life.

Each day, I hope to improve the health and well-being of my patients through the application of the latest research on chronic disease management and preventive services, using modern technology and information systems. Since 1988, I have assembled a team of dedicated professionals who bring a variety of expertise and interests along with a caring attitude and commitment to quality care.

We strive every day to be your medical home.
Provider

I hope that when you’re here, you feel taken care of, heard, and understood.

Samantha O. Cooney, APRN, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner


Biography

High School: Essex High School, Essex, VT
Graduation Year: 2007
Activities and Awards:  Field Hockey, Track and Field, and National Honor Society
   
Undergraduate college/university:  University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Graduation Year: 2011
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Cum Laude)
Activities and Awards:  Golden Key Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Field Hockey and Track and Field
   
Graduate college/university:  Regis University, Denver, CO
Graduation Year: 2018
Degree: Master of Science in Nursing
Clinicals: Family Medicine at Cold Hollow Family Practice
Board Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner
Organization: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
When I was a young, my mom would take me to a local nursing home to visit the folks who lived there. I used to love to bring toys and books to read with the seniors who lived there just to make them feel more at home and happy. I continued to enjoy bringing happiness to people and in high school worked at a creemee stand, as a lifeguard, as a Visiting Nurses Association Hospice volunteer, and as a personal care attendant before I became a nurse. I continue to enjoy spreading care to the patients I see at Cold Hollow Family Practice.

My clinical interests are all based around care for the whole family, from pediatrics to geriatrics. I have extensive experience in mental health and women’s health for all ages.

I hope that when you’re here, you feel taken care of, heard, and understood.

When you’re a patient here with us, we treat you like family.
Provider

I hope my patients view me as someone they can trust and who tries to provide them with empathy and understand where they are coming from.

Catherine S. Hall, APRN, AGNP-C

Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner


Biography

Undergraduate college/university:  University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Graduation Year: 2015
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Awards:  Dean’s List, Member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
   
Graduate college/university:  University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus Aurora, CO
Graduation Year: 2020
Degree: Master of Science in Nursing
Awards:  Dean’s List, Member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society
   
Clinicals:  • Family & Geriatric Medicine clinic in Wheatridge, CO
• University of Colorado Neurology, Aurora, CO
• Colorado VA Pulmonary Clinic, Aurora, CO
• AfterOurs Urgent Care, Denver, CO
• Optum Healthcare, Care Coordination and Management, CO
Board/Professional Certification: Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Organization: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
I always wanted to work in primary care, as I believe it is the backbone of healthcare and where we can make the biggest difference in our patient’s lives. Preventing disease from occurring and detecting disease early are my passions. I chose to work with adults and geriatric patients as I have always connected well to that population and want to work to keep them out of the acute care setting and maintain their independence. After working with more adolescents and female patients since being here, I have grown to have a strong interest in women’s health and find I can build strong relationships with younger patients since I am more relatable to them.

Working at Cold Hollow Family Practice has enabled me to learn a lot about women’s health, especially performing pelvic exams and pap smears. I love mental health and helping my patients manage insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Procedures are exciting, such as joint injections (knees), suturing, incision and drainage, cyst removal. I plan to learn and offer as many hands-on skills as possible!

It is gratifying to work with patients on lifestyle changes that improve their health instead of simply relying on medication. I am also interested in learning more about natural medicine and am open to helping patients with that path if they are looking to integrate it into their care plans.

I hope my patients view me as someone they can trust and who tries to provide them with empathy and understand where they are coming from. I want them to be able to develop a strong relationship with me and know that I am invested in their health and wellbeing. I believe in a holistic approach to care, one where I see the patient as a whole person and not just a problem to treat.

Living in Vermont allows me to be active outside skiing, hiking, swimming, and camping. I remain involved with UVM’s nursing department and love helping to educate future nurses and nurse practitioners. I hope to become more involved in the community in Enosburg, as I am new here and would like to be more engaged in area activities.

Every day, we look forward to getting to know our patients on a personal level and developing a trusting relationship with them and their loved ones in a primary care setting.
Provider

My hopes and goals each day are to meet each person where they are, meaning that whatever they think they need for support, I will do my very best to provide.

Bethany Johnson, M.S., Veteran

Integrated Mental Health and Substance Misuse Counselor


Biography

High School: Edwin O. Smith High School, Storrs, CT
Graduation Year: 2002
   
Undergraduate college/university:  Castleton University, Castleton, VT
Graduation Year: 2005
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Sociology
   
Graduate college/university:  Northern Vermont University, Johnson, VT
Graduation Year: 2020
Degree: Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health
Internship/Residency/Clinicals: The Howard Center, Burlington, VT
Programs: FirstCall, ASSIST and ACT 1 Bridge
Licensure: Rostered as LCMHC & LADC
Organization: Vermont Office of Professionals
I have worked in mental health for over 15 years. I see how physical and psychological well-being are very much connected. Having mental health support readily available in a medical setting is truly providing person-centered care.

A lot of my focus is on trauma and how, over a person’s lifetime, it compounds. Understanding a person’s background is beneficial in supporting the individual.

My hopes and goals each day are to meet each person where they are, meaning that whatever they think they need for support, I will do my very best to provide.

Here at Cold Hollow Family Practice, the amount of care and consideration that goes into treating patients is absolutely the very best.

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