SVMC Orthopedics Adds Three New Associate Providers

November 30, 2017

BENNINGTON, VT—November 30, 2017— Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is pleased to welcome Katherine M. Kelleher, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Samuel Smith, Jr., PA; and Amy Wheaton, PA, to the SVMC Orthopedics team and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.

Kelleher received her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College in Massachusetts and a bachelor’s from McGill University in Montreal. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Kelleher has worked for the past year as a registered nurse in an Emergency Department, before which she worked as an emergency medical technician.

Smith holds a bachelor’s in history from Bates College in Maine. He earned a master’s in exercise physiology from the University of New Hampshire and a physician assistant certificate from Northeastern University in Massachusetts. Over the past 19 years, Smith has worked as a physician assistant in the orthopedics, neurosurgery, and imaging departments at Berkshire Medical Center. Most recently, since 2008, he was the chief physician assistant in the surgical services department at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Wheaton received her master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from MCPHS in Boston and a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary health studies from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Kelleher, Smith, and Wheaton join Jonathan Cluett, MD; Suk Namkoong, MD; Matthew Nofziger, MD; James Whittum, MD; Paul Donovan, DO; Kendra Isbell, PA-C; and Jessica Moses, FNP.

SVMC Orthopedics offers preventive and non-surgical treatments, minimally invasive surgery, and surgery for sports injuries, painful joints, and complicated fractures. They execute complete joint replacements, rotator cuff repair, and surgeries on hands, knees, wrists, feet, elbows and ankles.

The office is located at 332 Dewey Street in Bennington. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 802-442-6314 or visit

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Katherine Kelleher
Samuel Smith, Jr.
Amy Wheaton

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit

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