The Southwest Vermont health doctor is aiming for the Olympics

Vermont Business Magazine Ivette Guttmann, MD, an exercise medicine physician at SVMC Orthopedics, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) in Bennington, has something in common with the best athletes in the world; She has a dream of making it to the Olympics. Her hope is to serve the athletes as a volunteer doctor.

“I’m an athlete at heart, and the Olympics was something I’ve always aspired to,” Guttmann said. “Although I didn’t make it to the Olympics as an athlete, I hope I can use my skills as a doctor to serve Team USA.”

In a first step, Dr. Guttmann will serve as the lead physician at the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games January 11-22. The 11-day winter multisport and education festival will attract more than 2,500 athletes and delegates from 600 and 50 university-plus nations to compete in 12 sports and 86 medal events.

From Lake Placid, she will travel to the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs from January 22nd to February 4th for the upcoming Olympic Games.

“I expect volunteering with the top athletes at the World University Games and the US Olympic Training Center this winter will provide valuable learnings,” said Guttmann. “Serving the Olympians would be a tremendous honor, a great challenge, and an invigorating experience to give back to my patients and my community.”

To learn more about dr. For Guttmann’s journey to the Olympics, follow Southwestern Vermont Health Care at and

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, world-class healthcare system that provides exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire Counties in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialist practices.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most acclaimed small rural health care systems in the nation. It received the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. Additionally, SVMC was ranked fourth nationally in the 2020 Lown Institute Hospital Index for the value of the care it provides and has received five-time Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing. The healthcare system is fortunate to have the support of platinum corporate sponsor Mack, a leading provider of contract manufacturing services and injection molded plastic parts based in Arlington, VT.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discrimination based on an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Free language support services are available at 1-800-367-9559.

About Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games:

The FISU World University Games Winter is the largest winter multisport collegiate sporting event in the world. Students between the ages of 17 and 25 are eligible to participate. In 2018, Lake Placid was selected to host the 2023 FISU World University Games. New York State is proud to host these Games and looks forward to presenting New York and the North Country to an international audience.

BENNINGTON, VT – November 23, 2022 – SVMC


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