Appletree Bay History

Appletree Bay Primary Care History

Appletree Bay Primary Care had its origin over 50 years ago when Jeffrey Rubman MD, a newly graduated Internal Medicine physician purchased the old Thayer School and with the help of his wife Carol, built a medical practice.  That practice flourished for over 40 years.   Dr. Rubman’s daughter, Amy Rubman, M.D. joined him in 2000 and together they were the sole providers of healthcare in the new north end of Burlington. They built a vibrant, quality practice. 

As Dr. Rubman looked to retirement and his daughter accepted a position in Texas, the future of the practice was in doubt.  Dr. Rubman felt very strongly that he could not abandon the people he had cared for over almost half a century.  He worked with the CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, John Brumsted, MD to identify creative solutions to maintain care for the people in the new north end of Burlington. 

Knowing that the Nurse Practitioner program at UVM had been verbal about their need to identify more clinical sites and at the same time the Vermont legislature had granted Nurse Practitioners full scope of practice in 2011, they jointly asked the nursing faculty if they were interested in creating a Nurse Practitioner Primary Care practice. 

With the support of the University of Vermont, the University of Vermont Health Network, and the tireless efforts of the nurse practitioner faculty the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Practice opened its doors on August 4, 2014.  Dr. Rubman worked with the faculty for 5 years and ultimately took his well-earned retirement. 

The practice, still housed in the old Thayer School on North Avenue, is a Certified Medical Home and an Age Friendly Practice.  The practice provides 24-hour care to over 3,000 enrolled patients and accepts all insurances.   

Our nurse practitioner faculty-teachers practice side by side with NP students, pharmacy, and counseling students.  An Integrative Health physician practices within the faculty and contributes to student education.  Students are an integral part of the practice and accepted as that by staff and patients. 

The practice is a free standing 501c3 corporation, and faculty and students are exposed to the business aspects of maintaining a fiscally sound, high quality primary care practice.  All NP students at the University of Vermont have an Appletree Bay Primary Care clinical experience. 

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