You’ll love the way we care for you.
Battenkill Valley Health Center providers know and care about the patients they serve. Whether a patient is seen once a year or once a week, they are valued and involved in their healthcare plan. Providing care on a daily basis, our health care team is committed to our patients – helping to create a healthier community for us all. We are excited for the road ahead, and we look forward to delivering care to patients of all ages, throughout all stages of life.
Medical Support Staff:
Patient Support Staff:
Anje Van Berckelaer, MD – Clinical Director
Dr. Van Berckelaer (Dr. Van) is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her family medicine training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in California. She then spent time with Doctors Without Borders in Maradi, Niger and in the Central African Republic providing direct care to adults and children. Dr. Van went on to complete her Masters in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Prior to moving to the area in 2017, she worked in Philadelphia at several community health centers, including Delaware Valley Community Health, Sayre Health Center, and Puentes de Salud. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. She enjoys caring for patients of all ages.
Marisa Friscia, MD
Dr. Marisa Friscia joined the BVHC medical team on January 4, 2017. After serving the greater Bennington County community for 12 years at her private practice in Bennington, previous to joining BVHC, Dr. Friscia spent a year and a half at Troy Internal Medicine, a subsidiary of St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates. Dr. Friscia received her medical degree from St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada and has more than 30 years of medical experience since beginning her career at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City in 1994. Board certified in Internal Medicine, she provides primary care services with a focus on preventive medicine to patients 16 years and older. “My belief is that prevention, nutrition, sleep, and exercise are essential at any age for overall good health. I believe in finding an underlying cause of illness instead of just treating symptoms with medication.”
Jamie Rogers, FNP
Following her graduation from Southern Vermont College with an Associate’s degree in Science of Nursing, Jamie Rogers, Family Nurse Practitioner, began her nursing career in 2010 at the Eddy Heritage House in Troy, NY. While working there, she went on to pursue her Bachelor’s in Science of Nursing in 2011, again from SVC. Continuing her education while working for VNA & Hospice and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Jamie went on to receive her Master’s in Science of Nursing in Leadership/Management, and in 2016 she completed her post graduate certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University.
Medical Support Staff
Michele Griffis, RN
Having started her nursing career as an LPN homecare nurse with Manchester Health Services, Michele became an RN in June 2017. On her way to achieving her ultimate goal, attaining her masters in nursing, Michele is currently working on her Bachelors of Science in nursing. Before her human nursing career began, Michele was a Veterinary Technician for 10 years and believes that her experience in pharmacology, safety precautions, and zoonoses, diseases that can be transmitted from humans to animals, helps her in her current role. Michele and her husband grew up in Arlington, and together they are raising their children in this community that they love. “I believe that my personality, optimistic attitude, and familiarity with the community make me a great fit for BVHC.”
Jean McLain, LPN
Jean has spent the last 32 years caring for others as a LPN. Her stints at a nursing home and at a pediatric office, as well as at a primary care office, have allowed Jean the opportunity to treat patients of all ages. With ties to southern Vermont, Jean calls the Green Mountain State her home. “I love making a positive difference in the lives of the patients we treat. Helping them, help themselves is something I really enjoy.”
Sylvia Perkins, MA
Sylvia Perkins, MA has been in her position since 2012, when she joined Arlington Family Practice, now BVHC. Sylvia enjoys making a difference in her patient lives. “I feel fortunate to work in a small community where everyone has access to the healthcare that I help to provide.”
Eileen Rice, PhD, RN
Eileen Rice, RN, PhD joined BVHC in September 2015. Growing up in Arlington, Eileen is familiar with our town and the people we serve. With over 30 years of experience, she brings her love of learning and medical knowledge to help strengthen the team of providers and staff. Eileen was the 2014-2015 VT Nursing Leadership Fellowship. “I enjoy the chance to make a difference in people’s health.”
Lindsay Sherman, PN
Lindsay Sherman came to BVHC in June 2015 as a Patient Representative. She then moved to the role of Panel Management and Quality & Reporting Specialist where she reached out to patients to ensure that they were receiving the preventative and chronic illness care they needed. Having graduated from Vermont Technical College in 2011 with a degree in practical nursing, Lindsay was able to work with patients to improve their overall health. Realizing that she really wanted a role that had more interaction with patients, Lindsay now plays an active role in the clinic as she partners with Dr. Van to see patients of all ages.