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.




Anje Van Berckelaer, MD

Dr. Van Berckelaer (Dr. Van) received her early education at Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France and then received a B.A. in Anthropology from Yale University. After earning her Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in 2004, Dr. Van spent time as a Physician Supervisor with Doctors Without Borders in Maradi, Niger and the Central African Republic of Boguila providing direct pediatric and adult inpatient care. Dr. Van went on to complete her Masters in Health Policy Research from the University of Philadelphia in 2010. In 2008, Dr. Van began her work with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health as a primary care provider. There she provided full-spectrum primary care to a low-income population at Sayre Health Center, a West Philadelphia federally qualified health center (FQHC).




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.”




Maggie Dusha, ANP, FNP

Maggie Dusha, ANP, FNP joined BVHC in August 2016. Dusha has more than 24 years of experience as a registered nurse in acute care and four years of experience in internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics as a nurse practitioner. She attended SUNY Adirondack for her AAS Degree, Sage College for her BS Degree in Nursing, and Sage Graduate School for her Master’s Degree in Nursing as an ANP. Dusha then received additional training as a FNP, completing her post master’s degree at Sage Graduate School. Dusha served most recently at Community Health Centers of Rutland Region where she was responsible for outpatient adult urgent care and pediatric care. “I am thrilled to be a part of the team of providers at BVHC,” commented Dusha, adding, “I enjoy serving the pediatric needs of the community, an area of medicine that I truly love, in addition to providing individual care to patients of all ages. I value my patients and take their care very seriously. They are my first priority and I work hard to provide them with the care they deserve,” Dusha shared.



Medical Support Staff




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.”




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.”



Patient Support Staff




Courtney Hopkins

Courtney Hopkins, Patient Representative II, is one of the first faces you will see when you come to BVHC. Courtney joined the team in June 2015 and enjoys helping our patients with their healthcare needs. Whether it be making an appointment or giving a helping hand, Courtney does it with a smile.




Lindsay Sherman

Lindsay Sherman, Panel Management and Quality & Reporting Specialist, came to BVHC in June 2015 as a Patient Representative. Lindsay reaches out to patients to ensure that they come in for appointments, are receiving the preventive and chronic illness care they need. Panel Management leads to better health and outcomes for our patient population.




Jen Sloan

Jen Sloan, Patient Representative II, has been with BVHC since October 2014. When calling BVHC, Jen’s voice will likely be the one you hear. She is a multitasker who gets things done. Helping patients every day is what makes her excited to come to work.