Meet Our Practitioners

Dr. Vern Backus, Medical Director

Verne Backus, MD, MPH, FACOEM is a board certified occupational medicine physician with a distinguished clinical occupational medicine and impairment evaluation background.  He has been elected to fellowship status by his colleagues in his specialty organization (ACOEM).

Dr. Backus was the Medical Director of Northwestern Occupational Health, St. Albans, Vermont, a full hospital-based occupational medicine clinic with a Multi-disciplinary Pain Management Program for 10 years up until 2012.  He is President of his consulting business, Occupational Consultations, Inc.  He has been an Associate Physician with Brigham and Associates, Inc, is a member of the Harvard School of Public health ERC Advisory Committee, a consultant to Worker’s Compensation programs, and a fellowship level member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).


Beth Schiller, AGNP-C

Beth Schiller was originally trained as an engineer and worked as a healthcare information consultant for more then 20 years. She wanted to take care of patients instead of creating and implementing software solutions for clinicians. Beth enrolled at the University of Vermont in 2011 in a Masters Entry Nurse Practitioner Program and completed a Masters In Nursing in December 2014. Her hobbies include flying as an instrument pilot, sailing, skiing and bicycling.


Molly Somaini, PA

Molly Somaini is a Physician Assistant who trained at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston following undergraduate work at University of Vermont. She has practiced in Vermont since 2009, with experience in Primary Care, Urgent Care, and Occupational Health. Molly spends her free time with her family and two young children.


Dr. Phillip Camp, MD

Dr. Camp joined Champlain Medical this year in order to help serve the flying community in our area.  Dr. Camp has nearly 20 years of experience in the field.

Aerospace Medicine, serving as a USAF Flight Surgeon for the past 15 years.  He is currently the Chief of Aerospace Medicine at the local ANG wing. In addition to his aerospace interests, he is recognized as a national expert in the area of end-stage heart and lung disease and has spoken nationally and internationally.

Dr. Camp earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1989, and his subsequent Medical Degree (M.D.) at the UVM College of Medicine in 1993.  He completed his training in General Surgery (with additional research year) at Fletcher Allen Health Care (now University of Vermont Medical Center) in 1999. Dr. Camp completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery (2 years) and Cardiothoracic Physiology (1 year) at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in 2002.  Dr. Camp completed his formal training in aerospace medicine at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine in 2005. Dr. Camp has also done additional training via BWH at Harvard Business School in the area of Healthcare Management.  Dr. Camp is a member of a local flying club in Burlington, VT.


Champlain Medical Our Medical Practitioners Dr Karen Huyck MD PhD MPH FACOEM

Dr. Karen Huyck, MD, PhD, MPH, FACOEM

Dr. Huyck is a board-certified occupational and environmental medicine physician with extensive clinical experience in diverse areas of occupational and environmental medicine, including as a staff physician at both on and off-site clinics, disability consultant, utilization reviewer and impartial medical examiner. She is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). She received her M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Vermont and did her internship in Internal Medicine at The Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and her MPH in Environmental Health at the Harvard School of Public Health as an ACOEM Occupational Physician Scholar.