MS Community Expert

Donna Smith, PT, DPT, NCS, GCS

Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, University of Vermont Founder, Vermont Mindfulness
Qualified MBSR Teacher, through UMASS Center for Mindfulness in Healthcare, Medicine, and Society and advanced training ongoing at the Brown University Mindfulness Center

Donna Smith, PT, DPT, serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Vermont, Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Before her move to Vermont, she was an assistant professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and assistant director of clinical education at Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy. She has both neurologic and geriatric specialty certifications through the American Board of Physical Therapy. In clinical practice, she primarily served people with neurological conditions such as MS, stroke, brain injury, and vestibular disorders. She is a mindfulness meditation practitioner, qualified as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher through UMASS Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness, and is currently completing the Brown University Mindfulness Center teacher-training program for MBSR certification. Her specific interests for mindfulness applications include chronic illness, aging, student anxiety, and human flourishing. Donna is also part of a grant that provides mindfulness programs to people living with cancer. She founded Vermont Mindfulness in 2020.