January 09, 2024

Meet Deborah Westervelt

Clinical Office Supervisor 

Where are you from? 

I’m originally from Dayton, Ohio; however, I moved to St. Louis as a child. Dayton is the birthplace of aviation. 

What brought you to Washington University Orthopedics? 

After 15 years of working in medical office, I moved to education. I worked in education for nearly 20 years as an instructor/program director for medical assisting/medical billing and coding/patient care technician programs, then the college I worked at closed. I made the decision to return to the medical field and was fortunate enough to find a position with WashU Ortho, thanks to Tracy Faulkner and Mindy Brinkhorst.

How do you support the department?

I serve as the Clinical Office Supervisor for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation service. 

What aspect of your work do you find most interesting or rewarding? 

The most rewarding part of my work is working with our team to provide the best care to our patients. 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy working (in various roles) with American Medical Technologists (AMT) and baking/decorating cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with my youngest daughter.

Anything else you'd like to share?

I have four adult children, the youngest is in his first year of college, seven grandchildren, and a 15 year old puggle named Hampton. I love to travel and do so frequently with family and in my work with AMT. In July of 2023 I completed my third and final term (nine years) as a National Board Member for AMT. During my nine year term I served for seven years on the Executive Committee in the roles of Secretary (four years) and Treasurer (three years). I continue to serve AMT on both the state and national level in various roles.

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