SVHC offers free virtual COVID Q & A Sessions for W’town & Northern Berkshire residents throughout October

Attention W’town Residents on 6-7p,  Wed, OCT 21, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) will host a free COVID webinar featuring its clinical experts for residents of Williamstown and the Northern Berkshires 6 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21. The event will include the latest advice on travel, vaccinations, COVID and flu prevention and an interactive Q & A session with SVHC’s physicians and is one of five planned region-wide throughout the month. Attendees are encouraged to register and submit their questions in advance at

The panelists for each session include the hospital’s chief medical officer, infectious disease physician, and primary care providers from the region. They will answer both pre-submitted and live questions.

Panelists for the Williamstown event include:

Trey Dobson, MD, received his bachelor’s degree in physics from The University of the South in Tennessee, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming and his medical degree from The University of Tennessee. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia. He lives in Bennington with his wife and two sons.

Marie George, MD, is an infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Infectious Disease and the chair of Antibiotic Stewardship at SVMC. She received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and attended University of Connecticut as an undergraduate. She completed her residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and a fellowship at Tufts University/New England Medical Center, both in Boston. Dr. George is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Reija Rawle, MD, joined SVMC in 2018. She completed her residency in family medicine at the Stanford-O’Connor Hospital Residency Program in California and attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York. In addition, she holds a master’s in microbiology and immunology from Stanford School of Medicine in California and a bachelor’s in microbiology from Brigham Young University in Utah. She taught science to high school students before attending medical school. Dr. Rawle has worked as a clinical instructor and primary care physician at Stanford University’s Stanford Primary Care in Santa Clara, California. She has a special interest in pediatric and adolescent medicine, and she is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Richard Wiseman, MD, worked for Williamstown Medical Associates and the Williams College Health Center since 1999. He has also previously served as medical director of the VNA and Hospice of Northern Berkshire County.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wiseman received his undergraduate degree in biology from Duke University in North Carolina and his medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, serving as chief medical resident in his final year.

Additional SVHC Today events are scheduled for 6 – 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 6: Bennington and nearby towns
  • Tuesday, October 13: Manchester and the Northshire
  • Monday, October 19: Wilmington and the Deerfield Valley
  • Thursday, October 29: Hoosick Falls, NY

Each includes a local primary care provider. Attendees are encouraged to register for and attend the presentation associated with the town in which they reside. Visit to register.