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Meet Dr. Margaret Vimmerstedt
September 18, 2012

Dr. Margaret Vimmerstedt

Dr. Margaret Vimmerstedt is a consummate campus physician, as she has developed her medical career by focusing on college students.

She loves listening to students stories. “I enjoy the psychology of human development,” she explained. “I love seeing students learn about themselves and interact with others in a way that helps them succeed. It’s interesting to be a part of such a dynamic time in their lives.”

The UNC community holds a special place for Dr. Vimmerstedt. “It’s a big university in a vibrant, close-knit community,” she says. “There are so many interesting people here!” In particular, Dr. Vimmerstedt enjoys the diverse and inclusive student body, as well as how UNC supports so many first generation college students in succeeding on campus.

The holistic approach to care taken at Campus Health serves as another reason why Dr. Vimmerstedt enjoys her work here.  She thrives when she’s able to balance treatment and wellness in her work, as she recognizes the importance of helping students in the moment as well as supporting proactive interventions for long term health. 

Diabetes focus

Dr. Vimmerstedt is fascinated by the biochemistry of Diabetes – as well as the holistic approach to care which includes medicine, nutrition, and physical activity. She advises Heels and Hearts, a student organization that provides diabetes prevention and outreach, including serving as diabetes mentors for fellow students. She also serves as the medical director of Camp Carolina Trails, a week long regional camp for youth with diabetes.

The Enduring Girl Scout

Her work at Camp Carolina Trails reveals Dr. Vimmerstedt’s passion for the outdoors.  “I have a lifelong love of nature. I love music. And I love traditional things – like folk songs, old time music, going on picnics…” she said.  “So yes, some people say I’m still a Girl Scout.” But Dr. Vimmersted reminds us that these days, she’s involved in the other scouting organization. She recently accompanied her son’s troop to the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch, where she joined the troop in hiking on Mt. Phillips. As Dr. Vimmerstedt noted, “I found my physical limit” backpacking to the 11,500 foot summit of the mountain. That perseverance makes a difference in Campus Health. On the rare occasion of a snow or ice storm in the area, Dr. Vimmersted arrives to work even in the worst winter weather. “I’ll cross-country ski to get here,” she pointed out, “or if it’s icy, I’ll use my poles.”

Stop by and see for yourself

Dr. Vimmersted works in Clinic 2, found on the main floor of Campus Health.

Learn more about Dr. Vimmerstedt on her staff profile page.