PHS Professional Staff

Physician Health Services works with physician associate directors and clinical coordinators who are master-level and doctorate-level mental health professionals. Working together as a team, the associate director and clinical coordinator provide outreach, intervention, treatment referrals, clinical monitoring, and assessment for any physician, resident, or medical student referred to PHS.

The success of PHS is based on the confidentiality protections that the program offers to physicians and the support that is provided by the associate directors and clinical coordinators. The entire program is a partnership between the physicians who come to us with their health problems and the PHS professionals who guide them through treatment and recovery.

Each associate director works within a defined geographic region of the state to establish relationships with hospitals and case monitors. They also organize support groups, lecture at local hospitals and health care organizations, and are available for crisis intervention. Their contributions to PHS have been invaluable.

Wendy L. CohenWendy L. Cohen, M.D.

Physician Evaluation Director
Wendy Cohen, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a graduate of the Drexel University School of Medicine. She completed residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and psychotherapy fellowships at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and Adam’s House at Faulkner Hospital. She served as a staff psychiatrist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and has a psychotherapy private practice.

Wayne GavryckWayne A. Gavryck, M.D.

Associate Director
Springfield/Western Mass. and Waltham
Wayne A. Gavryck, M.D., has been an associate director for PHS since its inception. He graduated from Cornell University Medical College and completed his postgraduate training at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. After 40 years of practicing internal medicine and addiction medicine he retired in 2019. Dr. Gavryck is also a certified medical review officer, and he serves PHS in this capacity.

Debra GrossbaumDebra A. Grossbaum

General Counsel
Ms. Grossbaum oversees all legal aspects of PHS, including issues of confidentiality, interpretation of relevant regulations and statutes, and PHS contracts. She reviews all participant contracts, negotiates vendor agreements, and works closely with the Board of Registration in Medicine. She also represents PHS with respect to corporate legal matters since PHS is a 501(c)(3) subsidiary corporation of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Ms. Grossbaum chairs the Bylaws Committee of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, and she is a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the American Society of Medical Association Counsel. Ms. Grossbaum is a graduate of Brown University and the Boston University School of Law.

Jennifer MarksJennifer Mark, M.D.

Associate Director
Central Mass.

Jennifer Mark, M.D. is board certified in Family Medicine and board eligible in Addiction Medicine. She graduated from Yale Medical School and completed a Family Medicine Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. She practiced Emergency Medicine at Holyoke Medical Center for many years, served as Chief of the Emergency Department and then as Chief Medical Officer for the hospital. As CMO, she gained experience working with doctors who were struggling in their work environment and was always grateful to tap into the expertise and perspective of PHS. Currently she works in an outpatient clinic prescribing Medication Assisted Treatment to patients with Substance Use Disorders and is preparing for Addiction Medicine boards. Dr. Mark brings to PHS the dual skill set of Addiction Medicine expertise and an extensive background in physician leadership.

Juliana SzakacsJuliana Szakacs, M.D., MSW

Associate Director
Boston Central, SE Mass. and Waltham

Juliana Szakacs, M.D., MSW has been an Associate Director for PHS since December 2016. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed residencies in Family Practice and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. She currently practices at Atrius Health in Boston where she is the Senior Medical Director of Ancillary Services and Chair of Pathology. She previously spent time as a Family Practitioner at the Boston Evening Clinic and as a Social Worker in Utah. She brings a diverse background to PHS.

Ashley M. CapdevilleAshley M. Capdeville, LMHC

Clinical Coordinator
SE Mass. and Waltham

Ashley Capdeville is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her master’s degree in Forensic and Counseling Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Anna Maria College. Ms. Capdeville was the clinical program director for Spectrum Health Systems in Saugus, MA; a medicated assisted treatment program for opiate dependent individuals. She has worked for the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) in Concord and Norfolk, MA, as a Mental Health Professional providing crisis intervention and ongoing routine mental health treatment for males incarcerated in the state system. During her work for the DOC, she simultaneously worked for Brown University on a research study for inmates with major depressive disorder. Her experience has been focused on adults with substance use, depressive, mood, anxiety related, and trauma related disorders as well as dual diagnosis. Ms. Capdeville is a Clinical Coordinator for PHS, assisting physicians and medical students with substance misuse, behavioral health, and occupational concerns.

Rachel Kantor, Psy.D.

Rachel Kantor, Psy.D.

Clinical Coordinator
Metro Boston and Waltham 

Rachel Kantor, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia University and her doctorate from Baylor University. Prior to her arrival at PHS she worked in primary care clinics at both UMass and VA Healthcare systems. These experiences primed her with an understanding of large healthcare systems and physician culture from a behavioral health perspective. Dr. Kantor is a Clinical Coordinator at PHS and helps medical students and physicians overcome burnout, substance use, and behavioral health concerns. When she is not at PHS she works in private practice where she provides performance enhancement psychotherapy to high level athletes.

Judith EatonJudith Eaton, M.D.

Associate Director Emerita
Judith Eaton, M.D., has been an associate director for PHS since its inception. She graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her pediatric residency at Rhode Island Hospital and her psychiatry residency at Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She retired from her private practice of psychiatry in Worcester in January 2008. She was in practice for 27 years. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Michael PalmerIn Memoriam: Michael S. Palmer, M.D.
Associate Director Emeritus

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PHS is actively recruiting for a Medical Director. This is a unique opportunity to be an important part of a mission driven non-profit organization that supports the health, well-being, and effectiveness of physicians and medical students in MA. PHS is currently accepting applications, through the job posting here: MMS website. Please review the job description and apply. You may also contact a member of the search committee: Mary Anna Sullivan, MD, Chair, PHS Board of Directors; Glenn Pransky, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Booker Bush, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Dustin Patil, MD, Director, PHS Board of Directors; Bara Litman-Pike, PsyD, Executive Director PHS.

PHS is looking for great candidates to apply to this important position. We welcome your interest. The job is posted on this link on the MMS website.**


PHS is sad to announce that Dr. Steven Adelman has decided to step down from his current position as Medical Director of Physician Health Services, Inc at the end of February 2021. During his eight (8) years of service his efforts have touched the lives and helped the careers of more than one thousand distressed physicians and medical students. He has brought a commitment and passion to the pursuit of PHS’s mission, while expanding the breadth, depth and quality of its services. His success is our success.

Dr. Adelman is planning to pursue other professional interests and opportunities. As PHS begins its search for a new Medical Director, Dr. Adelman will be an important part of our search team, and he will work closely with PHS’s Executive Director, Dr. Bara Litman-Pike.

PHS is very grateful for Dr. Adelman’s leadership and service. His work and that of his staff has been a source of pride to all of us at PHS and MMS. The medical profession and its patients are the ultimate beneficiaries of his tireless efforts.

PHS is looking for great candidates to apply to this important position. We welcome your interest. The job is posted on this link on the MMS website.

The 23rd PHS Annual Dinner Gathering, originally scheduled for May 6, 2020, will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date in 2020 due to the current COVID-19 healthcare crisis. PHS looks forward to seeing everyone and will send an announcement once a new date has been determined. Please contact 781-434-7404 if you have questions. Thank you for all you do.

As you may know, the Board of Registration in Medicine has enacted new regulations for Massachusetts licensed physicians.  Please be assured that PHS continues to provide confidential consultation and assistance, without change, to MA physicians, medical students, and medical leaders. Please feel free to call PHS (781-434-7404) with any questions. 

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