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Physician Health Services works with physician associate directors and monitoring associates who are master-level mental health counselors. Working together as a team, the associate director and monitoring associate 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 monitoring associates. 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, MD

Associate Director
Western Massachusetts Region
Wayne A. Gavryck, MD, 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. He currently practices internal medicine in Turners Falls. 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.


Harvey KowaloffHarvey Kowaloff, M.D.

Associate Director
Central Massachusetts Region

Harvey Kowaloff, M.D., is a board certified internist who taught and practiced primary care internal medicine for more than twenty years before transitioning to full-time administrative medicine serving as the chief medical officers at St Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Jordan Hospital in Plymouth and most recently Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River. Dr. Kowaloff retired from Saint Anne's Hospital in July of 2016. As a Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kowaloff has had extensive experience in medical staff peer review, clinical quality and patient safety initiatives and most recently in leading a program that achieved top tier scores in patient experience. Dr. Kowaloff brings a rich perspective to PHS as he has worked with clients on both sides of the PHS-physician relationship, having referred clients in his former role as Chief Medical Officer and now in his role as Associate Medical Director in the Worcester area.


Jacquelyn StarerJacquelyn J. Starer, MD, FACOG, FASAM

Monitoring Director
Southeastern Region

Jackie Starer, M.D. joined PHS as an associate director in 2014 and has served on the PHS Clinical Advisory Committee since 2008. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed her postgraduate training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Starer is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Board of Addiction Medicine. She is a fellow of American Society of Addiction Medicine and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is the Director of Integrated Women’s Consult Service (IWCS) at Clean Slate Centers Worcester site, and an associate attending physician at Faulkner Hospital as well as a consultant for their Addiction Recovery Program. Dr. Starer is also on staff at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and holds many committee memberships and leadership positions at various organizations.


Juliana SzakacsJuliana Szakacs, M.D., MSW

Associate Director
Boston Central Region

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

Monitoring Associate
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 Monitoring Associate for PHS, assisting physicians and medical students with substance misuse, behavioral health, and occupational concerns.


Melissa FreemanMelissa Freeman, LMHC

Monitoring Associate
Metro Boston
Ms. Melissa Freeman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst and her master's Degree in mental health counseling from University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to PHS, Ms. Freeman worked at McLean Hospital as an Inpatient Counselor, Riverside Community Care as an In Home Therapist, and Spectrum Health Systems as the Program Director. She has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy for a variety of disorders, but primarily substance use, depression, and anxiety disorders. At PHS, Ms. Freeman works as part of the monitoring team with physicians and medical students referred for substance use or behavioral health issues. This includes meeting with the clients, providing support to ensure they meet contract requirements, working with their providers, workplace, and families when appropriate, and making treatment recommendations when needed.


Judith EatonJudith Eaton, MD

Associate Director Emerita
Judith Eaton, MD, 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.


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