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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.

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.


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 is retired from Atrius Health in Boston where she was the Senior Medical Director of Ancillary Services and Chair of Pathology. She previously spent time as Professor and Course Master of Pathology at the University of Utah, 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.


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