What is the OWP?

Whether you are seeking a better balance in your personal and professional life, or simply want to talk with someone who understands the issues you face, the Oregon Wellness Program’s team is here to help.

At this time the Oregon Wellness Program (OWP) includes in-person counseling with selected professionals in the Bend, Eugene, Salem, Medford and the Portland Metropolitan area. Other areas and clinicians will be added to the program in the near future.

Telehealth counseling is available throughout Oregon.

All professionals participating in the OWP are licensed and credentialed clinicians in good standing who are experienced in working with physicians. All have undergone additional instruction to participate in the OWP.

Visit Central Oregon Medical Society, Marion Polk County Medical Society, and Lane County Medical Society for more information. Other medical societies or regional medical professional groups interested in becoming a part of the OWP network of services are invited to contact the OWP administrative offices at 503-222-1960.

 The OWP is not a program for professionals in immediate crisis. 

Mission and History

The OWP promotes Oregon healthcare professionals’ well-being through education, coordinated regional counseling, telemedicine services and research.

The OWP is a statewide collaboration of participating medical societies, healthcare systems and other Oregon entities, providing coordinated, high-quality counseling and educational resources. All Oregon medical societies are invited to become active members or participants in the support of the program.

The program evolved out of “town hall” meetings from early 2014, attended by physician and non-physician leaders of medical societies along with other organizations.

The program then developed into a coalition dedicated to bringing insights into the burden of “professional burnout” suffered by our colleagues and programs that would bring the wonder of medicine back into focus for them.

Over time, the coalition partnered with the Foundation for Medical Excellence, an Oregon foundation established in 1984 for the same purpose. An executive committee was elected to lead and develop the emerging program, entitled the Oregon Wellness Program.

The OWP was launched formally in early 2018 and will soon be linked with medical society partners around the state, with other institutions offering wellness and telemedicine services in some areas of Oregon.

The OWP is the first in the nation to offer a statewide group of services to its healthcare professionals. The intent of the program is for leaders to provide services to other healthcare professionals and develop a stepwise research program to evaluate the value of those services.

The program will further pursue the origin of “burnout” and develop more sophisticated methods for both intervention and prevention.


Barry Taylor, DMD

Executive Director, Oregon Dental Association and is a licensed dentist in Oregon

Mandilin (Mandi) Hudson, DO

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry

COMP – Northwest

Erin Hurley, M.D., FAAP

Past President Marion Polk County Medical Society
Member, Board of Directors, Marion Polk County Medical Society

Candice Barr

Candice Barr, Director Emeritus, Lane County Medical Society, CEO, Peace of Mind, an organization committed to spreading physician wellness & resilience

Bradley Bryan, MD

Past President for Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, Medical Director of Regional Utilization Management at Providence Health & Service

Bryan Boehringer

CEO, Oregon Medical Association

Matt Eschelbach, DO

President, Central Oregon Medical Society

Donald E. Girard, MD

Professor of Medicine Emeritus
Oregon Health & Sciences University, School of Medicine

Timothy Goldfarb, MHSA

President, The Foundation For Medical Excellence

Diane Solomon, Ph.D., PMHNP, CNM

Chair, Health Policy Committee, Nurse Practitioners of Oregon