About Us

The Physician Health Program of British Columbia is here to support and advocate for BC physicians, resident doctors, and medical students, as well as their partners and dependent children. We help with a wide range of physical, mental, and relationship challenges.

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PHPBC is funded by the Ministry of Health and housed within Doctors of BC, but operates independently from each of these organizations. We are governed by a steering committee appointed by the funders, and managed by the Doctors of BC.

Our vision

To support a healthy, connected and resilient physician community.

Our mission

The Physician Health Program of BC helps physicians, trainees and their families by

  • Fostering an environment of health and wellness
  • Offering prompt, personalized help with issues including (but not limited to):
    • Physical health
    • Mental health and addictions
    • Difficult relationships
  • Advocating for the individual and collective health of physicians.
Our staff & professional resources
  • Acting Vice President, Physician Health Program:Dr. Bill Cavers
  • Manager Clinical Services:Roxanne Joyce
  • Manager, Administrative Support Services: Patzi Baranowska
  • Physician Health and Wellness Liaison: Felicia Phan
  • Clinical Coordinators:  Kristina Auman, Jenna Beaumont, Gillian Inksetter, Jena Mekhlis, Carol Faris, Lucy McCullough, Julie Longo
  • Program Physicians: Dr. Peter Gibson, Dr. Maureen Mayhew, Dr. Kathleen McGarvey, Dr. Doug McGhee, Dr. Megan O’Keefe
  • Consulting Psychiatrist: Dr. Jennifer Russel
  • Administrative Assistant:Crystal Drown, Mark Lee, Michaela Arimare
Our Steering Committee

The Physician Health Program is governed by a six-member committee with two co-chairs.

The members are:

Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy – Doctors of BC Co-Chair
Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy currently works at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as the Medical Director and Department Head of Psychiatry at Richmond Hospital. His areas of interest includes Geriatric and working age cognitive disorders, substance use related brain damage, Huntington’s Disease, acquired brain injury and health promotion in medical workforce. He is passionate about helping and supporting physician colleagues going through mental health and substance use issues. He has been a part of the PHP steering committee since 2016 and currently the co-chair for the steering committee.

Mr. Ryan Murray – Ministry of Health Co-Chair
Ryan is the Director of Physician Workforce Development at the Ministry of Health. He has responsibility for post-graduate medical education, physician recruitment and retention initiatives, and represents the Ministry in various initiatives related to health human resource planning with stakeholders including the health authorities and Doctors of BC. Ryan graduated from UVic in 1998 with a BA in political science, and also has an MBA from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Melanie Altas – Doctors of BC Representative
Originally a Maritimer, Dr. Melanie Altas settled in beautiful Vancouver in 2002.  After completing specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at University of British Columbia, she opened a community practice at Royal Columbian Hospital. Recently, deciding to leave long sleepless call shifts behind, she has transitioned into ambulatory gynecology practice both in New Westminster and at Vancouver General Hospital.  Dr. Altas has long been interested in advocating for personal wellness and professional fulfillment for physicians. She has been deeply involved in the Fraser Northwest MDs4Wellness group, as well as the Fraser Health Authority Physician Wellness Advisory Committee.

Dr. Marie-Claude Grégoire – Doctors of BC Representative
Dr. Grégoire is a pediatrician and medical journalist living in Victoria. After completing her medical training in Quebec, her fellowship and early career in pediatric pain and palliative medicine in Nova Scotia, she is now enjoying the West Coast lifestyle with her family. She has a personal passion for physician health. When not working, Marie-Claude can be found running, cycling, officiating at a triathlon or playing with dinosaurs.

Dr. Selena Lawrie – Ministry of Health Representative
Dr. Selena Lawrie is a Family Physician who lives with her 4 teenage children in Kamloops, BC. She is passionate about working with people, communities and organizations to improve individual and population health and wellness. Her clinical work has included over 2 decades of broad scope family medicine from rural to urban, in-hospital, maternity, indigenous and community care. She was the founding Site Director of the University of British Columbia Family Practice Residency Training Program in Kamloops, as well as the founder and former President of Supporting Team Excellence with Patients Society. She was also instrumental in the development of the UBC Family Practice Learning Centre in Kamloops. She is currently a Board Member of the Interior Health Authority, a member of the Steering Committee for the BC Physicians Health Program, and a member of the BC Primary and Community Care Research Advisory Committee.

Dr. Dorothy (Sam) Williams – Ministry of Health Representative
Specializing in geriatric medicine at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni, Dr. Williams has served as Chair of the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee 2009-2019. She has also held several medical leadership positions including Vice-Chief and Head of the Department of Geriatric Medicine, Chief of Staff and Chair of the South Island Medical Advisory Committee. She is Chief of Staff and Chair of the Local Medical Advisory Committee at West Coast General Hospital and Division Head of Internal Medicine for geo 2 and 3 and Dept Head of Medicine at Island Health.

In addition to her health authority medical leadership roles, Dr. Williams is also the past president of the South Island Medical Staff Association, a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia and Island Medical Program and a member of Provincial Committees including the Steering Committee of the Physician Health Program of BC and Steering Committee of BCMQI.

To share your feedback on the Physician Health Program, contact the committee directly by sending an email.