Medical Staff Resources

The following resources have been compiled by your medical staff colleagues:

Physician Assistance Program

EvergreenHealth's medical coverage, First Choice Health, provides a Physician Assistance Program for you and your family.

Services are cost-free, convenient and confidential, and include a spouse or live-in partner and eligible dependent children.

This service is provided free of cost to all medical staff members, both independent and employed.

Learn more about the Physician Assistance Program

Recommended Counselors


Lester Sandman, MD – 425.899.6879 (Bellevue)


Charles Meredith, MD – 206.368.3103 (Seattle)
Dr. Meredith focuses in substance use disorders, bipolar mood disorders, recurrent major depressive disorder, and PTSD and anxiety disorders.

Gail Rosenberg, PhD – 425.954.9090 (Bellevue)
Dr. Rosenberg specializes in trauma (i.e., single episode traumas, such as MVAs, as well as more chronic emotional and physical trauma), mood issues, stress, relationship issues and ADD.

Connie Kehrer, PhD – 425.301.8832 (Bellevue)
Dr. Kehrer specializes in depression and anxiety disorders, grief/loss, life transition, and working with older individuals. She accepts most insurance and also accept Medicare.

Renee Katz, PhD – 206.275.2110 (Mercer Island)
Dr. Katz conducts general work, relationship, stress, mindfulness, meaning of life, bereavement, addiction, chronic illness and grief.

Master’s Level

Loryann Nichols, LMFT – 425.889.0832 (Kirkland)
Ms. Nichols specializes in couples work, trauma, PTSD (knows EMDR, neurointegration), depression, stress.

Group Website

Eastside Psychological Associates 
Offices in Bothell, Issaquah and Snoqualmie.

Telephone Service

Washington Recovery Helpline – 866.789.1511
This anonymous and confidential help line provides crisis intervention and referral services for Washington state residents. Professionally trained volunteers and staff are available to provide emotional support 24 hours a day, and offer treatment resources for substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health, etc.

EvergreenHealth Employed Providers – First Choice Health Physician Assistance Program

Physician Coaching

Cezanne Allen 

Patti Lind   [Information sheet (PDF)]

Community of Christian Healthcare Leaders

The mission of this group is to strengthen, encourage and develop healthcare leaders so they can shine Christ in their world, build winning teams and see lives and relationships thrive and flourish in the context of their vocational calling.

The groups meets the last Wednesday of each month, 6:30 -7:30 a.m. in room Tan 119 at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland.  

For more information, call or text Steve Schaefer (425.417.4021) or Steve Bradshaw (425.773.7220).

Center for Courage & Renewal

The Center for Courage & Renewal's mission is to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.

It supports medical professionals who want to reclaim their hearts, their work, and the people they serve.

Center for Courage & Renewal Website

Programs and Events 


For Chemical Dependency, or Physical or Emotional Impairment

WPHP (Washington Physicians Health Program) – for Physicians, Dentists, PAs, Vet 

WHPS (Washington Health Professional Services) – for RNs, ARNPs 

WRAPP (Washington Recovery Assistance Program for Pharmacy) – for Pharmacists 

For Education, Wellness and Renewal

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Bet Alef Meditational Synagogue: Mindfulness meditation within the Jewish tradition. Rabbi Ted Falcon 206.527.9919 

Centering Prayer Groups: Mindfulness meditation practiced within a Christian tradition. Meets at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E., Seattle. The contact person is: Gay Marcontell at 206.322.7482. 

Compline Service, St Mark’s Cathedral: Every Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m., the all-male Compline Choir leads this formal choral service that is a Seattle tradition. An average audience of 500 packs the Cathedral each week for this meditative service. Many more listen to the broadcast on KING-FM, 98.1 on the radio dial. 1245 Tenth Ave. East Seattle. 

Downtown Seattle Lunch Hour Meditation: Mondays 12:30-1pm 509 Olive Way, Conference Room, Suite 1055. Free. Organized and hosted by Amy Darling, a licensed acupuncturist in the building who has been practicing Zen Buddhism since 1996. 

Mindfulness Community of Puget Sound Mindfulness meditation from a Buddhist perspective, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. 1920 24th Ave. S. Seattle, WA Meets Monday evenings from 7-9 pm for meditation and instruction. Day of mindfulness on the third Sunday of the month. Regular programs are on a donation basis. 

Northwest Dharma Association: A wonderful resource for information on mindfulness meditation in the Buddhist tradition – includes a regular newsletter with articles by meditation teachers and a listing of local meditation classes and retreats. 206.441.6811. 

Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS): Mindfulness meditation from a Buddhist perspective (Vipassana style). Regular meditation and lecture on Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. at Bloedel Hall, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E., Seattle Cathedral. Rodney Smith is a very experienced teacher. This organization offers beginning meditation classes at locations throughout the Seattle area and regularly sponsors respected mindfulness teachers who visit Seattle from around the world. 

Seattle Soto Zen: Zen meditation with an emphasis on present moment experience and clarity. Instruction and support available from resident priest Eko Jeff Kelley ( at 9:30am at Puget Sound Aikido. 101 Nickerson, Seattle (Nickerson Business Park), just south of Freemont. 

University Friends Meeting: Seattle area Quakers, silent worship services weekly.

Veteran’s Weekly Meditation (VA): Every Monday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., VA Hospital Seattle. Special refresher courses taught by MBSR instructors are also being offered. Contact the MBSR Coordinator to confirm times and room locations. 206.277.1721

Mindful Movement

Here are just a few of many excellent yoga studios in the Seattle area:

The Samarya Center: A non-profit organization dedicated to providing yoga and yoga therapy to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Drop-in classes are only $8, and for people who cannot afford the fees, they have a community exchange program. Located in the central district at 1806 E. Yesler Way, Seattle. 206.568.8335

Phinney Ridge Yoga: Known in the Seattle community for their heart full approach and experience adapting classes to meet individual needs. Offers a supportive and welcoming space, where students of all ages and physical abilities can come unwind and explore the healing benefits of yoga. 6615 Dayton Avenue N, Seattle, 98103. 206.547.2172 

Seattle Yoga Arts: Denise Benitez and other excellent teachers. 109 15th Ave. E, Seattle, 98122. 206.784.6316 

Yoga Life: near Greenlake at 7200 Woodlawn Ave, NE. 206.529.0581


Taoist Studies Institute The Taoist Studies Institute is a place for people interested in deepening their understanding and practice of the Taoist tradition. They offer education and training in practices including Taoist meditation, Tai Ji & Qi Gong, philosophy, traditional medicine, and the arts. 225 North 70th Street, Seattle. 206.784.5632 

Embrace the Moon: Offers regular classes and workshops for all ages and fitness levels. 1716 NW Market, Seattle, 98107. 206.789.0993 


When incorporating mindfulness into our lives, sometime emotional issues arise that are best addressed with additional support. Below are some trusted Mindfulness Based Therapists in the Seattle community. 

Catherine Haynes 5502 34th Ave. N.E. Seattle, 98105 206.854.7333 

Katie Talbott 720 N 35th St Seattle, 98103 206.335.5677 

Lynne Hyerle 2208 NW Market St., #312 Ballard Seattle, 98107 206.355.3975 

Lynn Morrison Phinney Ridge 206.633.0626

Mark Goodman 210 1/2 West Galer Street, Seattle, 98119 206.605.3441 

Seattle Mindfulness Center – group practice of several therapists with a mindfulness orientation. 

Center for Courage and Renewal

Dike Drummond, MD – physician burnout prevention and treatment 

Wellness Sections are available within your given specialty – check with your national organization

Happiness Links

Self-Compassion  Kristin Neff’s book on Self-Compassion is a great read.
Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.
More and more, psychologists are turning away from an emphasis on self-esteem and moving toward self-compassion in the treatment of their patients—and Dr. Neff’s extraordinary book offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.”

The Science of Happiness  UC Berkeley’s EdX online class on the Science of Happiness. It is free; you can audit it. You can go at your own pace and it’s easy. It is a lot about mindfulness in general with additional topics

Greater Good Science Center  UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center has a newsletter and blog site related to the Science of Happiness: