Physician & Health Professional Wellness Program


Caring for those who care for us.

Health professionals, like anyone else, are susceptible to substance, psychiatric and medical illnesses. If left untreated, these illnesses can put even the finest clinicians and their patients at risk. Many do not get the help they need due to the social stigma, fear of exposure, or lack of awareness. 

The MAOPS Physician & Health Professional Wellness Program can help!

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The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons’ (MAOPS) sponsored Physician & Health Professional Wellness Program (a.k.a. Physicians Health Program) is available to help:

  • Osteopathic & Allopathic Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Dentists & Dental Hygienists
  • Other Allied Health Professionals

The MAOPS Physician Health Program works cooperatively with the Board of Registration for the Healing Arts and the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs; and, is affiliated with Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, MO, where its administered by three professionals with many years of expertise in addictionology.

Jim Wieberg, M.Ed., LPC

Jim Wieberg, M.Ed., LPC


Heather Johns, LCSW

Heather Johns, LCSW

Associate Director

William "Russ" Carpenter, DO

William "Russ" Carpenter, DO

Medical Director


To develop a cooperative relationship with each participant to facilitate their return to health and personal and professional functioning through early identification, intervention and treatment. The PHP strives to provide the best service possible, while assisting healthcare professionals to attain and maintain their optimal health status. It’s also an opportunity to ensure all have an avenue to regain and/or maintain their professional licensure.


How It Works

The program is not a licensing or disciplinary authority. It accepts referrals from many sources including professional colleagues, hospitals, medical staffs, office staffs, regulatory agencies, attorneys, treatment centers, family and friends.

The PHP protects confidentiality and anonymity of program participants and referral sources.



Evaluation and treatment begins immediately following an intervention. The PHP will provide treatment resources and coordinate the care of the participant throughout the treatment program. Treatment typically takes place at a facility outside of the participant’s normal environment.



The Wetzel Foundation administers the PHP and helps supplement the costs of the program, as many participants are without a steady income during this difficult period in their life. The Foundation and MAOPS depend on donations from hospitals, medical staffs, individuals and organizations in order to fund the PHP.


Support the Program

The PHP relies solely on donations to provide services. Consider making a donation today to help keep the program going.

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