Provider Wellness Program
To schedule an appointment or access the 24-Hour Support Line, call Cascade Health @ 541-345-2800
LCMS created the Provider Wellness Program in 2012 to help physicians find balance between the demands of their work and personal lives. In 2017, the PWP was expanded to include nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The PWP offers confidential counseling and helps providers to improve their lives in the following ways:
- Identify personally meaningful strategies to reduce stress, anxiety and/or depression
- Create a better balance between work, career and personal life
- Find a meaningful way to get your life/work on track with your core values
- Learn strategies to be more effective, productive and less self-critical
- Develop strategies to deal with difficult patients or colleagues
The PWP offers up to eight sessions that are free and confidential. Appointments are available at hours and locations convenient to providers. There is no diagnosis, no insurance billed, and no record available to LCMS. The program is provider-initiated, separate and independent from third parties. Wellness program sessions do not require reporting to the Oregon Medical Board.
The PWP currently has two psychologists, one male and one female, both with extensive experience working with health care professionals. These professionals are available to provide a safe, completely confidential and expertly skilled environment to address the challenges that providers face in their personal and professional lives.
Thomas M. Fauria, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and certified employee assistance professional at Cascade Health. In the early 1980s, he founded the first employee assistance program in Lane County and has since devoted his career to workplace health and safety.
He was the director of the PeaceHealth Employee Assistance Program for 11 years, working closely with Sacred Heart Hospital, PeaceHealth Medical Group, and several community medical practices. He consults with employers to promote respectful workplace behavior and conflict resolution.
His clinical specialties include treating the variety of problems that can impair job performance. Some of these include depression, anxiety, stress and anger management, life and work transitions, career development, relationship conflicts, substance abuse, grief and loss. Since 1993, his clinical practice focused on supporting health care professionals from hospitals, medical practices and clinics.
Since 2012, he served as the lead psychologist with the Lane County Medical Society Physician Wellness Program. He occasionally speaks to health care audiences about health, wellness, and burnout prevention.
He sustains his own life balance through traveling with family and active engagement in outdoor activities, especially fly-fishing Oregon lakes and rivers.
Kari Primo-Liddy, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has practiced for 18 years. Much of her graduate training involved collaboration with physicians. She provided psychological services to patients on a rehabilitation unit and patients diagnosed with breast cancers. After graduating, she moved to Wisconsin, where she coordinated and provided employee assistance services to the local hospital and outpatient clinic employees. She relocated to Maine and, upon learning that the local hospital did not have an employee assistance program, she created one.
Dr. Primo-Liddy helps clients navigate life transitions, decrease depression, overcome anxiety, foster positive relationships, cope with loss, be more assertive, make important decisions, and increase motivation and performance.
Her approach is primarily cognitive behavioral which is based on questioning assumptions, experimenting with different coping strategies, and establishing positive habits. She helps people define their values in order to set more meaningful goals and often incorporates mindfulness to help focus attention and increase self-awareness.
Dr. Primo-Liddy has enjoyed being a part of the Eugene community for the past five years. In her free time, she spends time with family and friends, walks the hills with her dog, and explores Oregon.
The Lane County Medical Society was founded in 1889 and dedicated to bringing the highest quality medical care to the citizens of our county. LCMS is a professional membership organization for all licensed Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathy in Lane and contiguous counties. Read More