Escambia County Medical Society Foundation 

Physician Wellness Program

Helping Healers Heal

The Physician Wellness Program (PWP)  provides a safe harbor for physicians to receive wellness coaching to address normal life difficulties in a confidential and professional environment.

Why was the program created?

A physician’s life can be difficult. Problems with the current health care delivery system, maintaining a healthy work/life/family balance, and dealing with the normal stresses of everyday life do take their toll on physicians. Often our patients turn to us for counseling and guidance, but who can we turn to when we need to talk through an issue or get some coaching on how to handle the stresses in our lives? Too often the answer is “no one,” and that is regrettable, because it is important that we be as healthy as possible in our roles as physicians. It is important that we function at our best in all areas of our lives. By addressing areas of difficulty, we can decrease our stress levels and increase our level of resilience and effectiveness. 

Some examples of those difficulties include:

  • Burnout
  • Work-related Issues
  • Difficulty Managing Stress
  • Family Issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Mood Swings
  • Suicidal Thoughts

How PWP works

The Escambia County Medical Society Foundation board has hired licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Rick Spencer who has a PhD in psychology. He will provide wellness coaching to the Escambia/Santa Rosa County Medical Society Active Members, for up to three visits per calendar year. This provider will maintain a minimal confidential paper file for each physician, but no insurance will be billed and ECMS and the ECMS Foundation, Inc. will not be given any information that would identify those who utilize the program. As such, the program is completely confidential. ECMS Foundation, Inc. will pay a monthly invoice to our psychologist based on the total number of sessions provided. ECMS membership will be verified through a monthly log provided to Dr. Spencer.

PWP benefits

  • This program is a membership benefit for ECMS Active Members 
  • Member relatives may attend coaching sessions with members in attendance 
  • Three free in-person wellness coaching sessions each calendar year
  • Complete confidentiality
  • Convenient location
  • Program is funded by donations and grants

To schedule an appointment

1) Please email patrick@psyassociates.com or call (850) 434-5033 x8

2) Identify yourself as a member of Escambia County Medical Society and that you wish to utilize the Physician Wellness Program

Wellness Coaching Provider

Dr. Rick Spencer is a licensed psychologist and a partner at  Psychological Associates with over twenty five years of clinical experience in the Pensacola area. He has two doctorates, one in Clinical Psychology and one in Developmental Psychology. He completed his Internship at Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Spencer treats teens and adults with individual, family and couple’s (marriage) counseling and has specialized training in marital treatment, such as Imago therapy. Dr. Spencer conducts psychological evaluations across the age span from age 4 and up. These evaluations include psycho-educational, intelligence, attention, and psychological/personality assessment. Legal consultations, such as courtordered custody evaluations and testimony, are also provided. Dr. Spencer provides medical consultation evaluations such as pre-surgical psychological screenings for bariatric surgery and spinal cord stimulator implantation, as well as for other pain management issues.

Office hours

Monday 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:15 pm

Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Articles/Resources


Investing Cash in Physician Well-Being: Return on Investment: click here to read the article

Doctors' Suicide Rate Highest of Any Profession Click here to read the article

First Do No Harm. So Why Are We Harming Ourselves? Click here to read the article

The First Time I Hated a Patient Click here to read the article

Donate to PWP

The Physician Wellness Program (PWP) is made possible with your tax deductible donation. To donate to the PWP and make a difference for our local physicians, please mail your check made payable to the:

ECMS Foundation

6706 North 9th Ave. Ste. A8 Pensacola, Fl 32504 | Please put “PWP” on the memo line. 

ECMS 6706 North 9th Ave. #A8 Pensacola, FL 32504 #850.478.0706

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