Meet the Team

Kirk J. Brower, MD
Chief Wellness Officer, UM Medical School
Faculty Director, Michigan Medicine Wellness Office
Professor of Psychiatry
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Sandy Goel, PharmD
Administrative Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of P

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy
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Shelagh Saénz, LPC, NCC
Senior Project Manager
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Matthew Jerome, MS, MHA
Business Consultant
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Paula Bryanch-Garrett

Executive Assistant Associate Health

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Wellness Office Faculty Associates

The Michigan Medicine Wellness Office received an impressive, diverse cohort of applicants for the 2021-2022 Faculty Associate program. We are pleased to announce the selection of six Faculty Associates to participate in scholarly work addressing drivers of workplace well-being over the next 12 months. They will identify solutions to inform decision-making at the organizational level. The associates are listed below, including their priority areas of focus and brief biographies:

Anita Amin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Division of Hospital Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Exploring solutions to address administrative burden, particularly focused on organizational email usage among faculty, staff, and learners. Link to Bio

Kris Chrouser, MD, MPH
Associate Professor and Section Chief


Evaluating job resources and job demands to improve teamwork and reduce burnout across the institution. Link to Bio

Helen Morgan, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Developing a multi-faceted approach to facilitate the development of communities of support for parents working at Michigan Medicine. Link to Bio

Lauren Owens, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Piloting solutions to address barriers to vacation and sabbatical usage to improve work-life balance among those in the Michigan Medicine community. Link to Bio

Raf Rizk, MD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine


Researching how electronic health record (EHR) usage at Michigan Medicine contributes to burnout and identifying solutions to reduce the negative impact of the EHR on faculty well-being. Link to Bio

Gurjit Sandu, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery and Department of Learning Health Sciences

Utilizing a phased approach to identify effective strategies to improve psychological safety among faculty and residents. Link to Bio