Montana Professional Assistance Program (MPAP) has the stated purpose of addressing the problems of the distressed physician or dentist whose ability to practice is diminished due to chemical dependency or substance abuse, psychiatric illness, disruptive behavior, sexual misconduct or problems associated with the process of aging. MPAP is a nonprofit corporation located in Billings, Montana and is under separate contracts to the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Dentistry. Funding comes from a special assessment on medical and dental license fees.

Michael J. Ramirez
Michael J. Ramirez, M.S., serves as Clinical Coordinator of the Montana Professional Assistance Program, Inc., a position that he has held since 1995. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Montana State University-Billings. He is a Member of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, in which he serves as member of the Ethics Committee, Guidelines Task Force, and the Medical Student/Resident Committee.

David G. Healow, M.D.
David G. Healow, M.D. received a B.A. in Microbiology at the University of Montana and his M.D. at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Healow is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Certified by Examination in Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. He currently serves as Medical Director for Montana Professional Assistance Program and the Northern Rockies SurgiCenter. Dr. Healow is in private practice specializing in pain medicine at Pain Control Consultants and he is a staff Anesthesiologist at St. Vincent Hospital, Deaconess Hospital and Northern Rockies SurgiCenter.


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