Health Professionals in Recovery

Mission

To provide peer support, advocacy and education to healthcare professionals who struggle with substance use disorders, process addictions and mental health challenges. We connect, support and restore our colleagues — improving their health and professional careers. We deliver our mission through confidential support, educational programming, writing, speaking and our podcast.

Who We Are

We are healthcare professionals living in long-term recovery. Our training, lived experience and experience with professional health programs make us uniquely qualified to support and guide our colleagues who often suffer in silence. We have both struggled with substance use disorders and the mental health challenges that often co-occur, and we both have experience with trauma something frequently found at the root of addiction. The gift of recovery has transformed our lives, and now it’s our duty to share it with our colleagues, helping them find a new path forward.

Sean Fogler, MD

Sean is a physician living in long-term recovery, and recovery specialist. Sean has a special interest in mental health and substance use disorders in healthcare professionals, a group with unique challenges, that often suffers in silence. He is an advocate working to improve public health policy for mental health and substance use disorders. Through his lived experience and medical training he educates, informs, and works to batttle the shame and stigma that keeps the disease of addiction alive.

Sean is active within the recovery community. He works with the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition to promote their mission — protecting the health and human rights of individuals who use drugs. He works with Hand ‘n’ Heart, an organization focused on providing resources to those who are homeless, struggle with substance use disorders and mental health challenges — ultimately replacing stigma with acceptance and hope. He provides peer support for Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers and to professionals and others who are looking to transform their lives.

Sean writes regularly about his experience and has been published in The Fix, The Good Men Project, The Ascent, and The Philadelphia County Medical Society magazine. He is currently working on a book based on his experience and the science of addiction.

Sean holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Anesthesiology at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Sean Fogler, MD

Bill Kinkle, BS, RN, EMT-P

Bill is a paramedic and registered nurse in sustained recovery from opioid use disorder. Bill worked for decades in the pre-hospital arena as well as an academic urban emergency department and intensive care unit. He has a particular interest in consolidating the plethora of research on substance use disorder into an easily digestible format for health care practitioners in an effort to decrease and abolish the stigma associated with the disorder.

Bill is active in the recovery community, frequently fielding phone calls from individuals still suffering and supporting friends in recovery. He speaks often to area medical students, nurses and physicians about his past experience in active addiction, his road to recovery, and his current hurdles as he works to regain his professional license through a state health professional monitoring program.

Bill has written articles that have been published in peer reviewed journals, produced several short videos about his recovery, has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today for his advocacy, and he is active on social media tweeting about recovery at @billkinkle.

 

Bill Kinkle, BS, RN, EMT-P

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