Dr. Dean Scher, CEO, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, is pleased to announce that Mike Weddle, MD, Ph.D., has been named Medical Director for the non-profit human service agency. In this role, Dr. Weddle will oversee the care and treatment of individuals served by Catholic Charities’ chemical dependency programs, including Medication-Assisted Treatment.
“Dr. Weddle is an outstanding addition to the Catholic Charities team,” said Dr. Scher. “He brings with him a wealth of experience in the fields of emergency medicine and integrative medicine and shares our commitment to providing a holistic approach to addiction treatment and recovery support. In addition to his medical experience, Dr. Weddle is a firm believer in self-care and values the role that mindfulness plays in the pursuit of positive health and well-being,” added Dr. Scher.
Dr. Weddle earned his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Michigan, studying the effects of epilepsy drugs on brain ion channels, and his MD from the University of Miami. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Integrative Medicine and has worked 30 years as an emergency physician and emergency department director.
“I am grateful for the warm welcome that I have received from the Catholic Charities team and the communities served by the agency,” said Dr. Weddle. “Serving as Medical Director, and working with individuals struggling with addiction, integrates my medical experience with a personal commitment to teaching self-care and mind-body medicine as core skills for health and wellness.”
Dr. Weddle is a certified self-care educator and small group facilitator with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. These groups have allowed him to incorporate some of his hobbies, including writing and music, into his work. He has also taught art as a wellness activity and mind-body approaches to addiction treatment. Dr. Weddle is married with two sons. His wife Sandi Rowland is well known to Sullivan County, where she is the first executive director of the Sullivan 180 health and wellness initiative. His other interests include running and hiking.
Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster as one of the human service agencies of Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York, is committed to building a compassionate and just society. Catholic Charities serves the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, as well as immigrants, and the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Catholic Charities collaborates with parishes, Catholic, and non-Catholic partners alike to help people of all religions who are in need. For more information, visit www.cccsos.org.