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North Dakota Professional Health Program, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. The purpose of the Corporation is to address the potentially impairing health conditions of physicians and physician assistants and students whose ability to practice is diminished due to chemical dependency, substance abuse, psychiatric illness, or problems associated with the process of aging. This includes assisting physicians and physician assistants and students with obtaining the drug, alcohol, mental health, and other treatment they need to maintain their license and return to practice.

The ND Professional Health Program, Inc. is a voluntary, confidential, non-disciplinary monitoring program to support licensees of the ND Board of Medicine and UND School of Medicine students experiencing substance use or mental health problems. The program is designed to encourage health professionals to seek a recovery program before their condition harms a patient or damages their careers.

The NDPHP was created by legislative action through Legislation in 2014 and written into Century Code 43-17.3 North Dakota Century Code t43c17.3 (


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Melissa J. Henke, MD

Medical Director

Melissa J. Henke, MD, currently serves as Medical Director for the North Dakota Professional Health Program, along with serving as Medical Director for the Heartview Foundation, and as a Psychiatric Consultant for Henke Psychiatric Services.


Dr. Henke is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Addiction Medicine. Her professional affiliations include the American College of Physicians, the North Dakota Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the North Dakota Psychiatric Society.

Dr. Henke was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves as a Board Member of The Banquet and as an Advisory Council Member of North Dakota Recovery Reinvented.

Dr. Henke previously worked at Sanford Bismarck Health Systems as a Staff Psychiatrist.

Dr. Henke received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed her residency in Combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she was Chief Resident for the Department of Psychiatry.

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Randy Perkins, PA, FNP

Secretary / Treasurer
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Julie Ann Blehm, MD

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Lance Schreiner

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John M. Olson

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Burt Riskedahl

Up to 20% of Healthcare providers will be affected by a mental illness or substance use disorder during their lifetime.