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LifeBridge Nebraska

LifeBridge Nebraska

Every person needs a safe place they can talk about their stress and physicians are no different, which is why Nebraska Medical Association has launched LifeBridge Nebraska.

From work/life balance, litigation, family stressors, difficult patients/colleagues, to COVID fatigue/compassion fatigue—whatever the issue, LifeBridge Nebraska’s physician peer coaches provide a safe harbor. Address normal life difficulties and the challenges of a medical career, receive coaching on managing stress, and reclaim satisfaction in your career and personal life.

All physicians in Nebraska are welcome to use LifeBridge Nebraska’s peer-to-peer coaching program at no cost.

Confidential appointments are self-referred without medical diagnoses, insurance billing, or electronic records. Notification is not given to employers, NMA, or the board of medicine. If you utilize these services, your identity is never disclosed to others without your written consent.

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Our hope is that Nebraska physicians will seek help as a normal response to acute and chronic stress rather than just “powering through.”

 LifeBridge Nebraska is a physician-driven, peer-to-peer wellness program funded through the Nebraska Medical Association Foundation with oversight conducted by the NMA. This program has been designed by your physician peers through a volunteer ad hoc group comprised of leaders dedicated to physician wellbeing. 

Physician Wellness Resources

Program Sustainability Partners

Physician Peer Coaches

George GreenE, MD

Dr. Greene is a practicing neurosurgeon in the Omaha metro area.  He has practiced medicine in several distinct environments: as a community physician at an academic medical center, managing a community solo medical practice and small group practice, and being a member of a large group practice. Dr. Greene understands the challenges of balancing work and personal life and how difficult that can be as a physician as well as the complexities of a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Joann Schaefer, MD

Dr. Schaefer received her medical degree from Creighton University in family medicine. Her medical experience includes working in a clinical setting as well as having served as the state’s Chief Medical Officer for 11 years.  Passionate about the wellbeing of others, Dr. Schaefer has graciously volunteered her public health expertise in numerous capacities—including physician wellbeing. She strives to focus on the whole person, leading to more positive outcomes. Dr. Schaefer leads from all sides of healthcare—she’s a trusted, proven, positive change agent and influencer. Be it as a physician, a payer, a regulator, and a patient, she harnesses her passion as a trailblazer for good.

Michelle Sell, MD

Dr. Sell is a practicing family physician in Columbus, Nebraska.  She has over 10 years of experience working as a rural physician in both private and employed practices.  Dr. Sell has experience navigating the generational gaps and is familiar with the nuances of providing care to aging parents.  She understands the difficulties of life balance – as a busy physician, spouse, and mother of three children. Dr. Sell is a Nebraska native and attended undergrad and medical school in Nebraska.



Dr. Stull is a practicing psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist in the Omaha area who received his medical degree from UNMC and did his residency training in the Creighton-Nebraska Department of Psychiatry.  He has worked in rural, academic, government, and public sector settings.  Dr. Stull has a longstanding interest in physician health and well-being.  He has worked with physicians for over 20 years to help address the challenges they face and to assist with solutions.

As the program's Medical Director.....

Todd Stull holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has worked in a range of settings including private practice, academic, administrative, and athletic.

He was the first full-time sports psychiatrist in the NCAA where he served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Performance at the University of Nebraska in the Athletic Department. He is the President of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry. Stull has been on several NCAA workgroups to write guidelines for mental health, substance use, sleep, pain and sports wagering. He was one of 22 experts from six continents on the International Olympic Committee to write mental health and substance use guidelines. Stull was recently named by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee to serve as at mental health officer for the Tokyo games in 2021.

As a performance psychiatrist he works to identify and address psychiatric, psychological, and interpersonal and wellness needs through mental health, nutrition, exercise, and mental skills training to optimize health and wellbeing. Stull has treated physicians for more than 20 years to address problems faced by physicians and promote health and wellbeing.


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