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February 28, 2024

Our Team

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Paul H. Earley, M.D., DFASAM
Medical Director


Dr. Earley has been an Addiction Medicine Physician for 36 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment and treatment of health care professionals. As a therapist, he works with patients already in recovery, providing long term therapy for those who suffer from this disease. His professional expertise extends to advocacy for professionals before agencies and licensing boards.


Dr. Earley is a dynamic speaker and educator; he speaks and trains on topics of addiction, its treatment and addiction among health care professionals. In addition, he trains therapists about the neurobiological basis of psychotherapy. In his travels, he has provided training in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland.


He is the author of three books and numerous articles on addiction and its treatment. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Textbook: Principles of Addiction Medicine, as author of the chapter: Physician Health Programs and Addiction among Physicians. He is a contributing author to the ASAM Criteria. His two most recent books Recovery Mind Training and The Implementation Guide to RecoveryMind Training are published by Central Recovery Press.


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Robin McCown
Executive Director

Robin McCown is a healthcare and rehabilitation specialist with more than 30 years of experience in addiction and mental health treatment focused on outreach and referral development.  She is a founding Board Member and has been the Executive Director for Georgia Professional Health Program, Inc., the Physician Health Program for the state of Georgia since its doors opened in August 2012. 


Ms. McCown is a past Treasurer of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, the national organization which supports professional health programs across the US and Canada.  She has served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Society of Addiction Medicine and has previously worked as a professional outreach coordinator for various national specialty treatment facilities with specific experience in working with professional health programs across the United States.  She has also served on the Advisory Commission of Lawyers Assistance Programs and a past Treasurer for the North Georgia EAPA Executive Board. 


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Sara Shelton
Senior Case Manager

Sara Shelton began with Georgia Professional Health Program in 2015, as the Program Operations Manager, and later transitioned to case management in 2016. She now serves as GAPHP’s Senior Case Manager. Before her role with GAPHP, she was employed by Ridgeview Institute for over 8 years in multiple capacities. Her most recent position as the Administrative Coordinator of the Recovering Professionals Program offered experience in overseeing and monitoring healthcare professionals in early recovery. In this position, she served as the sole case manager for nurses, physicians, pharmacists and attorneys; and provided oversight for these professionals upon their completion of treatment.  While in this role, she became familiar with the mission and purpose of GAPHP and was excited to join the team when the opportunity arose.

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Dianne Gay
Program Operations Manager
HIPAA Compliance Officer
Executive Assistant to Paul Earley, M.D.

Dianne Gay serves as the Program Operations Manager for the Georgia Professional Health Program (GAPHP) and as Executive Assistant to Paul H. Earley, M.D. She joined GAPHP in 2017, but has worked with the team in a number of capacities through the years. Dianne has over 35 years’ experience in the addiction and behavioral health field, serving as Project Manager: Education Services, Event Planner, and Website and Social Media Coordinator for Talbott Recovery Campus and Foundations Recovery Network (2009-2017) and Public Relations Manager, as well as numerous other positions for Ridgeview Institute (1984-2017).  Dianne also currently serves on the Federation of State Physician Health Programs Research Committee and Program Planning Committee.



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Trish Nyquist
Case Manager
Compliance Coordinator

Trish Nyquist joined the GA PHP in October 2020 after retiring from Talbott Recovery, where she worked for 31 years.  During her time at Talbott, Trish held the position of Intake/Admission Director for 12+ years and finished her career there as Continuing Care Coordinator for the Professionals Program.   This position offered extensive experience in assisting physicians, other healthcare professionals, as well as pilots in understanding the role of monitoring to support recovery.  Trish has years of experience working with Physician Health Programs all over the country and developed an understanding of the various components and the value of monitoring for professionals.   Trish has demonstrated a long-term passion for working with others with substance use disorder throughout her personal journey with addiction recovery.



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Nicole Fambro
Information Manager
Compliance Reporting Assistant

Nicole Fambro serves as Georgia PHP’s administrative assistant. With several years of experience and her military background, she is a valuable addition to the team. She started working with GAPHP in early 2019 and previously worked with the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA) office. Nicole served with the 116th JStars Unit of the Air National Guard at Robins AFB from 1999 to 2007, preforming administrative duties for the contracting and vehicle maintenance offices. Nicole has a passion for marine wildlife and volunteers weekly at the Georgia Aquarium in their Water Quality Lab and Quarantine Center.