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October 15, 2019

Our Team

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

Dr. Earley has worked in Addiction Medicine for 35 years. He treats all types of addictive disorders and specializes in the assessment, treatment and management of healthcare 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 the Medical Director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program (PHP) for the state of Georgia and the President of the North American Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP). Dr. Earley is also the President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is a Distinguished Fellow of ASAM and has served on the board of ASAM for over 18 years in several capacities.

 

Dr. Earley is the recipient of the ASAM Annual Award in 2015. ASAM describes the award as “For outstanding contributions to the growth and vitality of our Society, for thoughtful leadership in the field, and for deep understanding of the art and science of Addiction Medicine” and “For expanding the frontiers of the field of Addiction Medicine and broadening our understanding of the addictive process, through research and innovation.”

 

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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
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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Peter Brennan
Compliance Officer

Peter Brennan joined the Georgia PHP in November 2012 as Compliance Officer and continues in that role with responsibility for the Senior Monitoring Program as well. He brings to the PHP a long (40 plus years) active involvement in recovery. Peter has an extensive background in Management in Business with the final 20 years of his business career as General Manager of TAVS, Inc. a supplier of video, sound and stage lighting to Hotels, Conventions and Business. In 20 years, TAVS became the largest company of its type in the country and was subsequently bought by General Electric. Peter has held extensive management and engineering positions with Technical Industries and IBM Research.

 

 

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Robert Mckinnon
Case Manager

Robert Mckinnon has been a Georgia Professional Health Program case manager since 2012. Over a 30-year career, he has been patient care coordinator for Dr. Paul Earley, Medical Director of Ridgeview Institute's treatment program for Professionals with Substance Use Disorders. Prior to working for Dr. Earley, he was Director of Intake Services and Community Education Services at Decatur Hospital, an inpatient treatment program both for patients with eating disorders and substance use disorders. While at Decatur Hospital, he oversaw one of the first programs in the U.S. providing nicotine addiction treatment for patients who were receiving inpatient treatment at Decatur Hospital. He also has worked as a consultant for the Division of Family and Children Services in an education program for adolescents at risk for substance abuse.

 

 

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Nicole Fambro
Administrative 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.


 
   
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