Renowned Addiction Medicine Experts

Bluff is staffed by experts known for their experience, compassion and success in helping patients overcome addiction. Our multidisciplinary team includes board-certified physicians and addiction medicine fellows, psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed therapists and counselors who have dedicated their careers to helping individuals achieve a lasting recovery.

Shawn Williams, DO

Medical Director

Shawn Williams, DO was hired in July 2019 as Bluff’s Medical Director. Dr. Williams brings well-rounded medical experience, and is an expert in the specialties of Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, and Addiction Medicine.

John Martin, LMSW, MAC, CAC I

Clinical Director

John Martin, LMSW, MAC, CAC I is the Clinical Director of Bluff. John specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and utilizes contextual-based behavioral and cognitive approaches to bring about change in clients and connect them with the spiritual approach of the twelve steps.

Rachel Ryan, MS, MBA, LPC

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Rachel Ryan, MS, MBA, LPC, manages operations and clinical services at Bluff’s Augusta, Georgia rehab center. Her responsibilities include oversight of admissions/intake, business development, recovery programming, quality assurance and regulatory affairs.

Katherine Harris, RN

Director of Nursing

A registered nurse with over 35 years of experience, Katherine Harris has worked as an operating room nurse, a nurse manager and a hospice nurse. She appreciates taking care of patients in addiction treatment who are getting a second chance at life. At Bluff, she manages clinical staff and oversees patient care.

Multidisciplinary, Coordinated Approach

Teamwork and collaboration is at the heart of what we do at Bluff, from the assessment through discharge and aftercare. The Bluff team integrates evidence-based medical treatment into every aspect of addiction treatment, rehabilitation and recovery.

Our physicians and medical staff also work closely with our equine therapists, art therapists, movement therapists and counselors, who offer new perspectives and build connections with patients that help change lives. And not to go unmentioned are our chefs, whose nutritious meals help our patients rebuild their immune systems and regain their strength.

The care that patients will receive at Bluff for alcohol, drugs and/or pain medication is multidisciplinary and medically rigorous giving those seeking treatment the full set of tools necessary for managing and maintaining their life long recovery.
Paul Earley, M.D.
Medical Director, Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc.

Certified Addiction Case Manager

At Bluff, a Certified Addiction Case Manager will be assigned to work with you and manage your case from the start of treatment through discharge and aftercare. The case manager will collaborate closely with each person involved in your care to develop an addiction treatment plan unique to your needs.

Your Certified Addiction Case Manager will be with you each step of the way, monitoring progress and amending your plan as needed for maximum success. You will have daily interactions with your case manager, who is there to advocate for you and coach you through the stages of treatment at Bluff.

Continuing Care Coordinator

At Bluff, our goal is to ensure patients have the skills, resources and support they need to sustain sobriety and well-being for a lifetime. As part of the discharge plan, a Continuing Care Coordinator assists patients in identifying and connecting with resources available through Bluff and in the community. These resources assist patients with transitioning back into their everyday lives and provide support to maintain recovery.

The Continuing Care Coordinator communicates with external therapists, professional agencies, recovery coaches, potential sober housing facilities, and others who are crucial in helping patients maintain sobriety, face challenges, deal effectively with stress and continue to heal over the long-term.