Medical Leadership & Treatment Team
Message from Dr. Skipper
Gregory E. Skipper, MD (CV)
Fellow, American Board of Addiction Medicine
Director of Professionals Health Services
Dear Colleagues: One of my primary motivations for joining Promises Treatment Centers is to utilize my experience running treatment programs for professionals and a state physician health program to help clients achieve the best possible outcome.
State physician health programs (PHPs) have always sought to achieve the very best treatment outcomes for their participants. In the process, these programs have developed the most effective system of care that has ever existed for addicted individuals.
Prior to joining Promises, I was privileged to serve as principal investigator in a national study of these programs, how they function and their outcomes. Our study showed a relapse rate of less than 21% over an average of 7.2 years. That is less than a 3% relapse rate per year. This incredible finding proves the amazing success of these programs. Our study also showed that this system of care is a team effort between state professional health programs and specialized treatment centers.
I believe the care offered at Promises Treatment Centers is second to none. We look forward to working with you and/or your patients to assist in the journey to build successful long-term recoveries.
Greg Skipper, MD FABAM
Director of Professionals Health Services
At Promises, Dr. Skipper’s role goes far beyond program development and oversight. He is intimately involved in the day-to-day care of every professional client. Clients directly benefit from Dr. Skipper’s more than three decades of leadership shaping and developing the professionals health movement in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to joining Promises Dr. Skipper served as:
- Medical Director, Alabama Physician Health Program
- Medical Director, Springbrook NW
- Advisor, Betty Ford Center, Licensed Professionals Program
- Consultant, Food and Drug Administration
- Member, National Advisory Council, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Articles written by Dr. Skipper:
- Cellular Photo Digital Breathalyzer for Monitoring Alcohol Use: A Pilot Study in European Addiction Research
- Phosphatidylethanol: The Potential Role in Further Evaluating Low Positive Urinary Ethyl Glucuronide and Ethyl Sulfate Results in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
- Prognosis for Emergency Physician with Substance Abuse Recovery: 5-year Outcome Study in Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
- Cannabis Use Among a Sample of 16 to 18 Year-Old Students in Switzerland in Psychiatria Danubina
Professionals Treatment at Promises
Dr. Skipper is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a certified medical review officer. He previously served as medical director for the Alabama Physician Health Program and was on the council that created and oversaw the Oregon Health Professionals Program. Dr. Skipper was the primary innovator of ethylglucuronide (EtG) testing and is an expert in alcohol biomarkers and other drug testing. He was a principle investigator of the National Physician Health Program Blueprint Study, funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, and is the author of many articles regarding drug testing, physician health and contingency monitoring. Dr. Skipper was formerly medical director of Springbrook Hazelden and he was a chief advisor to the development of the professionals program at Betty Ford Center and Bradford Health Services.
SallyAnn is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in addiction medicine and behavioral health. She earned a master’s degree in multicultural counseling and has worked in both the public and private sectors as an administrator, practitioner and clinical director. SallyAnn’s areas of expertise include relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy and schema-focused therapy.
Mary Ann is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in LGBTQ issues and treatment. She takes a whole-person approach to client care through mindfulness-oriented and affirmative psychotherapies. Mary Ann is a trained HealthRHYTHMS® and SoulCollage® facilitator who uses empowerment drumming and Jungian-based art modalities to expand clients’ well-being. She has completed the Teacher Foundational Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) through the University of California, San Diego and is currently completing the Mindfulness Facilitator Training at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Mary Ann passionately teaches those struggling with substance use disorders how to take a pause, step out of habituated behavior and make skillful choices. She blends classical teachings drawn from her training in Kyoto, Japan with secular mindfulness and compassion practices. Her greatest desire is to help others achieve inner peace and harmony so that their “boat stays afloat no matter the size of the wave.”
- Robert Martin, MD DFAPA
Assistant Director Professionals Healthcare
- Laura Dorin, PhD
- Jacob Palm, PhD
- Judy Ho, PhD
- Robert Martin, MD
- Mark Hrymoc, MD
- Robert Salzman, MD
- Damon Raskin, MD
- Lou Rovner, PhD
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