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Austin Recovery names new medical director

December 20, 2011
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Austin Recovery has announced that Dr. Craig Franke will be joining the staff as medical director effective Jan. 2, 2012. This addition will allow Austin Recovery to greatly expand its treatment options for clients with co-occuring psychiatric disorders.

In his full-time role, Dr. Franke will conduct daily rounds in Austin Recovery's 28-bed Detoxification unit, and will also have regular hours to see clients in its seven other residential treatment programs. Austin Recovery CEO Jonathan Ross said, "I have been excited about Dr. Franke succeeding Dr. Luker upon his retirement." He continued, "His presence at Austin Recovery will bring a fresh perspective on best practices in treating our increasingly complex clients."

Dr. Franke, boarded in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, comes to Austin Recovery from Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, where he acted as Medical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Treatment Program as well as Senior Staff Physician in Psychiatry.

He is also an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, where he directs courses in substance abuse disorders to residents and fourth year medical students. Over the years Dr. Franke has also presented and been published in articles, books, and peer-reviewed publications on various topics involving psychiatry and substance abuse.

"Austin Recovery has a long reputation of excellence, and tremendous potential for a multi-disciplinary team to serve a wide range of patients," said Dr. Franke of why he is so excited to join the Austin Recovery team. He added, "Austin Recovery is the most appropriate facility where we can increase awareness of substance abuse in our community, as well as facilitate substance abuse education among healthcare providers."