Compassionate, Experienced, Multidisciplinary Care
Ashley Buffington is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and Lead Therapist for Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center (AARC). Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University with an emphasis on Christian counseling, and her Master of Science in Community Counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. She went on to complete a two-year program called Contemplative Leaders in Action through Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in 2016. Ashley’s passion for integrating therapy and spirituality drives her practice. She has counseling experience in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, adjustment disorders, anger management, grief and spiritual concerns.
David Hopkins is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Therapist at Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center (AARC). David received his undergraduate degrees in Ministry and Psychology, and Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach Florida. He is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) and has been working as a clinician in the field of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for over eight years.
David is certified in EMDR, a breakthrough therapy that assists clients in overcoming trauma, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and many other conditions. His training also includes solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), Gestalt therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He leads the worship, scripture study, men's groups and weekly aftercare groups at AARC, focusing on effective therapeutic solutions so that his clients can heal past wounds and resume their lives more fully engaged.
Pam Tucker is a Registered Nurse at RiverMend Health Center of Atlanta. She conducts intake assessments, educates patients and families about addiction treatment and recovery, and provides medication management and other patient care in the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs.
Pam graduated from Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in Atlanta and later received a BA in Health Arts from the College of St. Francis. She has over 35 years of experience working as a nurse for patients with drug and alcohol addictions and psychiatric disorders. Pam enjoys providing compassionate, individualized patient care, and seeing the transformation when substance use and psychiatric disorders are effectively treated.
Randy Eberhard is a Recovery Counselor and leader of the Weekly Ministry Group at Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center (AARC). Randy is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Psychology from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. He is also pursuing training to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the IC-RC international certification board. Randy has worked with countless adults, adolescents and their families with an emphasis on addiction and recovery. He has been a featured speaker to a variety of organizations, schools, and churches throughout the Atlanta area. Randy received training in family recovery, orientation and regeneration through various organizations, including No Longer Bound in Cumming, Georgia and The Waypoint Center in Dahlonega, Georgia. In his ministry, Randy focuses on conflict resolution and relapse prevention, as well as general issues involving substance abuse and addiction to encourage and inspire his clients in their recovery.
Michel Rubio is a Medical Assistant at Atlanta Addiction Recovery Center. Michel assists the physician and nursing staff with patient triage, patient vitals, and medication administration and monitoring. A graduate of Fortis College, Michel is fluent in Spanish and English. She believes that the small things can make a big difference for patients – showing kindness and compassion can make people in treatment for alcohol and drug addiction feel less lonely and change their day for the better.