The Ranch Treatment Center Welcomes Esteemed Medical Director

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Paul Wilhelm Ragan, MD, an award-winning addiction psychiatrist, joins The Ranch treatment center in Tennessee as medical director. 

Dr. RaganNunnelly, TN (PRWEB) January 18, 2017 – The Ranch addiction and mental health treatment center welcomes Paul Wilhelm Ragan, MD, as medical director. Dr. Ragan has over 30 years of experience as a clinician, researcher and presenter. A Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, he has been certified in general adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.

In his distinguished career, Dr. Ragan has served as clinical investigator for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and director of mental health for the Direct Support Command, Fleet Marine Force, in Saudi Arabia/Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. An author or co-author of over 25 journal publications, Dr. Ragan is regular presenter and frequent expert consultant on mental health and addiction topics for media outlets such as CNN, NPR and ABC News and has been featured in print media like The Washington Post, USA Today, The Baltimore Sun and The Associated Press.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ragan to our treatment team at The Ranch,” said Cassandra Loch, LCSW, President of Program Operations for Elements Behavioral Health. “His expertise in treating complex psychiatric conditions will be of immense benefit to our clients who often have a constellation of mental health issues that range from trauma, depression and anxiety to eating disorders, substance abuse and intimacy disorders.”

As medical director, Dr. Ragan will work closely with other clinicians at The Ranch to create comprehensive treatment plans for each client. Known for its trauma-focused, experiential approach to treatment, The Ranch offers innovative therapies like equine therapy, adventure therapy, rTMS, psychodrama, and Native American healing traditions such as sweat lodge and medicine wheel.

“I was drawn to this role because of The Ranch’s evidence-based and experiential approach to treatment that attends to not just the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual needs of each client,” said Dr. Ragan. “I’m looking forward to working with this exceptional team of clinicians to provide our clients the kind of comprehensive treatment that supports lifelong recovery.”

About The RanchSM Treatment Centers

With nearly 40 years of collective experience, The Ranch treatment centers provide evidence-based therapeutic programs that address the underlying causes of trauma, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, sexual addiction and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies that delve into the deep issues that thwart recovery, allowing clients to heal mind, body and spirit while learning personal accountability. At each of its locations in Tennessee, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, The Ranch offers comprehensive care that allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch treatment centers, call (855) 893-5987 or visit

About Elements Behavioral Health

The Ranch is a member of Elements Behavioral Health, the owner of a nationwide platform of behavioral health programs with over 750 licensed beds throughout nine states. The Elements Behavioral Health® family of programs offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, sexual addiction, and other mental health disorders. Through its programs, the company is committed to delivering evidence-based, clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family network. For more information, visit

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