Our Doctors

Dr. Sarah P. Speese

Sarah Speese attended college at the University of Georgia, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She went to Medical School at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, from which she graduated in 1986. Dr. Speese completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at East Carolina University School of Medicine in 1990, and joined Women’s Health of Augusta that year. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and is listed as a Member of America’s Top Physicians.

Sarah is married to E. L. Clark Speese, a Lawyer working at the Medical College of Augusta. They have three children, Drew, Annie and Eric.  As a family, they are heavily involved in traveling youth soccer. Additionally, Sarah is an avid gardener, and enjoys long distance running and bicycling. She has completed over a dozen marathons and numerous century bike rides.

Dr. Allan Joseph

Allan Joseph received his Bachelor degree from Grinnell College, Iowa. He went to St. Louis University Medical School and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in St. Louis. He is board certified and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He moved to Augusta in 1999 to practice Obstetrics and Gynecology, to be closer to family.  He has received multiple ‘Teacher of the Year’ awards as a Medical College of Georgia clinical faculty member and numerous other recognitions (America’s Best Doctors etc) for providing Obgyn care. He serves on the Board at Trinity Hospital and is Chairman of the Department of ObGyn.  He believes in treating the individual as a whole and enjoys pregnancy care as well as gynecologic surgery. His surgical interests include laparoscopic surgery, procedures for abnormal bleeding, pelvic floor repair and incontinence surgeries, vaginal surgery and DaVinci Robotic Surgery.

Allan is married to Klara Joseph, and they have two children, Mia and Steven. His interests include travelling, scuba diving, watching movies, triathlons  and other sports.

Dr. Kerri Kline

Kerri Kline is from Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Indiana University, then Medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She did her residency training at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She is board certified and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was a clinical faculty member of Mount Zion Hospital, in San Francisco, California, and Yale University Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. She was an Assistant Professor for 10 years in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia, before joining Women’s Health of Augusta in 2000. Her areas of clinical expertise and interest are laparoscopic surgery, pelvic floor repair surgery, urogynecology and incontinence surgery, hysteroscopy, and vaginal surgery.

Kerri is married to William A. Lutin, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pediatric Cardiology at the Medical College of Georgia. She has two children, Michael and Amanda Lutin, and two cats, Mudpie and Margaret.

Dr. Ron Eaker

Ron Eaker is an honor graduate from The University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences and the Medical College of Georgia. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology (since 1988) and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He is past chairman of the department of ob-gyn and Chief-of-Staff at Trinity Hospital. He is a member of numerous medical societies, including the North American Menopause Society, Society of Gynecological Laparoscopy, South Atlantic Ob-Gyn Society, and a clinical advisor to the American Medical Runner’s Association. He has received many awards and recognitions including Who’s Who in US physicians, and America’s Best Doctors. In 1994 he was honored by the American College of Ob-Gyn for his innovative patient education program for menopause.

Dr. Eaker sees both low and high risk pregnant patients and all gynecological problems, such as fibroids, pain, infertility, surgery and bioidentical hormone treatment.  Responding to the needs of his own patients, in 2001 Dr. Eaker authored “Holy Hormones: Approaching PMS and Menopause God’s Way“.   In July of 2007 Bethany House Publishers released Dr. Eaker’s “Healthy Habits for a Fit Family“, a simple, scientifically sound, sustainable and scriptural way to lose fat and gain fitness.  His most recent book is “A Woman’s Guide to Hormone Health“, a comprehensive guide to everything menopause.  Dr. Eaker has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows discussing Women’s Health Care and conducts several seminars every year on the Biblical principles of health and healing.   His greatest asset, other than his faith in God, is his wife Susan and his two daughters.  When he is not working, speaking, sleeping or eating, he is running, having completed over twenty marathons, including San Francisco, Chicago and Boston Marathons.

Dr. Laura Lee Rihl Joiner

“I am very excited to be returning to practice medicine in my hometown of Augusta, GA.  I enjoy being able to provide all aspects of medical care for my patients from primary care to surgery, if needed.  By being able to care for patients through primary care, pregnancy and gynecologic problems, I am able to form long -term relationships developed through this depth of comprehensive care”.

” I love the variety of the specialty and the relationships  I have with my patients.  I believe in having an open dialogue with my patients from the beginning.  Much of my effort in care is geared to educating my patients about their conditions and the recommended options available.  Patients help me develop the best individual treatment plans”.

“I give my patients the tools they need to become active participants in their medical care.  My willingness to listen to my patients helps me develop the kind of relationships with them wherein I can offer treatment plans that will always be highly individualized.”

Dr. Joiner is newly returned to the Augusta community.  She has been involved in church activities, including choir and children’s ministries, volunteer medical clinics, visual arts, dance and taekwondo.