Thomas W. McCormack, M.D.
Medical Director and founder of Athens Behavioral Medicine,
Dr. McCormack is a native Georgian and graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. He held an appointment as Clinical
Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Emory from 2003-2010, and he currently holds
the same position at the new medical school in Athens, the MCG/ UGA Health Partnership through Augusta University. Over his six-year tenure at Duke University School of Medicine, he
completed a residency in General Psychiatry and then sought subspecialty training, completing fellowships in both Forensic
Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, where he served as Chief Resident. He earned his undergraduate
degree Magna Cum Laude from Wake Forest University and high school diploma from Marist School in Atlanta.
Dr. McCormack is one of only several physicians in the state
of Georgia to be awarded board certifications in General Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic
Psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. McCormack is certified to administer two highly-effective non-medical procedures for treatment
resistant depression (TRD): Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).
Dr. McCormack specializes in Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD), ADHD, Forensic psychiatry, Child and Adolescent bipolar/ depression/ anxiety/ OCD/
tic disorders/ eating disorders, behavioral disorders of childhood, and general adult psychiatric practice. Dr. McCormack strongly believes in utilizing psychotherapy along with conservative medical treatments when
Dr. McCormack lives
in Athens with his wife and three children. He is an active member of Beech Haven Baptist Church, where he serves as Vice
Chairman of Deacons, 3rd Grade Sunday School Teacher, Personnel Committee member, and Usher. From 2012-2014 he served as Chairman
of the Pastor Search Committee for Beech Haven following the retirement of Dr. Stewart Simms. Dr. Mack's hobbies and interests
include his children, religion/ philosophy, fossil shark tooth collecting, SCUBA diving, kayaking, world travel, & coaching
youth baseball and basketball. His patience and long-suffering have been proven by the fact he is an avid fan of Atlanta Braves
baseball, UGA football, & Wake Forest basketball.
Lauren Willis is a certified Physician Assistant originally
from Macon, Georgia. She earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2010. To gain additional medical experience
before PA school, Lauren then spent 2 years working as a tech in the Emergency Department at Athens Regional Medical Center.
She then entered the PA program at Mercer University, where she earned her Masters of Medical Science in 2014. Upon graduation,
Lauren returned to the Emergency Department at Athens Regional to work as a Physician Assistant. In 2016 Lauren decided to
follow her passion for the field of Psychiatry and join the team at ABM, where she now provides mental health evaluations,
medication management, and brief supportive psychotherapy to children & adults under the supervision of Dr. Thomas McCormack.
Lauren is certified by the NCCPA and is also a member of Georgia Association of
Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Lauren lives in Athens with her husband Justin, son Paxton, daughter Collins, and two dogs. She enjoys
playing golf, attending concerts, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs (especially in football) and spending time with her family.
Rhonda Winters is a certified Nurse Practitioner
originally from Forsyth, Georgia.
attended Auburn University for core courses and played basketball for the Lady Tigers. She then earned her B.S. in Nursing
from the Medical College of Georgia in 1986 and worked in Labor and Delivery as an RN before deciding to return to school
at Georgia College and State University, where she earned her Masters of Nursing in 2001. Since graduation, she has worked
in Orthopedics, Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Urology. In 2018, Rhonda decided to join the team at ABM because Psychiatry
has been an interest of hers since her work in Internal Medicine. She became aware that it was often difficult to find adequate
mental health resources for her patients and endeavored to pursue work in Psychiatry to help meet needs in our community.
She provides mental health evaluations, medical management, and brief supportive psychotherapy to children and adults under
the supervision of Dr. Thomas McCormack.
is certified by the ANCC and is also a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau.
Rhonda lives in Athens with her husband, Butch. They have three children—Lauren, Trippe, and
Peyton. Her biggest joy is spending time with her grandchildren, Paxton and Collins. She also enjoys photography, golf, basketball
and cheering for the Auburn Tigers! (“Sorry Dawg fans, but since all of my children graduated from UGA, I do consider
myself a part time fan!”).
Sarah Crawford is an energetic Licensed Clinical Social Worker
who earned a BA in Psychology at Georgia College and State University and completed her Masters of Social Work at UGA.
Her practice experience includes, but is not limited
to, individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, OCD, depression, stress, panic
attacks, and grief issues. Depending on the individual client's needs, Sarah is capable of employing multiple methods of treatment,
such as solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, DBT techniques, relaxation skills,
and education in family dynamics. Sarah also enjoys working with those who are dealing with chronic pain and the emotional
toll that it inflicts, as well as women struggling with postpartum issues & depression. Sarah joined ABM after working with Pathways Transition Programs here in Georgia for over 11
years. She has extensive experience in working with children and adolescents who have dealt with severe trauma and has provided
family crisis intervention. While at Pathways, she worked on their Intensive Family Intervention (IFI) program and progressed
to managing the program for the entire agency.
grew up in south Georgia, and she feels strongly that family is very important in anyone's life. Sarah currntly lives in Monroe,
GA with her husband and two children. She and her family regularly attend Athens Church, and Sarah enjoys baking (when she
has the time with two young children around), gardening, and is an avid UGA football fan. She loves the beach and looks forward
to any time she can get away there. Sarah has a calm, endearing demeanor and likes to mix things up with humor when appropriate.
She is excited to join the ABM family!
Elizabeth Estes has a distinguished career as a psychiatric nurse, serving in a
number of different settings. She has worked as Charge Nurse of Pediatric Psychiatry Unit at Charter Winds Hospital and as
an outpatient Pediatric Psychiatry Nurse at Advantage Behavioral Health Systems in the past and currently at ABM. While
her experience is extensive, it is her genuine caring and compassionate nature that sets her apart and makes her beloved by
"Nurse Ede" assists Dr. McCormack in the care of his patients by fielding clinically related telephone
calls, monitoring the physical status of patients (vital signs, height, weight, BMI, etc.), and administering intramuscular
Ketamine injections for Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) & long-acting depot medication injections as needed.
Rita Macari, LPC
Macari is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who earned her BA in Studio Art from The State University of New York/Queens
College and an MA in Psychology/Counseling from The State University of West Georgia. Rita trained in "Heartcentered Hypnotherapy" at the Wellness
Institute in Seattle, Washington, additionally completing their two year intensive program focusing on humanistic, holistic,
and existential modalities. Rita has been an advanced EMDR practitioner for over a decade with extensive experience in
PTSD and traumatic stress. She also trained under John Gray, the author of "Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus"
and worked as a facilitator for Dr. Gray's workshops for Gwinette Habitat for Humanity.
experience includes, but is not limited to, individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, Post-traumatic
stress disorder, ADHD, OCD, depression, stress and panic attacks, grief issues, substance dependency, abuse and recovery.
She especially enjoys working with seniors and is involved with Olli, an organization for ongoing learning for
adults 50+. Rita is registered with "Care For Our Troops," offering trauma counseling for various members
of our armed forces, and she considers it an honor to work with United States Veterans. Additionally, Rita offers a
variety of therapies for parents and caregivers. "Our children live in the present; worry exists in the future. Stress-free
parents raise stress-free children."
Rita was widowed in 2007 after 35 years
of marriage. Although she is a native New Yorker, Rita has lived in the South since 1996
and considers herself "a bit Southernized." She credits her love for her two granddaughters for bringing her to
Athens. "These are the happiest days of my life."
Blaine Everson, LMFT, PhD
Dr. Everson joined ABM after
working with several other practices around Georgia. He has extensive experience in faith-based counseling throughout his
career of over 20 years.
After relocating from
the Fraser Center on the Georgia coast, he worked as a family therapist with Samaritan Center of Counseling & Wellness,
where he most recently served as Clinical Director. Specialty areas include traumatic stress, secondary stress reactions in
families, child & adolescent behavior and mood disorders, couple therapy, and family therapy focused on emotional and
physical conditions. Dr. Everson has been licensed as a marriage and family therapist in Georgia since 1995. Additionally,
he has advanced training in Imago couple therapy and has been a level II EMDR practitioner for over 10 years.
Dr. Everson has held numerous part-time and adjunct faculty positions, most recently in the Dept of Human
ent and Family Sciences at the University
of Georgia. He has also been involved in research and writing about stressors associated with military lifestyles and has
published several journal articles and book chapters over the past few years. He recently edited and co-authored
Under Fire: Systemic Therapy With Military Families.
is married to Denise and they have one daughter, Eliza. Dr. Everson and his family are active members of St. Gregory the Great
Episcopal Church, and he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, flying, and fishing.