Thomas W. McCormack,
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 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.
McCormack is one of only five physicians in the state 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
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 the most conservative medical treatments, depending upon the nature and the gravity of the patient’s presenting
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 a Deacon, 3rd Grade
Sunday School Teacher, Personnel Committee member, and Usher. Dr. Mack's hobbies include his children, religion/ philosophy,
fossil shark tooth collecting, kayaking, traveling, coaching youth baseball and basketball, 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, and two dogs. She enjoys playing golf,
attending concerts, cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs (especially in football) and spending time with her family.
Elizabeth Estes, R.N.
Ms. 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 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 our patients.
"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, MA, LPC
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 2 year intensive program focusing on humanistic, holistic,
and existential modalities. Rita has been an advanced EMDR practitioner for over 8 years 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, 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 our Veterans. 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."
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.
Maureen Killeen, PhD, CNS
Dr. Killeen is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist,
board-certified in adult mental health psychiatric nursing. Dr. Killeen graduated from D'Youville College School of
nursing in Buffalo, New York, and earned a master's degree in psychiatric mental health nursing at Emory University.
Dr. Killeen earned a Ph.D. in Child and Family development from the University of Georgia and also received postdoctoral training
in child and adolescent assessment and therapy from the clinical psychology and school psychology programs at the University
of Georgia. Additionally, she received further postdoctoral training in mental health research methods at the University
of Georgia and Harvard University graduate school of education.
Dr. Killeen has over 35 years experience in psychiatric nursing education
and practice. She is Professor Emerita in the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing and School of graduate studies,
Adjunct Associate Professor of clinical psychology and a Fellow in the Institute for Behavioral Research at the University
of Georgia. Dr. Killeen has also been named the Angela Barron McBride visiting professor of psychiatric nursing at Indiana
University school of nursing for 2008 -2009.
Dr. Killeen provides mental health evaluations of adults as well as medication management for adults under the supervision
of Dr. Thomas McCormack. She lives in Athens with her husband.