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 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.
Dr. 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 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 the most conservative medical treatments, depending upon the nature and the gravity
of the patient’s presenting symptoms.
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 and interests
include his children, religion/ philosophy, fossil shark tooth collecting, SCUBA diving, kayaking, world travel, 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 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, MA, 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.
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.