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
lives in Athens with his wife and three children. He is a longstanding active member of Beech Haven Baptist Church, where
he serves as a Deacon officer and Usher. He has previously served as 3rd Grade Sunday School Teacher, Personnel Committee member, Chairman of the Pastor Search Committee from 2012-2014, & Chairman of Music
Minister Search Committee in 2019. Dr. Mack's hobbies and interests include his children, religion/ theology, fossil shark
tooth collecting, SCUBA diving, kayaking, world travel, & coaching youth sports. His patience and long-suffering have
been proven by the fact he is an avid fan of Atlanta Braves baseball, UGA football, & Wake Forest football & basketball.
Adelle James is a certified Physician Assistant who earned
a Bachelor of Medical Science in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies at UGA and her Master of Medical Science from St. Louis
Adelle is board certified
by the NCCPA and is also a member of Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants
&Pi Alpha Honor Society.
Adelle brings to
our practice experience working across ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic boundaries, along with years of experience in pain
and addiction medicine. While Adelle serves clients of all ages and with various challenges, she has a particular interest
in working with children and families affected by neurodevelopmental (eg. ADHD, ASD, learning deficits), behavioral, and mood
Adelle believes in building a solid patient-provider alliance in which both parties actively participate
in moving the patient toward health. Psychotherapy, psychoeducation, social support structures, and lifestyle modifications
are the mainstays of treatment-with conservative medical treatment as indicated.
Adelle lives with her husband and four children in Athens, GA where she enjoys music,
reading, walking, and worshipping at Lord of Glory Fellowship PCA and Hill Chapel Baptist Church.
Lanie Fercilien is a Certified Physician Assistant originally
from Massachusetts who came down South for college at Clemson University, where she earned a BS in Psychology and Biological
Sciences in 2013. After completing her Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies at Wingate University in 2018, Lanie
worked in a large Urology practice in Atlanta prior to joining ABM in 2020. She lives in Athens with her husband.
Sarah Crawford, LCSW
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.
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 COVID-19 vaccinations
& long-acting depot psychotropic 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."