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Thomas W. McCormack, M.D.

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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 clinically warranted.

Dr. McCormack 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, PA-C
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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 University. 

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 disorders.

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, PA-C
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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

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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.

Sarah 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, R.N.
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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 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 COVID-19 vaccinations & long-acting depot psychotropic medication injections as needed.

Rita Macari, LPC

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Rita 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. Rita is also certified in Brainspotting, a brain based psychotherapy that, similar to EMDR, uses the field of vision to find and unlock past trauma.

 She has trained under John Gray, the author of "Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus" and enjoys working with couples. She worked as a facilitator for Dr. Gray's workshops for Gwinette Habitat for Humanity.

Her practice experience includes, but is not limited to, individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, working with PTSD, ADHD, OCD, depression, stress, panic attacks, grief and caregiving issues. She especially enjoys working with seniors and is involved with Olli, an organization for ongoing learning for adults 50+. 

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 three grandchildren for keeping very happy living in Athens.

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