Dr. Grace was born and raised in New York. After graduation from college, he trained and worked as a professional horticulturist at Botanical Gardens in New York City and then moved to Bermuda where he continued that career. Upon returning to the United States, he lived in Atlanta and began his graduate studies in clinical psychology. He interned with a consortium in southern Mississippi where he trained in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a community mental health center, and a university counseling center. He did his post doctoral work with a psychology practice in the Atlanta Medical Center. He moved to Athens in 2007 to join the Eating Disorders Recovery Center and to start a private practice called Grace Psychotherapy. He retains his lifelong interest in nature and working with plants. He spends his free time working in his extensive gardens and in his greenhouses. He is a long term practitioner of meditation. His style of psychotherapy is influenced by science, philosophy, nature, and the interaction of mind body process. www.gracepsychotherapy.com
Carole joined EDRCA in July of 2019. She is originally from the NY/NJ area. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology/State University of New York and spent several years working for both manufacturer showrooms and retail buying offices in New York City. However, the last 25+ years she has worked in office administration and management roles - most of which have been for healthcare related practices and companies.
Robin Staub-Grundstein is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Pediatric & Adolescent Weight Management Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer. She is a Cum Laude graduate in Dietetics and Food Science and has completed an American Dietetic Association approved internship at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. Robin has successfully maintained a hundred pound weight loss for over 22 years through healthy eating and exercise (and practices what she preaches). Robin has worked at an athletic club, a medical fitness center, public health department, school district, eating disorder center, group home, adult daycare, and a wellness center. Robin will help you create individualized meal plans based on your likes, dislikes, and desired goal. She is dedicated to providing you with information regarding the relationships among nutrition, health, disease, and preventive care. Her website is healthyhabits-athens.com (706) 546-7136.
John F. Grace,Psy.D.
Dr. Heather Richardson, a licensed clinical psychologist, provides individual and group therapy to adults and adolescents. She leads a DBT skills group for adolescents. Dr. Richardson also conducts assessments including cognitive testing, bariatric, and personality. She integrates experiential techniques with person-centered therapeutic relationships along with an integrated theoretical framework to provide clients with individualized treatment to meet their needs. Dr. Richardson has experience treating those with personality disorders, eating disorders, trauma, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, and major life transitions. She is dedicated to continuing her training and experience to stay up to date with advances in the field.
Heather Richardson, Psy.D
Ann Weitzman-Swain, Ph.D.
Robin Staub-Grundstein, RD, LD
Healthy Habits Nutrition Consulting
Dr. Weitzman-Swain, a Licensed Psychologist, is the founder and clinical director of the Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens. Dr. Weitzman-Swain has extensive training and experience in the treatment of eating disorders. She is committed to developing awareness about the prevention and early identification of eating disorders by conducting seminars for community groups and other heathcare professionals. Dr. Weitzman-Swain provides individual, family, and group therapy for people in all stages of the recovery process. Her other specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexual abuse issues, family and parenting issues, and behavioral problems in children. Dr. Weitzman-Swain is a life-long learner who continuously reflects on her work and adjusts her approach depending on the individual needs of her patients. She is dedicated to an ongoing process of learning, teaching, and providing effective care for persons struggling with eating disorders and other problems in living.