Our practitioners believe that it is a privilege to have the training and experience to work with people across the life span from childhood into adulthood. They share the basic philosophy that the mind has an innate ability to heal itself, that we are who we are and are not defined by our conditions or illnesses, and that with empathic collaboration between the patient and practitioner everyone has a chance to achieve optimal health.
Meet our team of expert mental health professionals
Board certified in General Psychiatry, Dr. Lichtman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in his hometown of New York. He completed his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center, both in Washington, DC. Dr. Lichtman founded Statesboro Psychiatric Associates in 1997. He specializes in evaluation and the treatment of the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. He enjoys working with adults as well as children and teens and their families.
Dr. Gbadebo is board certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Originally from Nigeria, he attended University of Ibadan College of Medicine. Upon moving to New York, he completed his residency at Erie County Medical Center, and his Fellowship at Children Hospital of Buffalo where he was the Chief Resident. Dr. Gbadebo specializes in evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Gbadebo joined Statesboro Psychiatric Associates in 2012 after serving as Director of the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin.He enjoys working with adults as well as children, teens and their families.
As a Physician Assistant, Ms. Harris completed a psychiatry residency at Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Iowa, one of just two psychiatry programs for PAs across the country. She is currently double certified as a psychiatric PA and an addiction specialist, and holds a Master in Public Health from Tulane University, Louisiana. Ms. Harris has a wealth of knowledge in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, having worked in private and clinic settings as well as having been a volunteer for the Peace Corps. Her treatment philosophy mirrors that of her colleagues at Statesboro Psychiatric Associates in her commitment to provide the best quality care possible to those who need it most, and may not have access to it otherwise. Ms. Harris practiced at Statesboro Psychiatric Associates from 2003-2011 and we are thrilled to have had her return to Georgia and rejoin our team in 2016.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Mr. Read is a Master’s level graduate from Frontier Nursing University and is trained in mental health and addiction across the lifespan. He has 20 years of combined medical experience across EMS and nursing ranging from ER, ICU, as well as in-patient and out-patient psychiatric services. He continues to serve his country with a collective 15 years of active duty and reserve time with the Army. He has a dedication to helping those in need, and reducing the stigma around mental health and addiction care, while also striving for the highest standard of care — values very much in line with the Statesboro Psychiatric Associates team and its mission statement.
Kimberly Brauda, LPC
Ms. Brauda has been a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC) for over 10 years. She received both her B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining Statesboro Psychiatric Associates, Ms. Brauda lived in Savannah where she worked in private practice, and served as the Clinical Director of a non-profit organization devoted to providing mental health services to underprivileged members of the community including survivors of domestic abuse and families in need of crisis intervention. Ms. Brauda also has experience in government and hospital mental health settings. Kimberly enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and couples in both individual and group therapy. Her therapeutic style is person-centered, with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Through the counseling process, Ms. Brauda strives to help people of all ages navigate and overcome life challenges. Ms. Brauda brings with her a unique and layered skill-set, and she looks forward to helping others and to sharing her experience and expertise.
Melanie Leech, LPC
Melanie Leech has devoted her career to working with children, adolescents, adults and their families. From a very young age, Melanie has wanted to make a positive impact on others’ lives. She graduated from Kent State University (KSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Youth Development. She later received a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, also from KSU. Melanie has her Licensed Professional Counselor license (LPC) and is a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). Melanie has experience working in outpatient, inpatient, residential, community, primary care, and school settings. With over 10 years of experience working with people with both mental health and substance abuse disorders, Melanie has a textured and nuanced understanding of how to help people reach their treatment goals. Her main theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; however, she can be quite eclectic, pulling from other theoretical orientations to fit the needs of those she serves.