Edmund P. “Ted” Williams, IV, MD
Personal Description & Philosophy of Treatment:
Psychiatrist, Dr. Ted Williams, founder of Genesis Behavioral Health in 2002, began his medical career in Family Medicine – not Psychiatry – which may be one reason why he and his clinic maintain a perspective of mental health treatment in the context of ‘family,’ and of you as a ‘whole person’ (one’s overall mental, physical, and spiritual health). Dr. Williams’ goal is to provide a clinic where patients find cutting edge, compassionate, and comprehensive ‘whole-person’ psychiatric treatment in a warm, professional setting.” In addition, he believes that a person’s growth in faith and relationship with God can be an important part of their healing, especially because many of life’s struggles don’t have easy answers. His approach to treatment is warm, non-judgmental, and professional, and he will talk about faith as much or as little as you like.
- Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Board Certified in General Psychiatry
- Board Eligible in Family Practice
- B.A. in Biology, University of Texas at Austin
- Medical Degree, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Family Practice Residency, Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX
- Psychiatric Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Special Areas of Clinical Interest:
- Treatment Resistant Depression
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment of depression
- Anxiety and Mood Disorders
- Diagnosis and Medication Management of Complex Cases
- Disorders of Children and Adolescents
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
What Dr. Williams’ Colleagues Say About Him:
Dr. Williams’ colleagues describe him as “calm, reassuring, and very knowledgeable.” “He is up-to-date with the newest treatments and collaborates with leaders in psychiatry around the United States.” They also describe him as “genuinely concerned about patients, and willing to spend time educating them and helping them understand the things they need to know to get well.” They also appreciate his ability to include discussion of Christian spirituality in a balanced, nonjudgmental way.
Gary Dunham PA-C
Gary possesses extensive medical knowledge gained from over 40 years of a wide variety of medical experience and brings this to bear on the life problems brought to him by his patients. He takes a whole person approach to diagnosis and treatment and considers faith a major contributor to healing and awareness of a person’s relationship with God a factor to be explored.
Gary’s guiding philosophy is that if a patient understands why a particular therapy is being recommended then the outcomes are much improved.
He is a retired US Air Force officer and his acumen and qualities enabled him to be hand-selected for a position in the White House Medical Unit in Washington, DC, serving from 1991 to 1994 providing direct medical care for the President, Vice President and their families.
A native of California, Gary has lived in San Antonio since 1976 intermittently between different military assignments and steadily since 1994 after retiring from the Air Force.
His educational background is a BS in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an MA in Social Gerontology from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has maintained national certification as a PA by board examination every 6 years since 1978.
Gary is the proud father of two daughters and the proud grandfather of two grandchildren. He and his wife have been happily married for 43 years.
Gary’s colleagues have commented that they are impressed by his extensive background in medicine and feel that this gives him a “huge advantage” in seeing the big picture in providing holistic care. They commend him for an accomplishment that he would never brag about: that he was hand selected to serve at the White House as a Physician Assistant.
Nicholas Gaultney PMHNP-BC
Nick believes in a collaborative approach to treatment that welcomes and considers the patient’s views and values, including faith in God. Nick also believes that, while medication can be helpful and sometimes essential to treatment, psychotherapy is sometimes a critical element of a patient’s healing. Nick listens carefully in a constant effort to gain a deeper understanding of the unique experiences and perspectives of each patient he meets.
Nick is licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner which enables him to treat psychiatric and mental health conditions in children, adolescents, and adults.
Education and Specific Interests
Nick earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Lubbock Christian University and earned his Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Nick joined Genesis Behavioral Center in June of 2016. Nick treats a variety of psychiatric conditions but has a special interest in treating depression and ADHD.
What Nick’s Colleagues Have Said of Him
Nick’s colleagues have described him as having a friendly and calm approach that makes patients feel at ease when delving into sensitive matters related to mental health.
Jennifer Harris PA-C
Jennifer grew up in small-town Texas but has lived in San Antonio since 2003. She spent many years working in biological anthropology and genetics research before pursuing a career as a physician assistant. This background instilled in her a healthy regard for current science and treatment modalities as well as a holistic approach towards medicine–that is, consideration of all aspects of a patient’s life, including religion and culture, and how this affects their physical and mental health. Jennifer believes in listening closely to her patients and giving them the tools and information they need to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Southwest Texas State University where she graduated summa cum laude, a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where she received the Physician Assistant Studies Outstanding Student Award and the Dr. A. David Mangelsdorff Student Service Award. She resides in San Antonio with her husband, two children, two dogs, and many plants.
Suzanne Perakathu PMHNP-BC
Suzanne joined the Genesis team in 2018 and brings with her a passion and dedication in helping her patients achieve wellness.
Suzanne received her Undergraduate Degrees of Nursing at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX and Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences in Orlando, FL. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing through Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.
Suzanne is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.
Suzanne believes that her experience as a Registered Nurse for over a decade enables her to offer a personalized and holistic plan of care for each of her patients. She also believes in a faith-based approach, while being mindful and respectful of each patient’s individual beliefs and views.
Suzanne resides in San Antonio with her husband and two daughters. She was raised in Canada and loves the warmer weather in Texas.
Kristin Collins MS, LPC-Intern, NCC
Supervised by Julie Strentzch, LPC-S License #19892
Kristin has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling obtained in 2017 from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education obtained in 2011 from Texas A&M University.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern (November 2017) and a National Certified Counselor (August 2017).
Hunter Verheul MS, LPC-Intern, NCC
Supervised by Uche Chukwureh, LPC-S License #62227
Hunter has a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling obtained in 2017 from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology obtained in 2011 from Texas A&M University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern (February 2018) and a National Certified Counselor (August 2017).
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