Julie C. Medlin, Ph.D.
Tammy Coots, Psy.D.
Kathleen Grimes, Ph.D.
Steven Knauts, Ph.D
LaRae Williams, Psy.D.
Lela McKnight-Eily, Ph.D.
Amanda Carter, LPC,
Asst. Director SDP
Erica Walker, Ph.D.
Candace Allen-Staten, Psy.D.
Courtney J. Baron, M.A.
Denisa Millette, M.S., Evaluator
Ashley Jackson, LPC
|Sharon Rinks, Psy.D.
|Melanie Telford, Psy.D.
|Noelle Beard, LPC
|MTC welcomes Svetlana Markova to its clinical team as
Evaluator & Therapist in its child, adolescent, & adult programs.
|MTC welcomes Ashley Jackson, LMFT to its clinical team as
Evaluator & Therapist in its child, adolescent, & adult programs.
|MTC welcomesSharon E. Rinks, Psy.D. to its clinical team as a
licensed psychologist in its child and adolescent programs.
Dr. Medlin and Dr. Knauts recently published Avoiding Sexual
Dangers: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child. For more
information, go to
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Julie C. Medlin, Ph.D. Director
Dr. Medlin is the Director of Medlin Treatment Center.
She is a licensed psychologist who has expertise in
treating sexual offenders and sexual abuse victims. Dr.
Medlin provides therapy to children, adolescents, and
adults with sexual issues or general psychological
issues. She also conducts forensic evaluations in cases
of alleged sexual abuse in children.
Dr. Medlin obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology
from Harvard University, and her master's and doctoral
degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of
Florida. She completed her internship in a joint program
at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North
Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. Dr. Medlin also serves as the Director of Medlin
Training Institute (MTI), which specializes in training
other professionals in the area of sexual abuse and
sexual deviancy. Through MTI, Dr. Medlin published
Responsible Living, an 8-volume sex offender treatment
manual, along with a CD-ROM entitled Breaking Through
Dr. Medlin has provided trainings for residential
treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, mental
health centers, different states’ Departments of
Correction, as well as at numerous academic conferences.
Dr. Medlin has also testified as an expert in court over
100 times. Dr. Medlin is Past President of the Georgia
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She
also served on the Georgia Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Advisory Council and on the Georgia Sex Offender
Registration Review Board. In addition, Dr. Medlin has
appeared as an expert on national televisions programs
for CNN and Discovery Health, as well as several
nationally syndicated programs.
Tammy Coots, Psy.D.
Dr. Coots graduated from Georgia State University in
Psychology. She received a Psy.D. degree from the
Georgia School of Professional Psychology (now named
Argosy University) and is a licensed psychologist in the
state of Georgia. Dr. Coots currently serves as a
Psychologist at Medlin Treatment Center, specializing in
treating children who are sexual abuse victims and
children who have sexual behavior problems. Dr. Coots
also has a specialty in evaluating and treating infants.
In addition, Dr. Coots is an Adjunct Instructor for
Tulane University Medical Center. Dr. Coots completed
two postdoctoral fellowships: one for Tulane University
Medical Center as the Program Manager and Primary
Clinician for Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority
Infant Team, and, secondly, for Louisiana State
University Medical Center providing psychotherapy with
children and families who were victims or witnesses of
violence. Dr. Coots completed her internship with
Louisiana State University Medical Center in the
following settings: Charity Hospital Psychiatric Unit's
adult inpatient, Ames Elementary School, New Orleans
Adolescent Hospital, Grace House New Orleans (an adult
womens' substance abuse residential treatment center),
Louisiana State University Infant, Child and Adolescent
Outpatient Clinic, and Louisiana State University Adult
Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Coots completed a therapy
practicum with Cobb Douglas Community Mental Health
Center and a diagnostic practicum with Northwest Georgia
Regional Hospital. Dr. Coots is a member of the American
Psychological Association and Louisiana Infant Mental
Kathleen Grimes, Ph.D.
Dr. Grimes graduated from the University of Virginia Cum
Laude with a Bachelor's Degree. She received her MA, as
well as her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, from the Emory
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Grimes
interned at Cambridge Hospital through the Harvard
Medical School. She has worked as a therapist and
evaluator for the Emory University Psychological Center
in Atlanta, and at the Southern Crescent Psychiatry and
Counseling Center, Inc. in Newnan, Georgia. She has
worked as a neuropsychological examiner at the Emory
University School of Medicine, the Emory Clinic
Department of Neurology, the Wesley Woods Geriatric
Hospital in Atlanta, and the Emory University
Psychological Center. Dr. Grimes is a member of the
American Psychological Association and the Georgia
Psychological Association. She has published research
articles on schizophrenia in The Journal of Abnormal
Psychology, The Journal of Abnormal Psychiatry, and
Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Psychiatric
Steven Knauts, Ph.D.
Dr. Knauts graduated from the University of Utah Magna
Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology. He received his
Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from
the University of Florida. Dr. Knauts has done clinical
work at a number of forensic facilities, including North
Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in Gainesville,
Florida; and Florida State Hospital, where he interned
for a year. At Medlin Treatment Center, Dr. Knauts has
worked as a program therapist and evaluator for several
years. He has provided group and individual therapy and
has conducted psychological, psychosexual, and parenting
evaluations. Dr. Knauts is an engaging public speaker
and has conducted several workshops and trainings for
other mental health professionals, foster parents, and
the community. He has given presentations for such
organizations as Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Georgia
CASA, the Georgia Association for the Treatment of
Sexual Abusers, and the National Organization for Victim
Assistance. Dr. Knauts is currently licensed in the
state of Georgia as a Licensed Professional Counselor
and Clinical Psychologist.
Candace D. Allen-Staten, Psy.D.,
Allen-Staten earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical
Psychology from the University of Dayton (UD) in 2002.
At UD, she received training in providing individual and
group therapy to children and adolescents with Serious
Emotional Disturbances and in conducting empirical
research. Dr. Allen-Staten earned her doctorate degree
in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University,
School of Professional Psychology (WSU-SOPP) in 2007. At
WSU-SOPP, Dr. Allen-Staten was trained in providing
individual, group, and family therapy to adolescent and
adult clients with a wide range of diagnoses, including
trauma and grief. In 2007, Dr. Allen-Staten completed a
Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at the University of
California, Davis Children’s Hospital CAARE (Child
and Adolescent Abuse, Resource, Evaluation Diagnostic
in Sacramento, California. At the CAARE Center,
Dr. Allen-Staten received specialized training in
providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy,
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and individual, group,
and family therapy with children and adolescents with
histories child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, and
neglect. Also at the CAARE Center, Dr. Allen-Staten was
trained in completing Child Welfare Evaluations and Full
Battery Psychological Evaluations. During her
Post-Doctoral training/employment, Dr. Allen-Staten
completed Disability Evaluations in California for
persons of all ages and Full Battery Psychological
Evaluations and Parent Fitness Evaluations for children,
adolescents, and adults in Georgia.
Medlin Treatment Center, Dr. Allen-Staten is conducting
both psychosexual evaluations and general psychological
evaluations and providing individual and family therapy
services to pre-adolescent, adolescent, and adult
clients with histories of physical and sexual abuse as
well as general psychological issues. Dr. Allen-Staten’s
areas of expertise include: child physical abuse, child
sexual abuse, women with trauma histories (i.e., child
sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and domestic
violence), family therapy, grief, full battery
psychological evaluations, and psychosexual evaluations.
Dr. Allen-Staten also integrates spirituality in therapy
when requested by clients.
Erica Walker, Ph.D., Licensed
graduated from Spelman College Magna Cum Laude with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She received her MA, as
well as her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology, from
the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Dr.
Walker completed her internship at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center in the following
settings: LaBonheur Children’s Hospital, Boling Center
for Developmental Disabilities, Memphis City Schools,
and the Center for Children and Parents. She completed
her postdoctoral fellowship at the Marcus Institute
through the Emory University School of Medicine,
specializing in the assessment and treatment of children
prenatally exposed to alcohol, drugs and other toxins.
At Medlin Treatment Center,
Dr. Walker provides therapy to children and
adolescents with general psychology issues and those
experiencing distress from sexual abuse. She also
conducts psychological evaluations with children and
adolescents. Dr. Walker is a member of the American
Amanda Carter, MA, LPC, Assistant
Amanda Carter provides individual and group therapy in
the Adult Sexual Deviancy Program at Medlin Treatment
Center. She is a licensed professional counselor.
Mrs. Carter obtained her bachelor's degree in biology
with a minor in psychology from Lambuth University, and
her master's degree in Professional Counseling with a
specialization in Christian Sex Therapy from Richmont
Graduate University. She completed her internship at
the Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta, Peachford
Behavioral Health Systems, and the Hope Counseling
Center. Mrs. Carter also led a program in Atlanta
entitled, "Sex and Young America," for young adolescent
females. In 2009, she gave a 2
hour presentation to the Trauma and Abuse Class at
Richmont regarding her work with sex offenders.
LaRae Williams, Psy.D., Licensed
Dr. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree
in psychology from Emory University and her master’s and
doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova
Southeastern University. She completed her internship at
the W.S. Hall Psychiatric Institute and her postdoctoral
fellowship at Nova Southeastern University. Through her
academic training and professional work experiences, she
has gained experience providing therapy to children,
adolescents, and adults who have been exposed to
traumatic events, including sexual and physical abuse.
In addition, she is also experienced in conducting
evaluations with children and adolescents who have been
suspected of sexual abuse as well as those exhibiting
sexualized behaviors. Dr. Williams is also proficient in
conducting psychoeducuational evaluations and providing
therapy for general psychological issues, including mood
and anxiety disorders.
Denisa Millette, M.S.,
Denisa Millette obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical psychology from an accredited foreign institution, Palacky University, in Czech Republic. She completed her internship at Diagnostic Institution for Abused and Neglected Children in Czech Republic. She received training as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Seattle, WA, advocating the rights of children in custody and other family law cases. She completed training in interviewing sexually abused children and forensic testimony at Georgia Center for Children. Since 2001, she has trained under Dr. Medlin and continues to work with her in the area of general psychological evaluations as well as specialized assessment of children and teens with history of trauma. Furthermore, she has also been recognized as an expert witness in child sexual abuse cases in numerous occasions in various juvenile as well as superior courts of GA.
| Sharon Rinks, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Rinks is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctoral degree at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. For the past ten years, she has been working in the public education system in Georgia with students from the ages of 3 to 21, conducting evaluations, providing individual and group therapy, delivering training, and consulting. Some of her particular interests include assessment, autism-spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, and play therapy. Dr. Rinks previously provided treatment in hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and community mental health centers.
Melanie Telford, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Telford is
a licensed psychologist who specializes in the early
childhood population with experience in Play Therapy,
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Dr.
Telford graduated from Nicholls State
Degree in Psychology.
She earned her Masters and Doctorate
of Psychology degrees from
the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy
an emphasis in child, adolescent and family studies.
She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Miami
Children's Hospital and her postdoctoral
The Community Reach Center in Colorado where she worked
with children, adolescents and families struggling with
psychological issues such as sexual and physical abuse,
grief, neglect, behavioral disorders and mood
disorders. She has
experience working with diverse, disadvantaged and
underserved populations in inpatient, residential, child
advocacy center, and other mental health facilities. Additionally,
Dr. Telford is a member of the American
Psychological Association and The Society of Clinical
and Child Adolescent Psychology. At
Medlin Treatment Center, she provides individual and family
children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 18
years old with general psychological difficulties,
sexual trauma issues, and sexual acting out behaviors as
well as conducts general psychological evaluations.
Svetlana Markova, Evaluator/Therapist
Dr. Markova graduated from State Academy of Slavic Culture with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the State Therapeutic School for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. She has provided general psychological evaluations, cognitive assessment, parenting evaluations and therapy. Dr. Markova completed two postdoctoral fellowships: at the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education as Associate Professor where she received training in research methods and analysis; and at the PsyWorkshop as a therapist providing group and individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults with various psychological issues. Dr. Markova has conducted trainings for professionals and workshops for parents and the community.
Noelle Beard, M.A., LPC
Noelle Beard, M.A. is a licensed professional counselor who provides treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and families. With over 10 years of experience as a counselor, she currently provides therapy to a broad spectrum of clients. Her areas of expertise include working with children with experiences of abuse, out-of-home placements (DFCS involvement), mood disorders, and trauma issues. She has worked in community mental health and residential treatment settings. Noelle's therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.