About Us

The Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care practice is primarily focused on the treatment of disorders involving the brain and central nervous system. These disorders may affect the patient’s feelings, behavior, memory, functioning, etc. We provide medication management to children, adolescents, and adults suffering from emotional and mental health issues. We value the importance of education and the client’s time. We feel excess time away from work or school may cause undue stress and require the use of personal time that could better be utilized for vacation or self-care. To arrange for an appointment, contact us today.

Our Providers

About Us - Julie Burke

Hello! I’m Julie

Julie Burke is a board-certified advanced practice nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing. She received her Master’s in Nursing from Georgia State University. She is a dual certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She treats patients across the life span. Julie works in close collaboration with a wonderful psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Beckman Richason MD. Dr. Richason is involved with and supervises the treatment of all clients within the practice. Julie maintains open communication and ongoing collaboration with Dr. Richason. She may consult with other providers involved with your treatment and will make referrals when needed.

About Us - Dr. Jennifer Beckman Richason MD

Hello! I’m Retta

Retta Bright is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and she provides individualized psychiatric care, medication management and Psychotherapy to patients suffering from various acute and chronic mental health conditions. She has experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health challenges in adolescent, adults, and their families.

She works with patients with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Anger management, Sleep disturbance, Adult ADHD, Substance abuse issues and Suboxone certified, etc. She has been taking care of patients with mental health struggles since 2013. She is dedicated and compassionate in the delivery of quality advance practice.

She is dually Board certified as PMHNP-BC and FNP-C and earned both her master’s degree in Nursing and post-graduate in mental health at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Ms. Bright is a good listener, provides compassionate care, passionate about meeting the needs of her patients and her goal is to instill hope physically, spiritually, and mentally.

Her Interest: she loves to volunteer in the community, sing, read and enjoys spending time with her the family.

Retta Bright is accepting new patients.

About Us - Dr. Jennifer Beckman Richason MD

Hello! I’m Laura

Laura Houwers is dual-certified in Psychiatric Mental Health and as a Certified Nurse Midwife. She received her degrees from Thomas Jefferson University and Herzing University. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. She also has a passion for working with women who suffer from mood disorders related to women’s health issues, including prenatal, postpartum and menopause. Laura believes in working together as a team with clients to provide holistic, evidence-based care that helps them achieve their mental health goals. Her goal is to empower the client in making decisions for their care.