A Different Model of Mental Health Practice

In the summer of 1994, a young psychiatrist began to assemble a team of professionals to develop a different kind of mental health practice for children and families in the Chagrin Valley.

He had an idea to create a practice where families of kids with emotional or behavioral disorders could access care with the cutting-edge clinical sophistication available at major research universities offered with creativity and flexibility and individualized to meet their unique needs. A practice where families could find both a physician and a therapist who would interact regularly and coordinate their child’s care. A place where the doctors took the time to fully understand their child’s situation before offering a prescription. A place where new families could get an initial appointment in days as opposed to months.

His plan worked. Sometimes, in ways he never anticipated.

Much of the core group of professionals that launched the practice became involved in teaching and research. The practice became involved in clinical trials examining the safety and effectiveness of medications increasingly used to treat kids with ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders and aggression. Members of the practice were regularly invited to speak and teach at national and international conferences. Residents and medical students came to Chagrin Falls as part of their required training.

Their goal was never to build the biggest practice. They did seek to provide care with a level of excellence comparable to that available through the leading academic medical centers in their field and develop a model of practice that could be replicated by like-minded practices in other parts of the country.

Our practice is smaller now. Not unlike a family in which the kids thrive, head off to college and make their own impact upon the world. Several members of our team have either opened their own practices or are leading larger child mental health groups in Northeast Ohio. One has assumed leadership of a flagship children’s mental health agency in the region. But while some of the faces have changed with time, the mission and values upon which our practice was founded remain the same. And we’ve learned a few things over the last quarter century that we draw upon in helping your child and your family to fulfill their potential.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Stephen Grcevich, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

President and Founder, Family Center by the Falls

What People Say

He always makes time for us whenever we feel we need to be seen.


Family Center by the Falls has been a much-needed resource and blessing to our community. I have confidence in the counselors and therapists at FCBTF to offer care to those who need it most.

Jonathan Holmes
Fieldstone Counseling

During the twelve years my son has been served by the practice, we are very pleased with the excellent quality of care, compassion and professionalism.


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