Dr. John DeWitt has found a new home at Aiken Psychiatric & Psychotherapy Associates P.A. DeWitt joined the practice on July 13, coming in from Columbia. A native of Aiken ("my father worked at the bomb plant," he said), he graduated from West Florence High School and received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel. He received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and did his residency in Nashville, Tenn. He has spent the last 20 years in private practice in Columbia and was chief of psychiatry for the Palmetto Alliance twice. He also served in the South Carolina Army National Guard, where he attained the rank of major. "I wanted to come back to Aiken. I wanted to move back to a smaller town, and I've always loved Aiken, always had this dream of moving back," said DeWitt. "I started looking here in the spring, probably March or April, and I have to say thanks to Dr. David Steiner and the staff here for bringing me into the practice. The people here are great, they're happy and very welcoming, and that's all it took." "He's brought personality and a lot of character to the practice," said Tavy Perry, Aiken Psychiatric office manager. "He's promoting and generating availability, which is a big thing for us because we're so booked up. He's really built an exceptional client base already at just a month and a half. His professionalism is just immaculate, and we're just truly, truly happy to have him on board with Aiken Psychiatric." DeWitt chose psychiatry when he found it was the most satisfying rotation during his residency. He focuses on treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, dementia and relationship issues. He is also a trained forensic psychologist who does medical-legal evaluations. He is also trained in hypnotherapy. He sees patients from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, is accepting new patients and gives same-day appointments, according to Perry. "This is where I felt like I made the biggest impact when I was in medical school, helping someone return to full function," DeWitt said. "I don't plan on going anywhere; I plan to stay here until I retire, and that's at least 20 years from now. I'm here for good. This is home, without a doubt." DeWitt can be reached at the Aiken Psychiatric & Psychotherapy Associates offices at 642-3801. Contact Suzanne Stone at sstone@aikenstandard.com.