Dr. Busch


Gerald Busch graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He attended University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine internship at Baylor Medical School in 1982. Dr. Busch conducted research on the progesterone receptor at the Center for Population Research and Reproductive Biology until 1985. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1989 and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 1990. He was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry during the following year, also at UT Houston.

Dr. Busch opened his private practice in Psychiatry in 1990. His practice philosophy is to place himself at the service of others. His primary interests are the health, comfort, and safety of his patients. His philosophy and strategy regarding medication is discussed in “Practice Philosophy.”

Practice Philosophy

Dr. Busch’s Practice Philosophy is one of service.  For Dr. Busch,  the development of a therapeutic alliance with his patient is of paramount importance. Letting his patient know that he is in  their corner, that he is there to help them with their problems or dilemmas, that he is there to serve them – this is what is crucial in the practice.  When Dr. Busch recommends and administers a treatment for a patient, he wants to know two things: does the treatment work, and does the patient like the treatment?

John McDivitt, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Director of Nursing

John McDivitt serves as a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner at Pace Mental Health Houston. In this role he performs comprehensive consultations enabling patients with an opportunity to discuss current symptoms and concerns about their mental or behavioral health. His focus is on patients from age 6 through adulthood.

Along with managing patient medication, McDivitt provides patients and their families with education about the disease. He treats patients on a holistic level, so that he can find workable solutions for their mental or behavioral health issues.

McDivitt has extensive experience in psychiatric, emergency and family medicine. Throughout his career, he has worked in both clinic and hospital settings.

McDivitt earned a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center where he became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992 from The University of Dallas as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1997 from Texas Women’s University.

In his spare time, McDivitt enjoys surfing, volunteering in activities for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and spending time with his family.

Annie Law, MSN, RN, PNHNP-BC

After completing her year-long clinical rotation at Pace Mental Health Houston, Law joined the staff as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Law has been a nurse for more than 19 years. Her extensive health care experience, including stints in hospital ER, ICU, and Oncology departments, serves patients at Pace.

She works with patients who have mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. A large part of Law’s work is medication management and educating patients about the disease process and its potential side effects.

Law involves her patients in their care plan, and says, “including patients and their families, if possible, in the treatment plan is the best way to provide better quality and get more positive outcomes.” She believes that “the culture of patient-centered care at Pace assures them a better quality of life.”

“Part of who I am is compelled to help others,” says Law. “Nursing provides me the best way to help people feel better and guide them to a new path. Psychiatric nursing gives me an opportunity to help the community in a different way.”

Law was awarded a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View University.

A native Texan, and a self-proclaimed foodie, Law was the first college graduate in her family of eight children. She inspired her younger siblings to seek degrees in medicine and nursing.

Lilian Ike, MS, CMHNP-BC

As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Lilian Ike comes to Pace Mental Health with 15 years’ experience in psychiatric nursing. She has worked with a full spectrum of patients, including children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations, as well as their families. Ike has cared for patients with a variety of mental health disorders in both residential treatment facilities and hospital settings.

Prior to focusing on psychiatric nursing, Ike worked in acute care, serving patients in hospitals on surgical floors and also in long-term care facilities.

“I’m passionate about providing patient-centric and holistic care to my clients,” says Ike. “The culture at Pace Mental Health encourages my focus on comprehensive care to my patients, which improves the quality of health outcomes.”

Ike is certified in Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPA) and Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB). She is a member of the Houston
Area Nurse Practitioner (HANP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Ike holds a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree with honors from American Sentinel University.

Serving as a community resource for those suffering from mental illness, Ike regularly engages in community service with Calvary Church through their outreach Ministry.

Joy James-Williams, MS, CRNP-PMH

Joy James-Williams serves as a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Pace Mental Health. She brings extensive experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of mental health disorders. She is a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in the treatment of mental health disorders.

At Pace, she provides patients with education, evaluation, and medication management. James-Williams previously worked in a hospital setting at St. Joseph’s Medical Center as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and as a psychiatric nurse at Harris County Psychiatric Center.

“I’m excited to bring my holistic style of care to patients at Pace. Involving patients in their treatment plans, including goals and benchmarks, increases the likelihood of optimal health outcomes,” says James-Williams. “When appropriate, I also include families in the healing process they can be a positive influence in the outcome.”

She is certified in both Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI), and Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB). James-Williams is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Psychiatric Nurses’ Association.

James-Williams was awarded her Post Master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health – Family Focus from the University of South Alabama. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.