Brookhaven Retreat's staff includes masters-level therapists and an experienced and dedicated medical staff consisting of nurses and a licensed psychiatrist. The ratio of staff to clients allows greater access to resources and personalized care.
Jacqueline Dawes began her career as a very successful developer of assisted living facilities. After losing her daughter to ecstasy use and then losing her husband a year later, she struggled to get back on her feet emotionally. Through her own determination, she followed her passion to help other families prevent the same sort of loss she experienced. After relocating to East Tennessee, her development background and skills enabled her to redevelop an old smokehouse on a family farm into a 16,000 square foot state-of-the-art treatment facility. Hiring the best clinical staff and sparing no expense or attention to detail, Jacqueline is living her dream - helping women reclaim their lives and take control of their bodies and spirits.
Dr. Houser has been providing exceptional medical care in East Tennessee since 1992. Dr. Houser earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Murray State University and then graduated from The University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his residency in psychiatry and went on to a fellowship in Child Psychology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Houser is Board Certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry.
Dr. Houser has worked in many clinical settings in the area, both inpatient and outpatient. He has maintained a private practice in Knoxville and has also served as Medical Director at Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital in Louisville, TN. He is a competent and caring physician who feels it is critically important to listen to his patient, in order to give them the best clinical care available.
Dr. Amir Hussaini is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. He graduated from the prestigious University of Karachi and attended medical school at Dow Medical College. He completed his residency at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Dr. Hussaini brings with him over 15 years of experience in psychiatry. He has extensive experience in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders and other psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Kelly Ownby is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. She graduated summa cum laude from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. She then went on to complete Medical school and a Psychiatry residency at James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN. She served as the Chief Resident in Psychiatry while at Quillen. She brings 8 years of psychiatric experience and has a passion for women's health issues. She has served as a member of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. Other areas of professional interest include eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, psychosis and personality disorders.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carol Marshall is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 23 years of experience in the field of mental health. She specializes in co-occurring disorders. Carol lives in Knoxville with her husband, where she enjoys her grandchildren and working with horse related activities.
Darlene is originally from Louisiana. She received her B.A. in Family Life Studies from Louisiana College in Pineville, La. She earned a Masters Degree in Church Social Services from Fort Worth Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee with over 18 years of experience mostly in the field of mental health.
She has worked in a variety of settings including partial hospitalization programs, mental health rehab, contract management for geriatric psychiatric inpatient programs, 24 hour crisis programs and both outpatient and residential treatment facilities. She manages Brookhaven Retreat's clinical staff and ensures that all aspects of the program are flowing smoothly. Darlene brings with her extensive administrative experience both supervising and ensuring quality of care in a mental health setting.
Katherine Myers received her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Furman University in Greenville, SC. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work in the state of Tennessee and has over eight years of experience in the field of mental health. Her education and experience includes work in residential, hospital and outpatient facilities focusing on eating disorders, crisis intervention, personality disorders and dual diagnoses. Katherine is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, and has received Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training directly from Behavioral Tech, LLC. She is currently pursuing her certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist and is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).
Marlaina Kincaid obtained her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Tennessee and obtained her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Capella University. She is also currently working on her Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. For approximately 10 years she has been working in the mental health field with experience in residential, inpatient, and outpatient facilities providing expertise to children, adolescents and adults. Marlaina has a significant knowledge base that extends to addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma clients. Her extensive training consists of CBT, TF-CBT, insight therapy, motivational interviewing, as well as countless other theories.
Lana is originally from Maryland. She received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee and is currently a National Certified Counselor. She has over 4 years of experience in the mental health field in residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, community, and private sector treatment. She has experience in TF-CBT, CBT, Substance Abuse and Group Counseling.
Lana is an ACCT Certified Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner of Low and High Ropes, with 40+ hours of training in the core and fundamental programming of ropes courses, technical set up, maintenance, inspection, life safety standards, operation, program design, assessment, and facilitation of ropes courses elements. She is able to provide an opportunity outside of traditional talk therapy for clients to integrate therapeutic tools tactilely and tangibly to foster continued learning and evaluation of progress, needs, and prognosis.
Lana is currently pursuing licensure for credentialing as an LPC/MHSP.
Sharon Moore obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and received her M.A. from Johnson University, Knoxville. Her education and experience includes working in residential, outpatient, and intensive outpatient treatment, domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse, and posttraumatic stress disorder. She has experience in TF-CBT, CBT, motivational interviewing and various other theories. She is currently working toward certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and is currently pursuing licensure for credentialing as an LMFT.
Erin Laubenheimer is a New York City transplant hailing from Brooklyn, who believes in the power of art as a tool for catharsis and communication. She achieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the prestigious Pratt Institute before moving on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy at New York University. Her studies included a concentration in trauma and PTSD. Her experience includes residential, forensic and hospital settings in mental health facilities. Erin is currently working towards her ATR credential.
Charity graduated from Carson-Newman University with a B.S. in food, nutrition and dietetics. She then spent a year in Alaska completing a dietetic internship program through the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Charity has worked in a variety of settings including hospital inpatient, outpatient diabetes prevention programs, long-term care facilities, hospital and school food service, outpatient nutrition counseling and government supplemental food programs. In Alaska, Charity discovered native cuisine that included lean meats such as moose, caribou and reindeer, and wild plants and berries. Charity’s experience with the Alaska Native population confirmed her belief that people of all cultures and backgrounds can eat well in their own unique way.
Charity believes that we are given one body during this life and, if we are to live life to the fullest, must live in the best health possible, which means we must nourish the body through nutritious eating habits and regular physical activity. Charity focuses on eating mindfully and intuitively rather than jumping from diet to diet, and changing women’s perception of food to a source of nourishment and enjoyment rather than guilt and regret. If we can be healthy mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically, we are able to live a happy and vibrant life.
Licensed Bodywork Therapist
Stephanie has been practicing massage therapy for 10 years. She received her initial training at the Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC, in 2004. She has received extensive training in her field and holds certifications in Reflexology, Shiatsu, Therapeutic Touch, and Craniosacral Therapy. Stephanie has a passion for understanding stress and its impact on the physical body. She has practiced yoga for nearly 20 years and received her teacher training at the Sivananda Vedanta Center in 2006. She leads stretching groups at BHR and often works individually with clients to increase flexibility and mindfulness.
Alumnae Coordinator & Discharge Planner
Amy received her Master of Science in Psychology from Walden University in 2010. She has had 5 years of consulting experience teaching men and women behavior modification techniques in order to set and reach attainable goals. As a program counselor, she leads groups focused on self care and life improvement skills on the weekends.
Program Counselor & Zumba Instructor
Dana Setzer is a 2008 summa cum laude graduate of East Tennessee State University. She has had training in dialectical behavior therapy, trauma, PTSD and traumatic grief. She also received her Zumba Instructor Basic Steps Level 1 License in July 2013. Besides art and creative expression, Dana has a strong passion for new opportunities in continuing her education and helping people.
A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, Diane graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2011with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Piano Performance. Diane has been with Brookhaven Retreat since 2012.
Program Counselor & Hula Hooping Instructor
Donita received her BS in Health and Human Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010. She has been with Brookhaven Retreat since 2011. In her role as program counselor, Donita leads fitness, nutrition and health related groups throughout the week. She does an excellent job leading its 12-week Hula Hooping curriculum that develops self-esteem, confidence and emotional strength through this challenging and enjoyable physical activity.
Megan received her Master of Social work from Campbellsville University in 2013 and received her LMSW in 2014. Her roles as a program counselor focuses on groups identifying family roles and structure, as well as, emotional well-being development.
Michelle received her BA in Psychology from Maryville College in 2009. She has had five years of experience working with adolescents and adults, in both residential and outpatient settings. Michelle has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and has also worked extensively with coordination of services in the community. Michelle is passionate about helping people recognize the importance of exploring fun and healthy leisure activities in order to promote recovery.
April Chandler received her BSN from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2005. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee and has been in the mental health field since 2006. April joined the Brookhaven team in 2007.
Coangla Ray received her schooling in Nursing from Erlinger University. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for more than 10 years. She has been an employee of Brookhaven Retreat since the opening of the facility. Coco's unwavering dedication and enthusiastic charm make her famous among our clients and alumnae.
Alicia Ogle received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She graduated with her ASN in nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in 2003 and worked in women’s health for five years before joining Brookhaven Retreat’s team of nurses in 2008. When not caring for the women at Brookhaven, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Lisa graduated cum laude from Walters State Community College in 2012 with an Associate's Degree in Nursing. She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the State of Tennessee. During her free time, she loves spending time with family, going on road trips and going to antique auctions.
Amber Presnell received her ASN in Nursing from Walters State Community College in 2011. She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee. She has worked in Women's health for 3 years before joining the Brookhaven Staff. She enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.
Tanya earned her MBA degree from Indiana Wesleyan University with focus in Management. She has extensive experience in business development, sales management, and client relationship management. With a keen interest in women’s issues, she is an advocate against human trafficking and is passionate about making a difference in women’s lives via an introduction to the program at Brookhaven Retreat.
Front Office Manager
Lisa Breeden is a native of East Tennessee and joined the Brookhaven Retreat team in April 2013. She received an Associates of Science degree with concentration in Medical Technology from Pellissippi State Community College. Lisa has extensive communication experience gained from assisted living facilities, medical laboratories, and the customer service industry. Lisa enjoys photography and spending time with her husband and son.
Born in Northern Illinois, Gena moved to East Tennessee at a young age. She now lives near and enjoys the Smoky Mountains. Gena earned an Associates degree in Hospitality Management and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from King University. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life. Gena loves spending time with her husband and four children.
Penny Weldon received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington. She has an extensive experience base managing privacy and coordinating Brookhaven’s medical records department.
Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, Jeremy moved to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee Culinary Institute, from which he graduated in the spring of 2012. Having previously worked in professional kitchens, Jeremy enjoys the one on one contact with the clients of Brookhaven Retreat and the part he can play in their recovery. Jeremy’s cooking style takes influence from his southern roots with touches of classic cuisine as well as world influences.
Lisa Antonelli graduated from the University of Tennessee Culinary Institute in spring 2012. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee. An avid baker all her life, Lisa specializes in baking and cake design and creates the afternoon tea menu at Brookhaven Retreat. Her elaborate confections are well loved among clients and staff, and are also often created with those with dietary restrictions in mind. When not in the kitchen, Lisa enjoys spending time with her Boston terrier, Jethro.
A native of east Tennessee, Janice has been in the cleaning field since 2007. Janice was a contractor in the cleaning industry before joining Brookhaven Retreat in 2010. Janice’s back ground includes continuous OSHA training, management, and clerical. As Co-Chair on the Life Safety Committee, Janice is dedicated to keeping the Brookhaven community safe. Janice enjoys taking walks and painting in her spare time.
Peggy is a native of East Tennessee; she has 25 years of housekeeping experience. Peggy has been with the Brookhaven Retreat team since 2011. Peggy is very outgoing and has a passion in helping others. Peggy enjoys long walks, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Perry Kinser serves as the Brookhaven Retreat Risk Manger and Safety Officer. His extensive OSHA training on Compliance and Workplace Safety provides the basis for his OSHA credentials. Perry has participated in Joint Commission Life Safety Code and Emergency Preparedness training. Perry leads the organizations culture of safety and risk awareness.
Teresa Rankin Klenk, a native of Ashland City, Tennessee, graduated magna cum laude from Austin Peay State University in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. She became a licensed Certified Public Accountant* in 1990 and worked as an accountant and a controller/accounting manager in the manufacturing industry before attending the University of Tennessee College of Law and graduating with honors in 1998.
In 2000, Ms. Klenk received an advanced LL.M. degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
Ms. Klenk has been admitted and licensed to practice in all Tennessee courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. Tax Court. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Knoxville, Tennessee, Knoxville Estate Planning Council, East Tennessee Tax Liaison Committee, and American Bar Associations
Dr. Swisher is a senior consultant for Stevens & Lee in Lancaster, PA. She is a member of Brookhaven Retreat’s Professional staff consulting team specializing in performance improvement, regulatory compliance and organizational management. Dr. Swisher is board certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.
Mitzi Navarra began her graphic design career at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1997. After working in the corporate world for a few years, in 2000, she ventured on her own and established Minava Design - a home-based full-service graphic design studio. She has been a member of Brookhaven Retreat’s consulting team since 2009 specializing in branding, graphic design and print management. Mitzi concepts with Jacqueline and creates beautiful and meaningful marketing materials for direct mail and online campaigns, Alumnae reunions, tradeshows like the APA annual meeting and more. She also trains new staff on how to maintain the Brookhaven Retreat brand.