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.
Julia Wood, MD
Dr. Julia Wood is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College and attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. She completed her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital where she served as chief resident. During her training she was a part of The Center for Women’s Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, providing evaluation and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with female reproductive function including premenstrual dysphoric disorder, medication management during pregnancy and the postpartum period and mood changes associated with menopause.
Following residency she served as an attending psychiatrist in the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Program at McLean Hospital and as an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She continues to serve as an editor for the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. Dr. Wood is passionate about women’s mental health and has a particular interest in working with trauma survivors and women with borderline personality disorder.
Ana Maria Sarasti, MD
Anna Maria Sararsti is a Psychiatrist who was born in Bogotá, Colombia in South America. She attended medical school in Bogotá at the Colegio Mayor Del Rosario. She completed her residency training at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. After that, she did her fellowship in consultation liaison at the University of Louisville, KY, where she specialized in transplant psychology. In addition, she has worked as an adult psychiatrist for the past 25 years. Her main area of expertise is the area of addiction.
Carol Marshall RN, PNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carol Marshall is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with 10 years of experience. She specializes in co-occurring disorders. Ms. Marshall lives in Knoxville with her husband, she enjoys her grandchildren and working with horse related activities.
Karen Hodge, LCSW
Karen Hodge is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Tennessee. She brings almost 20 years experience in the mental health field with experience in Domestic Violence, Inpatient, Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient programs. She holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City Tennessee and a Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Karen has been in supervisory positions for many years and has provided supervision of Case Managers, Therapists and Nurses. Her administrative strengths include development and implementation of policies and procedures, monitoring quality and risk initiatives, co-occurring program development, staff training and educational development, public relations, marketing and referral development. Her clinical strengths include a history of providing individual, family and group therapy with a focus on crisis intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing.
Karen has served as a Field Instructor for the College of Social Work with the University of Tennessee Knoxville as she provided supervision for social work students. She has also provided clinical supervision for mental health professionals working toward licensure.
Karen joined the Brookhaven Retreat team in January of 2012. She was a clinical therapist providing group, individual and family therapy with a focus on dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy. She was recently promoted to Clinical Director with a focus on staff development, program development, monitoring clinical indicators, monitoring performance improvement initiatives, supervision of therapists working toward licensure, documentation compliance and JCAHO compliance.
Julie Vaughan, MA, LPC
Julie Vaughan received her B.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in the field of mental health for over 16 years.
She has breadth of experience and knowledge working as a therapist in residential and outpatient settings as well as managing these programs. She has designed and managed women’s groups and recovery programs while teaching women how to explore themselves and become the best they can be. Julie specializes in meditative arts like tai chi and qigong and teaches clients to bring mindfulness to their everyday lives. She also has extensive training in experiential therapy to bring about successful change and awareness for women in the areas of substance abuse, trauma and mental health. Julie runs our Equine Therapy Program and she is an EAGALA Certified Therapist. She is certified to utilize horses experientially for mental health treatment and human development. This wonderful process brings about change in the individual through the non-verbal communication of the horse.
Ashley Acord, LCSW
Weekend Program Manager
Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Tennessee. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Concord University in West Virginia and her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has worked in the field of mental health for over four years.
She has breadth of experience and knowledge working as a clinical therapist in an outpatient setting providing individual, family and group therapy. She has also worked as a Clinical Manager in an outpatient setting where here duties included supervision of Case Managers, Therapists and Nurses as well as implementation of polices, documentation compliance, staff development and crisis intervention.
Angela Obear, LCSW, LMSW, MA, BS
Angela Obear is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Tennessee and a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Michigan. Angela received her B.S. in Secondary Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Prior to earning her master’s degree, she worked as a teacher in a middle school setting. Angela brings almost 10 years of experience in the mental health field to her work at Brookhaven Retreat. She has worked in Domestic Violence, Residential, Intensive Outpatient, Intensive Home-Based and Outpatient settings with both adolescent and adult populations.
Angela has experience providing individual, family & group therapy with a focus on crisis intervention, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, strength based therapy and motivational interviewing. Angela has served as a Field Liaison for the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and as a Field Instructor for the College of Social Work at Michigan State University for social work students. She also serves as adjunct faculty member for the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. In addition to her field experience she has provided clinical supervision to mental health professionals working towards licensure
Dianna Blackwood, MAPC, LPC, CADC
A native of Illinois, Dianna Blackwood received her B.S. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She received a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from McKendree University and is currently completing a Doctorate in Psychology from North Central University. Dianna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has worked as a Primary Addictions Therapist for over 5 years as well as a Psychology Instructor at a college level for 3 years. Dianna has worked in the field of Mental Health for over 8 years and has experience working in a variety of settings including corrections, inpatient, adolescent units and crisis units. Dianna is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Crisis Intervention and 12-step facilitation. Dianna has experience working in individual, family, adolescent and group therapy.
Carrie Fair, LMSW
Carrie Fair received her B.A. in Therapeutic Recreation from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has both a Masters in Sports Management and a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Masters of Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 9 years. She has breadth of experience and knowledge working as a forensic social worker, an addiction counselor and has worked as a Recreation Therapist in the residential psychiatric field for many years. Here she facilitated adventure-based activities including high and low ropes elements. Her interests include trauma survival, substance abuse and empowering women. She is trained in EMDR and DBT and is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW).
Patty Warner, LCSW
Patty Warner received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston at Houston in 1995 and her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston at Houston in 1997. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 17 years.
She has extensive experience working as a therapist in residential treatment as well as in private practice. Patty joined the Brookhaven team in February 2013, bringing with her a diverse background as the Clinical Supervisor of an outpatient clinic, Clinical Supervisor of a group of residential homes with a foster care department and Discharge Planner in a geriatric hospital setting. She specializes in treating substance abuse, trauma and abuse, and grief and loss.
Kendra Dall, LMFT
Kendra Dall received her B.S. in counseling and her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Counseling from Johnson University. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over three years.
Kendra has experience and knowledge working as a therapist dealing with trauma, substance abuse and family issues. She is trained in motivational interviewing and trauma focused therapy and has worked with adolescents and adults in both residential and outpatient settings. Her interests include empowering women and assisting them in working through past hurt and grief. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Erin Watson, LADAC, RAS
Lead Program Counselor
Erin Watson is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor in the state of Tennessee. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She received her Registered Addiction Specialist certification from Breining Institute in Orangevale, California. Erin has worked in the field of addiction recovery and co-occurring disorders for over 8 years. She has experience working with both adolescents and adults with co-occurring disorders in residential and outpatient settings. Erin received her certification as a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Instructor from Cornell University and has been teaching these skills for over 6 years. She has training in and experience using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy and 12 step facilitation in both group and individual therapy settings.
Lindsee Hundley, BSSW
Lindsee Hundley received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Lincoln Memorial University, where she graduated with honors and was named Social Work Student of the Year in 2012.
Lindsee has experience providing assessments, therapy, discharge planning and performing care plans in a mental health setting and has counseled children and families on issues of emotional and physical abuse, drug and substance abuse, DCS involvement and other social issues that impede academic success. She has attended numerous workshops on social work, ethics, drug dependency and disaster relief, and is constantly expanding her field of knowledge relating to providing the best mental health care possible.
Katie Collier, BS, MSN, ANP
Katie Collier received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Emory University. She graduated with honors from Yale University School of Nursing and is a licensed nurse practitioner. She has worked on the nursing team at Brookhaven Retreat since August of 2010. Katie is a native of East Tennessee; she enjoys baking and reading.
April Chandler, BSN, RN
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 "Coco" Ray, RN
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 over 6 years. She has been an employee of Brookhaven Retreat since the opening of the facility.
Lori Turner, ASN, RN
Lori Turner received her ASN in Nursing from Walters State Community College. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 5 years.
Lee Anne Woody, BSN, RN
Lee Anne Woody received her BSN from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1995, and worked in critical care for 12 years. She joined Brookhaven Retreat’s team of nurses in 2009 and has been delivering outstanding care to the women in its program ever since. Lee Anne enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Alicia Ogle, BA, ASN, RN
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.
Mitzi graduated with honors from King University, where she received her B.A. in business administration in 2013. While attending, she was listed on the President’s List and Dean’s List for academic achievements. She received her A.A.S. in Marketing and Management in 1997, where she was also listed on the Dean’s list.
Mitzi brings over 15 years of accounting experience to her role as our Financial Administrator. She has gained extensive accounting knowledge through staff accountant and management positions for several CPA firms and manufacturing companies in the Knoxville area.
Lisa Blum, BS
Human Resource Manager
Lisa Blum received her BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Lisa is interested in recruiting the best quality of staff possible to deliver the services of this program. She works hard to create the best environment and training and support systems for the staff here. She promotes wellness and encourages the staff to keep fit.
Front Office Manager
Kimberly Purdy began her career in health care in 1991 as a nurse. She worked in the field of nursing for over 20 years and continues to maintain an active nursing license. In 2012 she received a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administration. Kimberly is currently enrolled in a master’s program and will receive her master’s degree in Organizational Management with a Health Care Administration specialization in November 2013. She is a mother to four and grandmother to five, loves photography and enjoys the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Penny Lange, BA
Penny Lange 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.
Web Content Development & Marketing Copy Writer
Jessica Wirth received her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee with a major in public relations and a minor in business administration. She joined Brookhaven Retreat with a diverse background including public relations, marketing and web content management. She has experience in copywriting, editing, social media, event planning, website content management and both internal and external communications. An avid traveler, Jessica grew up between Europe and the U.S. and developed a love of linguistics that permeates her writing. She is enthusiastic about women’s issues and healthy living.
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.
Kimberly Stormer received her dual major BA in Russian Studies and International Affairs from Western Washington University. She has extensive experience working in all manner of environments, both domestic and abroad, ensuring that all individuals have their organizational needs cared for. She has a wealth of experience in various healthcare settings and customer service arenas, which translates into effective logistics and operational coordination for both Brookhaven’s clients and staff.
Teresa Rankin, Esq.
Teresa Rankin is a partner at Gentry, Tipton, & McLemore, P.C., a law firm in Knoxville, Tennessee and serves as outside corporate counsel to Brookhaven Retreat, LLC. She 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 a certified public 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. Rankin received an advanced LL.M. degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
Lynn Swisher, Ph.D.
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.