Our Staff

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.

Founder

Jacqueline Dawes

Jacqueline Dawes

Jacqueline Dawes began her career as a very successful developer of assisted living facilities. After losing her daughter to an 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.

Medical Team

Coangla "Coco" Ray

Coangla "Coco" Ray

Registered Nurse

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 4 years. She has been an employee of Brookhaven Retreat since the opening of the facility.

April Chandler

April Chandler

Registered Nurse

April Chandler received her B.S.N. 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.

Lori Turner

Lori Turner

Registered Nurse

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 2 years.

Angie Hurst

Registered Nurse

Angie received her A.S.N. in Nursing from LMU in 2007. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 3 years.

Therapy Team

Karen Hodge, LCSW

Clinical Director

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, MA, LPC

Program Director

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. She is a member of The American Counseling Association.

Carrie Fair, LMSW

Carrie Fair, LMSW

Primary Therapist

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).

Amy Dombrosky, LPC-MHSP

Primary Therapist

A native of Virginia, Amy Dombrosky received her B.S. in Psychology and Family Studies from James Madison University and a M.A. in Community Counseling from Marymount University. Amy is a Licensed Processional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the state of Tennessee. Practicing for over four years in the mental health and substance abuse fields, Amy is experienced in providing individual, group, and family therapy.

Erin Watson, BA

Erin Watson, BA

Lead Program Counselor

Erin Watson 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, motivational enhancement therapy and 12 step facilitation in both group and individual therapy settings.

Program Entry Team

Amy Massaglia , LCSW

Amy Massaglia , LCSW

Clinical Assessor

Amy Massaglia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology along with her Master of Social Work from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 10 years. Amy has worked in a variety of treatment settings primarily with dually diagnosed clients in both adolescents and adult populations. She has extensive training in a variety of clinical interventions including, risk assessment, crisis intervention and motivational enhancement. She has nearly 3 years of experience with Brookhaven in a variety of roles.

Andrea Bunch, BS, MED

Client Coordinator

Andrea received her bachelors in Organizational Management from Tusculum College in 2002 and then received her masters in K-12 in Counseling/School Counseling from Carson-Newman College in 2005. She is a Licensed Counselor in the state of Tennessee.

Supporting Staff

Robert Vittetoe

Chef

Robert moved here from South Carolina where he worked at The Myrtle Beach Yacht Club at graduating culinary school, Robert had the pleasure of working in some of Knoxville’s upscale restaurants such as Club le Conte, RT Lodge, and The Orangery. Robert’s style of cooking is a fusion of French and Italian mixed with his southern heritage. Robert now lives in west Knoxville with his wife and three kids.

Candace Bowling

Chef

Candace Bowling received her A.A.S. in Culinary Arts Management from Walter’s State Community College in Sevierville, TN. She has had the privilege of being a full-time mother while also working as a personal chef/caterer. Candace loves to volunteer her time catering functions to help non-profit organizations in their fundraising. Her cooking is definitely influenced by the south since she has always lived in the Knoxville area, but she loves testing new recipes and creating her own.

Penny Lange

Penny Lange

Medical Records

Penny Lange received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington. She has been at Brookhaven Retreat for over 2 years. She has an extensive experience base managing privacy and coordinating Brookhaven’s medical records department.

Stephanie Huth, BS

Public Relations

Stephanie Huth received her B.S. in Communications with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2012. Stephanie joined Brookhaven Retreat in January 2011, and since January 2012 she has been doing PR for the facility.

Donita Berry

Communications Coordinator

Donita received her B.S. in Health and Human Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010. She is a team member in the Front Office at Brookhaven retreat and has coordinated communications since 2011. Through her experience as an event planner and her knowledge in the field of fitness and nutrition, she is a wonderful asset to our staff here at Brookhaven Retreat.

Consultants

Lynn Swisher, Ph.D.

Lynn Swisher, Ph.D.

Consultant

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.

 

 

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