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

Teran Moon

Teran Moon

Registered Dietitian

Teran Moon has more than 15 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of Tennessee. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of Mississippi in Dietetics. While at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Teran completed a dietetic internship and obtained her master's degree in Nutrition Science with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She has been providing nutrition services and medical nutrition therapy for clients of all ages in the area of weight management, substance abuse, depression and other mental health issues. She has also worked extensively with clients who have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, renal disease, and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. In 1998, Teran was honored as the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year from the Tennessee Dietetic Association (TDA) and Knoxville District Dietetic Association (KDDA). Throughout her career, she has held various leadership positions for KDDA. Teran holds memberships in the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Behavioral Health Nutrition (BHN), Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) and Weight Management (WM), practice groups of the ADA.
Coangla

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. in Nursing from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. She is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 4 years.

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.

Therapy Team

Marta Finnegan

Marta Finnegan

Program Director

Marta Finnegan received her Bachelor of Arts. in Psychology from Millsaps College and her Master of Counseling from Webster University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. She has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse for over 13 years. Marta has worked in a variety of settings within the field, including residential therapist, outpatient therapist, case manager, assessment leader in a detoxification unit, and facilitated interventions. She has completed the MARI Level II training and is working towards being a MARI practitioner, participated in DBT training, CBT training, and is a Certified Ropes Course Facilitator. Marta has been with Brookhaven Retreat for 3 years.

Megan Herscher

Megan Herscher

Weekend Program Director

Megan received her B.A. in  Communication Sciences from James Madison University, her Master of Arts in Counseling from Marymount University, and is currently enrolled in her doctorate in Counselor Education from The University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both the state of Tennessee and Washington DC, holds the certification of Nationally Certified Counselor and has worked in the field of mental health for over 6 years. She has breadth of experience and knowledge working as a Clinician and Administrative Director in both Inpatient and Outpatient levels of care. She is a member of ACA (American Counseling Association) and her work has been published in a peer reviewed journal.

Amy Massaglia

Amy Massaglia

Discharge & Aftercare Program Director

Amy Massaglia received her B.A. in psychology and sociology along with her Master of Social Work from The University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 9 years. She has worked as a psychotherapist and discharge coordinator in a variety of therapeutic settings including but not limited to Inpatient, Residential, In Home, Outpatient, and Schools. Amy has worked primarily with dual diagnosed clients treating both adolescents and adults. She has worked as a primary therapist with Brookhaven in addition to current role as aftercare and alumni coordinator.

Alle Wicker

Alle Wicker

Primary Therapist

Alle Wicker received her B.A. in Communications from DePauw University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the social services field for over 6 years. She has a breadth of experience and knowledge working with building community resources, domestic violence, and women in transition. She has completed training in Level 2 EAGALA, DBT, CBT, TFCBT and EMDR. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Deana Ferguson

Deana Ferguson

Primary Therapist

Deana received her B.S. in Family Life Studies and her Master of Social Work from The University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years. She has a breadth of experience and knowledge working as a Psychotherapist, in both Inpatient and Outpatient settings. She is trained in a wide variety of modalities including CBT, TFCBT, Meditation, Mindfulness, DBT, and EMDR. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones

Primary Therapist

Michelle Jones received her B.A. in Family Studies from The University of Maryland and her Master of Social Work from The University of Tennessee. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 7 years. She is trained in DBT and "music and meditation". She has breadth of experience and knowledge working as a Clinical and Administrative Director, Psychotherapist, Intake and Admissions Coordinator and Discharge Coordinator in Inpatient, Partial Hospital and Outpatient levels of care.

Connie Crossley

Connie Crossley

Primary Therapist

Connie received her B.A. in Sociology from University of Tennessee and her Master of Arts from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 7 years. She is currently training in Dialectial Behavioral Therapy and working towards her LMFT. She is a member of AAMFT and TAMFT.

Carrie Fair

Carrie Fair

Primary Therapist

Carrie Fair received her B.A. in Therapeutic Recreation from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has a Masters in Sports Management from the University of Tennessee 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 Recreation Therapist for a Residential Psychiatric Hospital in Douglasville, Georgia. Here she facilitated a variety of adventure-based activities; including both high and low ropes course. Her interests include trauma survival, substance abuse and empowering women. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) and the National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW).

Christine Hannon

Christine Hannon

Therapeutic Liaison

Christine Hannon is a counselor who is focused on helping women work through depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, grief, and work related stressors. Christine Hannon has an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Arkansas and an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Alabama. She is currently working on her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has worked in the field of mental health for 6 years and her clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults at a psychiatric inpatient hospital and with non-traditional and traditional college students being treated for bipolar, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse issues. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Tennessee Counseling Association.

Stacy Robertson

Stacy Robertson

Therapeutic Liaison

Stacy Robertson received her B.A. in Social Work from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and her Master of Social Work from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. She is a Licensed Master Social Work in the state of Tennessee and has worked in the field of mental health for over 7 years. Her interests include leading groups on substance abuse, managing stress and anxiety, and parenting skills, as well as learning new ways to integrate music into the therapeutic process.

Jennifer Terry

Jennifer Terry

Therapeutic Liaison

Jennifer Terry received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Earlham College, and her Master of Science in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Tennessee, and has worked in the field of mental health for over 6 years. She has a breadth of experience and knowledge working as a domestic violence advocate, case manager, forensic social worker, and clinical therapist in Inpatient, Partial Hospital, and Outpatient levels of care. Her training includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, meditation, and assessment and treatment of suicide & self-mutilation. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and the Phi Alpha honor society of social workers.

Sara J. Nelson

Sara J. Nelson

Therapeutic Liaison

Sara J. Nelson received her B.A. in Communications from Spring Arbor University, MI. She is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as well as Grief and Loss. She has true life experience in this program because she was a client at Brookhaven Retreat in 2008. Sara took classes and received certifications so that she could come back and work at Brookhaven. She is the first Alumni to return to Brookhaven as staff.

Admission Coordinators

Patricia Hammonds

Patricia Hammonds

Business Development Manager

Patricia Hammonds currently holds the position of Business Development Manager at Brookhaven and has been a part of the staff for 3 years. She attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She has served as the Director of Admissions for a large private psychiatric facility as well as a Network Territory Manager  for a large behavorial health group. She is a former State of Tennessee Human Rights Commissioner and has served on several boards and initiatives in the community.

Floor Managers

Carrie Parrott

Carrie Parrott

Senior Floor Manager

Carrie Parrott received her B.A. in Art History from Colorado State University and has worked in the field of mental health for over 7 years with focused training in meditation, DBT skills, and Anxiety & Panic Disorder skills. She has numerous years working closely with Clinical and Administrative Directors, Psychotherapists, Intake and Admissions Coordinators and Discharge Coordinators.

Meghan Phillips

Meghan Phillips

Floor Manager

Meghan Phillips received her B. A. in Creative Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Endicott College in Massachusetts. Meghan focuses on art and journaling as methods of therapy, using a variety of mediums and techniques in order to help create a unique and creative approach in individual self expression and reflection.

Supporting Staff

Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin

Chef

Ryan Martin obtained his degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC. After years of training under superior chefs in top kitchens across the southeast such as Emeril's Restaurant in New Orleans and Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN, Ryan brings his global and southern influences to the spa elegance of his healthful, homestyle menu at Brookhaven Retreat.

McKenzie Hill

McKenzie Hill

Human Resources Director

McKenzie Hill received her B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, majoring in Human Resource Management. She is a member of The Society for Human Resource Management.