We are a private pay treatment center and do not accept any type of insurance. Costs associated with care are the responsibility of the client.
Founder, Medical Mentors, Artisans & Team
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.
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.
Christopher Gray is the managing owner of HappyMac and Metamedia and has broad experience in human factors, software development and IT support. His companies provide mission critical computer infrastructure, workflow automation software, communication systems, training and know-how to keep business operations humming along. Christopher's make-it-happen attitude and genuine commitment to client success has brought Brookhaven Retreat's identity online and helped streamline nearly every aspect of its internal operations.
Scott Migdole, MSW, LCSW, is the Chief Operating Officer of Yale Behavioral Health and the Yale Program on Supervision. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of the Clinical Supervisor, lectures nationally on the topics of supervision and treatment planning and has authored numerous articles on topics that include supervision, peer support and juvenile justice mental health.
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.
Kris Houser, M.D.
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.
Amir Hussaini, M.D.
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.
Carol Marshall RN, PNP
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.
Jill Wall, PA
Jill is a native of East Tennessee. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science. She graduated in 2004 with her Master’s in Medicine. Jill has 11 years of experience in emergency medicine. She is compassionate in her work, in caring for women’s physical wellbeing. In her spare time, Jill spends time with her family and travels.
Kellie Lucas, PAC
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. She enjoys spending time with her children and family. In her spare time she participates in recreational and outdoor activities ranging from camping to water sports.
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 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.
Kaitlyn Taylor, RN
Kaitlyn received her BSN from Carson-Newman College and is a Licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee. She has worked within the field of women's health care since 2007. Kaitlyn is passionate in her career to be a health care advocate for women. She has attended the full course for SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner), as well as mindfulness and psychopharmacololgy training. Kaitlyn enjoys sports, camping/the outdoors, 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.
Lisa Nobles, RN
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, RN
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.
Melissa Galant, RN
Melissa received her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Walter State Community College in 2001. She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee. She has worked in the Women's Health for 13 years before joining the Brookhaven Staff. She enjoys reading mystery / crime novels, spending time with her family, and watching her daughters play softball and other sports.
Michelle Looser, RN
Michelle received her Associates in Science and Nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in 2003. She is a registered nurse in the state of Tennessee. Michelle joined Brookhaven Retreat in 2012. She has previous experience in Pediatrics and Geriatrics. Michelle has continued education in DBT, Personality Disorders, and Mindfulness.
Anna Fain, RN
Paula received her Associate's Degree in Nursing from Walters State Community College in 2006. Paula is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee. She has previous experience in ICU, Home Health/Hospice, and School Nursing. She enjoys spending time with my family and watching my daughter play college basketball.
Andrea Baxley graduated summa cum laude from East Tennessee State University in 2011 with a BS in nursing and magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University in 2008 with a BS in general science and a psychology minor. She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee. Andrea joined Brookhaven Retreat in 2015. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family/friends, reading, and being outside near water.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Leslie earned a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Leslie has extensive training in suicidality and self-harming behaviors as well as in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing.
Leslie has over 12 years of experience in the field on Mental Health and Substance Abuse including residential, outpatient, crisis, private practice, and penal settings. She has extensive experience working with Co-Occurring Disorders, Personality Disorders, Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Substance related and Addictive Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Developmental Disorders, Suicide, Homicide, Self-Harming Behaviors, and Alcohol and Drug Assessments.
Leslie worked as a Special Agent for Homeland Security for five years and has over 15 years of volunteer experience involving working with the homeless, at-risk youth, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, ex-offender vocational counseling, the creation of a psycho-educational curriculum for those incarcerated, and numerous speaking engagements.
Leslie leads 18 groups per week at Brookhaven Retreat as well as has individualized DBT sessions. In addition, Leslie co-facilitates nutritional groups and our Ropes course.
Katherine Myers, LCSW
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 Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and has over eight years of experience in the field of mental health. Her education and experience include work in residential, hospital and outpatient facilities focusing on eating disorders, crisis intervention, personality disorders and dual diagnoses. Katherine is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, equine-assisted psychotherapy through EAGALA, Anthetic 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).
Lana Wilcox, LPC/MHSP
Originally from Maryland, Lana received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee. Lana holds dual license in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP). She has certifications in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and as well as Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy through EAGALA.
Lana has a comprehensive trauma background with multiple trainings including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy levels 1, 2, and 3 through EMDRIA, Beyond Trauma with Dr. Stephanie Covington, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional though PESI.
Other trainings include Anthetic Relationship Therapy training by Dr. Kathryn Elliott, and ACCT Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner of Low and High Ropes.
Lana has over seven years of experience in the field of mental health including residential, outpatient, and intensive outpatient (IOP). She has experience working with dual diagnoses including Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders; Bipolar and Related Disorders; Depressive Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders; Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders; Dissociative Disorders; Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders; Feeding and Eating Disorders; Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders; Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders; Neurocognitive Disorders; and Personality Disorders.
In addition to her work with our individual clients, Lana currently leads our Ropes group as well as one Equine group weekly.
Misty Davis, M.Ed.
Originally from Knoxville, TN, Misty earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Tusculum College. She holds a Master of Arts in Education and Mental Health Counseling from Lincoln Memorial University. She is currently pursuing her PHD in Leadership and Counseling Supervision. Misty has training in EMDR, addiction, trauma, suicidal behaviors, and self-harming behaviors. Her theoretical orientation is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Person Centered Therapy (PCT).
Misty has experience with both youth and adults in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Her education and experience include crisis intervention, residential, outpatient, private sector, and penal settings. She has experience working with dual diagnoses, trauma backgrounds, Personality Disorders, Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Substance and Addictive Disorders, Suicide, Homicide, Self-Harming Behaviors, and Alcohol and Drug Assessments.
Marlaina Kincaid, LPS/MHSP
Marlaina Kincaid has a dual license as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP) in the state of Tennessee. Marlaina has also earned in her Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Tennessee and obtained her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Capella University, where she also obtained her doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Marlaina has earned certifications in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy through EGALA and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Marlaina has been working in the mental health field for approximately 14 years, with experience in residential, inpatient, and outpatient facilities providing expertise to children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked with most mental health disorders including dual diagnosis, substance abuse, psychosis, bipolar, depression, anxiety, impulse-control, and personality disorders.
Her extensive training consists of CBT, insight therapy, motivational interviewing, Anthetic Relationship Therapy with Dr. Kathryn Elliott, as well as countless other theories. Marlaina is trained in multiple trauma therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Level 1, 2 &3 (1 &2 through EMDRIA and 3 with Laura Parnell), Beyond Trauma with Dr. Stephanie Covington, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional through PESI.
Marlaina works on an individual basis with clients and is currently leading one of the weekly Equine groups and a weekly Happiness group that she developed.
Deby Torbett, MS
Deby Torbett obtained her B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee and obtained her M.S. in Psychology from Walden University. She is currently a clinical psychology doctoral student. She has over five years of experience in the mental health field in individual, group, marital, and family therapy as well as psychological testing, evaluation, and interpretation. Her training consists of CBT, DBT, and SFBT, Anthetic Therapy, and other treatment modalities that are client-focused for appropriate integration of complementary interventions. She is also a certified sign language interpreter from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).
Charity Coyle, RD
Charity Coyle received her B.S. in Food Nutrition & Dietetics from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee. She is licensed as a Registered Dietitian, and has experience in multiples settings including both inpatient and outpatient care, diabetes prevention programs, long-term care, hospital and school food service, and government supplemental food programs. She has three years of experience in the mental health field working with eating disorders, including binge and emotional eating. She has received training from The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders, and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and their Behavioral Health Nutrition practice group.
Stephanie Christian, LMT, CYT
Licensed Bodywork Therapist
Stephanie has been practicing massage therapy for 11 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 Shiatsu, Reflexology, Reiki (Master Level), and Craniosacral Therapy. Stephanie has a passion for understanding stress and its impact on the physical body. She has practiced mindfulness and yoga for nearly 20 years and received her teacher training at the Sivananda Vedanta Center in 2006. She leads stretching, fitness, and daily reflection groups at BHR and often works individually with clients to increase flexibility and mindfulness.
In 2009, after working for the food/restaurant industry for 10 years, Josh realized his passion for true culinary arts. He graduated from the culinary program at WSCC in 2011. He earned two AAS in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Culinary Management, with a duel emphasis in hot foods and baking. Since then, Josh’s professional experience has ranged from a Sous Chef in one of the largest catering companies in East Tennessee, to the Executive Chef at a ground floor, 125 seats, privately owned restaurant. His cooking style would best be described as a “World fusion with Deep South roots”. He has a complete understanding of food’s duel nature to the body as both fuel and comfort, and he creates an excellent balance of the two.
Program Counselor, Certified Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor
A native of east Tennessee, Anastasia graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1997. She has experience working in direct care. In 2011, she joined Brookhaven and has since had training in dialectical behavior therapy, relaxation, mindfulness, mood disorder, personality disorder, and treatment resistant anxiety. In 2015, obtained her CPI certification as a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Instructor. She enjoys spending time with her two children as well as maintain her interests in fitness and the arts.
Dana Setzer, BFA
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.
Kayla is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Business Administration from Clemson University in 2014. Kayla worked as a lead behavioral therapist for clients with special needs before relocating to Tennessee. She has had training in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Designing Individualized Treatment Plans, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Kayla joined the Brookhaven Retreat team in 2015 and has a passion for helping women. Kayla is furthering her education by pursuing a master’s degree in Psychology. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, playing the viola, and cooking.
Jessica obtained her BS in sociology from Shorter University in 2002 and her MA in mental health counseling from Argosy University in 2012. Jessica has been working in the field for approximately 13 years in in-home, outpatient and residential facilities providing services to adolescents, women and families. Jessica is certified in Family Behavioral Therapy (FBT), TF-CBT and CPI. Jessica has worked extensively with addiction and trauma related issues. Jessica is currently working towards licensure as LPC/MHSP.
An Alabama native, Karen received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College, a Master's of Science from the University of South Alabama and a Master's of Business Administration from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
Her clinical and operational leadership career spans 25+ years in hospitals ranging from 150 to 479 beds. She most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of a 409 bed hospital in the Knoxville, Tennessee area.
Medical Records Team
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.
Amy received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Tennessee State University with a minor in Human Services and concentration in Psychology. Amy has begun her Master's program in social work at the University of Tennessee. Since graduating with her BSW, Amy has worked as an outpatient case manager at a community mental health center, a discharge planner at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a prevention services case manager at the Department of Children's Services. Amy has had extensive experience in coordination of care, resource development, and individual and family treatment planning. Amy has a passion for building life skills, raising awareness to mental health and substance abuse, and breaking the stigma. Amy has an admiration for the interdisciplinary team and holistic approach to treatment.
Admissions & Client Support
Security & Safety Team
Caitlin is new to Tennessee, as she recently moved from Pennsylvania. She has had 9 years experience in office administration and finds great joy in helping others. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and painting, occasionally. She is excited to be a part of the Brookhaven Retreat family.
A native of Alaska, Christina is an avid traveler who is happy to call East Tennessee home. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she earned a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sociology. She is passionate about exploring the connections between people and the way we interact with the spaces we live in. She has previously worked with communications and community outreach at non-profit organizations locally. Christina enjoys channeling her passions into the blogs she writes. In her free time she can be found exploring the wonderful outdoor adventures East Tennessee has to offer.