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.
Yolanda Fleming is a writer, magazine editor, artist, musician and food enthusiast with a sharp focus on holistic well-being. She recently joined the Brookhaven Retreat team with the mission of channeling her 27 years of varied work and creative experience into compassionately writing about mental health as it pertains to all aspects of life.
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.
Kelly Ownby, M.D.
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.
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.
Stephanie Barkley, RN
Stephanie received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Lincoln Memorial University in 1994. She is a Registered Nurse in the state of Tennessee. She has experience in Geriatrics, Case Management, and Mental Health. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, her animals, and reading.
Anna Fain, RN
Barbee Snyder, RN
Deb is a native of Illinois, who later moved to Tennessee. Deb holds a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, and has a Master’s in Counseling from Carson Newman College. She brings 25 years of experience in social work and 9 years in management and administration. Deb enjoys working with people, seeing the program work, and seeing people reach wellness. In her spare time she enjoys nature, camping, hiking, and spending time with her grandsons.
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Psychology and Fine Art from Charter Oak State College. She received her Master of Special Education and Behavior Management from Liberty University. Rebecca is currently pursuing licensure as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and in Education. She brings 7 years of experience in Art Therapy and over 25 years as a professional artist. She is passionate about helping people express themselves when they are unable to verbally. Rebecca enjoys animals, painting, and sculpting with reclaimed materials.
Katherine Myers, LMSW
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). She also is trained in Anthetic Therapy.
Lana Wilcox, LPC/MHSP
Originally from Maryland, Lana received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider in the state of Tennessee. She has certifications in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is an ACCT Certified Level 1 Challenge Course Practitioner of Low and High Ropes, as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Her extensive trainings include EMDR, EGALA Level 1, and Anthetic Therapy. As an Individual, Family, and Group Therapist, she has over 5 years of experience including residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, community, and private sector treatment working with clients with a dual diagnoses, substance abuse, and trauma background. In addition to her work with individual clients, she currently leads our Ropes as well as one Equine Group weekly.
Marlaina Kincaid, MS
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, Anthetic Therapy, as well as countless other theories. Marlaina is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, as well as, Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Marlaina is currently working towards attaining her licensure and credentialing as an LPC/MHSP. Marlaina is also working on her dissertation for her Doctorate in Industrial- Organizational Psychology.
Sharon Moore, MA
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.
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).
Julia Wilson, MS, MFT
Julia received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Lee University. Julia has over 9 years of experience as a mental health professional. She began her work as a private Applied Behavior Analysis Tutor. Her experience includes working in an acute psychiatric hospital, a school designed specifically for children with autism, working in a residential psychiatric facility, and providing therapy in private practice. She has experience in working with family systems using the Bowenian Family Therapy model, as well as extensive training in Anthetic Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Substance Abuse, and Group Counseling. Julia has been trained in and is seeking certification as an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist and is a certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator. Julia is also certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Julia is currently pursuing licensure for credentialing as an LMFT.
Charity Coyle, RD
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.
Stephanie Christian, LMT, RYT
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 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.
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.
Anna holds a passion to share her love of food through Culinary Arts. She has travelled extensively through Europe and South Africa, learning a variety of different foods and techniques.
Anna graduated in the top percentile at the Culinary Institute through the University of Tennessee/Pellissippi. She was the Sous Chef/Kitchen Manager for Tri Delta Sorority - University of Tennessee chapter, and is currently continuing her education. She has executed events for the University of Tennessee. She has worked with nutritionists at UT Medical Center to develop an understanding of nutritional and dietary needs. Anna started her culinary career at a resort in Colorado. In addition to cooking, her hobbies include spending time outdoors with nature, advocating for local food sources, traveling, rock climbing, swimming, soccer, and playing with her 6 dogs.
Originally from Minneapolis, Casey graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2010. He grew up around restaurants/catering and developed a strong interest for food and its power to bring people together. He incorporates the flavors and foods he discovered in 10 years of traveling. In his spare time he enjoys being a musician and the creative qualities that parallel the music and culinary worlds.
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.
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.
Lori received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in management from Maryville College in 1991 and her teacher certification from Lincoln Memorial University in 2008. Lori has 7 years experience in the behavioral health field in counseling, training, and management. She earned 6 years experience in the banking industry in corporate communications and has 10 years experience working with special populations in her local school system. Her passions are helping others, rescuing animals, and writing.
Amy Ward, BSW
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.
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.
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.
A native of East Tennessee, Jessica King received her bachelor’s degree in human development and learning with a minor in sociology from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Prior to joining Brookhaven Retreat, she provided care to children and families with severe emotional disturbances by creating short and long-term respite care plans for the unique needs of each family. She has also worked with various foundations in East Tennessee promoting healthy and respectful relationships for women and working to end domestic violence.
Jessica is the point of contact for Brookhaven Retreat's alumnae. During a woman's stay at the facility, Jessica orients her to the many resources available to her as part of the Brookhaven alumnae community and helps coordinate her post-discharge care plan. She maintains alumnae website, email and phone communications and helps plan the much-anticipated annual retreats.
Admissions & Client Support
Security & Safety Team
Brittany is a native of East Tennessee. She brings 10 years experience in medical office administration. Here at Brookhaven Retreat, Brittany is enthusiastic about her role as a communication coordinator and also assists with client transportation. Brittany has a passion for helping others and always being upbeat. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, the outdoors, and gardening.