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2210 Sutherland Ave., Suite 115
Knoxville, TN 37919
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Our office for eating disorder treatment in Knoxville, TN

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Intensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders

Located minutes from the University of Tennessee campus, Focus Treatment Centers in Knoxville is conveniently located in a beautiful refurbished warehouse turned office building.

Our program consists of 3 three-hour group sessions per week with 6 to 10 patients per group.  The sessions are in the late afternoons/ early evenings in order to provide intensive treatment with the least amount of disruption to the patient’s work, school, or family schedule.  The groups are “open,” with new patients coming in as other clients move on to less intensive levels of care.

This is a place of hope, a place to heal, and a place to truly discover who you are.

Treatment Components

  • Process Group led by a Master’s or Ph.D. level psychotherapist
  • Nutritional Counseling by Registered Dietitian
  • DBT and Life Skills Training
  • Didactic and Experiential Groups
  • Family Skills (this group includes a family member and is required for patients under the age of 18)
  • Supportive, supervised meals and gentle eating exercises
  • Weekly treatment Team Meetings to discuss individualized treatment goals and needs
  • Regular consultation with patient’s outpatient treatment team
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Our Clinical Team in Knoxville

Our team in Knoxville is comprised of experienced and caring leaders in the field of eating disorders.  Each member of the multidisciplinary team brings unique strengths to the program and also brings kindness and compassion to their work with every patient.  The team works closely together throughout every week to provide the best possible patient care.

Anita Johnston, PhD - Expert Consultant

johnstonEating Disorder Treatment Program Senior Advisor and Clinical Consultant Dr. Anita Johnston is a world renowned eating disorder specialist.

Dr. Johnston is the founding Director of the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii  (founded in 1982) as well as the founding Clinical Director of the ‘Ai Pono Intensive Out-Patient Eating Disorders Programs in Honolulu. She is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, which has been published in five languages.

Dr. Johnston’s work is integrated in our eating disorder program. She provides clinical staff training, consultation and program development.  In this brief clip Dr. Johnston explores the nature of eating disorders. She uses the metaphor of “The Red Herring” to illustrate the complexity and the challenge of recovery.

Dr. Johnston is a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Siri Khalsa-Zemel, MS, RD/N - Administrative Director

focus-treatment-siriSiri completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist.   After nearly 10 years of working in the fields of obesity, weight management, and binge eating disorder, Siri is currently expanding her education through PhD studies in Mind Body Medicine, with a specialization in healthcare systems.  Siri’s academic pursuits fuel her to lead Focus’s Intensive Outpatient Programs for Eating Disorders with a great depth of passion, strong knowledge base, and forward-thinking ideas.

Gail Gnade, PhD - Clinical Director

focus-treatment-gailDr. Gnade is the clinical director in Knoxville.  She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Tennessee. She  has experience working with patients who suffer from eating disorders, mood disorders, anxiety and personality disorders. She also conducts individual, family and chemical dependency therapy. She has served as guest lecturer speaking on such topics as “Chemical Dependency: The Development Model of Recovery,” “Women and Mental Health,” “Eating Disorders: A Bio-Psychosocial Perspective”.  Gail’s breadth of experience positions her as an ideal clinical supervisor for patients and staff alike, providing kind and clear guidance.

Martha Stanojevich, LCSW

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Jean Creswell, MS, MHC, NCC

focus-treatment-jeanJean completed her MS in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Tennessee. Using ACT and Rogerian approaches, Jean works with clients’ individual strengths and values to encourage optimal living and wellness.  In addition to facilitating treatment groups at Focus, Jean also manages insurance and many other behind the scenes tasks for patient care.

Teran Moon, MS, RD/N

focus-treatment-teranTeran has more than 17 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian and as a Tennessee licensed dietitian/nutritionist. Teran received her BS degree from the University of Mississippi in Dietetics and her MS degree in nutrition science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She maintains a private practice in Knoxville working with clients with eating disorders, weight issues, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and sports nutrition.


Peggy Pratt, PhD, RD/N

Peggy Pratt has practiced as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian for over 22 years.  Her experience and expertise can be found in the areas of weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular health, women’s health, child nutrition, eating disorders and food management.

Peggy received her PhD in Nutrition with an emphasis in Institutional Management from Texas Woman’s University.  She also holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Kansas State University.

She has taught dietetic students at Texas Woman’s University and the University of Texas Southwestern where she further developed her love for the culinary arts, organic foods, and research.  She is active in the Knoxville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and consults with many churches, businesses, and fitness clubs in the Knoxville Area.  She often participates in public speaking events and enjoys educating people in the areas of emotional and physical health.

Katie Rosas

focus-treatment-katieKatie completed her undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.   She has 17 years of experience in personnel and facilities management.  Katie also volunteers in the community. aiding women in recovery from substance abuse and helping them re-integrate into society.  Katie is the Community Outreach Specialist and also coordinates the Alumni Program in Knoxville.

Sarah Childs

focus-treatment-sarahSarah received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, where she studied psychology and business administration. She has experience working at residential treatment centers and as a youth care worker, where she worked with adolescent girls who have experienced family crisis as a result of moderate to severe behavioral, emotional, or related substance abuse issues. Sarah currently serves as the office manager, providing support to the clinical staff, as well as coordinating with each patient.