Blake DeFoor


Blake is a native of Chattanooga and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has always had a heart for helping people in need, and upon graduation in 2005, his passion led him to a local organization doing child and adolescent mental health case management. In August 2006, Blake first joined the Focus Team as a member of our admissions department, and then quickly moved into a leadership role serving as the Director of Admission until 2010. During this time, Blake also worked with Dr. Anita Johnston to start the first Focus Intensive Outpatient program for Eating Disorders in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In late 2011, Blake shifted into a new role as the Executive Director at Focus in Chattanooga and shortly thereafter began working with Dr. Anita Johnston and Siri Khalsa-Zemel to open another Intensive Outpatient program in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2013, Susan Kerr moved into the Executive Director role as Blake moved into a role as CEO to work with all Focus programs.

Blake has a passion for both patients and staff, and works to promote the importance of healthy relationships in his personal and professional life.