Clinical Staff

Gail Gnade


Dr. Gail Gnade

Senior Clinical Consultant

Dr. Gail Gnade has been a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Tennessee since 1993. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, the largest multi-denominational Seminary in the world. Early in her Career Dr. Gnade was a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor in the Chicago area and in Pasadena, CA when she was pursuing her PhD.  Dr. Gnade has been with Focus Treatment Centers in various capacities for over 10 years.

 Dr. Gnade’s specialties include:  Addictions, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mood Disorders, Relationship Difficulties, Personality Disorders, and Recovery from Childhood and Adult Traumas (utilizing Somatic and Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, S.A.F.E.).

Dr. Gnade’s passion resides in integrating evidenced based treatment modalities in treatment and the recovery process through the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Poly-vagal Theory (Social Engagement Theory) and Spirituality, with a strong emphasis on the mind-body connection and integration.  In other words, she believes that we have been created to trust and connect with one another as human beings and when this goes awry for various reasons we may cope in a myriad of ways (including substance abuse, eating disorders and other addictions).  Dr. Gnade has found in her own healing process and in witnessing others, that it is indeed true; learning to safely connect with others, oneself and a power greater than oneself is foundational for recovery and living a purposeful and meaningful life.  

During her free time, Dr. Gnade enjoys spending time with family/friends, daughter, two granddaughters, reading and learning, finding humor in everyday life, and spending time with her pet/friend, “Bo,” a Collie who is trained as a HABIT Volunteer (Human Animal Bonding in Tennessee). You can often find the two of them visiting local nursing and rehab facilities (including Focus!).

Chris Harris


Dr. Chris Harris

Director Of Operations & Clinical Services

Dr. Chris Harris has a PhD in clinical counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University.  He is a licensed professional counselor with the mental health service designation.  Dr. Harris has been in the field for over 10 years and has worked in all levels of care inpatient/residential, outpatient individual and intensive outpatient group therapy. Dr. Harris’s research consisted of vicarious trauma in clinicians working with trauma victims.  He believes in treating the whole person and that mind, body and spirit are all connected.  He also has specialized training in treating trauma and PTSD. Dr. Harris, a native of Chattanooga, enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.

Margie Hayduk


Margie Hayduk, LPC, MSHP, NCC

Director Of Family Programming & Primary Therapist - Substance Use Disorder

Margie is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is a licensed professional counselor and is certified in Trauma Therapy, ARISE Interventions and Youth Ministry. Her career at Focus began in 2009 in the outpatient program. She later moved to a primary counselor position, was appointed the Director of Family Services, and co-facilitates the Families in Focus program once a month.

Margie left her roots in Michigan in 1977 after her first child was born. Husband’s job included relocating every 1-3 years to various places around the country. This was until they started enjoying the comfort of family life thus settling down in Cleveland Tennessee in 1992. Margie enjoyed staying home with 5 children while completing her college degrees. After completing an undergraduate degree, she accepted a job teaching at a Christian High School in Chattanooga and moved on to graduate school. During her ten years of teaching, she completed her graduate degree, obtained her counseling license, and began counseling individuals and families at Focus. Margie brings life experience, insight, and intention to meeting the needs of struggling individuals and their families. Her goal is to offer genuine loving regard and compassion and help build trusting relationships among the individuals and families she helps.

Brittany Barber


Brittany Barber, LCSW

Eating Disorder Program Director

Brittany utilizes a strengths perspective with a goal of empowering clients to draw upon their own gifts and resources to facilitate healing and cultivate a life worth living.  Brittany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her B.S. in Psychology and Master of Social Work degrees from Kennesaw State University.  Brittany facilitates weekly process and DBT skills groups in addition to providing support and oversight to the eating disorder programming.  Brittany utilizes her EMDR training to support our clients in the journey towards healing from trauma.  While not spending time furthering her clinical knowledge, Brittany practices intentional self-care through painting, spending time with her family, enjoying the outdoors, and reading fiction.

Bonnie Watson


Bonnie Watson, M.Ed

Chemical Dependency Program Director

Bonnie is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga with her B.S in Psychology and Masters of Education is Community Counseling. Bonnie is continuing her education by currently pursuing clinical supervision hours to obtain her Licensure in Professional Counseling. Bonnie has worked in various roles at Focus in the Admissions and Counseling Department over the past ten years and is now the Chemical Dependency Program Director.  Bonnie facilitates weekly process and Shame Resiliency skills groups in addition to providing support and oversight to the chemical dependency programming. Her goal is to ensure that all patients and their family members feels supported, informed, and safe as they begin the process of recovery.

Lance Pritchard


Lance Pritchard, MS

PRN Therapist

Lance was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, but has called Chattanooga home for 11 years now.  Lance received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology as well as a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Adventist University, where he currently adjunct teaches in his spare time.  Lance has previous experience working with adolescents who are struggling with both addiction and mental health issues as well as counseling their families on how to create a home environment that is more conducive to recovery.  While working at the residential center for adolescents, he conducted a regular psycho-educational group for patients struggling with trauma issues.  Lance endeavors to bring a very down to earth approach to his counseling and strongly believes in meeting the patient where they are at, especially early in the recovery process.  Lance is an avid reader and is continually involved in research projects and continuing education.  Lance also enjoys playing guitar, going to the local arcade, and keeping up with the local music scene.

Darla Cavitt


Darla Cavitt, RN

Director Of Utilization Review

Darla has 30 years of nursing experience. She obtained her RN from Erlanger Nursing School and began her career in behavioral health care. Her focus was primarily psychiatric and chemical dependency nursing. In the 90’s she began working in the managed care industry. She worked at Provident Insurance Company as well as Options Mental Health. She has also worked at CADAS as a Utilization Review Nurse. Darla began with Focus Healthcare in 2005. She is the Utilization Review Nurse and works with Discharge Planning. She is married and has two children. Her son is a Lieutenant aviator in the Navy, and a daughter is currently pursing her doctorate degree in Audiology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.