Who We Are

Who We Are

Our multidisciplinary staff is comprised of doctors, psychotherapists, dietician and nurses, many of which are walking their own path of recovery, sharing a passion and dedication to providing memorable and quality care to each patient and their loved ones. Treatment is individualized and holistic with a focus on reconnecting mind, body, and spirit and celebrating each person’s unique life experience. The warm and intimate environment of our centers provide a place of safety for the exploration of underlying issues, practicing new skills, and building new, healthy relationships with personal accountability.  We believe that recovery can not be fully reached without the ability to establish these healthy relationships, both with others and with self, and our ultimate goal is to prepare and empower each patient to move forward with a healthy, productive, joy-filled life.

“I can never thank the staff enough for the care and compassion I have been shown. I appreciate the honesty, depth of knowledge and understanding, and the love you have shared. How lucky I am to have known you! This has been (and will continue to be) an awesome journey!”

We are located among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee. We serve the needs of patients throughout the Southeast, including the surrounding Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga areas. Each campus provides comprehensive and complimentary screening and assessments to help each patient determine the level of care most appropriate for them. Compassionate professional staff is available to answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and if treatment is indicated, we can verify insurance and begin the admissions process that same day.

Our Mission

Focus is a nationally recognized center of excellence providing individual treatment and advocacy for adults with chemical dependency, eating disorders, and dual diagnosis. Our Whole Person Treatment approach reflects the value and self-worth of the patients, encouraging personal responsibility while providing hope that holds the celebrated promise of recovery

Our Vision

Our clinical team believes recovery from addictions and eating disorders is possible. We are dedicated to providing memorable care and empowering every patient. We believe acknowledging patients’ own unique life experiences shape treatment goals, which allows the restoration and pursuit of a healthy, productive, joy-filled life.

Our Philosophy

We believe addictions and eating disorders are chronic and progressive, and recovery is possible at any point in the lifecycle of the disease. By providing compassionate, memorable care and practicing well established medical and therapeutic models; each patient has the opportunity to embrace our mind, body, and spirit approach to support his or her lifelong journey in recovery.


  • Blake DeFoor 
  • Susan Kerr, RN
    Executive Director
  • Gail Gnade, Ph. D.
    Clinical Director
  • Jennifer Massengale, RN 
    Director of Nursing
  • Mark Peterson, MD 
    Medical Director
  • Siri Khalsa-Zemel, MS, RDN 
    Director of IOPs