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Front Desk Lower Level

Chad Phillips, Brittani Arrowood, and Allyson Neal


Front Desk Upper Level

Lori Hestand, Sadonya Meadows Allen, Sally Summers, and Melissa Spears


Supervising Physician


Dr. Kris Houser

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.Dr. Kris Houser is a psychiatrist in Knoxville, Tennessee. He received his medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

TN State Medical License

Dr. David Snow

Dr. David Snow, MD is a psychiatry specialist in Maryville, TN and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from East Tn State University J H Quillen College Of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in psychiatry. Winner of 3 Awards including:

  • On-Time Doctor Award(2014, 2018, 2015, 2016)
  • Patients' Choice Award(2012, 2018)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2018)


Dr. Sadonya Meadows Allen

Dr. Meadows Allen has years of experience working in a variety of settings in the field of psychology. Unique skills and experience combining a doctorate level psychology background with master’s level psychiatric nursing training to holistically address the multifaceted needs of individuals with behavioral health and academic issues. Dr. Meadows Allen received her doctorate of psychology in 2001 from The University of Tennessee.

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Chad Phillips

Chad is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He received two Bachelor of Science Degrees (BS in Business Administration and BS in Nursing) and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Chad provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services for clients 16 years and older.  His practice focus includes adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and schizophrenia, among others. Chad’s overall goal is to partner with you in a safe, supportive and authentic way to honor your journey toward healing and growth.

Any requests for written letters (work release, etc) or paperwork (FMLA, student accommodation forms, etc) must be discussed in session and agreed upon by client and prescriber. There is a $25 fee assessed for letters and a $50 fee assessed for paperwork.

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Lori Hestand

Lori has been practicing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 2008. During her years as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, her passion and interest for mental health, along with her concern for access to mental health care, led her to further her studies in mental health. She specializes in medication management for anxiety, depression, ADHD, and schizophrenia.

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Brittani Arrowood

Brittani worked as an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) for 3 years, where she spent most of her time in the area of mental health. This gave her great experience in both mental health and pediatrics. She realized there was a need for advancement within the field of mental health, due to the gaps in care that she had experienced. She found a passion for working to enhance mental health, which led her to go back to school to become a PMHNP (Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner). The school where she got her FNP and PMHNP had a focus on giving an opportunity to students in rural areas, who did not have as much access to schooling opportunities. This is where she became passionate about giving everyone an opportunity to be cared for and wanting to empower those who are in need. She has worked in inpatient facilities, outpatient facilities and school settings, where she has experienced many people in need of treatment. Her passion for helping people in need of care has only grown.

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Sally Summers

Sally Summers graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Tennessee and received her Masters in Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and a clinical nurse leader. Sally is a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and is ACLS and BLS certified. She joined East Tennessee Focus Center in 2022 and provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults.

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Melissa Spears

Melissa has worked as an RN for over 15 years. She has worked in many different areas of nursing, but her passion and focus has always been mental health. Her passion for psychiatry lead to her obtaining her board certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has a passion for providing compassionate, comprehensive, and quality care to her patients. Her care is guided by a combination of evidence-based guidelines and her clinical experience. She strives to build rapport with her patients and families while working closely with an interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration to provide a holistic, patient centered approach to her patients. She has recently joined the team at East Tennessee Focus enter where she provides psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluations and medication management.

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Dr. Allyson Neal

Dr. Allyson Neal is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has over 25 years of experience in mental health in primary care, pediatric neurology, community mental health, and private practice. Dr. Neal specializes in assessment, diagnosis, medication management, and helping individuals and families increase their resiliency. She is also the Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Nursing.

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David Marcotte
LCSW, Therapist

David has worked in the mental health field for close to 15 years. He has provided services to children, families and adults from foster care to residential treatment in the capacity of In Home Therapist, Outpatient Therapist and Residential Therapist.

David has worked with clients suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Trauma and Disruptive Behavior Disorders, as well as, Substance Abuse/Dependence.

Aside from a Bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies, Master of Science in Clinical Social Work and Li censure as Clinical Social Worker he has real world experience as a Tradesman and Army Veteran.

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