About Us

Our Mission:
Our mission is to deliver highly personalized care of the highest quality to patients and their families experiencing chronic and terminal illnesses.

Our Values:

  • Compassion: We listen, we care, and we strive to fully understand our patients’ needs.
  • Integrity: We are honest and ethical in our delivery of care.
  • Excellence: We strive to surpass the expectations of our patients and their families.
  • Creativity: We value creativity in providing the best qualify of life for each individual.
  • Diversity: We encourage awareness and respect for diversity.



Meet Our Doctors and Nurse Practitioner:

DrZeigler2Dr. Donald Zeigler is the Medical ​Director at Hearth’s Tennessee location. Dr. Zeigler received his medical degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine​ ​and completed his residency at​ ​University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga. He has been practicing medicine for over 1​7​ years and ​uses expertise to assist Hearth’s staff in providing excellent care.
Dr. Paul Miranda is the Medical Director at Hearth’s Georgia location. Dr. Miranda is a family medicine doctor in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hutcheson Medical Center and Memorial Health Care. He received his medical degree from University of South Alabama College of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years. He is one of 12 doctors at Hutcheson Medical Center and one of 37 at Memorial Health Care who specialize in Family Medicine.
Dr. Subhash Virani is the Associate Medical ​Director at Hearth’s Tennessee location. Dr. Subhash Virani, MD is an internal medicine doctor who had practiced medicine in Chattanooga, TN for over 22 years. Dr. Virani is affiliated with Memorial Hospital.
HortonColor1Dr.​ ​William Horton is the Associate Medical Director at Hearth’s Georgia location. Dr. Horton is a Mississippi native. He graduated from Delta State University with a medical technologist’s degree and supervised a hospital lab for a time before deciding to go to medical school. He attended West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he chose to specialize in internal medicine. He and his wife have been married for 28 years and they have three daughters and one son. He takes pride in his family and marriage, and is grateful for the time he spends with them.
bosshardtDr. David Bosshardt is the Associate Medical Director at Hearth’s Tennessee and Georgia locations. He is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and available daily to coordinate with your healthcare team, including daily visits to area hospitals. This allows unparalleled access to physicians by your healthcare team.

Meet Our Management Staff:

Tiffany Hobbs1Tiffany Hobbs, NP-C is the Chief Operating Officer at Hearth Hospice.​ ​Tiffany has over 12 years experience as a registered nurse and over 4​ ​years experience as a hospice Nurse Practitioner and Director of​ ​Operations.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree​ ​from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Master of​ ​Science in Nursing degree from Southern Adventist University.  She is board​ ​certified nationally by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners​ ​Certification Program as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.  As a leader and​ ​advocate for hospice quality and compliance combined with her love and​ ​responsiveness to​ ​patients and families, she is well equipped to manage, coordinate and​ ​deliver exemplary hospice care.

Allison Barron, Bereavement Coordinator and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, became a part of the Hearth Hospice team in 2017. She has acquired multi-specialty nursing experience over the last 36 years. After having walked through cancer treatment and recovery with her husband who was diagnosed in 2005, and personally experiencing the compassionate care of hospice providers for both of her parents, Allison found that her passion was to help hearts mend. She found that in the process of encouraging others as they faced adversity, it was instrumental in her own grief recovery. During her downtime, Allison loves spending quality time with her husband, three boys, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Amanda Boulware, Neurological Engagement Program Coordinator, was able to combine her two loves of science and music while obtaining her undergraduate degree in neuropsychology and music at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She then went on to participate in a research fellowship at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and most recently is working towards completing her MSc in music and cognition research from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is an active member of the Alzheimer’s Association and in her free time enjoys going to concerts, watching movies, photography, reading , and exploring the city.
 Betty Blevins2Betty Blevins RN is the Clinical Director for Hearth’s Chattanooga, TN location. She has been a registered nurse for 15 years, including nine years in hospice care. She believes it is an honor to care for someone during his or her end of life journey. She lives in South Pittsburg, TN and loves spending time with her three children​;​ Madelyn, Ethan, and Allison.

Meet Our Community Liaisons:

Our liaisons go above and beyond to make sure you are informed of all your hospice options. They are excellent communicators and are always available to answer your questions.
Lorinda Thompson1 Lorinda Thompson is Hearth’s ​Hospital​ Liaison. She i​s a local Chattanoogan​​​ ​who enjoys​ spending time with ​her​ family, running, hiking, or any​ other​ outdoor activity​. To contact Lorinda please email her at lthompson@hearthhospice.com.
Lindsay Brooks2Lindsay Brooks, RN is Hearth’s Tennessee Liaison. Lindsay has experience as a RN case manager in Georgia and over 13 years experience in hospice. When she isn’t working she is spending time with her four kids. To contact Lindsay please email her at lbrooks@hearthhospice.com.
Kelli H2Kelli Harless, LPN is Hearth’s Tennessee Liaison. She has over 20 years experience as an LPN in geriatrics, skilled nursing, home health and of course hospice. She is an active member with the Alzheimer’s Association and avid sports fan. To contact Kelli please email her at kharless@hearthhospice.com.
Dr. Chara McLaughen, DHSc, PA, Hearth’s Community Education Liaison. for our Cleveland Office and then Northern Countries. She has over 13 years experience as a Physician Assistant, with 10 years of those years spent in Oncology practice in Bradley County. She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Trevecca Nazarene University and her Doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. She has over 8 years marketing experience after volunteering to begin Tennessee’s first Hydrocephalus Association WALK, Community Network, and all special events. She is a native of Harrison and spends her free time with her husband and 3 children.  To contact Chara please email her at cmclaughen@hearthhospice.com.

Our Founder

Founder2Founded by Dr. Deanna Duncan, Hearth Hospice is the only physician-founded hospice in the Chattanooga and North Georgia area. Dr. Duncan, a national expert in hospice and palliative care, founded Hearth based on the belief that “a small hospice provider can provide the most personalized, expert care. The best organizational structure is one that puts the fewest obstacles between the patient and their providers.” Dr. Duncan was given a “hospice diagnosis” in 2013 when she was told she had stage 4 cancer and she only had months to live. After beating cancer into remission she decided in 2015 to retire from the Hospice business and spend more time enjoying her life outside of work. Dr. Duncan continues to be an inspiration to the pursuit of excellence at Hearth Hospice .

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Hearth Hospice is a Veteran-Owned Business
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