Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Auburn University. After graduation, he served as a Nursing Home Administrator and then began his lifelong career in the hospice and home health fields. In 1996, Tom founded his first home health care agency in Chattanooga, TN, which eventually sold to a large long-term care company. He continued with them as the VP of Home Health, managing the nationwide network of agencies as well as acquiring new agencies and performing startups. In 2000, Tom founded Guardian Home Care and Hospice which grew to a large network of offices in multi states.  In 2010, he transitioned to Georgia Home Health and continues today as a partner and CEO. With the acquisition of Hearth Hospice in 2014, Tom has now realized both of his life long career goals. Home health care allows Tom and his team to assist patients with more short term health care needs return to full functionality.  And with hospice they have the additional honor of loving and caring for patients
and their families during the end of life journey. Tom lives in Chattanooga with his wife, Monique and their three children.


Chief Operating Officer
Tiffany Hobbs has over 12 years experience as a registered nurse and over 4​ ​years experience as a hospice Nurse Practitioner. She is now serving as the Chief Director of​ ​Operations.  Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing ​from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her Master of​ ​Science in Nursing 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, Tiffany is well equipped to manage, coordinate and​ ​deliver exemplary hospice care.


Georgia Administrator
Judy Bearden has been a nurse for over 17 years. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing Education at the University of Phoenix Chatt, TN. Judy started her career at Memorial Hospital where she learned from many wonderful physicians and nurses that giving care meant more than passing medications. She has practiced in home health and hospice for the last 8 years. For Judy, working with Hospice patients has been the greatest and most rewarding job she has ever had.


Community Education Liaison
Dr. Chara has over 13 years experience as a Physician Assistant, with 10 years of those years spent in Oncology practice in Bradley County. She received a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Trevecca Nazarene University and her Doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University. She has over 8 years of marketing experience after starting Tennessee’s first WALK to End Hydrocephalus and other special events in Chattanooga and also serving as the local Hydrocephalus Association’s Community Network. Chara 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.


Medical Director – Tennessee
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 his expertise to assist Hearth’s staff in providing excellent care.


Associate Medical Director – Georgia
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 over 28 years. 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.


Medical Director – Georgia
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 for over 20 years. Dr. Miranda is one of 12 doctors at Hutcheson Medical Center and one of 37 at Memorial Health Care who specialize in Family Medicine.


Associate Medical Director – Tennessee/Georgia
Dr. David is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. He is available daily to coordinate with your healthcare team, which includes daily visits to area hospitals. This allows unparalleled access to physicians by your healthcare team.


Associate Medical Director – Tennessee
Dr. Subhash Virani, MD is an internal medicine doctor affiliated with Memorial Hospital. He has been practicing medicine in Chattanooga, TN for over 22 years.


Hospital Liaison
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.


Tennessee Liaison
Kelli Harless has over 20 years experience as an LPN in geriatrics, skilled nursing, home health and hospice. She is an active member with the Alzheimer’s Association and an avid sports fan. To contact Kelli please email her at kharless@hearthhospice.com.


Clinical Director – Chattanooga
Betty Blevins works in Hearth’s Chattanooga, TN location. She has been a registered nurse for over 15 years, which includes nine years in hospice care. She believes it is an honor to care for someone during the end of life journey. She lives in South Pittsburg, TN and loves spending time with her three children​;​ Madelyn, Ethan, and Allison. To contact Betty please email her at bblevins@hearthhospice.com.


Tennessee Liaison
Lindsay Brooks is one of Hearth’s Tennessee Liaisons. 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.


Volunteer Coordinator / Neurological Engagement Program Coordinator
Amanda Boulware 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 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. To contact Amanda please email her at aboulware@hearthhospice.com.


Bereavement Coordinator and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist
Allison Barron 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. To contact Allison please email her at abarron@hearthhospice.com.


Volunteer Coordinator
Kristi Born works in the Hearth Tennessee office.  She is a native of the Chattanooga area with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Tennessee of Chattanooga.  She joined the Hearth team in May of 2016 and loves that her job allows her to meet and work with so many wonderful people. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three sons and her local family and friends. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for Hearth Hospice, please contact Kristi at kborn@hearthhospice.com

Our Honors

 In addition to our stellar patient reviews, Hearth Hospice has received the Hospice CAHPS Award of Distinction.

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