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.


Tennessee Administrator
Valerie Bachert first love is caring for patients, especially the elderly, which began at the age of 12 while volunteering in a hospital.  She continued her love for elder patient care into her first job where she worked as a CNA in a long-term care facility in Ruckersville, Virginia.  Since that time, she has learned to love every aspect of medicine and has literally put her hands into every aspect of the medical field working as an EMT, Firefighter, Emergency Department Technician, and eventually becoming a Registered Nurse. She has since worked as a hospice case manager, as well in the specialties of spine, emergency, and float pool. Valerie loves all aspects of caring for patients and families but has found that hospice fulfills her calling in life, as we empower families and patients to live. In her free time, she enjoys her time with her church and her family, which includes her amazing husband, 8 children, and 2 grandchildren.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Clinical Liaison
Lindsay Brooks is one of Hearth’s Clinical Liaisons. Lindsay has experience as an RN case manager, Clinical Director, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management/Healthcare Administration. Lindsay has over 15 years of hospice experience and it still remains her passion today. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband, Josh, and their 4 children. Traveling, entertaining family/friends and watching college football (Go Dawgs) are some of their favorite activities. To contact Lindsay please email her at lbrooks@hearthhospice.com.


Clinical 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.


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.


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.


Community Liaison
Caitlin Grider joins the Hearth Hospice team as one of our Tennessee Liaison. Having had oncology nursing experience in the past, she developed a passion for patients and families dealing with chronic and terminal illness. Caitlin’s family roots run deep in the Marion and Sequatchie areas of Tennessee, where she will serve as our advocate to facilities, physician practices and families of that region.  Away from the office, she enjoys time with her husband, Josh and their fur babies, Brady and Bruce. To contact Caitlin please email her at cgrider@hearthhospice.com.


Community Liaison
Patricia Daniels has a passion for helping those in need.  This passion started at the age of 15 while volunteering for United Way in Dalton, GA.  She has over 20 years marketing experience with 15 being in the medical field. Patricia loves God, her family, friends, sports, and new adventures. She feels so very blessed to be able to work in such a caring profession.  To contact Patricia please email her at pdaniels@hearthhospice.com.


Community Liaison
Payton Byrd is our newest community liaison.  She is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Business Administration. One of her favorite things about her job is getting to meet new people everyday and building relationships with them and our patients. Payton is from Chickamauga, GA. Outside of work, she enjoys being with her family. To contact Payton please email her at abyrd@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.


Hospice Chaplain/Grief Counselor
Kevin Becker, M. Div. has been a hospice chaplain and grief counselor since 2011. His passion in life is speaking blessing, life and affirmation. He loves sitting with families, who are in the midst of challenging circumstances, to offer a safe place to be heard and validated. Kevin also shares inspirational messages of hope throughout the community and ministers God’s grace to those who have experienced loss of any kind. Kevin, his wife, and three children attend and serve at a local non-denominational church. Connect with Kevin (kbecker@hearthhospice.com) for any spiritual questions, concerns or needs.


Hospice Chaplain/Grief Counselor
Marv Eskew, MARE, has been in active ministry roles for 30+ yrs involving pastoral, educational, and counseling ministries. Since 2010, he has joined those travel-weary pilgrims who have needed a place of refuge as they experienced the ending of their journey and the grief that accompanies loss. Marv is convinced that God (the name for Love) is the essence of all life, now and forever. Marv is blessed to be in this life with Anita, four adult children, two son-in-laws and two grandsons. He loves to read, play tennis, and walk everywhere he can. To contact Mare, you can email him at meskew@hearthhospice.com for any spiritual questions, concerns or needs.


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


Volunteer Coordinator
Genevieve Younger works in our Hearth Cleveland office. She has a Bachelors in Healthcare Administration and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. She joined Hearth in 2019 and loves that her job allows her to meet new people every day. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and traveling. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for Hearth Cleveland, please contact Genevieve at gyounger@hearthhospice.com


Volunteer Coordinator
Amy Williamson works in the Hearth Fort Oglethorpe office.  She is a native of Lafayette, Georgia with an Associate’s degree in Surgical Technology, and spent the last 5 years in the operating room. She joined the Hearth team in April of 2019 and has enjoyed every minute of this new career and the wonderful people she spends her days with. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their son. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for Hearth Hospice, please contact Amy at awilliamson@hearthhospice.com

Our Honors

Hearth Hospice received a Deficiency Free State Survey and has earned the rare distinction of Nationally Certified Readmission Prevention Professional.  In addition to our stellar patients reviews, we had repeatedly received the Hospice CAHPS Award of Distinction.

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