Our Staff


Our Team

On our team we have professionals from many different fields and capabilities. When it comes to substance abuse treatment, we offer our patients a powerful and professional experience. Below is a comprehensive list of our staff members, their credentials and their qualifications.



Dr. Kris Houser

Dr. Kris 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 Psychiatry. Dr. Houser is Board Certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry by the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

Dr. Houser has worked in many clinical settings in the area, both inpatient and outpatient. He has maintained a private practice in Knoxville, Tennessee and has also served as Medical Director at Peninsula Psychiatric Hospital in Louisville, Tennessee.

Dr. Houser is a competent and caring physician who feels it is critically important to listen to his patients, in order to give them the best clinical care available.

His passion is spending time with his two young children, playing golf and basketball, and attending The University of Tennessee football and basketball games (GO VOLS!!)



Cynthia West, M.Ed., LSPE, LADAC, MAC

Cynthia has over 26 years experience in the field of addiction and mental health. Her specialties include women’s issues, codependency, and family dynamics of families whose lives have been impacted by addiction. She also built and ran a women’s outpatient treatment program in Johnson City for 7 years before moving to Knoxville. Cynthia has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and level 1 outpatient settings.

Cynthia developed a specialized program to treat chemically dependent women and their families within the community mental health system. The success of this program became known state wide and reduced recidivism in this population of mental health clients. She marketed this program within the community, specifically targeting physicians’ groups and gained the support of all OB/GYN groups in the Johnson City area to expand the program to include pregnant and post-partum women and their children.

Cynthia successfully served as a liaison between community agencies and local mental health center which included the Department of Human Services, probation and parole officers, and Vocation Rehabilitation. This resulted in an increase in steady referrals to the mental health center.

She developed, with other members of a team, a system creating clinical notes, treatment plans, and discharge plans on a computer system. This method of documentation greatly reduced clinician time and increased efficiency.

Cynthia served as emergency on-call worker for crisis situations involving mental health and substance abuse emergencies. This included one position in which she provided this service by telephone contact over a three state area with a patient population of 278,000. As a result, Cynthia established relationships with a network of mental health providers over a three state area allowing me to make appropriate referrals of clients seeking mental health services. This resulted in her managing a caseload of 2,500 mental health and substance abuse clients over a three states area, providing ongoing referrals and treatment plan reviews within a managed care system.

Developed and maintained a family education program in coordination with an IOP which began with approximately 12 attendees and over the course of two years was built to regular attendance of over 50.


Scott West

Scott began his career as a crisis consultant for Bradford Health Services in 2004. After three years with Bradford Health Systems, Scott became the business office manager as well as the court liaison for Cumberland Plateau Recovery in 2007. Scott remained at Cumberland Plateau Recovery for a couple of years and decided to take over as business manager for Recovery Strategies in 2009.

Scott is an avid drummer and enjoys listening to a wide variety of music including southern rock, classical rock, blues and pop. Scott frequently enjoys going to concerts and events where music is played. He also enjoys cooking for his family as a pastime.


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Serving Knoxville, Maryville, Sevierville, Roane County, Oak Ridge, Lafollette , Lenoir City, Madisonville, Morristown and all of the East Tennessee area.