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Support Groups

Siskin Hospital understands the importance of camaraderie and encouragement when coping with a new or ongoing medical condition.

Siskin Hospital is proud to host or sponsor Support Groups that are designed to address the social, emotional, medical and legal issues facing community members and their families who may be experiencing chronic health conditions. 

To learn how you and your family can be involved in a Support Group at Siskin Hospital, please call 423.634.1674 or email

ALS Support Group

When: Fourth Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, second-floor Conference Room
Contact: Patty Lane or Katrina Kepf, the ALS Association, Tennessee Chapter, Care Services Coordinator (865.724.1717)

Mission Statement:  Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

**April 25: Michael Davis with Tobii Dynavox will be our guest speaker this month. Refreshments will be served. Family and friends are welcome to attend our group. We hope you can join us for our monthly meeting!

Amputee Support Group

When: Fourth Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Outpatient UTC Conference Room (1st Floor)
Contact: Vickie Blalock, PT, or Jake Aragon, PTA: 423.634.1389 

Mission Statement: The Amputee Support Group strives to provide educational information, emotional support, and resources to amputees and their families through professional speakers and peers. In addition, the group serves to encourage amputees to share information with other attendees in an open forum and relaxed environment.

**April 27: Join us for this month's meeting!

Bariatric Support Group

When: Second and Fourth Monday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Outpatient UTC Conference Room (1st floor)
Contact: Erlanger's HealthLink, 423.778.2906

Bariatric Support Group meetings are for individuals scheduled to have Bariatric surgery or who have already had weight loss surgery.

**April 10 and 24: We hope to see you at this month's meetings!

Chattanooga Adventurers and Assistance Dogs Social Group

When: Third Thursday, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Outpatient UTC Conference Room (1st floor)
Contact: Amy Kerin 423.697.0957
Mission Statement: 
This is a social group for young adults/adults with disabilities and their Assistance Dogs. This is a great way for your Assistance Dog to meet new friends and get together monthly to enjoy different activities while making some lifelong friends! If you would like to work on some basic training touchups with your Assistance Dog, there will be a trainer at the meetings, so it's a great way to keep your Assistance Dog working in style. This will also be a great way to advocate for people who have Assistance Dogs and educate the community on why they are a vital part of our lives!

**April 20: We hope to see you at our meeting this month!

Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association Support Groups

Contact: Lisa Morgan 423.634.1572
Mission Statement: CABIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality services in order to prevent and increase the awareness of brain injuries and to achieve optimal outcomes for brain injury survivors. Further, we are committed to advocating on behalf of brain injury survivors and their family members in order for them to achieve the highest quality of life. 

- Chattanooga Support Group
When: Third Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Conference Center (2nd Floor)

**April 18: By popular request, this month's topic will be "Fatigue Following Brain Injury." We will provide an area for children to hang out and enjoy time together for this meeting so that the adults can learn more about this topic. Please let Lisa know ahead of time how many children you are bringing. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Lisa Morgan at 423.634.1572 or email.

- Cleveland Support Group
When: Third Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
3405 Peerless Road, Cleveland, TN 37312

**April 17: "Enhancing Brain Function Through Nutrition" is our topic For more information, contact Lisa Morgan  634.1572 or email. 

- North Georgia Support Group**
When: Second Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Jimmy Simpson Foundation
9558 North Highway 27, Rock Spring, GA 30739
**Please call for Meeting Times, Dates & Locations.

Epilepsy Foundation Support Group**

Contact: Rita Moore, Education Services Director 423.634.1772
Epilepsy Foundation Website:
Mission Statement: We strive to support and educate those of all backgrounds and ages who are affected by siezures. We begin with an educational speaker, then transition to open discussion between group attendees. It is also our hope that positive relationships and support nets will flourish as a result of our meetings.- Chattanooga Support Group

- Chattanooga Support Group
 First Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Outpatient UTC Conference Room (1st Floor)
**Please RSVP for meeting attendance, as we provide a light meal for attendees.

**April 6: Rusty Bragg with Neuropace will speak on RNS. Dinner is provided - to reserve your spot, please RSVP to or 634.1773.

- Cleveland Support Group
Second Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Tennova Healthcare
**Please RSVP for meeting attendance, as we provide a light meal for attendees. 

**April 13: Rusty Bragg with Neuropace will speak on RNS. Dinner provided. For more information, contact Sedara Bond by email or call 634.1773.

Low Vision Support Group

Contact: Dawn Devine, Low Vision Program Coordinator, 423.634.1564
Email: or
When: Second Monday, 1:00 p.m. **Dates Subject to Change. Please confirm with Dawn.
Where: John Calvin Apartments Meeting Room - 364 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson, TN 37343
Mission Statement: Our mission is to provide persons dealing with their own vision impairment, or the vision impairment of a loved one, the opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same problems for support and education on resources and information to promote independence.

**April 10: Hope to see you at our monthly meeting!

Lymphedema Support Group

**The Lymphedema Support Group will no longer be meeting at Siskin Hospital. For more information on the Lymphedema Program, please call 423.634.1246 or email

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

When: First Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Will Hutchinson 423.634.1578
Mission Statement: This group exists to provide fellowship, information, and support to those individuals who have recently or long ago been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend as well. Through once a month meetings, friendships are formed in which true support for one another actually takes place. Additionally, the format of the meeting seeks to be centered around a presentation made by a healthcare professional or an individual with Parkinson’s Disease familiar with what you are or will soon be experiencing. Plenty of time is provided for asking questions and seeking new insight at each month’s meeting as well. If you are seeking a chance to learn from others while experiencing support and fellowship on your journey with Parkinson’s Disease, please visit this group. It is vitally important to know you are not the only one experiencing the challenges that Parkinson’s Disease presents on a daily basis. Please contact me if I can be of any help in any way!

Please click here to learn more about LSVT Treatment options for individuals who have Parkinson's Disease.

**April 4:  Attorney Martin Pierce will be at our meeting to field some questions. Come join us!

**Fall Risk Assessment for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease
Who: Individuals over the age of 21 who have a medical diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease
What happens: Faculty from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Physical Therapy department (Dr. Nancy Fell) and Computer Science department (Dr. Mina Sartipi) are recruiting participants to help validate measures of the Timed Up and Go test using an iPhone and motion sensors. Participants will report to the Motion Analysis Laboratory in McKenzie Arena. A researcher will take your heart rate and blood pressure and assist you in donning the appropriate motion sensors. You will then be directed to perform the Timed Up and Go test (TUG) where you stand from a chair, walk 3 meters, turn around, walk back, and sit back down in the chair, as quickly and safely as possible. You will be asked to perform 5 repetitions of this test during a session that is estimated to take 30 minutes. You may use any necessary assistive devices, and a researcher will walk along with you to prevent any loss of balance and/ or falls.
Contact: Hanna True
Phone: (423) 715-3591

Scleroderma Support Group**

When: Meetings will be held at various times suring the year.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Outpatient UTC Conference Room (1st Floor)
Contact: Linda Chaff 423.886.6000 or 423.718.8873
Mission Statement: The Chattanooga Scleroderma Support Group is an active support group that holds meetings at various times of the year for patients, families and friends of those affected with Scleroderma. We seek to increase awareness of the disease, provide education, raise funds for the latest research and treatments, and help patients and their support teams meet the physical and emotional needs of coping with this disease. The Chattanooga Support Group is part of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Scleroderma Foundation.

Meetings are scheduled when announced or when a member wishes to host a meeting in his/her area in Chattanooga or another area besides Chattanooga, such as Cleveland. There are several members in the Cleveland area. Even without regularly held monthly meetings, there are many ways we stay in touch, help each other, learn, and provide support for Scleroderma patients, families, caregivers, and friends. Here are a few ways and we hope you will join us:

  • The Chattanooga Scleroderma Facebook page. This is an excellent social media presence that our member, Angela Bledsoe, manages. I hope you will connect and visit it regularly and like it and share it. If anyone is interested in helping get resources, notices, photos, etc. for the page, and provide to Angela, I’m sure she would love your help.
  • The Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walk in Nashville in June. Several members usually go to the walk.
  • The Scleroderma Foundation's Annual National Patient Education Conference in July. Members attend and bring back invaluable resources they share.
  • I am always available by phone or email to visit or answer questions along with other members.
  • Our state president, April Simpkins, is a great resource.
  • The Scleroderma Foundation is an excellent resource and can be accessed online or by telephone.
  • There are a number of health fairs and other events regularly scheduled in the Chattanooga and surrounding areas and this is a great way to learn.
  • Siskin is an outstanding resource for care, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, and water therapy. Siskin also works with us on meetings and does a great job of marketing the meetings and providing a comfortable meeting room and any details requested.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

When: Second Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Outpatient Gym (1st Floor)
Contact: Celeste Ward or Leigh Ann Norris 423.634.1542
Mission Statement: We strive to improve the quality of life and independence of those whose lives have been affected by a spinal cord injury through education and support from peers. With assistance from various professionals, community resources, and client success stories, we hope to provide a useful tool for enhancing community participation. We want to equip individuals with SCI and caregivers with information to promote healthy living. 

**April 11: Randy Blackwell will be with us to talk about the variety of wheelchairs and components that are available. Hope to see you there! Contact Leign Ann Norris or Celest Ward for more info.

Stroke Support Group

When: Third Thursday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: David Barron 423.634.1579
Mission Statement: We strive to improve the quality of life and independence of those whose lives have been affected by stroke through education and support from peers. With assistance from various professionals, community resources, and client success stories, we hope to provide useful resources and encouragement that will enhance community participation, inspire new perspectives, and promote having fun. We aim to help equip stroke survivors and caregivers with information to promote healthy living. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend.

**April 20: Sherman Franklin will speak on "Perseverence through Disability." Come join us! For more informaiton, contact David Barron, 634-1579.

For more information on any of the Support Groups, please call 423.634.1674 or email