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Dr. Richard Mays MDDr. Richard Mays – Medical Director

Dr. Richard Mays MD, is a family physician who has been in private practice in Knoxville, TN since 1978. He is board certified in two different medical specialties, the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). He is a member if the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) as well as several other professional societies such as Who’s Who Among American Professionals.


Dr. Mays did his undergraduate training at University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky from 1976-1980, where he had a double major in Mathematics and Chemistry. While ther he achieved the status of High Honor every year, was a member of Who’s Who Among American College Students, a member of the J.T. Vallandingham Society (the highest honor bestowed upon a student at the University of the Cumberlands) and was a Physics lab instructor for 2 years. Dr. Mays then attended medical school at the University of Kentucky-Lexington where he graduated in the top 25% of the class in 1984.At that point Dr. Mays completed a secondary training program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville from 1984-1987.

In 2008, Dr. Mays authored “The Bible Diet” a book which discussed Biblical principles on healthy eating and disease prevention. Dr. Mays has traveled for speaking engagements on diet, nutrition, and healthy living all over the Southeastern United States. Dr. Mays has special interest in nutrition, obesity, disease prevention as well as chronic conditions such as fibronyalgia, adrenal fatigue diabetes, and all chronic fatigue syndromes!

Dr. Mays has a strong faith in God and has taught at multiple churches in several states on Biblical healing principles and spiritual laws. Dr. Mays is married to his wife of 35 years and has 3 beautiful adult daughters, 3 great son-in-laws, and one grand daughter.

On a personal level, Dr. Mays enjoys organic gardening, hiking, photography, basketball, and antique collecting.


Gayanne BallingerGayanne Ballinger – Nurse Practitioner Supervisor

Gayanne graduated from the University Of Tennessee Knoxville in 1993 and began working at Erlanger Hospital. She completed her masters degree in nursing at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 1997 and after a year post graduate work she became a certified Family Nurse Practitioner in January of 1998. Since then she has practiced in Endocrinology Family Practice, Occupational Health, and acute care. She joined Optimal Health in June of 2013 and is the lead Nurse Practitioner. She is a proud mother of a 16 year old son and enjoys spending time with him, sports, and her dogs.


Dr. Charlotte MacDonaldDr. Charlotte MacDonald – Head Nurse Practitioner

Charlotte pursued her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree with a focus on synthesizing evidence to improve clinical practice which she completed in August 2016. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with the Masters of Science in Nursing degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2011. Charlotte practiced as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care prior graduating as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves traveling, watching football, enjoying different foods and restaurants and enjoying new life adventures.


John WierJohn Wier – Nurse Practitioner

John Wier NP-C joined Brown Chiropractic and Optimal Health in 2015 after graduating Lincoln Memorial Family Nurse Practitioner program. Before becoming part of the team he practiced as Emergency Medicine Registered Nurse at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for nearly a decade.

John has been married to his wonderful wife Katina for 19 years. He has no children but cherishes time spent with his wonderful nieces Adriana and Kasi. His hobbies include boating, shooting, and vacationing at the beach with family.