Meet Our Providers
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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 board eligible for the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He is a member of 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 double majored in Mathematics and Chemistry. While there he achieved the status of High Honor every year and was a member of the J.T. Vallandingham Society (the highest honor bestowed upon a student at the University of the Cumberlands). Dr. Mays then attended medical school at the University of Kentucky-Lexington where he graduated in the top 25% of the class in 1984. Dr. Mays completed his residency training program in Family Medicine 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 South-Eastern United States. Dr. Mays has special interest in nutrition, obesity, disease prevention as well as chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and other fatigue syndromes.
On a personal note: Dr. Mays has a strong faith in God and has taught at multiple churches the Biblical healing principles and spiritual laws. Dr. Mays is married to his wife of 38 years and has 3 beautiful adult daughters, 3 great sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. Dr. Mays enjoys organic gardening, hiking, photography, basketball, and antique collecting.
Dr. Bryan Tilley
Dr. Bryan Tilley graduated from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, in 1991, where he received a B.S. in Bible, with a specialty in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. With a passion for people he later attended Texas Chiropractic College in Houston, TX, where he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has been with Optimal Health and Brown Chiropractic since 2012. He worked at the Northside clinic in North Knoxville for three years and has worked at the Alcoa clinic since 2015. His extracurricular interests in college were Sports Medicine Chiropractic and Journal Club. He has received training in MFR- Myo-fascial release, Activator Method and Graston. He has been married to Rita for 23 years and lives in Kingsport, TN where he enjoys raising chickens at his farm house. He loves to work on cars and he loves Beatles!
Dr. Edward Blañco
Dr. Charlotte MacDonald
Head Nurse Practitioner
Dr. MacDonald pursued her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) 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 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2011.
She practiced as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care prior to graduating as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. MacDonald has been with Optimal Health many several years. It is her passion to help her patients improve their lives. She loves to travel with her husband, Scotty, and spend time with her family and friends.
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 an 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.
Dr. Daniel Wilder, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Daniel Wilder received his B.S. degree in Rehabilitative Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2003. After receiving his degree there, he then went into the Graduate Physical Therapy program at UTC, where he then earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2005. During his time as a Physical Therapy Clinician, he served as Director of Rehab Services for an over 200+ bed skilled nursing facility and gained experience working in outpatient orthopedic clinics.
Dr. Wilder has treated a variety of Orthopedic and Neurological conditions ranging from acute/chronic Spinal conditions, Stroke Rehabilitation, Vertigo/Vestibular dysfunctions, post-surgical rehab of multiple extremities (hips, knees, shoulders, and ankles), post CVA Rehabilitation, and general debility/balance disturbances, all with positive functional outcomes. He has attended numerous post graduate courses focusing on Stroke Rehabilitation and improving manual therapy skills so that he can maximize patient’s functional outcomes.
In addition, outside of the clinic, Dr. Wilder enjoys going to UT football and basketball games, spending time outdoors, traveling, going to concerts and spending time with his family.