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Tim Ehmer, DC

Clinic Director

Dr. Tim Ehmer, D.C. is originally from Massillon, OH. He is an avid soccer player and has been playing his whole life. Attended Kent State University graduating with a BS in Exercise Physiology 2015. As a registered Exercise Physiologist, he became passionate about helping others change their lives through exercise and nutrition. Utilizing preventative measures and complementary approaches to create changes to their bodies, as well as improving their health and overall quality of life. This is what led him…

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Scott McGrath, DC

Clinic Director

Dr. Scott graduated from Rutgers College in 1999 with his BS in Exercise Science and Sports Studies and The University of Bridgeport in 2003 with his Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr. Scott is an avid sports fan of the MLB, NBA, NFL, and UFC; and is the former captain and top singles/ doubles player of the Rutgers Tennis Team. He is a multi-year award winner of New Jersey Top Docs and (201) Magazine’s Top Chiropractors. Dr. Scott resides in Suwanee and…

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Joe Garcia, DC

Clinic Director

Dr. Joseph García was born in Orlando, Florida, and grew up in Guánica, Puerto Rico. In 2015 he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce. During his clinical practice, he had the opportunity to work with a professional basketball team in the prevention, diagnosing, and treating of musculoskeletal injuries with a Chiropractor. Dr. García developed a passion for Chiropractic and for that reason, in 2016 he decided to move to Marietta, GA,…

Dr. Shelley Martin, Clinic Director in Buford-Sugar Hill, GA

Shelley Martin, DC

Clinic Director

Dr. Shelley grew up in Duluth, GA where she was introduced to chiropractic care at a young age. It wasn’t until she lost the feeling in her legs from a severe cervical spine trauma that Shelley experienced firsthand the healing power of chiropractic care. From the treatment she received she regained full mobility, feeling, and health of her body that led her to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Today, she brings compassion, caring & dedication while supporting health transforming results…

Dr Mike Anderson, Clinic Director in Grayson, GA

Mike Anderson, DC

Clinic Director

Dr. Mike has one mission and that is to help you achieve optimum health. He brings over 18 years of clinical experience with his specialty in treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. This allows him to successfully take his patients from the point of acute or chronic injury through corrective rehabilitative care to restore and optimize health and healing naturally without the use of drugs or surgery. When he is not delivering the best in natural health care, you can find him with…

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Laurie NuChurch, DC

Clinic Director

Laurie is dedicated to helping people optimize their health. As a kid growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Laurie played a lot of sports. It was one game in particular when she experienced a shoulder injury that led her to chiropractic. The care helped her to make a full recovery and get back into the game. It also helped to improve her performance and this made such an impact to her that she set out to be able to do…

Dr Adam V, Clinic Director

Adam Virgilio, DC

Clinic Director

Adam Virgilio, D.C. believes in listening to his patients to help them find the solutions that will optimize their health and wellbeing. He is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Valdosta State University. He graduated from Life University in 1999 where he received his doctorate degree in chiropractic. Dr. Adam enjoys all aspects of patient care while treating patients of all ages, sports injuries, weekend warriors, and professional and amateur athletes.…

Dr. Ricardo

Ricardo Heinis, DC

Associate Doctor

Dr. Ricardo is a bilingual chiropractor with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal health. Born in The Netherlands, he moved to the United States as a child. Dr. Ricardo has lived in seven countries allowing him to bring a unique perspective to patient care. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and then his Doctor of Chiropractic at Life University in 1997, which began his path in natural healthcare. His approach to patient care…

Juritza Rivera

Juritza Rivera DC

Associate Doctor

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Jennifer Okpara

FNP

Jennifer is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who was born in Atlanta, GA and is of Nigerian descent. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Albany State University. She later graduated with honors with her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden State University. Jennifer began her career in a hospital medical/surgical unit, cardiovascular unit, and neuro unit. Jennifer is passionate about providing quality care to her patients and making a difference in their lives. She believes that her role as…

Christabel Adomako

Christabel Adomako

FNP-BC

Christabel has been in the healthcare arena for over 10 years. In her previous jobs, she provided passionate care as a registered nurse in the emergency department and other areas within the hospital setting. Her enthusiasm to care for the underserved patient population and her community has been a long-term goal. To effectively advocate for her patients, Christabel advanced her education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Wester Governor's University in 2016, and further obtained her…

Nicole Crawford

Nicole Crawford

FNP-C

Nicole is originally from Connecticut but grew up in Georgia. Her parents are from an island in the Caribbean. In 2014 Nicole obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University. In nursing school, she was granted the opportunity to study abroad in Thailand where she focused on health disparities among women. This experience allowed her to ride elephants, meet monks, and interact with tigers. It was there that solidified her interest in traveling. She began working as…

Ray Edouard

Ray Edouard

FNP

Raymond Edouard was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He moved to Philadelphia as a teenager, where he finished high school. He received a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree at Villanova University. Ray has practiced nursing since 2009 in various clinical settings. He received his Family Nurse Practitioner degree in 2016, allowing him to make a true difference in the healthcare for his patients. He believes that communication is key to providing quality care and strives to make sure that his patients…

Mia Chance

Mia Chance

ANP

Mia is an Adult Health board certified Nurse Practitioner and has been in the nursing field for 14 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Georgia State University in 2009. She graduated from South University with honors with a Master of Science in nursing with honors in 2016.  Mia began her career in critical care, pain management and aesthetics. She is passionate about helping people alleviate their pain and improve their quality of life. Mia is married and…

Mary Blalock, Nurse Practitioner in Dalton, GA

Mary Blalock

ANP

Mary has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years and has seen the shift in healthcare from treatment-based to a more preventive-based model.  She is passionate about regenerative medicine because she believes this is the direction in which healthcare is moving.  She also loves working with patients and helping them decrease their joint pain and improve their quality of life.

Anna Alle, Nurse Practitioner

Anna Alle

FNP-BC

Anna was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and received a degree in Accounting from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. Thereafter, she relocated to the United Kingdom and acquired another degree in Business Information technology from London South Bank University. Due to Anna's passion for interacting with people and compassion about their health goals and needs, she relocated to the United States, started a nursing career, and acquired a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of New Mexico and graduated with…

Vess Raytchev, Nurse Practitioner in Suwanee, GA and Woodstock, GA

Vess Raytchev

ANP

Vess has numerous years of clinical experience in cardiovascular medicine, orthopedics, pain management, and integrative medicine. He is originally from Bulgaria, where he was a Medical Doctor working as an attending physician in the ICU. Vess moved with his family to Atlanta in 1998. After coming to the United States, he first worked as a cardiovascular sonographer and earned his Master of Science in Nursing from Kennesaw State University in 2012. He is a compassionate professional dedicated to giving his…

Wilmot Kobina

Dr. Kobina Wilmot

M.D

Dr. Wilmot grew up in Southern New Jersey and stayed through his medical school training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency at Emory University School of Medicine. His parents are from Ghana and both immigrated to the US in the '70s for school. Dr. Wilmot has been blessed to visit his Ghanaian relatives five times throughout his life. Dr. Wilmot played piano from age 6 through high school and achieved many awards in competitive piano. Along…

Dr Patrick McDougal, Medical Doctor

Dr. Patrick McDougal

M.D

Dr. Patrick D. McDougal is an emergency medicine physician. He graduated with honors in 2004 with a medical degree from Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and has been in practice for over 18 years.

Dr Amit Shah

Dr. Amit Shah

M.D

Dr. Amit Shah loves helping his patients experience positive change in their health. He supports each patient in achieving the best outcomes and results based on his years of in-depth medical training. He went to college at Princeton University, where he studied physics. He later went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He then completed his internship and residency in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, where…

Dr. Alex

Dr. Alex Jutis

Founder, CEO

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Alex graduated with a bachelor’s in history from Binghamton University in New York before enrolling at Life University in Marietta, Georgia to pursue his passion for health and wellness. After receiving his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, he opened his first private practice in Buford to grow his work to offer Georgians non-surgical solutions while helping them on their journey to holistic healing. Nearly two decades later, Dr. Alex and his team have…

MaryEster Council - Chief Operating Officer

MaryEster Council

Chief Operating Officer

MaryEster is an accomplished COO who brings a wealth of expertise to her role as a leader. She has worked at Optimum Health since the first clinic opened in 2002. Her diverse professional background includes teaching, course development, technology, management, human resources, operations, and bookkeeping, making her a true jack-of-all-trades. Her goal for Optimum Health is for patients to receive the best care and customer service in the Atlanta area. Her knowledge and experience make her a unique and inspiring…

Karishma Patel, Practice Manager

Karishma Patel

Director of Operations

Meet Karishma, a talented Director of Operations with a passion for healthcare management. With a bachelor's degree in Medical Anthropology and a background in Americorps/City Year, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. She is dedicated to ensuring that clinics run smoothly, and that staff are well-supported and equipped to provide the best possible care. When she's not working, she loves to bake and spend time traveling with her family. Her passion for healthcare management is…

Elsa Pena

Elsa Peña Guzmán

Office Manager

Meet Elsa, a dedicated and hardworking office manager with a passion for efficiency. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she is a proud mom who is always striving to provide the best possible life for her child. Her expertise in office procedures and operations has been instrumental in streamlining operations and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. When she's not working, she loves to spend quality time with her child and explore new hobbies. Her commitment to her family and her work…

Aelicia Cook - Human Resource Admin

Aelicia Cook

HR Generalist

Aelicia is an original Georgia Peach. She is a driven and compassionate HR Generalist who holds a Masters in Counseling. Her expertise in counseling and sociology has been indispensable in her work as an HR Generalist, where she has been able to help employees navigate various challenges and situations in the workplace. Aelicia has a true passion for developing and helping people get to where their heart desires to be. Her zeal for travel has taken her to many parts…

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Habiba Virani

Personal Injury Liaison

Habiba moved to Atlanta in 1999 and met Dr. Alex at another chiropractic clinic, where they both worked together. Dr. Alex opened his own clinics and Habiba started working for him and has been with Optimum Health for 20 years. She is the Personal Injury Liaison and handles the negotiations. Habiba lives in Suwanee, GA with her 2 lovely children, Sabrina and Zarik. She enjoys spending time with them, enjoys travelling and playing with her dogs Chloe and Mia. Habiba…

LaKesha Rachel

LaKesha Rachel

Practice Manager

Kesha was born in San Jose, California. She attended the University of West Georgia and has been in the medical field for almost 13 years. Every day she learns something new in the chiropractic and wellness field and is fascinated by the different techniques used to heal the mind and body. Her true passion is helping others and putting a smile on everyone's faces. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and fashion. Kesha lives…

Billing Manager

Sylvia Richardson

Billing Manager

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Vicky Monen

Billing Specialist

Vicky has been a long-time resident of the state of Georgia and has always had a passion for all aspects of healthcare and wellness. Which had led her to her career in healthcare billing, coding, and records management. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, her animals and studies animal nutrition.

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Jason Calito

Practice Manager

Jason was born and raised in Chicago, and now enjoys and lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was introduced to chiropractic care in 2006 during his clinical rotations with Dr. Dietzen at Chicago Health and Physical Therapy. While there, Jason learned a holistic approach to how the body heals itself with a combination of physical therapy and chiropractic care. In his downtime he enjoys spending with family outdoors, going to sporting events, playing with his dog Lucy, and finding new foods…

Oniya Lloyd

Oniya Lloyd

Practice Manager

Lourdes Aledo

Lourdes Aledo

PI Case Manager

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