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Tim Ehmer, DC

Clinic Director

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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 to chiropractic. Dr. Tim moved to Georgia in 2018 for chiropractic school, Life University, graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2021. His hobbies include cooking, music (he plays 5 instruments), reading, movies, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. Dr. Tim’s favorite quotes are “All the drugs in the world cannot adjust a subluxated vertebrae” and “The preservation of health is easier than the cure for disease” both by BJ Palmer.

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Scott McGrath, DC

Clinic Director

Headshot of Scott McGrath, Clinic Director.

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 in his free time, he loves spending time with his 3 sons and wonderful wife.

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Joe Garcia, DC

Clinic Director

Headshot of Joe Garcia, Clinic Director.

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, and pursue his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University; in which he graduated in 2020. While in chiropractic school he learned of the body’s innate ability to self-heal, and the impact the nervous system plays on the functioning of the body. Due to his background, he believes that integrated health care is the best way to address all areas of concern and support the body’s natural ability to heal and support itself.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family & friends, cooking, watching sports, traveling the world, and exercising with his fiancé, Rose, and their dog, Luka. He is very excited to be serving the community with safe and effective chiropractic care for the whole family.

Dr Dante Gurgigno, Clinic Director in Woodstock, GA

Dante Gurgigno, DC

Clinic Director

Dr Dante Gurgigno, Clinic Director in Woodstock, GA

Dante Gurgigno, DC

Clinic Director

Dr. Dante believes in promoting a healthy and positive lifestyle and is front and center taking the time to listen and treat his patients according to their specific needs. He has been an active contributor to the health care profession since graduating from Life University in June 2000. Over the years he has traveled the country, continuing his education to stay current on new practices and procedures. In that time he was introduced to the model he practices today of integrated medicine. Dr. Dante understands the importance of all clinicians of different specialties to work together and co-manage patients for optimum health.

Originally, Dr. Dante is from New York, where he is also board-certified and able to practice. Currently, he resides in Marietta, Georgia with his wife and 3 beautiful children. When he is not working or lecturing, you can find him on the football and softball sidelines cheering on his children or lakeside riding jet skis with his family and friends.

Dr. Dante is fully committed to his chiropractic and wellness profession and awaits the opportunity to aide you along your health and wellness journey.

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

Shelley Martin, DC

Clinic Director

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 to the patients that she treats. She graduated in 2001 from Life University and holds various accreditations and certifications in soft tissue and manipulation techniques.

Dr. Shelley is passionate about chiropractic and even more so about her family. Her four beautiful children keep her being her best each and every day, in fact, she and her daughters have committed to participating in a 5K run every month in 2015. Be sure to ask her about her next race the next time you are in for care.

Dr Mike Anderson, Clinic Director in Grayson, GA

Mike Anderson, DC

Clinic Director

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 his family enjoying the great outdoors or a delicious healthy meal cooked by the one and only, chef Dr. Mike. Optimized health is not an accident, it is a choice and Dr. Mike chooses to share his passion and talents to help himself and those he cares for every day to achieve their greatest health.

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Laurie NuChurch, DC

Clinic Director

Headshot of Dr. Laurie NuChurch.

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 the same for others and pursued her path to become a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Laurie attended UNC Charlotte where she received her Bachelor’s in Biology in 1999, and later her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in 2004. She holds additional licensure in Physiotherapy.

Receiving care from Dr. Laurie is like being with a trusted friend. She listens and understands and will give you the support that you need to fully optimize your health.

Dr Adam V, Clinic Director

Adam Virgilio, DC

Clinic Director

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. When he is not in the office, you will find him out in the community as an advocate and wellness consultant specializing in musculoskeletal and spinal related conditions.

All work and no play is no way to live. Dr. Adam lives a life of balance, sharing his time between, work community and his wonderful family. Along with his wife and three sons, they reside in Gwinnett County and love traveling, exercising, and snow skiing.

Ricardo Heinis, DC

Associate Doctor

Dr. Michelle

Michelle Klos, DC

Associate Doctor

LaDonna Doxie

LaDonna Doxie

ANP

Ronnie Mirenda

Ronnie Mirenda

ANP

Ronnie Mirenda

Ronnie Mirenda

ANP

Ronnie has been a Registered Nurse for nearly 25 years. Initially obtaining his medical training in the US Army and US Air Force as a Combat Medic and Flight Nurse. He holds 4 Bachelor’s degrees in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Nursing) and had earned his Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Family Medicine with Honors from South University in Savannah, GA. The majority of his training has been in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Urgent Care and Oncology. Originally from New York, he has traveled all over the world and ultimately settling in GA with his wife and 3 teenage children. On his off-time Ronnie volunteers with his local Youth Soccer club as the Health Wellness and Safety Director. With all his experiences, Ronnie feels most connected to the theoretical foundations of the holistic Nursing model, in which the nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal.
Lucy Wallang

Lucy Wallang

PA-C

Lucy Wallang

Lucy Wallang

PA-C

Lucy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison Physician Assistant program.  Her goal as a medical provider is to partner with her patients and educate them to make the best decisions for their wellness. Lucy’s career has included work in family medicine, urgent care, ENT, physical medicine, and Functional or Integrative Medicine.

Her passion for Functional Medicine is supported by 10 years of providing integrative care to her patients. Instead of chasing and medicating symptoms, Lucy loves to help patients get to the root cause of what ails them so that they can feel better and live the life they love as pharma-free as possible.

She also loves to spend time with her family and friends and is involved in several community organizations.

Mary Blalock, Nurse Practitioner in Dalton, GA

Mary Blalock

ANP

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 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 a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University.

Anna’s nursing career includes Emergency Surgical Services, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery, Home Health, Health Risk Assessment for the geriatric population, Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Physical and Functional Medicine. In addition to nursing, Anna loves spending time with her family engaging in different family-oriented activities.

Amy Davis, Nurse Practitioner in Hamilton Mill, GA

Amy Davis

ANP

Amy Davis, Nurse Practitioner in Hamilton Mill, GA

Amy Davis

ANP

Amy has always had a desire to help people and to improve their quality of life. It is for this reason that she became a nurse. Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in Atlanta and her Masters of Science degree from Brenau University in Gainesville.

Her background consists of oncology, plastic surgery, orthopedics, neurology, pain management, and integrated medicine. It was through functional medicine that Amy realized just how important treating the “entire” person was. “Functional Medicine is very different from traditional medicine. In traditional medicine, we are taught to basically treat symptoms. It was always quite frustrating for me to meet with a patient and not be able to tell them what was causing their problem. When I went into functional medicine and started looking at body systems and how they interacted together, I was amazed”. Finally, I had answers and could explain to patients why they were feeling bad”.

In addition to nursing, Amy enjoys camping, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, two children, and a boxer named “Dooley”.

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

Vess Raytchev

ANP

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 patients the best integrative care – combining traditional and functional medicine to find the root cause of a problem (not just treating symptoms) and treating the whole body. In his spare time, Vess likes to spend time with his wife and two daughters, enjoys outdoor activities, and working out at the gym. You might even catch Vess playing the drums from time to time.

Wilmot Kobina

Dr. Kobina Wilmot

M.D

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 with music, he has a strong interest and knowledge base in business and personal finance. In his spare time, He loves watching sports since he is a big-time Philly sports fan especially the Eagles.

As a proponent of general wellness, and preventive, both integral components of Optimum Health; Dr. Wilmot believes its a great collaboration based on mutual interests. He loves the ability to see patients gradually improve from symptoms such as pain and fatigue. The Optimum Health team describes Dr. Wilmot as a fun-loving, open, jovial person who loves the opportunity to empathize with and understand the situations of his patients.

Dr Patrick McDougal, Medical Doctor

Dr. Patrick McDougal

M.D

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

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 he learned the bio-psychosocial model of the disease. After that, he completed training in cardiology at Emory University, where his interest in the effects of stress on the heart and holistic interventions grew.

Dr. Shah brings not only his clinical expertise into his patient care but his joy and life interest too. If you ask, you just might find out his secret ingredient in his favorite vegetarian recipe. But let it be known that if you talk college basketball, you better be a Kentucky fan around Dr. Shah.

A brilliant mind, a caring doctor, and a proud father are just a few of the qualities that make Dr. Shah such a valuable asset to the Optimum Health team and the patients he serves.

Dr. Alex

Dr. Alex Jutis

Founder, CEO

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 grown Optimum Health to one of the region’s most trusted providers of advanced integrative medical services and care.

His initial practice in Buford was so successful that two years later he opened his second clinic in nearby Suwanee. From that point, every two years he added a new location.

Dr. Alex’s vision was to create a one-stop-shop for meeting every health and wellness need of his patients, from treating car accident injuries to addressing chronic health conditions, controlling weight, and more. The clinic’s services cover chiropractic, auto accident recovery, physical rehab, regenerative medicine, weight loss support and help with chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety, and other common conditions affecting the mind and body.
While actively engaging as CEO of Optimum Health, Dr. Alex continues his personal quest for optimum health through regular treatment, healthy eating and training, and competitions as an internationally ranked Jiu Jitsu black belt.

MaryEster Council

Chief Operating Officer

Karishma Patel, Practice Manager

Karishma Patel

Director of Operations

Karishma Patel, Practice Manager

Karishma Patel

Director of Operations

Karishma received her bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology from East Carolina University in 2008. Thereafter, Karishma took a gap year and worked for AmeriCorps and moved out to San Jose, California. Taking this gap year allowed Karishma to figure out what it is that she truly wanted to do.

Her true passion lies in Healthcare Management. She is dedicated to the betterment of our clinics and staff. In her free time, Karishma loves to spend time and travel with her husband and 2-year-old son. Karishma is the Operations Manager at Optimum Health and Rehab and has been with the company for over 5 years. She is a joy to be around and is ultimately helpful in many different aspects of our clinics.

Kourtney Harris

Director of Marketing

Dr Sam Kashani, Practice Manager in Woodstock, GA

Sam Kashani

Regional Director

Dr Sam Kashani, Practice Manager in Woodstock, GA

Sam Kashani

Regional Director

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina, Dr. Sam Kashani went on to complete his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia in 2001. Dedicated to educating and serving his community, Dr. Sam is committed to helping each of his patients discover their full potential.
Dr. Sam, his wife, and two children currently live in Woodstock, Georgia. He has been practicing Chiropractic in Woodstock, Georgia for 19 years. He is the practice manager at Optimum Health and Rehab. He is also a huge part of the community by volunteering at his children’s schools, coaches’ football, basketball, and baseball for both of his children. In his free time, Dr. Sam loves to hang out with his family and friends on Lake Allatoona, relaxing and playing with his dog, Cali. His favorite quote is from B.J. Palmer: “The power that made the body will heal the body.”

Elsa Peña Guzmán

Administrative Manager

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Habiba Virani

Personal Injury Liaison

LaKesha Rachel

LaKesha Rachel

PI Case Manager

Rabecca Yang

Rabecca Yang

PI Case Manager

Billing Manager

Sylvia Richardson

Billing Manager

Vicky Monen

Billing Specialist

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Jason Calito

Practice Manager

Headshot of Jason Calito.

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 to try.

Oniya Lloyd

Oniya Lloyd

Practice Manager