Our Staff

Meet Our Functional MD Led Team

Dr. Eric Potter, IFM Certified MD

Founder, Physician

Dr. Eric Potter graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School and then went on to specialize in internal medicine (adult) and pediatric care, spending significant time and effort in growing his medical understanding while caring for patients from all walks of life. In recent years, he devoted countless hours to obtaining the Institute for Functional Medicine Certification (link here).  This certification places him within a small group of regional practitioners who have completed the entire program.  At Sanctuary you will find the best of the conventional medical field combined with the best of Functional Medicine.

Beyond the science, Dr. Potter has personally experienced healthcare crises from both sides of care–as a physician and as a family member to patients. Working within our broken healthcare system and taking his family members through that same system inspired him to look for new ways to deliver the quality of healthcare he envisioned.  Stepping out of the insurance-based model of medicine allows him to provide whole person care in longer visits.  Providing wholesale pricing on lab tests and supplements removes the profit motive for these services, allowing patients to trust his recommendations.  Practicing Functional Medicine allows him to treat root causes rather than superficial symptoms. He endeavors to be the patient’s trusted advocate with the goal of restoring a healthier more abundant life.

Besides serving as a physician, he is married to an amazing wife and has six beautiful children. Their family has been shaped by the providential occurrences in their lives, including the beauty of adoption.

Dr. Potter also enjoys running, reading, hiking, and spending time with his family.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not man.” – Colossians 3:23

Continuing Medical Training And Certifications

  • Institute of Functional Medicine – Certified Practitioner
    • Advanced Practice Modules (APM): Cardiometabolic, Detox, GI, Hormone, Energy, Immune, Applying FM in Clinical Practice
    • Advanced Clinical Training: Pediatrics
  • Mold Toxicity Training
    • Shoemaker Surviving Mold 2019 Conference Attendance
    • International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illnesses 2019 Conference Attendance
  • Internal Medicine Board Certified
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Board Certified
  • Ben Lynch, Seeking Health Institute
    • 13 MTHFR and Nutrigenomics Courses
    • SHEICON 2015, 2016, 2017 Yearly Conferences
      • Member of Mastermind group at SHEICON2016 strategizing on advancing this approach to patient care.
  • Methylation and Bio-individualized Medicine
      • January 2015 Epigenetic Course
  • Extensive Self-Directed Research into the Methylation Cycle as it applies to all areas of health
    • William Walsh MD, Amy Yasko, and others
  • Audio Digest
    • Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine


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Jeremy Paluch

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Jeremy Paluch, APRN, FNP-C Received his Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Jeremy’s interest in Functional Medicine began with his sister’s unfortunate Diagnosis of metastatic melanoma in 2009. This began what became a never-ending journey of research using diet and exercise to maintain and restore health. This eventually led to a clinical exercise science degree from Central Michigan University to show people the power of an appropriate diet and exercise routine for preventative and rehabilitative purposes.

His past and continued researched opened his eyes to a whole new world of practicing medicine by finding the root cause. Once his eyes were opened, there was no closing them. This guided his next decision to become a Nurse Practitioner with his sights set on functional medicine in order to help people to the best of his ability. Jeremy feels his path has been unconventional but knows God has guided his decisions every step of the way. He believes that the path to wellness is not always an easy one, but finding the root cause of illness is a journey worth traveling for true health and true happiness.

In his free time Jeremy enjoys listening to educational podcasts, reading, playing piano, exercising, spending time with family, and traveling with his wife.

Continuing Medical Training And Certifications

  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Erin Dowling

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Erin joins our team after seven years of service as a nurse in the US Navy. While working in a variety of different hospital-based care areas, her desire to bring sustainable, deep-rooted healing to her patients was found upon discovering functional medicine. This approach to care reignited her initial love for nursing. Erin obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner degree with the goal to commit the rest of her career to learning and practicing functional medicine. She is working toward certificates in functional nutrition and functional medicine.

Erin is from Carlisle, Pennsylvania but stayed in the Nashville area after completing school. She loves Nashville’s creative culture and middle-America vibe. She enjoys live music, cooking, yoga, and any outdoor activity. With a passion for her faith, Erin joins SFM honoring its integration of the faith to help patients harness grace from God to achieve deep-seated physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

Continuing Medical Training And Certifications

  • Coming Soon

Amy Borum

Amy Borum joins us as a Registered Nurse. She graduated from The University of TN Martin and Austin Peay State University and has 17 years of experience in emergency medicine, correctional medicine, endoscopy and orthopedics. Amy and her husband Clint have two kids, Gauge and Reagan.

She enjoys family time, hunting, watching her daughter’s softball and cheer competitions and listening to her son’s guitar. She is excited to start this new journey, learning and discovering the art of functional medicine.

Brooke Blackburn

Brooke Blackburn is a Tennessee native who started in the medical field as a candy striper. In 2015, she earned her AEMT (Advanced Emergency Tech) Certification from Columbia State Community College. Her experience ranges from physician offices to EMS at Maury Regional Medical Center.

In 2015, she earned her AEMT (Advanced Emergency Medical Tech) through additional training and plans to further her education at nursing school. When not at work, Brooke enjoys spending time with her 3 children and friends who have become family. Camping, local festivals, school sports, competition cheer and tumbling are just a few of the activities that they enjoy together.

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Georgia McCray

Georgia McCray has over 30 years experience working in the health care industry in both private practice and multi specialty practices, as well as hospital medicine and academic medicine. Her experience in billing, coding and health care operations has been a welcomed addition to the Sanctuary Functional Medicine team. Certified in office based coding, she also possesses a masters of Business Administration.

Georgia moved to Nashville from Illinois in 1997 and currently lives in Nashville, with her husband, where they enjoy watching local sports, cooking and traveling.

Marlene Roncskevitz

Marlene eagerly joins Sanctuary with the goal of making each patient feel cared for, respected and given the attention that quality health care promises.

Marlene is originally from New Jersey and has lived in Tennessee for 30 years. After earning a Certification in Youth Ministry from Seton Hall University in New Jersey in 1986 she moved on to work for the Archdiocese of Miami, Florida and then landed in Tennessee to raise her family.

Marlene’s health care experience has been varied over the years, from working at DCI Donor Services, Physical Therapy to Cardiac Telemetry

Sam Stevens

Sam has over 15 years experience in medical billing and practice management. She has worked various positions in as many specialties including Urgent Care, Plastics Surgery and Orthopedics.

Sam developed an interest in functional medicine and genetics while scouring medical journals in an attempt to avert an autism diagnosis for her son that could not be accomplished in a modern healthcare model. Sam lives in Primm Springs TN with her husband, 3 children, 3 dogs and a flock of chickens. “

Kira Whitham

Kira Whitham, Nutritionist at Sanctuary Functional Medicine, holds a Master’s in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University, as well as an additional 30 hours of training through the School of Applied Functional Medicine and IFM.

She combines the principles of holistic nutrition and functional medicine to help people bring their bodies back to their intended state of wellness. She is a firm believer in the healing power of food and works hard to help her clients improve their relationship with food while gaining an understanding of what nourishes and depletes the body.

Kimberly Garrard

Kimberly Garrard is Texas native who has wanted to serve others in a meaningful way as long as she can remember. She earned her LPN degree from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and has experience working as a certified nurse assistant, doula, midwife assistant, nanny, and elderly caregiver.

Kimberly has seen first hand the value of taking a functional medicine approach to care–healing ailments at their root causes through a combination of natural and clinical remedies.

Kimberly enjoys spending time with her her nine nieces and nephews, talking about Texas, watching football and photography.