Our Staff

Meet Our Team

Dr. Eric Potter

Founder, Physician

Dr. Eric Potter graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School and then went on to specialize in internal medicine and pediatric care, spending significant time and effort in growing his medical understanding while caring for patients from all walks of life. He has participated in numerous conferences and certifications dedicated to the study of the latest research in the growing field of epigenetics–which play a vital role in our physical and emotional health.

In addition to his ongoing scientific study applied to the care of individual patients, Dr. Potter has also been a continuing presence in the Functional Medicine movement–utilizing the latest in scientific and natural medicine research as it applies to patient care. Through this study, he has grown a deeper appreciation of the beauty, wonder and intricacy of creation and the function of people as they live and move in their particular environments and communities. His ongoing, scientific study has only further illuminated the truth of God’s Word as it relates to people and how they live.

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: one directed to the whole person as a unique individual seeking restoration, delivered in the context of a covenantal relationship (before the face of God) between patient and doctor.

In, 2014, Dr. Potter founded Sanctuary Medical Care and Consulting. In 2016, he changed the name to Sanctuary Functional Medicine to convey the importance of the functional medicine approach to medical care. Using a direct pay model, he was able to circumvent the red tape required by third-party contracts and has since been able to offer the covenantal, whole-person care he envisioned.

Besides serving as a physician, he is married to a spectacularly, wonderfully, amazing wife and has five 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, theological study, medical study 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

  • Institute of Functional Medicine
    • Advanced Practice Module (APM): Cardiometabolic
    • APM: Detox
    • APM: Gastro-intestinal
    • APM: Hormone
    • APM: Energy
    • APM: Immune
  • Ben Lynch, Seeking Health Institute
    • MTHFR Course 1
    • MTHFR Course 2
    • MTHFR Pregnancy
    • Maternal and Pediatric Implications due to MTHFR
    • Methylation Summit 2014
    • Practical Clinical Application of Methylation and Genetics
    • SHEICON 2015 (Dr. Lynch’s yearly MTHFR conference)
    • SHEICON 2016 (Dr. Lynch’s yearly MTHFR conference)
    • SHEICON 2017 (Dr. Lynch’s yearly MTHFR conference)
      • 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
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • Board Review
  • Internal Medicine Board Review 2013

 

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Hans Hinterkopf

Physician Assistant -C

Hans Hinterkopf, PA-C, received his masters of health science degree from the University of Pennsylvania at Lock Haven. He joins us from western NY state where he worked in hospital inpatient medicine, emergency care, and most recently spent the last 4 years in pediatrics and home health care for the amish. Over his 14 years of practice, Hans began to see that there were many questions that could not be answered with modern medicine, both in the clinical setting, and in his own home. He became an avid researcher of alternative approaches, became certified in the nutritional healing protocol known as the GAPS diet, and his goal in his practice of pediatrics was to get kids off medications. Currently in process of his functional medicine education and certification, Hans brings knowledge of nutrition and gut health as it relates to many disease states, essential oils, detox, energy medicine, and clean living that are a fitting complement to Dr. Potter’s extensive expertise in functional medicine.

An outdoor enthusiast, Hans loves hiking with his son, rock climbing, kayaking, organic farming, playing worship music with his family, studying functional medicine, building relationships with his patients, taking care of the poor, and living close to the earth and his Creator. Hans, and his wife of 20 years, homeschool their two children and they are looking forward to making their home in the Franklin, TN area.

Steven Paske

Relations Manager

Steven Paske is a native of St. Louis, MO and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Lindenwood University. He’s served as an educator and administrator for more than a decade, most recently as principal for a private school.

Steven and his wife moved to Nashville in 2014 and were happy to find Dr. Potter as their personal physician. He joined the Sanctuary Functional Medicine team in 2016 as Relations Manager.

Steven is a classically-trained pianist and spends his free time composing music for film and television projects.

Kimberly Garrard

Licensed Practical Nurse

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 in Hohenwald and has years of experience working as a certified nurse assistant, doula, midwife assistant, nanny, and elderly caregiver. She’s seen firsthand 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.

Georgia R. McCray

Georgia R. 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. Currently live in Nashville, with her husband, where they enjoy watching local sports, cooking and traveling.

Brooke Blackburn

Brooke Blackburn is a Tennessee native who started in the medical field as a candy striper. In 2006, Brooke obtained a Medical Assistant certification from Kaplan University, formerly Southeastern Career College and in 2009 her EMT-IV license 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 are enjoy together.

Kira Tarasek

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.