Friday, April 6, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn, Okaloosa Island | 8:00am - 1:00pm



Arrival/Registration Open




Hormone Balance and Therapy in Women

M. Mitchell Silver, DO


Mindful Eating

Whitney Temple, RD, CNSC, LDN
Registered Dietician, Twin Cities Hospital


Medication Interactions

Frank Materese, BS Pharm., Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy, Twin Cities Hospital


Treatment Options for Heavy or Painful Periods: What’s New and Current?

Diana DeCotis-Smith, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Stephanie Caywood, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology




Turn the Radio Down so I Can See...and Other Mid-Life Observations

Karen Mills
Keynote Speaker




Check back soon for updated agenda information!

*Agenda is tentative and subject to change.

Thomas L. McKnight, MD, MDiv, MPH

Dr. McKnight’s 30 year journey as a physician began from behind the pulpit of a Methodist church in eastern Kentucky. His seminary training (Master of Divinity) was at Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis on pastoral counseling. While ministering to parishioners experiencing health problems, a passion was ignited within him to serve people as a physician. This passion led to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. To support his family during this time, he joined the United States Air Force; not knowing at the time it would lead to a 20 year active duty career and 7 years in the Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of Colonel.

During his military career, he taught family medicine at two Air Force residences and completed a fellowship in faculty development (U. of North Carolina). Seeing the health impact of obesity on his patients, he left teaching to focus on preventive health and the treatment of obesity. Sponsored by the Air Force, he completed a Masters in Public Health and preventive medicine residency (U. of South Carolina). His final active duty assignment was as the Director of Health Promotion at the Air Education and Training Command Surgeon General’s office, overseeing the health promotion of 55,000 active duty members.

While in private practice Dr. McKnight wrote the book Obesity Management in Family Practice. The past 5 years, he served as a senior civil service physician at the Air Force’s Special Ops Base and will retire from the active Air Force Reserves in 2013. In January 2010, Dr. McKnight spent 11 days immediately after the Port-au-Prince earthquake helping establish a field hospital that served over 700 patients while he was there. He and his wife have ministered in Haiti for over 25 years and adopted two wonderful children.

In November 2012, Dr. McKnight decided now is the time to establish a 21st century primary care health clinic whose passion is to empower patients to experience optimal health. To this end, The Emerald Coast Health Institute was established!