Dr. Michael Hughes
My desire to help the newborn, the aged, and those without hope developed from years of suffering with debilitating spinal pain. Daily headaches, depression, and unbearable spinal pains became my new “normal”. Due to years of seeing countless doctors and taking unending pills that only masked my condition left me hopeless.
The breaking point came as an undergraduate student at Wofford College when my pains prevented me from continuing my education.
A new day arose after my first chiropractic adjustment (something that I swore I would never ever do). My headache left me for the first time in 3 months and the spinal pains began to diminish. The relief over the next several months not only enabled me to complete my Bachelor’s of Science, but motivated me to enroll in a career where I could help others as well.
In June of 1997, I completed my Doctorate of Chiropractic with an emphasis in family care and sports injury. In addition to Chiropractic, I received a certificate to perform Chiropractic Adjunctive Physiotherapy from New York Chiropractic College. I was additionally trained at the Gonstead Clinic in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin and the Burson Clinic in Monroe, GA.
On October 15, 2007 Rutledge Wellness was born from a paradigm shift in my life where I realized that life in all respects is about balance. With all that said, I strive daily to be a Christian doctor who is motivated and directed by a higher power.
My greatest achievement is my family – my wife, Carrie, and my three children Zachary, Zoie, and Allie Jane.
Dr. Brian Bunge
As a child, I was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and had surgery at 6 years old to repair it. This ended my football career before it ever started, and it also ended any hope of serving in the military as my father and grandfather did. Being unwell in my early life gave me a passion for health and wellness.
My route to chiropractic was a bit circuitous. I am originally from Milledgeville, GA and attended Georgia College taking courses to prepare me for a Pharmaceutical career. I determined this was not the right fit and transferred and graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology in October of 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering Technology. I would spend the next 20 years in various jobs in the telecom and avionics industries.
Not long into my career I was introduced to chiropractic. As a patient I found so much value in chiropractic as not just a healing practice but also a wellness approach.
After spending several years becoming more physically active and adopting a more healthy lifestyle, I remembered my first encounter with chiropractic. After many discussions with my wife, Ashley, we decided as a family to take the leap to becoming a chiropractor. In September of 2018, I graduated from Life University in Marietta, GA with my Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
I am a family chiropractor focused on structural correction. My love of football, along with my passion to serve those who have served our great country, fuels me every day to be the change I wish to see in the world. I take a strategic approach for each case and create an individualized treatment plan using specific tactics designed to address your primary condition. All of this is done with one goal in mind: assisting you with getting your body to its optimal level of performance. This could range from simply being able to work in the yard longer to increasing your athletic performance.
I relocated to Morgan County in the summer of 2018 with my wife, Ashley, and daughter, Taylor. Ashley and I are very active in our Jeep community and within our church. We can often be found eating lunch at the Caboose, enjoying a Saturday morning at the farmers market, or just taking a drive through the countryside.
Dr. Jennifer Carter
My full name is Dr. Jennifer Michelle Carter, but I go by Dr. Jen because it sounds cooler! My three favorite people call me Mommy. I’m originally from a farm town in North Alabama, but Atlanta is my home.
I was five years old when I made the decision to attend chiropractic college, and I walked across a real bridge at a seminar that was later burned. There was no turning back at that point.
The events leading up to that decision are much more interesting, and that story actually begins many moons before. I was born in 1992 to a farmer and his wife. At fourteen months old I began to have seizures that were diagnosed by my medical doctor as “idiopathic febrile seizures” a fancy term that essentially means “We have no idea why this child is spiking a high fever, and having convulsions as a result.” My father says that the seizures would happen approximately once every two weeks like clock work. There was no hope for stopping this.
One afternoon we sat in a waiting room at a chiropractor’s office while my mother got adjusted for her neck pain. I began to seize. My father frantically asked the receptionist to fetch my mother from the adjusting room. The doctor came to the waiting room trailing my mother, and asked if he could check and adjust my spine. My father reluctantly agreed. Dr. McGee adjusted the top bone in my spine named Atlas after the Grecian God whose job is to hold up the world, and in that instant I calmed, and went back to playing as if nothing had happened.
My dad believed the incident to be a coincidence, but when I did not seize again for weeks he went back to the chiropractor, and asked what he had done. As if on cue the doctor handed him an enrollment packet for Life University College of Chiropractic. It took him four years before he took the leap, and went to school at Life, but that decision changed the course of my life, my children’s lives, and even my patient’s lives. BJ Palmer (the son of the father of chiropractic) said “You never know how far reaching something you think, say, or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.”
Fast forward 20 years, and I graduated with the same knowledge that saved my life. I have since placed my focus on pediatric and maternity care. I am a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (or ICPA for short), and am certified in Webster Technique which focuses on proper pelvic alignment to allow for the best possible birth experience for our Mama’s to be!
Dr. Jean Lawrence
Dr. Jean Lawrence, a Certified Nutritionist for over 18 years, has a long list of credentials. She is a Master Herbalist, Master Iridologist, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Doctor of Naturopathy, Doctor of Natural Medicine, and has a PhD in Natural
The amount of information is very overwhelming, so she will help you sort all that out by being your "health detective". She seeks to find out the root cause of your issues and not just treat your symptoms. Her natural health solutions are based on scientific and objective testing including blood, urine and hair samples. Using these test results, she establishes a baseline of biomarkers to track your health and nutritional needs. Let her experience help you to be healthy in all areas of your life.
Dr. Viviana Viera, DAOM, L.Ac
Dr. Viviana Viera graduated from The School of Acupuncture & Massage College in Miami, FL in August of 2012 with a master’s degree in Acupuncture. She then attended The Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she received her clinical doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in December of 2014.
Traditional Chinese medicine can help with the following and much more: digestive conditions, weight loss, emotional conditions (anxiety, depression PTSD, ADHD), male and female conditions (fertility, PMS, ED), pain relief (chronic and acute) and sleep disorders. Dr. Viera’s treatments are intentionally very thorough with additional time allotted for nutritional and herbal recommendations, if desired.
Dr. Viera’s passion for helping people extends and goes beyond the acupuncture treatment because she does in-depth research for her patients to provide the best care possible for each person. She enjoys communicating this valuable information with them to establish a long-lasting professional relationship. Dr. Viera is very excited to be working towards the improvement and maintenance of the people who already trust Dr. Hughes, and she welcomes those who seek help with natural and holistic medicine.
She will be offering her services to the Rutledge community every Monday and Thursday. Please call the office to schedule your appointment and to learn more about her treatments.