Meet our Team
Dr. Chris Siano. DO MPH
Since Osteopathic medical school, I have always been interested in the body’s innate ability to heal itself using holistic and natural principles. As I entered medical school, my grandmother was diagnosed with a type of macular degeneration and arthritis not responsive to current therapies. She was slated to become blind and immobile in less than a year. Back then, using natural therapies in the US was not as standard as it is now. Common herbals such as probiotics, chondroitin, and anti-oxidants/anti-glycation supplements were virtually taboo.
These products today are almost mainstream, but resources were not common at that time. I had to use such resources as the German pharmacopeia to create my own treatment protocols. I was astonished how effectively these concepts were implemented in other countries.
Seeing the difference in my own grandmother’s life fueled my interest in functional and integrative medicine. While my grandmother has now passed, I truly believe her quality of life was extended well beyond due to these treatments.
It was a natural next step for me to bring this to my patients in Knoxville. At Knox Wellness, we believe in combining traditional therapies with a cutting edge approach to wellness. We use a combination of functional and integrative medicine providing a complete wellness concept by addressing the whole person rather than just symptoms of disease. We integrate all of these concepts together using Osteopathic, Natural, and Traditional medical principles providing true personalized care. We also use adjunctive therapies such as IV vitamin infusions, ozone therapy, aesthetics and more creating a complete health and wellness resource right here in our hometown!
Meet Our Newest Aesthetics Provider!
Julie McDaniel, LE
Julie McDaniel has a passion for helping people feel good about themselves and highlighting the beauty they already possess. A licensed aesthetician for Knox Wellness, Julie holds over 15 years of experience in the field. Throughout her career, achieving patient satisfaction has remained her number one goal.
Julie’s interest in skin care began when she was 12 years old. As a child she enjoyed experimenting with facial cleansers, masks, scrubs and makeup, and then at 16, she began working in skin care at a natural health and wellness shop. After high school, she attended the Tennessee School of Beauty and immediately began working at a spa following her education. She then transitioned to medical aesthetics for a plastic surgery office, expanding her knowledge in medical-grade skin care, chemical peels, lasers and injectable treatments.
Over the years Julie has achieved numerous certifications and designations. She is certified to administer InMode laser treatments and has trained under the best injectors in the country, attaining level IV+ injector status. She holds certificates and training in multiple skin care lines, Collagen P.I.N. Micro-Needling, chemical peels and injectable treatments.
Her training shows in her work and she has passed her expertise along to others, training Tennessee School of Beauty aesthetics instructors on Candela lasers and being voted a RealSelf top injector by her patients in 2017.
Michelle Thomas, NP
Michelle’s believes the key to wellness and longevity is in the understanding of the body and how it can heal itself using functional medicine protocols including IV infusion therapies and supplement therapies. She is passionate about helping patients along this path.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from South University. After graduation she worked as an ER nurse for 8 years.
Michelle returned to school and received Master of Science in Nursing. She is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Michelle first became interested in functional medicine after experiencing adrenal fatigue caused by stress and hormone imbalance issues during school. Through IV therapy, exercise, and supplements, she managed her stress and regained a healthy life.
During his first year of college, Michelle’s son experienced serious illness which was found to be related to black mold in the dormitory where he resided. With Michelle’s help, he has been on a functional medicine path to recovery.
Michelle is married with two children. She and her husband are excited to choose Tennessee as their home. She is excited to partner with Knox Wellness.
Natalie Signaigo, NP
Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina in 2011. Natalie worked as a Critical Care nurse for 7 years, where she witnessed the dire impact and increasing prevalence of chronic disease. These experiences motivated her to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing, and graduated from the University of South Carolina’s Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2017. She has previously worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Regenerative and Physical Medicine.
She found her passion for Functional Medicine through her own frustrating health journey that began with food sensitivities, autoimmunity, depression, adrenal fatigue, and hormone imbalances- for all which chronic stress was the driving force. She found true healing through Functional Medicine and felt as though her personal experience was meant to lead her in helping others to find that same deep, life-changing sense of health.
She feels that her purpose is undoubtedly to help patients heal themselves, and personally knowing what it takes to do so makes her that much more connected to that mission. She believes that it’s important to experience life from a healthy perspective, because once we are taken care of we can contribute our unique gifts that we were put here to share with the world!
In her spare time, Natalie enjoys being active outdoors, weightlifting, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.