Chris Gibbs, MD - Medical Director, Executive Board Member

Chris Gibbs, MD

Executive Board Member/Medical Director

My story starts as a young boy growing up on a farm in southern Georgia. I learned about hard work at an early age as my father was a farmer who worked sunrise to sunset every day of his life trying to provide for us. He told me early in my life that he didn’t want me to have to do the kind of hard manual labor that he did on a daily basis for the rest of my life. He wanted me to study hard and be some type of professional. I started thinking about my life plan as early as about 8 years of age.

I was sort of a sickly child who had frequent visits to our local pediatrician due to severe allergies, etc. Even though I hated going to the doctor, I always felt better afterwards. It was at this point in my life that I decided that I wanted be the person who made people feel better! This led me down the path to medical school and I graduated in 1991 with my medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Afterwards, I did my residency in Internal Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

After residency, I took my first job at a large medical practice in my hometown of Tifton, GA. I had a very rewarding practice there but felt that my real opportunity to help others and make a difference would lie in a larger community with more avenues to search for those that really needed me.

I then joined an Internal Medical practice in Augusta, GA, where I had spent my 4 years in medical school and had deep roots in a church there and in the community. Although I had a great practice in Augusta also, I still felt as if there was something else God wanted me to do. Eventually I ended up as a Hospitalist in the largest Burn Center in the United States, right here in Augusta, GA! This has been my passion for the last 10 years, helping those scarred both physically, and even more so, emotionally by their severe burn wounds. This truly has been a way for me to apply my knowledge and deep compassion for those that are hurting.

Unfortunately, despite the great reward of being able to work with these types of patients, I had become frustrated with the ability of traditional medicine to truly address their emotional needs that resulted from their trauma. It was at this point that God brought Nick Davis into my life.

We had decided to sell our current home, and despite Nick and his family living in NH, he saw the ad for our home and came down to visit. I saw at that time the deep passion that he has for helping anyone with these types of trauma. I have experienced this personally as Nick has helped free me from my own trauma that was keeping me full of anxiety and preventing me from living my life to the fullest. Nick introduced me to his family and to Dan Jarvis who also has Nick’s passion for this work. I finally know what God has been preparing me for all of my life!

As far as my family, I am married to Melissa and we have 6 six children between us. My oldest son Jon is graduating from medical school this year. My oldest daughter Caroline is married and applying for PA school this year. My next daughter Isabelle starts Nursing School this fall and my youngest son Graham is a senior in high school. They are all wonderful, giving children that I hope will pursue a life of helping others also.

To finish, I look forward to being a part of your organization as you serve and minister to those that have served our country and given their all for us. It’s the least we can do for them.