Meet Our Founder
Thomas L. McKnight, M.D., M.P.H., M.DIV.
Life has a way of taking unusual twists and turns. At that time, Rev. McKnight thought serving as a pastor in Kentucky would be his area of service to others. As it turned out, the pastorate was a stepping stone to a long military career as a family and preventive medicine physician.
With a passion to help others enjoy optimal health - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - Dr. McKnight felt led to create The Emerald Coast Health Institute as a 21st century primary care system of health. Dr. McKnight is committed to the fours pillars of The Institute. They are compassion, communication, competence, and cost savings.
Compassion - All patients will receive a caring respect by the staff at all times. Members of the Institute will know they are priority #1. Our commitment to the member is 100% at all times.
Communication - The Institute will work tirelessly to keep the lines of communication open both ways. Patients are able to communicate with The Institute 24/7 using their personal portal, text message, or directly calling Dr. McKnight after clinic hours.
Competence - Board certified in two specialties, completing a fellowship in faculty development, two masters degrees, along with a doctorate of medicine, competence and academic excellence are the standard by which patient care will be delivered.
Cost-savings - Concern over rising healthcare costs, The Institute is committed to finding the most cost-effective way to providing the highest quality of health care.
In summary, The Emerald Coast Health Institute exists to serve members who want to experience their optimal health. For those who want a partnership with their primary healthcare system, then let us join you on your wellness journey. At The Institute you are a number...#1! Your health is our passion!