Christopher B. Walls, DNP, APN, NP-C was born and raised in Woodbury, Tennessee, and relocated to Chattanooga in 2000. He attended Chattanooga State, where he completed an Associate of Science in Chemistry and the Emergency Medical Technician program in 2004, and an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing in 2006. As a Registered Nurse (RN), he worked in the Emergency Department and Intermediate-, Medical-, and Shock Trauma Intensive Care Units within the Erlanger Health System and Memorial North Park Hospital and Skyridge Medical Center. He provided care to terminally ill patients while working as a RN for Hospice of Chattanooga. During this time, he continued to further his education and pursued multiple advanced degrees.
In 2009, Dr. Walls completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at East Tennessee State University. He attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he received a Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration in 2011, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2013. He is licensed in the state of Tennessee as an Advance Practice Nurse and qualified to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner, with board certification through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.
As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Dr. Walls is highly educated to provide primary care to patients across the lifespan. Since passing Boards in 2011, he has been in active practice in the Chattanooga area. He accepted a position with Comprehensive Medical Care, P.C. (CMC) in December of 2011 and worked as a FNP within the company’s Pediatric, Family, and Internal Medicine offices. In May of 2015, he briefly joined Medical Arts Plaza Family Practice in Jasper, Tennessee. Shortly thereafter, he began the process of establishing Walls Advanced Practice Healthcare, P.C. and opened his first, solely owned, primary care clinic, Scenic City Family Practice in December of 2015.
As a FNP, he provides expert health services as a primary care provider by offering a distinct, holistic approach to healthcare. He considers the whole patient and all of his or her needs: physical, psychological, social, economic, and others. In this multifaceted role, he evaluates patients, make diagnoses, orders and interprets diagnostic tests, writes prescriptions and manages health conditions.
Dr. Walls was in the second cohort of students to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and was nominated for the 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Excellence in Advancing Nursing Practice Award for Outstanding Dissertation and Capstone Project. In March of 2015, he received two nominations for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County’s 2015 One with Courage Award.
After an extensive review of the literature on outcomes for domestic violence intervention programs, he decided to focus his Doctoral Translational Capstone Project on a multidisciplinary approach to screening for teen dating violence. He conducted a research study to examine how the beliefs, attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors of multidisciplinary providers’ impact their screening practices for relationship violence among adolescents. The purpose of the research study was to describe correlations between previous domestic violence training and teen dating violence screening practices of multidisciplinary providers who work with this at-risk population. Overall, he sought to establish a need, develop and implement a prevention training program rooted in evidence based practices to aid multidisciplinary providers in the prevention of domestic violence, specifically teen dating violence. As part of his research hours, he worked with several community agencies to implement an evidence based healthy relationships program that was funded by a Catholic Health Initiatives Violence Prevention Grant.
As a primary care provider, Dr. Walls is in the best position to advocate for children with disabilities (i.e. autism, deafness, mental retardation, orthopedic impairments, speech or language impairments, visual impairments including blindness, and other health impairments). As students, children with disabilities often have a limitation that adversely affects their educational performance and must receive special education services in order to receive an appropriate education. From educating and preparing parents on how to advocate on their child’s behalf to writing recommendation letters to school faculty and staff and attending school meetings on a child’s behalf, Dr. Walls often plays a vital role in making sure his patients who require special education services receive the required services and accommodations they need to be successful.
Dr. Walls’ talents and investments go beyond health care to his larger community as well, having served on several advisory boards, he continues to be an active member and leader in our community. Most recently, he served on the Board of Directors for the Domestic Violence Coalition of Greater Chattanooga as a Board Member and President.