Our Team

Robert M. Gathings, MD, FAAD, FACMS

Dr. Gathings is a board-certified Dermatologist and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, along with the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Gathings received his B.S. from the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and graduated magna cum laude. Dr. Gathings continued his education at the University of Mississippi where he received his Medical Degree. Dr. Gathings completed his internship year at Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham, Alabama, and his Dermatology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.

After completing residency, Dr. Gathings participated in a Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology fellowship. During this fellowship, Dr. Gathings received advanced training in the management of skin cancer with the Mohs micrographic surgery technique and facial reconstruction. Dr. Gathings treats Mohs surgical patients at our Knoxville Dermatology Group office in West Knoxville and our Dermatology Associates’ office at UT Medical Center.

When he is away from the office, Dr. Gathings enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, sports, and being outdoors.

Connie Hayes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, DCNP

Connie Hayes, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, DCNP is both a Family Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center since 1995, and a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) with advanced clinical training to diagnose, treat, prescribe, and perform procedures for skin, hair, and nail conditions in patients of all ages. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Indiana University School of Nursing, magnum cum laude;  Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Texas A & M Corpus Christi, Texas; and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing.

Connie is dedicated to her patients in providing individualized and comprehensive care to all. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. During her time off, she likes to swim, bike, read, and participate in local organizations.

Jill Salyards , DO

Dr. Jill Salyards is a board-certified dermatologist with clinical training in general, cosmetic and surgical dermatology in adults and children of all ages. Originally from California, she attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. Dr. Salyards went on to complete her internship and dermatology residency at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.

Dr. Salyards is an active member of many national and state dermatology organizations and attends many national conferences to stay up to date on the most recent advances in dermatology. She has a wide range of clinical expertise and enjoys treating complex dermatologic conditions including acne, psoriasis, eczema, and skin cancer. Dr. Salyards is also an expert in cosmetic and laser procedures including neurotoxins, fillers, and laser technology, and is passionate about helping patients look their best at any age.

She currently resides in Knoxville with her husband and their 3 children. In her free time, she enjoys baking, playing guitar and piano, crocheting, and exploring the outdoors with her family.


Blake Childress, PA-C, MMS

Blake Childress, PA-C, MMS, is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for his Bachelor’s degree before graduating from the Physician Assistant program at Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Since graduating in 2017, he has been practicing dermatology in Jackson, TN. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition to regular skin evaluations, Blake enjoys all aspects of dermatology, including adult and pediatric dermatology. He has found a great passion for helping pediatric patients improve their areas of concern and overall self-esteem.

He enjoys spending his time with his wife, kids, and golden retriever in his free time. He also enjoys anything to do with fitness, traveling, sports, and a huge University of Tennessee fan.