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At Optimized Living Institute we take a natural approach to living a holistic life.



We combine the latest education in functional nutrition, functional neurology, lab testing, digital x-rays, & chiropractic care to truly understand your unique physiology. This is how we can determine what ways to best support your life, whether that be elite athletic performance, weightless, or detoxification for healthy daily living.

We understand that no two people are the same and that individualized healthcare plans should reflect that.

We believe in empowering our practice members to be their own healthcare advocates through education, lifestyle modification, and the necessary healthcare resources.



Dr. Derek Bruner
Dr. Derek Bruner

Doctor of Chiropractic; Parker University

Bachelor of Science, Health & Wellness; Parker University

Additional Certifications:

Functional Nutrition:

Advanced Genetics Workshop with Dr. Kendal Stewart, M.D.

Endocrine Immunology of Environmental Triggers

Fundamentals of Functional Blood Chemistry

Functional Endocrinology: Connecting New Research with Practical Applications

Gluten, Leaky Gut, & Autoimmunity

Mastering Brain Chemistry

Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry

Mastering the Thyroid

The Role of Nitric Oxide, Glutathione, & Exercise in the Immune System

Active Release Technique (ART):

Upper Extremity Certification

Lower Extremity Certification

Spine Certification

Long Tract Nerve Entrapment Certification

Full Body Certification

Soft Tissue Training:

Kinesiology Taping

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)


In My Own Words...

Why I Became a Doctor:

Growing up in a small East Texas town, the opportunity to pitch on a collegiate level was always my dream. Visiting universities and attending scouting camps was the highlight of my high school baseball career. An injury my junior year put that dream in jeopardy, but also introduced me to my first chiropractic mentor. Half way through a promising senior baseball season I suffered a shoulder injury that ended the prospect of a baseball career. The pain of an unfulfilled dream only sparked another: the dream to prevent this loss for other young athletes.

Specializing in Sports:

During my final year in chiropractic school I was blessed to be able to intern under one of Dallas-Fort Worth's premier sports chiropractors. The opportunity afforded me all the sports opportunities I could have hoped for: pulled hamstrings, shoulder injuries, high school athletes, and too many professional athletes to name. As a regular CrossFit attendee and sports enthusiast, this was a professional dream come true!

The Patient I Couldn't Help:

I never imagined my favorite patient during my internship wouldn't be an athlete. He was just a regular guy with a bold personality, a zest for a life, and in a major health crisis. You see, he couldn't even sit up on my chiropractic table without negatively affecting his blood pressure because he was severely overweight. I realized every day I didn't provide him with a solution to overcome his health concerns beyond his back pain, I doomed him to a life of unfulfilled dreams.

That was the day I decided to focus becoming a wellness expert. Since then I have spent countless hours focusing my post graduate education on human physiology, lifestyle modification, and nutrition to learn how to overcome the obstacles of a life burdened by dysfunction and disease.




Dr. Rebekah Bruner

Doctor of Chiropractic; Parker University Dallas, TX

Internship: Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tulsa, OK

Bachelor of Science, Anatomy; Parker University

Bachelor of Science, Biology; Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, LA

Bachelor of Science, Health & Wellness; Parker University

Additional Certifications:

Functional Nutrition:

Advanced Genetics Workshop with Dr. Kendal Stewart, M.D.

Fundamentals of Functional Blood Chemistry

Functional Endocrinology: Connecting New Research with Practical Applications

Gluten, Leaky Gut, & Autoimmunity

Mastering Brain Chemistry

Mastering Functional Blood Chemistry

Mastering the Thyroid

The Role of Nitric Oxide, Glutathione, & Exercise in the Immune System

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) Certificates:

Neuroimmunology: Patterns of Interference

Webster's Technique

Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

Collin College, Central Park Campus

North Lake College, Irving Campus

Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus

Previously at: Brown Mackie Community College: Bedford, Texas


In My Own Words...

CRAZY. The one word no one wants to hear when the x-rays & MRI come back normal, but you still cannot run because the pain you feel is crippling. Several round of specialists and no one could find any thing wrong with my knee. Refusing to accept 'crazy' for an answer, that's how I met my chiropractor.

CANCER. The one word no one wants to hear, especially not about your only living grandfather when you're in chiropractic school 6 hours away.

My grandfather's cancer diagnosis was my first personal experience that healthy, active people who never smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs get cancer too.