The Team

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Robert A. Hayden, D.C., PhD, F.I.C.C.

The Iris City Chiropractic Center was founded on 23 October 95 by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC. The chiropractic portion of the practice focuses on musculoskeletal conditions and injuries ranging from strains/sprains to disc injuries and beyond. Spinal decompression, various physiotherapies, manual adjustments, extremity work, and treatment of athletic injuries are all part of daily practice.

While primarily a chiropractic Center, the clinic also includes a busy and active occupational health service which provides many employers and drivers with DOT and pre-employment physicals, a full range of drug and alcohol testing, and random drug testing to facilitate compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace initiative of the Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Hayden began work in health care as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, but also was an Executive Director of a state association, continuing education consultant, and registered lobbyist while in professional nursing. He earned a PhD from the University of Mississippi while enrolled at Life University, from which he graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1995. He specializes in Cox Flexion Distraction/Disc Decompression technique.

Dr. Hayden is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association. He serves as a member of the Media Team, through which he is a spokesman for the Association to television, radio, and printed media.

Dr. Hayden is a past president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. He was recognized as the 2006-2007 Chiropractor of the Year. He was inducted in 2009 as a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic, which is the highest international honor the chiropractic profession has to offer.  In February, 2012, he was honored with a Presidential Leadership Award by Dr. Keith Overland, President of the American Chiropractic Association, for his work as the ACA Delegate from Georgia.   He now serves as national Secretary of the West Hartford Group, a chiropractic “think tank” that is dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based chiropractic practice. 

He serves locally as President of the Griffin Daybreak Rotary Club and is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Griffin Area Resource Center (GARC).  He is a founding partner of the Academy of Georgia Chiropractors, LLC. One of his most pleasurable activities is serving as a guitarist in the praise band at First Baptist Church of Griffin.  

Tomika Faulkner,
Certified Medical Assistant

Tomika Faulkner is a Certified Medical Assistant (graduate of Georgia Medical Institute) who brings a strong, varied work experience with her from family medicine to health information/medical records.   She combines strong clinical and technical skill and a sense of humor.   She will always find a way to get patients into the clinic as soon as possible, usually same day, and usually immediately when they are in need. 

Olivia Farley, Receptionist

Olivia Farley is the Iris City Chiropractic team receptionist.  Olivia handles our appointment scheduling.  Most of the time when you call, it will be her voice that greets you.  a


Olivia is a student and plans to study cosmetology beginning in 2021.  We're excited to have Olivia on the team.

Connie Cassanova,
Certified Medical Assistant

Connie is a Certified Medical Assistant who brings years of experience in home health care, staffing and PCA liaison between families/staff and patients.  Connie received her certification in 2017 and is a great asset to the Iris City team.

When she's not helping patients at Iris City she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and 3 wonderful grandchildren.  She also enjoys going to church and spending time outdoors at the beach or mountains.