Meet the Staff

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Dr. Jerkins is a native of Nashville. He completed his undergraduate work at David Lipscomb University followed by medical school at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. After an internship at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Jerkins completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Department of Ophthalmology in Memphis. Dr. Jerkins’ comprehensive ophthalmology practice began in 1982, focusing on cataract surgery and contact lens care. He also serves as a Principle Investigator for a variety of FDA-approved clinical trials. His career includes numerous leadership roles and appointments within the ophthalmology community. Since 1996 his recurring trips to Ukraine have allowed him to share his faith through medical and humanitarian efforts. In 2010 Dr. Jerkins founded SeaStarKids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sponsors a summer Bible camp, monthly outings and university scholarships to underprivileged Ukrainian young people.


Megan graduated from the University of Memphis in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Business. In 2011, she moved to Nashville, TN, and shortly after, she entered the Ophthalmic Technology program at Volunteer State Community College. After graduating from the Ophthalmic Technology program in 2014, she became a Certified Ophthalmic Technician and started working in clinical research studies.

When Megan is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her favorite hobbies include hiking and camping!

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Brandi Wilson has been a Clinical Research Coordinator for 9 years. She has worked with Ophthalmologists and Optometrists, assisting in direct patient care for the treatment of multiple eye diseases. Her passion for research stems from her deep desire to aid in the advancement of new treatments that will improve the quality of people’s lives. She oversees making sure all IRB start-up documents are submitted in a timely fashion and creating source documents for clinical trials. Brandi has received current Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training, IATA trained, and is CPR certified.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with my husband and 2 girls with all their activities. Brandi also has a Nutrition shop where she enjoys working out and helping people meet their fitness goals.


Connie Garrett is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who has 15 years of eye care experience. She is a knowledgeable technician and a proficient scribe. Connie is a current Certified Ophthalmic Assistant who enjoys taking excellent care of her patients. She finds clinical research particularly interesting because she loves to see new therapies for eye disease benefit patients who need it.


Outside of work, Connie’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her three beautiful daughters.

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Liana Garner graduated from Volunteer State Community College in 2016 with an Associate in Applied Science in Ophthalmic Technology and is a Certified Ophthalmic Technician. Liana has 4 years of experience as a technician and scribe in eyecare. She is dedicated to ensuring the well-being of her patients. She is interested in clinical research because she loves seeing the new innovative technology that improves the quality of life of her patients.


Liana lives in Smyrna, TN, and enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew while dancing, seeing friends, or reading a good book.