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Meet the Staff

  • Erica Eckelkamp

    Erica is our newest optician.  She believes in making sure you are as happy and comfortable as possible in your new eyewear.

    A lifelong Tennessee resident, Erica is married to Jason. They have a very rambunctious two year old daughter, Mikayla.

  • Jessica Bain Connatser

    Jessica has been with us since 2012.  She is our head optician.  Jessica has been working in the optical business for four years and is working towards her Tennessee Licensed Dispensing Optician license.  She loves educating patients and helping them find the right frame and lenses to fit their lifestyle.

    Jessica has two dogs with whom she loves spending time.

  • Peggy Donegan

    Peggy Donegan has been with the practice for over 14 years.

    She started as an Ophthalmic Technician, but her duties have also included front desk. Peggy performs all special glaucoma and retinal testing.  She has also become an expert in filing medical insurance claims.

    Peggy is married, has two boys and three granddaughters.

  • Hannah Redwine

    Bio coming soon.

  • Gayle Beem

    Gayle Beem has been part of the office staff for over 33 years.

    Her present duties include checkout and insurance billing. She makes it her priority to make sure procedures are followed so that your insurance is billed accurately.

    Gayle has been married to Dr. Beem for 42 yearsand they live with their Six cats, two dogs and a Bleu Front Amazon parrot.  The Beems have three children and are the proud grandparents of five active boys.

  • Paulette James

    Paulette James has been an Ophthalmic Technician for over 33 years.

    She will perform the tests necessary to help the doctors provide you with the best eye exam possible. In addition, she will be the one to train you in the proper wear and care of your lenses.

    Paulette has been married for 39 years, has three children and seven grandchildren.

  • Fran Haas

    Fran is our newest opthalmic technician. Her goal is to work with the doctors to provide the best eye care and contact lens performance possible. She wants to go the extra mile to get products and services that best suite your needs. In her spare time Fran enjoys running and listening to music.