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Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

Mile Brujic, O.D. is a partner of Premier Vision Group, a successful three location optometric practice in Northwest Ohio. He practices full scope optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease management of the anterior segment, contact lenses and glaucoma. He is active at all levels of organized optometry. Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 200 articles and has given over 1000 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care. Additionally, Dr. Brujic and Dr. Kading own Optometric Insights which provides career coaching for optometry students and emerging practitioners.


Lauren Ditta, MD

Lauren Ditta, MD is the only pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist in the region. She completed her medical school training at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, LA and her ophthalmology residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Hamilton Eye Institute. She then went on to complete two fellowships, one in pediatric ophthalmology and one in neuro-ophthalmology, both at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Hamilton Eye Institute, supplemented with rotations working with clinical and surgical experts at several other institutions around the country. Dr. Ditta’s service is primarily outpatient and surgical for children with ocular pathology, resulting from complex neurological conditions.


Michael Dorkowski, OD, FAAO ‘04

Dr. Mike Dorkowski is a native of Florida and an assistant professor at Southern College of Optometry. After several years in private practice, Dr. Dorkowski joined the college in 2011. Clinically, he works in the advanced care ocular disease, fluorescein angiography, adult primary care and pediatric primary care clinics in The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry. He teaches courses in glaucoma, introductory laboratories, and courses integrating classroom knowledge into patient care experience. Dr. Dorkowski is also coordinator of the nursing home and assisted living programs for The Eye Center. Dr. Dorkowski has presented multiple continuing education workshops on advanced procedures in eye care.


Scott Ensor, OD, MS, ‘01

Dr. Scott Ensor received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2001 from Southern College of Optometry and later completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care Optometry at the Memphis VAMC.

Prior to joining the SCO faculty, Dr. Ensor served as Assistant Center Director at Eye Health Partners of Middle Tennessee, a multi-location optometric referral center in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to serving a large patient base, Dr. Ensor presented lectures on ocular disease and surgical co-management to a network of over 300 optometrists and also served as the supervisor of the Ocular Disease residency program. His professional areas of interest include glaucoma, retinal pathology, surgical co-management, and the promotion of optometric residency programs. Since becoming a faculty member, Dr. Ensor has lectured both nationally and internationally on ocular disease management and ocular injection procedures. He received a Master’s Degree in Pharmacology/Toxocology from Michigan State University in 2013 and is currently teaching the Systemic Pharmacology courses at SCO.

Dr. Ensor is a member of the American Optometric Association, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, and the West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society.


Alicia Groce, OD, FAAO

Dr. Alicia Groce is an Instructor at the Southern College of Optometry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clark University, a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry and a Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Groce completed a one year residency in Pediatric Optometry and Binocular Vision at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.

During her residency, Dr. Groce received specialized training in the areas of pediatric optometry, infant vision, binocular vision, vision therapy, strabismus and amblyopia, autism and traumatic brain injury. She helped teach the binocular vision, visual perceptual and strabismus and amblyopia laboratories.

Dr. Groce’s areas of interest include vision therapy, traumatic brain injury, autism, vision development, learning related vision problems and infant vision care. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometric Extension Program (OEP). She is an investigator with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) and an InfantSEE provider.


Paul Harris, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Dr. Paul Alan Harris is a 1979 Graduate of the State University of New York, State College of Optometry who since September of 2010 is a Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Didactically he teaches Amblyopia and Strabismus and Pediatrics. Clinically he is involved in Vision Therapy, Vision Rehabilitation and Hospital Based Care for ABI/TBI, Pediatrics and Electrodiagnostics. He is also actively involved in research working on new ways to measure stereo acuity, visual acuity and looking into how color can help patients with TBI/ABI, migraine and seizure disorders.

His accreditations include Fellowships in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (1984), the Australasian College of Behavioral Optometry (1993), the American Academy of Optometry (1999) and the National Academies of Practice (2013). He currently serves as the President of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).

In 1991 Dr. Harris founded the Baltimore Academy for Behavioral Optometry (BABO) to help expand the quantity and quality of behavioral optometric care available to the public. These courses are now part of the OEPF’s educational base and are known as the Clinical Curriculum, which provides hands-on small-group post-graduate clinical education in the field of behavioral vision care. Over 1000 optometrists and vision therapists in the US and abroad have taken part in one or more of these courses.


Christopher Lievens, OD, MS, FAAO

Chris Lievens is the Chief of Staff and Professor at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Lievens has been employed in private practice, an ophthalmology referral center and he served in the United States Air Force. Dr. Lievens is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is a Region Chair of the Academy’s Admittance Committee. He is currently on the Part III Council of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and has a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Dr. Lievens conducts research in glaucoma, dry eye, uveitis and contact lens care. Dr. Lievens is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Association for Vision and Research in Ophthalmology.


Wilson McGriff, OD, MPH

Dr. McGriff received his Doctorate of Optometry degree from the UAB School of Optometry in 2010, and completed a residency in Family Practice Optometry at UAB Eye Care in 2011. Dr. McGriff also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Public Health degree. Prior to entering the optometric field, Dr. McGriff worked as an epidemiology fellow for the United States Air Force at Brooks City Base in San Antonio, TX, and served as a program coordinator for the UAB School of Public Health. Dr. McGriff sees patients in the Adult Primary Care Clinic in The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry. Dr. McGriff teaches Basic and Medical Pathology and assists in the Public Health course. He also serves as Director of Service-Learning for FOCUS, SCO’s service-learning curriculum.


Luke Peterson, MD

Luke Peterson, M.D., an associate with the Eye Specialty Group grew up in Montana, where he graduated with highest honors with a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Montana State University.  He received his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he graduated cum laude and was selected as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He stayed on at Emory University to complete a residency in Ophthalmology and a fellowship in Glaucoma. In addition to his love for Ophthalmology, Dr. Peterson and his wife Stephanie have a furry family of three dogs, and they love to be outdoors. They enjoy golf, hiking, fishing, kayaking, boating, and many other activities.

Dr. Peterson is fellowship trained and specializes in the latest glaucoma treatments, including glaucoma lasers and surgery.  He also performs complex small incision cataract surgery.  He is very excited to be joining the ESG family, and to become more involved in the Memphis community.



Jennifer Sanderson, OD, FAAO

Jennifer Sanderson, a London, Ontario native, received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2005 from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). She completed a postgraduate residency in Primary Care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is affiliated with the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Sanderson is currently an Associate Professor at the Southern College of Optometry, where she supervises the primary care examinations of patients in the affiliated Eye Center. She assists in several labs, and is the instructor of record in a class that has a primary focus on the education of various diseases in a clinically relevant manner. She is the Assistant Director of Residency Programs.

Dr. Sanderson is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians (TAOP) and West Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society (WTOPS). She is a consultant to the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and is a regular instructor of the Injections Workshop held at the annual meeting.


Joseph Shovlin, OD, FAAO

Joseph Shovlin is a senior optometrist at Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton, PA. He is an alumnus (1980) of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where he serves as adjunct faculty. He is a distinguished practitioner of the National Academy of Practice, diplomate and past chair of the Section On Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies of the American Academy of Optometry and past chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association. He is board certified and a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.

A few of his consulting arrangements include the Ophthalmic Devices’ Advisory Panel of FDA (former voting member and consultant), the National Advisory Eye Council of NIH (voting member), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workgroup on Contact Lenses, and the scientific advisory committee of the Pennsylvania Lion’s Eye Research Foundation. 

He is associate clinical editor of Review of Optometry and clinical editor of Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses, contributing editor of Contemporary Optometry, section editor of Optometric Physician On-Line, journal board member of Optometry Times, Primary Care Optometry News and has served as a contributing editor for Optometry, International Contact Lens Clinic and Optometric Management and consulting editor of Contact Lens Spectrum. 

He is a current member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Optometry serving as president-elect. Within the Academy, he is a member of the Finance Committee and is the Annual Meeting chair. He has served on several committees including the Continuing Education Committee, Section Leadership Committee and the board of directors of the American Optometric Foundation. He has received several honors and awards including the American Optometric Association’s CLCS Achievement Award (2008), the Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year recipient for PCO at Salus University (2011) and the Legend Award of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the AOA (2012).


Jennifer Snyder, OD, ‘12

Dr. Jennifer Snyder, a Memphis native, received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012 from Southern College of Optometry. She completed a postgraduate residency in Family Practice at West Tennessee Eye in Memphis, TN. In 2013 Dr. Snyder joined SCO faculty. She currently teaches courses in biochemistry, ocular pharmacology, integrative analysis and introductory laboratories. Clinically, she supervises students in Adult Primary Care and Advanced Care Ocular Disease at The Eye Center at the Southern College Optometry and University Eye Center at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Snyder is a member of the American Optometric Association, Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians, West Tennessee Optometric Physicians, and Germantown Lions Club.


Daniel Taylor, OD, FAAO, ‘06

Dr. Daniel A Taylor is an Assistant Professor at Southern College of Optometry, where he lectures on Human Gross Anatomy, Ocular Anatomy, Histology, and Neuroanatomy, and practices clinically. His research interests are in Optometric Education.


Melissa Zarn, OD, FAAO

Dr. Melissa Zarn graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2009 and completed residency training in Vision Therapy and Pediatrics in 2010. From October 2010-2011, Dr Zarn worked at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Traumatic Brain Injury clinic where she helped establish optometry and vision therapy services in the clinic. Dr Zarn received her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2013. Dr. Zarn joined the SCO faculty in 2012 and works with students in the Vision Therapy, Pediatrics, and Adult Primary Care clinics. Her interests include visual development, neuro-rehabilitation, and neurological disorders. Dr. Zarn is passionate about bringing vision and movement rehabilitation to the forefront of TBI care.


Karen Kehbein, OD, FAAO, FCOVD

Dr. Karen Kehbein is an assistant professor at the Southern College of Optometry and is serving as the Faculty Course Master for the Fall 2016 Continuing Education program. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry. Following graduation, Dr. Kehbein completed a one year residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at the Southern College of Optometry.

Before joining the faculty at SCO, Dr. Kehbein previously taught at the Michigan College of Optometry in the areas of pediatrics, binocular vision, and vision therapy. Dr. Kehbein's areas of interest include vision development, infant vision care, learning related vision disorders, and vision therapy, and she is an investigator with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG). She is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Additionally, she is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians (TAOP). She has also served as a staff doctor on optometric service trips through Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (SVOSH), and she is an InfantSEE provider.