Residency Faculty
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Jim Williamson, OD, FAAO

A Colorado native, Dr. Williamson graduated from SCO and completed his residency at the Memphis VA. From there he served as Center Director for an ophthalmology referral practice during which time he was twice nominated for Tennessee Young OD of the Year. After a brief tenure as an SCO Instructor, he became the Residency Supervisor in 2002.

Along with teaching residents and students, Dr. Williamson actively contributes in other areas of optometry. His list of continuing education lectures include local, regional, and national meetings. Dr. Williamson has also published several articles on various ocular disease topics. Additionally, he works with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as a Remote Clinical Skills Examiner and committee member.


Drew Rixon, OD, FAAO

Originally from Hartford, CT, Dr. Rixon received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2003 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He completed a postgraduate residency in Family Practice at West Tennessee Eye from 2003-2004. Following his residency he served on faculty at SCO, leaving as an assistant professor. During his time at SCO he worked concurrently at a large OD/MD practice where he was the externship and residency director. In late 2011 Dr. Rixon accepted a position at the Memphis VAMC where he is an attending optometrist and the residency coordinator.

Dr. Rixon is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, ABCMO certified, has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally; and has authored multiple posters and journal articles. Currently he is the program chair for the Glaucoma section of the American Academy of Optometry and has begun pursuit of achieving diplomate status in Glaucoma through the AAO. Dr. Rixon is additionally an active participant in VOSH, with multiple trips to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.


Mollie Saxon, OD, FAAO

Dr. Saxon is the Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Clinic. Her interest in working with these types of patients led her to complete a Low Vision Rehabilitation residency at SCO in 2002. She has gained extensive experience in this area, having previously served in the Advanced Low Vision and Traumatic Brain Injury clinics at the Little Rock VA.

Though low vision is her focus, Dr. Saxon splits her time with the general clinic making her well-versed in many aspects of patient care. Like other Memphis VA attendees, she serves her profession well. Her involvement with the American Academy of Optometry includes being a mentor to federal FAAO applicants and sitting on the Photography Committee. Dr. Saxon is also a reviewer for the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) which approves lectures for continuing education. Additionally, Dr. Saxon is a Remote Clinical Skills Examiner for NBEO.