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Christopher Borgman, OD, FAAO

Dr. Chris Borgman is a faculty member at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. He earned his O.D. degree from the Illinois College of Optometry then completed a one-year residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois Eye Institute in Chicago, Illinois.  He is a course instructor for the Ocular Pharmacology and Systemic Pathology courses at SCO.  He has authored articles published on various topics of ocular disease conditions and ocular pharmacology, and has lectured in multiple continuing education venues on topics of: billing/coding, primary care ocular diseases, ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, and neuro-optometric diseases.

Academic Background:
2011; Residency; Primary Care and Ocular Disease, Illinois College of Optometry
2010; O.D.; Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Illinois
2006; B.A.; Central College, Pella, Iowa


Halie Cottrill, OD

Dr. Halie Cottrill currently serves SCO as a clinical instructor where she supervises student clinicians in the Adult Primary Care and Low Vision Rehabilitation departments.

A West Virginia native, Dr. Cottrill earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. After earning her Doctor of Optometry degree at Southern College of Optometry in 2016, Dr. Cottrill completed a residency in Low Vision Geriatric Optometry at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.

Dr. Cottrill is licensed in both Tennessee and Alabama. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. Her professional areas of interest include low vision, primary care, ocular disease, nursing home care and neuro-optometric diseases.

Academic Background:
Residency, 2017, Low Vision/Geriatric Optometry, Birmingham VA Medical Center
O.D., 2016, Southern College of Optometry
B.A., 2012, Wheeling Jesuit University


Tyler Kitzman, OD

Before coming to Tennessee, Dr. Tyler Kitzman received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He then came to Memphis where he earned his Doctor of Optometry Degree from Southern College of Optometry. After graduation Dr. Kitzman pursued a one-year residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. Upon completion, he returned to Southern College of Optometry as a Clinical Instructor. He is licensed in Tennessee and Oklahoma.

Dr. Kitzman currently serves as an Instructor in the Cornea and Contact Lens department as well as the Adult Primary Care suites in The Eye Center. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association.

Academic Background:
Residency, 2017, Cornea and Contact Lens Residency from Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
O.D., 2016, Southern College of Optometry
B.A., 2012, University of St. Thomas


Wil McGriff, OD, MPH

Prior to entering the optometric field, Dr. Wil 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.

At SCO, Dr. McGriff sees patients in the Adult Primary Care Clinic in The Eye Center. 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.

Dr. McGriff is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Tennessee Optometric Physician Association, and the Tennessee Public Health Association.

Academic Background:
2011; Residency; Family Practice Optometry, UAB Eye Care, Birmingham, AL
2010; O.D.; University of Alabama at Birmingham
2000; M.P.H.; University of Alabama at Birmingham
1998; B.S.; Biomedical Sciences, University of South Alabama


Carl Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO

Dr. Carl Spear has worked in a variety of clinical and industry settings including:

  • Senior Director, Professional Relations, Vision Group Holdings
  • Consulting Director, Professional Development and Program Implementation at Alcon
  • Assistant Professor of Optometry at Northeastern State University College of Optometry where he taught courses in laser therapy, systemic medications, and advanced therapeutic and diagnostic clinical procedures.
  • Southeast Region Director Growth and Development Vision Source
  • Director of Professional Relations for Novartis Ophthalmics
  • Director Education and Vendor Relations Consultant, Vision Source
  • Center Director, Omega Health Systems
  • Military Practice at Fort Benning Georgia

Currently, Dr. Spear and his wife, Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear, practice in a multi-location private group optometry/ophthalmology practice in the Panhandle of Florida. In addition to lecturing, writing and consulting, Dr. Spear is active in the following organizations:

  • Member, Florida Board of Optometry
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Optometry
  • Commander of the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron at Duke Field, Florida
  • Member, The American Optometric Association
  • Member, Florida Optometric Association
  • Chair, Florida Board of Optometry Probable Cause Panel
  • Member, Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board

Academic Background:
Undergraduate education at Western Kentucky University
1991 graduate of the University Of Alabama School Of Optometry at Birmingham.
Completed a Residency in Primary Care Optometry/Ocular Disease at Northeastern State University College of Optometry, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Master’s in Business Administration at Auburn University.


Ryan Tarantola, MD

Ryan Tarantola, M.D. currently serves patients in Pensacola, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach in Florida. He also serves both Atmore and Foley, in Alabama.

Saving sight and treating patients with vitreoretinal disease has been a long-time passion for Dr. Tarantola. He joined Retina Specialty Institute in 2012 after holding a position as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at St. Louis University where he was involved in patient care, resident education, and clinical research.

His particular interest in vitreoretinal surgery was strongly influenced by observing his grandfather’s struggles with progressive vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration. He aspires to treat each patient in the same manner that he would a member of his own family, and he is committed to providing the highest quality care possible. Dr. Tarantola places a high priority on patient education and spends the necessary time to ensure that each patient understands his or her condition and treatment plan.

Dr. Tarantola has multiple active research interests, including studies involving macular holes, diabetic macular edema and the screening and prevention of age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Tarantola has presented at conferences across the nation and is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals in ophthalmological publications. Additionally, he has been involved in a number of clinical trials and serves as a reviewer for multiple ophthalmic journals.

Academic Background:
Investigator in ophthalmic clinical trials
Fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery, University of Iowa
Ophthalmology Residency and Chief Resident, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
M.D., Saint Louis University School of Medicine
A.B., Biology, Magna Cum Laude, Washington University


Amanda Tompkins, OD

Dr. Amanda Tompkins is a native of south-central Kentucky and graduated with honors from Southern College of Optometry in 2013 where she completed a primary care residency in 2014.

She was in private practice immediately following residency and is now an instructor at Southern College of Optometry where she serves as an attending doctor at The Eye Center and Focal Point at Crosstown Concourse. She sees her own patients at Church Health in Memphis, TN one day per week. Her professional interests are in primary care, glaucoma, and diabetes as well as clinical and didactic teaching at all levels of the optometry curriculum. She has published several articles and posters in the course of her career and lectured at Southern College of Optometry's continuing education sessions.

Academic Background:
2014; Primary Care Residency; Southern College of Optometry
2013; O.D.; Southern College of Optometry
2009; B.S.; Western Kentucky University