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Dr. Karen Squier is currently Chief of Low Vision Rehab Services and an Associate Professor at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. Prior to joining the SCO faculty, Dr. Squier was a staff optometrist at The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Chicago, IL. She was also a clinical assistant professor at the Illinois Eye Institute where she instructed residents, third and fourth year optometry interns in the primary care and low vision clinics. Dr. Squier is a Diplomate of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Low Vision Section. Dr. Squier has lectured at local and international conferences on low vision.


Dr. Cynthia G. Heard is currently an Associate Professor of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry. Her professional areas of interest are diabetes patient education, nutrition and eye health, ocular disease management, and vision care for individuals with behavioral conditions. She is also a supervisor for the Pediatric and Vision Therapy Residency.


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