Meet Our Team

James S. Brown III, MD, FACS

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Dr. Jim Brown is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in LASIK surgery, cataract surgery, eyelid surgery, glaucoma surgery, diabetic eye laser surgery, and retinal laser procedures. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery.

In addition to working at his clinic, he was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s prestigious Secretariat Award in recognition of the efforts to advance eye care in the state of Mississippi. In 2012, he became the first ophthalmologist in Mississippi to implant the iStent, thus paving the way for Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) throughout the state.

Dr. Brown has served as the Chief of Staff at OCH Regional Medical Center, is the Ophthalmology Consultant for the Mississippi State University Athletic Department, and is actively involved in the Mississippi Academy of Physicians and Surgeons and is past president-elect of this organization.

Dr. Brown is actively involved with his four children, has enjoyed participating in medical mission trips to India, Guatemala, and Haiti, and remains widely involved in the Mississippi State and Golden Triangle community.

Education And Training

  • Mississippi State University, B.S., 1993, Magna Cum Laude
  • University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine, M.D., 1997
  • Wake Forest University School Of Medicine, Internship, Internal Medicine, 1998
  • University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine, Residency, Ophthalmology, 2002, Chief Resident
  • Leadership Development Program, American Academy Of Ophthalmology
  • Armed Forces Institute Of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Lancaster Course In Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye And Ear Infirmary
  • San Antonio Ophthalmology Course, Brooke Army Medical Center

Memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives
  • Mississippi Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Staff

Karen Hall

Office Manager

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Karen is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has been in management for more than a decade. She has recently joined the ELCS family as the Office Manager. She loves crunching numbers, meeting goals and deadlines, and providing access to care for our patients. When she is not at work, she can be found gardening, canning, or cuddling with her cats.

Marsha Cherry

Billing & Coding Specialist

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Marsha has been with the practice for over seven years! During that time, she has served in many roles—Ophthalmic Technologist, Optician, Receptionist, and most recently Billing and Coding. She enjoys helping patients gain a better understanding of their insurance coverage and benefits. When she’s not at work, she can be found spending time with her family and her cat, LaDuchess.

LaShara Tingle, RN

Surgery Center Director

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LaShara has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years, with 14 years of surgical experience. She and her husband, Tyson have 4 boys: Cheston (26), Kyle (23), and 13-year-old twins Lane and Wyatt. Her greatest joy is being Lolo to her sweet granddaughter Ryklin Claye.

Landyn Hoover

Clinic Manager

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Landyn is a Surgical Technologist and our Clinic Manager. She is originally from Greneda, MS but now lives in Eupora, MS with her cat and three dogs—the joys of her life. She is engaged and is getting married in August! On off days you can find her spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and watching football.

Caitlin Dotson, RN

Ophthalmic Technician Surgical Nurse

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Caitlin has been a Registered Nurse for five years. In addition to working as a pre- and post-op nurse with our Surgery Center, she also works as an Ophthalmic Technician. When not at work, you can find Caitlin spending time with her dog, Poppy.

Bethany Price

Ophthalmic Technician Surgery Technician

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Bethany has been a surgical tech for two years. At the ELCS, Bethany uses her knowledge to excel as both a Ophthalmic Technician and a Surgical Technician for our surgery center. When she's not at work, you can find Bethany booking her next vacation and trying new recipes.

Kayla Jones

Ophthalmic Technician

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Kayla is our resident newly wed! She has been with us for a few short months, and has enjoyed learning under Dr. Brown and the team. When she is not working you can find her spending time with her friends and family,  doing makeup, taking photos, or loving on her pup, Pixie.

Brianna Morgan

Ophthalmic Technician Optician

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Brianna has been in the eyecare field for four years. Brianna's favorite part of the job is interacting with patients and building relationships with them. Brianna spends her free time with her family, cooking, and watching movies.

Aubrey Armstrong

Ophthalmic Technician

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Aubrey is a Starkville native. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Biological Sciences. Her favorite part about being an Ophthalmic Technician is getting to know and helping her patients. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, having game nights, and desserts--especially cookies.

Allie Morris

Billing & Authorizaion Specialist

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A true Starkville native! Allie has been in the medical field for more than three years. She enjoys breaking down barriers to patient care. When she is not at work, you can find her trying to rehabilitate tortured houseplants.

KEISHANA JOHNSON, aboc

Ophthalmic Technician OPTICIAN

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Keishana (Kei) attended East Mississippi Community College where she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Ophthalmic Technology. She is a certified Optician whose goal is to ensure every patient is satisfied with their eyeglass or contact purchase—Come see her today!

BIANCA JOHNSON

RECEPTIONIST

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Bianca has been in the medical field for more than 15 years. She is the mother of three. In her free time you can find her traveling and critiquing food.

Maegan robles

RECEPTIONIST

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Maegan has worked in the medical field for almost a decade. She is the mother of three. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Stacy collum

Billing & Coding Specialist

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Stacy has almost two decades of experience in medical billing. She is new to our practice and plans to apply her knowledge of medical billing to solve difficult problems and efficient solutions. Stacy spends her time off with her husband, daughter, their two dogs, and cat.

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