Meet Our Team

James S. Brown III, MD, FACS


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


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


Marsha Cherry

Billing & Coding Specialist


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.

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.



Destin Johnston

Clinic Manager

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Originally from New Orleans, LA, Destin is the clinic manager here at The Eye and Laser Center of Starkville. Driven by patient satisfaction, Destin is passionate about providing the best care to our patients! When not working, you can find her spending time with her husband and their German Sheperd, Bandit, or enjoying a good book paired with the perfect cup of coffee!

Kristen Clark, RN

Surgery Coordinator

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Kristen attended MUW where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is one of our surgery coordinators at The Starkville Surgery Center. Kristen enjoys educating and preparing patients for their upcoming surgeries. On her days off, you can find her spending time outdoors with her husband and their sweet pup, Memphis!

Allie Morris

Billing & Authorization 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.

Kei Johnson, ABOC, NCLE

Ophthalmic Technician Optician

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

Destiny Stephenson


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Destiny has been at The Eye and Laser Center of Starkville for over a year now. She is one of our opticians whose misson is to offer patients with the best eyeglass and contact lens options. On her off days, Destiny enjoys spending time with her family!

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