Our Doctors

Dr. Mark R. Kapperman

Founding Optometrist

I wanted to establish an independent office where the center is a relationship with the patient. I still have that passion.
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Dr. Mark R. Kapperman

Dr. Mark R. Kapperman is the founder of Kapperman, White & McGarvey Eyecare. Dr. Kapperman started the practice in 1988 with a passionate commitment to provide exceptional optometric care for those he served. His practice, now over 30 years old, has grown into one of the largest providers of primary eye care in Chattanooga. The practice, like Dr. Kapperman, is known for providing a family-oriented, patient-centered approach to eye care.

After finishing his pre-optometry curriculum at UT Chattanooga and receiving his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry, Mark returned home and began practicing at one of the first business establishments on the newly commercialized Gunbarrel Road. Dr. Kapperman relocated the practice to the Gunbarrel Professional Center in 1995 where it now includes 4 doctors and 20+ staff members.

Dr. Kapperman has played a vital leadership role in serving the optometric community at both the state and local levels. He has served as president of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and currently serves as administrator for Vision Source in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

Dr. Kapperman’s commitment to providing exceptional care to his patients extends to teaching and instilling this commitment to the next generation of optometrists. Mark trains students from Southern College of Optometry and the University of Alabama Birmingham and has recently been invited to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Southern College of Optometry.

One of Mark’s greatest joys is being able to serve people without access to eyecare in remote underdeveloped countries. He has travelled to Catacamas, Honduras each of the last 16 years to provide much needed vision care. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Predisan Health Ministries, a Christian healthcare organization that provides medical services to thousands of people in the Olancho region in rural Honduras.

Mark and his wife, Anita, have been married for 32 years. She is a pediatric nurse, but now devotes herself full-time to family and volunteering for several community outreach programs. Together they have raised three children. Cameron is a local attorney who recently married the love of his life in the Patten Chapel on the UTC campus. Conner is following in his father’s footsteps and will be graduating with his doctorate in optometry in 2020. Their youngest and only daughter, Cydney, is a high school senior and enjoys volleyball and softball.

 


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Dr. Mark R. Kapperman

Founding Optometrist

I wanted to establish an independent office where the center is a relationship with the patient. I still have that passion.
See My Story

Dr. Mark R. Kapperman

Dr. Mark R. Kapperman is the founder of Kapperman, White & McGarvey Eyecare. Dr. Kapperman started the practice in 1988 with a passionate commitment to provide exceptional optometric care for those he served. His practice, now over 30 years old, has grown into one of the largest providers of primary eye care in Chattanooga. The practice, like Dr. Kapperman, is known for providing a family-oriented, patient-centered approach to eye care.

After finishing his pre-optometry curriculum at UT Chattanooga and receiving his Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry, Mark returned home and began practicing at one of the first business establishments on the newly commercialized Gunbarrel Road. Dr. Kapperman relocated the practice to the Gunbarrel Professional Center in 1995 where it now includes 4 doctors and 20+ staff members.

Dr. Kapperman has played a vital leadership role in serving the optometric community at both the state and local levels. He has served as president of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and currently serves as administrator for Vision Source in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.

Dr. Kapperman’s commitment to providing exceptional care to his patients extends to teaching and instilling this commitment to the next generation of optometrists. Mark trains students from Southern College of Optometry and the University of Alabama Birmingham and has recently been invited to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Southern College of Optometry.

One of Mark’s greatest joys is being able to serve people without access to eyecare in remote underdeveloped countries. He has travelled to Catacamas, Honduras each of the last 16 years to provide much needed vision care. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Predisan Health Ministries, a Christian healthcare organization that provides medical services to thousands of people in the Olancho region in rural Honduras.

Mark and his wife, Anita, have been married for 32 years. She is a pediatric nurse, but now devotes herself full-time to family and volunteering for several community outreach programs. Together they have raised three children. Cameron is a local attorney who recently married the love of his life in the Patten Chapel on the UTC campus. Conner is following in his father’s footsteps and will be graduating with his doctorate in optometry in 2020. Their youngest and only daughter, Cydney, is a high school senior and enjoys volleyball and softball.

 


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Dr. Troy R. White

Optometrist and Certified Corneal Refractive Therapist

It still amazes me when I stop and think about it. I have a pretty awesome job where I get to help people better their day-to-day life and participate in the things they truly enjoy.
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Dr. Troy R. White

At the age of eight, Troy White found himself sitting in the waiting room of an optometrist for his first checkup. His father looked down at him and said, “Troy, you should be an eye doctor.” After a great visit and interaction with the eye doctor, Troy did indeed want to become an optometrist.

Dr. White was born and raised in Chattanooga. After graduating from The McCallie School, Dr. White attended UT Chattanooga where he graduated with honors. He then received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

After returning home from UAB, Dr. White joined Dr. Kapperman in 1999, forming Kapperman and White Eyecare. They shared a philosophy that caring for patients meant more than just caring for their eyes. It meant caring for them as unique individuals. Kapperman and White Eyecare grew in its commitment to provide the very best in quality optometric care under the additional leadership of Dr. White.

Dr. White is passionate about medical missions. He had the opportunity to go on his first medical mission trip while in optometry school. He has remained committed to serving and ministering to people locally and around the globe with his knowledge of the eyes and love for people. Troy has served in Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Uganda, and Brazil.

Troy enjoys running, fitness, mountain biking, technical tree climbing, and most anything else that sounds adventurous. Troy is married to Melissa. She is an artist, worship leader, and committed mother. They have a daughter, Annie, who loves life and loves people. Their son, Anderson, is pursuing a career in industrial design, and Coleman, their other son, is pursuing a career in acting. They attend Redemption to the Nations Church and have a passion for sharing the love of Christ with others.






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Dr. Troy R. White

Optometrist and Certified Corneal Refractive Therapist

It still amazes me when I stop and think about it. I have a pretty awesome job where I get to help people better their day-to-day life and participate in the things they truly enjoy.
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Dr. Troy R. White

At the age of eight, Troy White found himself sitting in the waiting room of an optometrist for his first checkup. His father looked down at him and said, “Troy, you should be an eye doctor.” After a great visit and interaction with the eye doctor, Troy did indeed want to become an optometrist.

Dr. White was born and raised in Chattanooga. After graduating from The McCallie School, Dr. White attended UT Chattanooga where he graduated with honors. He then received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

After returning home from UAB, Dr. White joined Dr. Kapperman in 1999, forming Kapperman and White Eyecare. They shared a philosophy that caring for patients meant more than just caring for their eyes. It meant caring for them as unique individuals. Kapperman and White Eyecare grew in its commitment to provide the very best in quality optometric care under the additional leadership of Dr. White.

Dr. White is passionate about medical missions. He had the opportunity to go on his first medical mission trip while in optometry school. He has remained committed to serving and ministering to people locally and around the globe with his knowledge of the eyes and love for people. Troy has served in Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Uganda, and Brazil.

Troy enjoys running, fitness, mountain biking, technical tree climbing, and most anything else that sounds adventurous. Troy is married to Melissa. She is an artist, worship leader, and committed mother. They have a daughter, Annie, who loves life and loves people. Their son, Anderson, is pursuing a career in industrial design, and Coleman, their other son, is pursuing a career in acting. They attend Redemption to the Nations Church and have a passion for sharing the love of Christ with others.






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Dr. Robert C. McGarvey

Optometrist and Certified Scleral Lens Fitter

I feel like God reached down and grabbed me from where I was and put me here.
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Dr. Robert C. McGarvey

Dr. McGarvey has carried with him a desire to be an optometrist from a very young age. Owing in large part to a challenging prescription that wasn’t identified until he was in elementary school, Rob became keenly aware of the importance of good vision.

Dr. McGarvey attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and developed a passion for the outdoors, which briefly diverted his attention to a career in forest biology. After working for several years with the U.S. Forest Service and completing a master’s degree in tree physiology, Dr. McGarvey began to experience a renewed calling to pursue a career in optometry

Heeding that call, Dr. McGarvey attended Southern College of Optometry where he represented the school as a student ambassador and served as the treasurer of his class. During his fourth year of optometry school, Dr. McGarvey and his wife took a leap of faith and moved to Chattanooga where he completed externships with Kapperman and White Eyecare and at Southeast Eye Specialists. After graduation, Dr. McGarvey was hired by Kapperman and White Eyecare, eventually becoming a partner in 2016. 

Rob and his wife, Petrina, have 4 children; Evan, Claire, Reid, and Willow. Dr. McGarvey and his family still love the outdoors and spend as much time as they can enjoying it. They have a small pop-up trailer and like to go camping as much as possible. As a family, they hope to visit all 58 National Parks. The McGarveys attend Concord Baptist Church where they enjoy teaching children about God’s love. Dr. McGarvey enjoys running, gardening, and backpacking.

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Dr. Robert C. McGarvey

Optometrist and Certified Scleral Lens Fitter

I feel like God reached down and grabbed me from where I was and put me here.
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Dr. Robert C. McGarvey

Dr. McGarvey has carried with him a desire to be an optometrist from a very young age. Owing in large part to a challenging prescription that wasn’t identified until he was in elementary school, Rob became keenly aware of the importance of good vision.

Dr. McGarvey attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and developed a passion for the outdoors, which briefly diverted his attention to a career in forest biology. After working for several years with the U.S. Forest Service and completing a master’s degree in tree physiology, Dr. McGarvey began to experience a renewed calling to pursue a career in optometry

Heeding that call, Dr. McGarvey attended Southern College of Optometry where he represented the school as a student ambassador and served as the treasurer of his class. During his fourth year of optometry school, Dr. McGarvey and his wife took a leap of faith and moved to Chattanooga where he completed externships with Kapperman and White Eyecare and at Southeast Eye Specialists. After graduation, Dr. McGarvey was hired by Kapperman and White Eyecare, eventually becoming a partner in 2016. 

Rob and his wife, Petrina, have 4 children; Evan, Claire, Reid, and Willow. Dr. McGarvey and his family still love the outdoors and spend as much time as they can enjoying it. They have a small pop-up trailer and like to go camping as much as possible. As a family, they hope to visit all 58 National Parks. The McGarveys attend Concord Baptist Church where they enjoy teaching children about God’s love. Dr. McGarvey enjoys running, gardening, and backpacking.

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Dr. Megan Dillman Kortum

Optometrist & Air Force Veteran

I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. This is where I am supposed to be.
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Dr. Megan Dillman Kortum

While on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua in college, Dr. Kortum discovered the immediate impact that an eye exam and glasses can have on individuals and communities with limited access to eye care. From there, her vision for a career in optometry was clear. 

A native of the "Cornhusker State," Dr. Kortum earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While attending Southern College of Optometry, she represented the student body as a trustee to the American Optometric Student Association. It was while earning her doctorate that Megan completed an externship at Kapperman, White & McGarvey Eyecare. She quickly fell in love with the people of the practice and the Chattanooga community.

Always up for an adventure, Megan’s journey brought her to the United States Air Force. Commissioning in her second year of optometry school—and intrigued that pilots need the very best eye care possible—she set out to begin her career as a captain in the military. In addition to developing her skills as an optometrist, she learned invaluable leadership skills and was named the Air Education and Training Command Biomedical Sciences Corps Company Grade Officer of the Year for clinicians.

With a calling back to the great city of Chattanooga, Dr. Kortum joined the practice of Drs. Kapperman, White & McGarvey in 2016. She desires to continue her passion for medical mission outreach and most recently completed her fifth international mission trip. Megan was thrilled to accompany Dr. Kapperman on his annual trip to Honduras and hopes to make the journey with the eye brigade each year.

In her free time, Megan enjoys a good book, working in the yard, and last-minute road trips. She is married to Mike, who is an 8th grade Algebra teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. They have three young children, Will, Annie, and a newborn girl named Liv. Their family spends as much time outdoors as possible and loves to travel.


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Dr. Megan Dillman Kortum

Optometrist & Air Force Veteran

I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. This is where I am supposed to be.
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Dr. Megan Dillman Kortum

While on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua in college, Dr. Kortum discovered the immediate impact that an eye exam and glasses can have on individuals and communities with limited access to eye care. From there, her vision for a career in optometry was clear. 

A native of the "Cornhusker State," Dr. Kortum earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While attending Southern College of Optometry, she represented the student body as a trustee to the American Optometric Student Association. It was while earning her doctorate that Megan completed an externship at Kapperman, White & McGarvey Eyecare. She quickly fell in love with the people of the practice and the Chattanooga community.

Always up for an adventure, Megan’s journey brought her to the United States Air Force. Commissioning in her second year of optometry school—and intrigued that pilots need the very best eye care possible—she set out to begin her career as a captain in the military. In addition to developing her skills as an optometrist, she learned invaluable leadership skills and was named the Air Education and Training Command Biomedical Sciences Corps Company Grade Officer of the Year for clinicians.

With a calling back to the great city of Chattanooga, Dr. Kortum joined the practice of Drs. Kapperman, White & McGarvey in 2016. She desires to continue her passion for medical mission outreach and most recently completed her fifth international mission trip. Megan was thrilled to accompany Dr. Kapperman on his annual trip to Honduras and hopes to make the journey with the eye brigade each year.

In her free time, Megan enjoys a good book, working in the yard, and last-minute road trips. She is married to Mike, who is an 8th grade Algebra teacher at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. They have three young children, Will, Annie, and a newborn girl named Liv. Their family spends as much time outdoors as possible and loves to travel.


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Our Staff

Ali

Welcome Center / Check-in Specialist

Amy

Technician with Dr. Kortum

Angela

Special Testing Technician

Buffy

Optician

Denise

Welcome Center / Check-out Specialist

Esther

Technician with Dr. McGarvey

Hayley

Technician with Dr. White

Kim

Lead Front Desk

Lauren

Technician with Dr. Kapperman

Lindsay

Optician

Melinda

Lead Optician

Melissa

Contact Lens Specialist

Olivia

Technician with Dr. McGarvey

Paula

Check-out Specialist

Penny

Insurance and Billing Specialist

Robyn

Optician

Sharla

Technician with Dr. Kortum

Stephanie

Lead Technician; Technician for Dr. White

Tiffany S.

Optician

Tiffany V.

Technician with Dr. Kapperman

Whitney

Welcome Center / Check-in Specialist