Dr. Russell Gilliam has been working in West Tennessee for over 20 years since graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis Tennessee in 1993. He matriculated at the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and still wishes he could attend again as a non-traditional student. He practices family eye care with special interests in macular degeneration and specialized contact lens fittings. He joined with Dr. Danny Donaldson in 2008 to form the EyeCare Center of Martin which led Dr. Danny to lose his hair.
Dr. Gilliam considers himself lucky to be married to the former Shantelle Brown from Bogus Holler, TN. She is a Kindergarten teacher at Lake Road School in Obion County. He has five children that claim him and one stepchild and the children range from ages 8 to 20. Two of his children attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and members of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. His other children’s interest range from the theatre to soccer to haunted houses. He stays busy with their exploits and sometimes shenanigans. Dr. Gilliam’s interest includes tennis, the Tennessee Vols, St. Louis Cardinal baseball, walks along the beach, and church. In 2012, Dr. Gilliam and Dr. Tom Manning from Dyersburg joined together to start the Reelfoot Rural Ministry Vision Clinic. This clinic is opened the third Friday of the month and serve those without the funds or health care that cover eye examinations and glasses.
Dr. Danny Donaldson has been working at the EyeCare Center of Martin since August 2008, when he and Dr. Gilliam bought the practice from Dr. Davis. He graduated from Westview High School in Martin and the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
In 2005, he graduated from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis with a Doctor of Optometry. He had externships with the Eye Care Group in Humboldt, TN and Jackson, TN, and at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, FL.
After graduating, Dr. Donaldson worked as an independent contractor (fill-in) with several offices in West Tennessee before moving home to Martin in 2006. He worked at his practice on Courtright Rd right up until he started working at the EyeCare Center of Martin in 2008. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians.
Dr. Donaldson is married to the lovely Alicia Maya Donaldson. They have two children – Brianna and Nathan.
Angie has been working at the front desk of our office since August 1996. She is known as “the face of the EyeCare Center of Martin” because she has the most contact with patients for almost 20 years! Angie keeps the front running smoothly as possible. She will check you in and check you out. She helps get insurance authorizations, makes appointments, and helps with dispensing glasses and contact lenses when needed.
Angie has been married to Gary Byrd for 30 years. They have 3 wonderful children – Ryan, Ashley, and Garrett. Believe it or not, they also have 3 grandchildren – Brayden, Jaxon, and Raya. Her family enjoys going to St. Louis for Cardinals baseball games and also watching Kentucky basketball.
Chris has been working in our office since September 1995. She helps patients with frame and lens selection and dispensing. She also takes care of glasses and contact lens orders. When needed, she also helps patients with contact lens insertion and removal.
Chris is from a small town in Ohio. She, her husband, Tom, and their 4 children moved to Martin in 1983. They now have 4 grandchildren. Chris enjoys reading, shopping, crafts, and spending time with family and friends.
Danielle joined our family in August 2013. She works in our dispensary and assists with frame selections and eyeglass orders. She has worked in the optical industry for 25 years. Danielle is originally from Martin but now resides in Dresden with her three children.
Marsha started working with us in November of 2016. Marsha makes appointments, authorizes insurance, handles patient accounts, patient payments, deposits, medical records, disability, and assists with our website and software systems.
Marsha is married and has two daughters, residing in Dresden where she and her husband are youth leaders at their church. She enjoys reading, writing, watching football, and hanging out with her family.
Insurance and Billing Coordinator
Teresa joined us in August of 2018. She is our insurance and billing coordinator. For 24 years she has been working in the insurance and billing.
Teresa is a widow, has three girls that are grown, and one grandson.
Chart Room Assistant and Lens Cutter
Aleya works part-time in our chart room and is responsible for keeping our files in order and prepping them each day. She also works in the lab cutting lenses for your frames. Aleya was born and raised in Dresden. She graduated from Dresden High in 2015. She attends UTM full time as an undergraduate student. She is studying Cell and Molecular Biology and as Psychology.
Dr. Donaldson’s Tech
Kristin has been with the family since 2017. She works closely with our patients in the workup and pre-test rooms to gather patient information so she may relay it to the Dr. before you see him. She also conducts a series of tests for the Doctors to read. You may also see her helping a new contact lens wearer learn how to insert contacts. She lives in Dresden with her children Briley and Ryder. She loves spending time with her family.
Dr. Gilliam's Tech
Michelle joined our family in 2017. She is used to the food industry but has fallen in love with her job here! She works closely with our patients in the workup and pre-test rooms to gather patient information so she may relay it to the Dr. before you see him. She also conducts a series of tests for the Doctors to read. You may also see her helping a new contact lens wearer learn how to insert contacts. She is married to Dougie and they have two children, Becca (21) and Mikey (19). She also has two grandchildren who she enjoys spending time with.
Bri works part-time at our office. She is known as our “Mobile Support’ as she goes wherever she is needed. She helps with the front desk, frame selections, dispensing, and filing vision insurance. Bri graduated from UTM with a Bachelors degree in Political Science in December of 2018. She and her husband Jacob reside in Martin.
Emily joined our team in March of 2019 as a receptionist. She, also, files vision insurance, helps in the lab and runs tests when needed. She and her husband, Micheal, reside in Dresden with their two sons, Peyton and Nate.