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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Kapperman and White Eyecare the leading provider of vision care products and services in Chattanooga.

Dr. Mark Kapperman

Mark Kapperman received his doctorate of optometry in 1987 from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis , TN after attending the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He was voted Outstanding Senior by his classmates and also received Outstanding Senior Clinician Award. He is a Past President of the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians and was named Young Optometrist of the year in 1991. Dr. Kapperman is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Optometry and serves as an Administrator for Vision Source in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia ( an organization to enhance independent practice of optometry). He serves as Adjunct professor for Southern College of Optometry mentoring senior student interns and serves on the Advisory Board for the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence. He has presented several guest lectures at various optometric events primarily speaking on optometric practice and business management.

Dr. Kapperman founded Kapperman, White and McGarvey Vision Source in April of 1988 as one of the very first businesses on Gunbarrel Road. He is committed to local missions volunteering for Ronald McDonald Room, Volunteers in Medicine and Mustard Tree Ministries. He has completed 17 Christian eye care mission trips to several different Central American countries.

Dr. Kapperman and his wife Anita (a certified pediatrics R.N.) live on a farm in Apison, Tn with their daughter Cydney who attends Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences. Their eldest son Cameron is an Attorney with Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel in Chattanooga. Their son Conner lives in Memphis while attending Southern College of Optometry. Anita is involved in prison ministry, Girl Scouts, snack pack meals for children and various other volunteer activities. The Kappermans enjoy travel, camping, Tennessee Vols football, hiking, biking, fishing, farming (back yard chickens!), facilitating Bible Study and Chattanooga soccer.

Dr. Troy White

Dr. Troy White is a native of Chattanooga and a graduate of The McCallie School. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. While in optometry school, Troy was a member of Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO). As a member of FCO, Troy went to Mexico on a mission trip to not only meet the eyecare needs but also the spiritual needs of those in Mexico.

He started practicing with Dr. Kapperman in 1999.
He lives in Signal Mountain with his wife Melissa, daughter Anne Elise, and sons Anderson and Coleman.
Besides spending time with his family, Dr. White enjoys mountain biking, hiking, playing vollyball, and running to keep in shape. Dr. White and his family are members of Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Robert Mcgarvey

Dr. Rob McGarvey grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Florida and was a research coordinator at the University of Georgia before attending the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

Before graduating from optometry school, he completed externships at Kapperman and White Eye Care and Southeast Eye Specialists in Chattanooga with a focus on children and training with a pediatric ophthalmologist.
In school, he was a member of Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO) and volunteered as a mentor and tutor in the community. In 2008, he and his wife Petrina went with Dr. Kapperman to Honduras to serve in medical missions there.

He joined Kapperman and White Eye Care in 2008.
Dr. McGarvey lives in Hixson with his wife Petrina, sons Evan and Reid and daughter Claire. They are members of the North Shore Fellowship. He enjoys participating in missions, running to stay in shape, and playing with his children.

Dr. Megan Kortum

Dr. Megan Kortum is a Nebraska-native and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis where she completed an externship at Kapperman and White Eyecare.  She served as a trustee for the American Optometric Student Association and participated in five mission trips.  Upon graduation, she was awarded Outstanding Clinician and Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care.

Dr. Kortum joins Kapperman and White Eyecare after honorably serving as a commissioned officer and optometrist in the United States Air Force.  She most recently served as Flight Commander of the optometry clinic as part of the 81st Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, MS.  In 2014, Dr. Kortum was named the Air Education and Training Command Biomedical Sciences Corps Company Grade Officer of the Year for clinicians.

In her free time, Dr. Kortum enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, son Will, and their two dogs.  They enjoy hiking, biking, traveling, and snowboarding.