Our Doctors

Nashville’s Most Experienced Ophthalmologists & Eye Doctors

Loden Vision Centers employs only the most skilled, experienced, and credentialed Nashville eye doctors, LASIK surgeons, ophthalmologists, and optometrists to staff our 5 convenient locations. Choose a doctor from the list below to learn more about their eye care specialties and experience. When you choose Loden Vision Centers for your LASIK, cataract, or general vision needs, you can be confident you are getting care from the best in town!

James C. Loden, MD
Founder and President of Loden Vision Centers

dr loden an ophthalmologist and founder of loden vision centers in nashville About Dr. Loden

  • Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
  • Fellowship-Trained LASIK Surgeon
  • LASIK and Cataract Specialist
  • Certified by American College of Eye Surgeons


  • Member of American Academy of
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons,
  • Society for Excellence in Eyecare
    Dr. Loden serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. He was the very first surgeon in Tennessee to perform the Cataract Surgery and lectures to surgeons worldwide. Learn more about Dr. Loden.

Terrence Doherty, MD

ophthalmologist and corneal surgeon in nashville tennessee About Dr. Doherty

  • Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
  • Fellowship-trained LASIK Surgeon
  • Fellowship-trained Corneal Surgeon
  • LASIK and Cataract Specialist


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
  • Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology
    Dr. Doherty has been certified by American College of Eye Surgeons. He was the first surgeon in Tennessee to perform IntraLase Enabled Keratoplasty (IEK).

Katie Mills, MD

ophthalmologist and lasik specialist in nashville About Dr. Mills

  • Board-Certified Ophthalmologist
  • LASIK and Cataract Specialist


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Memphis Eye Society

Gary Jerkins, MD

ophthalmologist nashville tennessee About Dr. Jerkins

  • Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
  • Serves as a Principle Investigator for a variety of FDA-approved clinical trials


  • Board of Directors for Healing Hands International
  • Ukrainian Education Center

David O. Carrico, OD

dr carrico an optometrist in nashville About Dr. Carrico

  • Clinical Director, Paris, TN
  • Board-Certified Optometrist
  • Ocular Disease Management Specialist


  • Tennessee Optometric Association
  • American Optometric Association
  • Tennessee Academy of Optometry

Matt Judd, OD

eye doctor in nashville About Dr. Judd

  • Optometrist


  • American Optical Association
  • Proactive Optometric Physicians

Joseph Parker, OD

eye doctor nashville tennessee About Dr. Parker

  • Optometrist


  • American Optometric Association
  • President of the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists

Courtney Hopkins, OD

Courtney Hopkins, OD About Dr. Hopkins

  • Optometrist

Residency and Clinical Extern

  • Ocular Disease Residency – Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL
  • EyeCare Associates East Huntsville – Huntsville, AL
  • VisionAmerica of Huntsville – Huntsville, AL
  • UAB Eye Care – Birmingham, AL
  • Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center – Tuscaloosa, AL

Rachel Hart, OD

Rachel Heart, OD About Dr. Hart

  • Optometrist

Clinical Extern

  • Loden Vision, Goodlettsville, TN
  • Vision Source of Hendersonville, Memphis, TN
  • Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, TN


Jocelyn Cercone, OD

Dr. Cercone, OD About Dr. Cercone

  • Fellowship-trained Optometrist


  • American Academy of Optometry
  • Middle Tennessee Optometric Physicians Society

Iwaz Barwari

physician assistant in nashville About Iwaz Barwari

  • Physician Assistant


  • Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Academy of Physician Assistant

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Many thanks to Doctor Loden and his amazing staff! They made something that would otherwise be very intimidating very comforting. Their professionalism and service was off the charts. I am one day post surgery and am pain free and can see better than I have for twenty years. I would recommend them to anyone!

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I am so thankful to Dr. Loden. My results from my LASIK surgery were instant. I don't have hardly any vision distortion and it 1 day post surgery, it will just keep getting better each day. I see better now than I've ever been able to with glasses or contacts. I so recommend Dr. Loden!!!

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Provided by Citysearch - Thanks to Dr. Loden and his staff. I had LASIK yesterday with the guarantee that I would have 20/20 or better. Now it's the day after and sure enough I have 20/20 in both eyes and Dr. Loden says "it will only get better." Everything he has said has been spot on so there is no need to doubt him now. His staff was the nicest people I've ever met in a business environment. If anyone deserves a award it would be Loden Vision Center.

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