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Memphis Clinical Research

Since 2001 CNS Healthcare has been a leader in clinical research in Memphis.

Research Team

Offering the latest, most advanced options available through clinical trials, our Memphis team is committed to your well-being.

Kelly Iskiwitz, BS | Administrator

Kelly joined CNS Healthcare during 2003 as a Research Assistant. She has gained extensive experience in all areas of research and clinical trials including data entry, intake, psychological testing, regulatory and QA. She currently oversees all of these areas and is our liaison with our sponsors and monitors.

Charles Grandberry, BS, EMT | Triage Manager

Charles joined our team in 2013 as our Patient Access Manager, responsible for managing all intake activity in the office and supporting our site with community outreach. Charles comes to us with nine years of experience in healthcare management. Charles has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Development, and is also trained as an Emergency Medical Technician by the United States Military.

Monica Toor, MD

Dr. Monica Toor joined CNS Healthcare in 2019. She brings over 15 years of experience in working with a variety of therapeutic areas to the team. She received her Bachelor of Science in Neurology and Psychology from the University of California Riverside and her MD degree from American University of Antigua Medical School. 

Julia Sinatra, BS | Quality Assurance Manager

Julia joined the team in 2020 as the Quality Assurance Manager. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from University of California San Diego. Previously, Julia worked as a Clinical Quality Assurance Associate Auditor and a Clinical Research Coordinator. Additionally, she has worked as a volunteer in the ICU at Mills Peninsula Medical Center and as a Physical Therapy Aide. 

Robyn Presley, BS | Senior Project Manager & Rater

Robyn joined us in 2001 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. During 1988 she began her career in research as a Research Coordinator for numerous diseases of the central nervous system. She graduated from Southwest Baptist University with degrees in psychology and sociology. She focused her graduate work at the University of North Texas in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on aging. She is the past President of the Memphis chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Leslie Lazar, RN, BSN | Project Manager & Clinical Research Nurse

Leslie joined us in 2020 as a Clinical Research Coordinator with 15 years of clinical experience in nursing providing inpatient and outpatient care, Cardiovascular, Emergency Medicine, Anxiety, ADHD, Chronic Pain, Depression, Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, GI, Pre and Post Surgery Care and Pediatric care. She graduated from Baptist College of Health Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Memphis, TN, and received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion form the University of Memphis in 1999. She is PALS, ACLS, BLS Certified and current with certifications in Pediatric Advance Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, and Basic Life Support. Leslie was honored as the 2010 recipient of the Daisy Award Honoree for Extraordinary Nursing from St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Catherine Houpt, MSW, LCSW | Project Manager & Rater

Catherine began her career in clinical research back in 2003. She holds a Masters in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Tennessee. She has vast mental health research experience with adults and children and is an experienced rater on a variety of scales.

Carol Marsh, RN | Project Manager & Clinical Research Nurse

Carol Marsh joined the CNS Healthcare team in October 2020 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She received her Nursing Degree from the Baptist Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and brings over 27 years of experience with her to the team. Carol also has many years of research experience including the areas of Alopecia, depressive disorders, hypertension, obesity, schizophrenia and many more.

Jernell Borders-Fair, RN | Project Manager & Research Nurse

Jernell joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as a Project Manager and Research Nurse. She holds a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree from Sentara College of Health Sciences and received her Registered Nurse license in 2011 from the Virginia Board of Nursing. Before her role at CNS, Jernell held many nursing positions in hospitals in Norfolk, Virginia.

Tavia Flagg | Research Assistant

Tavia joined the team in November 2016. In 2007, she attended High Tech Institute and completed training as a Phlebotomist. She has over eight years of clinical experience, working with people living with autoimmune and pain/inflammatory related disorders, as well as working in research and clinical trials.

Irene Woods-Powell, CNA | Research Assistant

Irene joined the team in 2010 as a research assistant. In 1992 she worked as a CNA, where she gained experience in patient care. Following her dream to work in the healthcare field, she went back to school and graduated with honors as a MA. She now inputs 99% of the EDC information as well as efficiently serves as lab support. She is happy to be gaining extensive experience in research working with such a great team.

Lakeshia Pipkin, MA, BA | Research Assistant

Lakeshia joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2018 as a Research Assistant. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Union University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Memphis. She worked in customer services for twelve years before joining the team. 

Melissa Flowers, BS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Melissa joined the CNS Healthcare research team in January 2019 as a Research Assistant. She previously received her B.S. in General Science/Health from Middle Tennessee State University in 2017 and is working toward her Master’s degree in Public Health at Liberty University. Melissa’s clinical skills include E-Diary device management and training.

Lynn Owen, AS | Clinical Research Coordinator

Lynn joined the CNS Healthcare team in June 2022 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She has previously worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for many years and also brings 5 years of clinical experience providing acute and inpatient care in patients of all ages which will be beneficial to her role at CNS.

Dominique Ross, BS | Research Assistant

Dominique joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2020 as a Research Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and has received professional training in physiology, anatomy, and respiratory therapy from Concorde Career College. Dominique has extensive clinical skills and population experience in many different health conditions.

Esther Snell, AS | Research Assistant

Esther joined the CNS Healthcare team in May 2022 as a Research Assistant. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant degree from Anthem Career College. Esther has worked extensively in the medical field throughout Memphis which will be greatly beneficial to her role at CNS.

Mia Boyd, BS | Research Assistant

Mia joined the CNS Healthcare team in February 2022 as a Research Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville. Her experience in customer service and community work makes her a great fit for her role at CNS. 

Amber Jones, BS | Research Assistant/Regulatory Affairs & EDC

Amber joined CNS Healthcare in November 2020 as a Research Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Before CNS, Amber worked as a science teacher in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Penny McCracken | Intake Specialist

Penny joined CNS Healthcare in 2017 as Intake Coordinator. Prior to joining the team, Penny worked for 12 years in Plastic Surgery as a Patient Coordinator and later as Office Manager. Penny is results-oriented with strong customer service and organizational skills. She is passionate about her work performance and committed to providing an exceptional patient experience.

Erin Wells, BS, COTA/L | Regulatory Specialist

Erin joined the CNS Healthcare research team in 2020 as a Regulatory Specialist. She is a certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and has 10+ years of professional experience in Graphic Design, Marketing, Administration, and Patient Care. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Marketing.

Vanessa Wheeler, MS | QA Specialist

Vanessa originally joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2017 as a Research Assistant and has now grown into the Regulatory/QA Specialist role. She holds a Master’s of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership degree from the University of Memphis in Tennessee. Before CNS, Vanessa worked as a teacher in Memphis, TN.

Brandi Gruber, BS | Community Relations Manager

Brandi joined the team in 2014 as the Community Relations Manager. She received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from Arkansas State University and has extensive experience as a sales executive in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of urology, endocrinology, psychiatry, and internal medicine. Brandi collaborates with organizations, health centers, and physician offices to promote patient research opportunities at CNS Healthcare.

Porsha Rooks, AS | Office Manager

Porsha joined the CNS Healthcare team in 2021 as an Office manager. She holds an Associate degree in Business Management from National College. Her previous experience with patients and years in the medical field will be greatly beneficial to her role at CNS.



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