Our Team

OUR TEAM

Natalie E. Freeman, PhD, Clinical Research Manager
Dr. Freeman completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California Santa Barbara and her doctorate degree at James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.  She completed her fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.  Dr. Freeman began her career as an Instructor and Faculty Member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.  She came to Knoxville in 2011 to direct and manage the Heart Lung Vascular Institute’s Data Management and Research Department at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. Freeman is also a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Surgery.  Dr. Freeman has extensive experience in clinical and pre-clinical research, bioinformatics, patient data management, and performance improvement.  She is well-versed at leading and training multidisciplinary teams while maintaining high ethical and quality standards. Dr. Freeman’s research interests include oncology (Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, and Proton Therapy), Alzheimer’s and dementias, cardiovascular disease, cardiology, vascular disease, pulmonary disease, and diabetes.

Dr. Freeman is aware of the pressing and persistent need to bring promising new drugs and treatment strategies to those in our community. With over 18 years of research experience, Dr. Freeman is dedicated to bringing more research opportunities to our community as well as developing strong collaborations with Physicians who want to provide their patients with more opportunities.  Her team currently collaborates with Provision CARES Proton Therapy (Knoxville and Nashville), Tennessee Cancer Specialists, GenesisNeuro, and New STAT Pulmonary Group.  She and her team are involved in every aspect of study coordination– from the site selection process, budget/contract negotiations, regulatory submission, patient recruitment/enrollment, and data management. Clinical Trials are currently ongoing in oncology (Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, and Proton Therapy), geriatric diseases such as dementia, and pulmonology.

Kim Puccio, LPNClinical Research Coordinator
Kim Puccio has been a medical care professional for over 20 years.  She received her nursing license in 1993.  She has involved herself in multidisciplinary aspects of patient care including acute care neurology followed by a variety of medical indications including chronic neurology, cardiovascular, digestive systems, endocrine/metabolic, infectious disease, parasites disease, musculoskeletal, and respiratory.  For the past 15 years, she has focused on clinical trials from site selection, preparing regulatory documents, patient recruitment/retention, data management, patient care, to study close out.  Kim has been one of the most successful trial coordinators in her field with top enrolling studies both nationally and globally.  She has taken part in many advisory boards throughout the industry and her expert opinion is often sought after by many of her peers. Kim joined the CBR team to help lead trials in Neurology, Pulmonary, and Cancer. She takes pride in creating an exceptional experience for her patients participating in clinical trials.

Matt Jordan, BSN, RN, Clinical Research Coordinator
Matt Jordan is a native of Maryville, Tennessee. He attended ETSU, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science. He then attended LMU, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He has been an oncology RN since 2012 and has worked in oncology research since 2016. As a clinical research coordinator, Matt takes pride in offering his patients opportunities for treatments they might not otherwise receive. His nursing background makes him patient-focused, and he does everything he can to ensure that his patients feel respected, understood, and that their well-being is the number one priority. When not at work, he enjoys hiking in the Smoky Mountains, fly fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Nikki Luttrell, BS, BA, MSPH, Clinical Research Coordinator
Nikki Luttrell received her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She then attended the University of South Carolina where she obtained her Master of Science in Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology. She has several years of research experience in academia that includes study design, patient recruitment/enrollment, data management, data analysis and study coordination. Nikki has previously worked with various studies with an array of indications including maternal health, hypertension, social psychology and cancer treatment.

Brenda Whitehead, CCRP, Clinical Research Coordinator
Brenda Whitehead has been in the Medical Industry for 17 years. Her areas of expertise are in drug research and device development. She has facilitated and coordinated Phase II-IV Multiple Sclerosis pharmaceutical and device trials in vascular surgery. Generating an all-encompassing clinical trial education program and training materials for local healthcare providers from various modalities to act as treating providers on clinical trials. Brenda has been published in the Clinical trial magazine called the “Monitor” regarding her expertise in recruitment and retention of clinical trial patients.  Brenda has also sat on many advisory boards and has consulted all over the United States and most recently in Berlin, Germany and Budapest, Hungary.

Wil Rivers, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator
Wilton Rivers received his Bachelor of Science degree from American Intercontinental University and is a native of a small town called North, located in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. Wilton has 12 years of clinical research experience that includes: start-up, study design and coordination, regulatory, budgets and contracts, client-facing and closeout. During this period, he has also served as support to a large team of clinicians, investigators, statisticians, economists and systematic reviewers. Over the 12 years in this industry, Wilton has coordinated several Phase II and Phase III studies to include: Nephrology (Anemia, Type II Diabetes, Hyperphosphatemia) Oncology (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Solid Tumor Configuration, Hemophilia A) and Neurology (Migraine). In addition to site level experience, Wilton also has had the pleasure of working for 2 major CRO’s in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. While there he gained broader clinical research experience, which included CRF tracking/management and in-house monitoring. Wilton is very excited to be a part of the Provision – CBR Team where he will help carry out the vision of this great organization.

 

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