Our Team


Kristi Simcox, BS, CCRP, Manager, Clinical Research
Kristi Simcox is a Knoxville native who earned her Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2001. She rejoins the Center for Biomedical Research with over 20 years of experience in the oncology field. A majority of her career has been dedicated to clinical research and coordinating care for complex clinical trials. She had the opportunity to help establish a Clinical Research program for a private medical oncologist in Knoxville, TN. Kristi has extensive knowledge of ICH-GCP Guidelines and FDA Regulations. During her career she has experience with Regulatory Management, Patient Recruitment/Enrollment, Protocol Coordination and Data Management. She is an active member of SoCRA since 2009. She received her Certified Clinical Research Profession (CCRP) status in 2010, and continues to maintain this certification. She completed the ONS Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Course at Vanderbilt in March 2012. She has worked closely with investigators, study sponsors, CROs, and IRBs on over 95 clinical trials. She is passionate about clinical research and is humbled to have the opportunity to help bring clinical research solutions to this region. Kristi lives in Knoxville with her husband, two sons, and a morkie named Charlie. She enjoys spending time with family, playing outdoors, and traveling.  

Grace Kesterson, RN, Clinical Research Coordinator
Grace Kesterson attended the University of California at Davis where she earned her Bachelor of Art degree. After a short stint as a federal background investigator for the government and logistics manager she moved to Knoxville where she received her license as a registered nurse (RN). Grace has over 6 years of direct experience in the health care field with the majority of that time focused in the area of research. As a Clinical Research Coordinator, she has led dozens of Phase 1 studies with both the healthy and special populations. Her experience includes coordinating studies addressing diabetes, duchenne muscular dystrophy, cardiovascular disease, angioedema, and Alzheimer’s Disease, just to name a few. Grace joined Center for Biomedical Research to help her community and contribute to a lasting impact in the healthcare field.

Jennifer McBride, LPN, Clinical Research Coordinator
Jennifer McBride has been a healthcare professional since 2005 and has been a licensed practical nurse since 2009. At this time, she is currently working toward a Bachelor of Science degree. Jennifer has multidisciplinary experience and training in trauma/neuro surgical critical care, acute care medsurg/telemetry, nephrology, geriatrics, infectious disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and has held nurse manager/shift supervisor roles. Since 2015, Jennifer has been in clinical research as a coordinator in Phase I-IV clinical trials in healthy and special populations. She is known to be competitive with enrollment to achieve and exceed sponsor’s expectations of any clinical trial she works on. Her experience in clinical trials includes; diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ALS, MS, fever studies, renal, hepatic, imaging studies, and various vaccine studies. Jennifer joined the Center for Biomedical Research to continue her passion for clinical research and to contribute to her patients while being part of a research team in finding effective technology and treatments.

Amanda Blackwood, BSW, Clinical Research Coordinator
Amanda Blackwood attended the University of North Florida where she obtained her Bachelor of Social Work. After graduating she worked as a medical social worker in Jacksonville, FL, creating and executing discharge plans for patients admitted to the hospital. She has knowledge and experience working on multiple units including medical/surgical, progressive care, ICU, surgical telemetry, and the emergency department. In July of 2019 she and her husband moved to Maryville, TN. After working as a community case manager for a short period, she was hired on as a clinical research coordinator with Provision-CBR. Amanda is excited to be a part of an organization that strives to develop innovative healthcare solutions and provide healing to patients.

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1400 Dowell Springs Blvd.,
Suite 350, Knoxville, TN 37909
Phone: (865) 934-2670
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1415 Old Weisgarber Road,
Suite 200, Knoxville, TN 37909
Phone: (865) 934-2670
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