Meet The Doctors And Staff

Karns Vision Center Staff

At Karns Vision, our staff is friendly and professional. Our commitment is to provide exceptional customer service to all of our patients. We take pride in our personalized care and strive to spend the necessary time with each patient to ensure a comfortable experience.

Our optometry professionals are passionate about providing high-quality care to our family of patients. We focus on providing comprehensive eye exams, a large selection of fashionable eyewear, and the best possible vision care. Come in today to meet our Knoxville staff and make an appointment.

Our Doctors

  • Dr.
    Shane Presson

    Dr. Shane was born and raised in Camden, Tennessee. He made his first venture to Knoxville as an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, majoring in Mathematics. He received his Doctor of Optometry in Memphis in June of 1995. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. He is also an adjunct professor with Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Shane is named as one of Newsweek's 2021 Top 100 Optometrists in America. 

    Dr. Shane is excellent with pediatric exams. This includes contact lenses for children. He fit his daughter with contact lenses at just 5 years of age. Additionally, he is our LASIK enthusiast. After having Lasik himself, Dr. Shane has firsthand knowledge of how life changing the procedure can be. He loves co-managing the pre and post-operative care of Lasik patients. 

    If you ever have a good story to tell, Dr. Shane would love to hear it! 

  • Dr.
    Michelle Presson

    Dr. Michelle was born and raised in Florida. She attended the University of South Florida where she received her undergraduate degree in Biology. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in June of 1996. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians. 

    Dr. Michelle is amazing at helping patients with Dry Eye management. Using medication, drops, and punctal plugs, she can help patients who have spent years struggling with this issue. Additionally, Dr. Michelle is fantastic at fitting specialty contact lenses. Whether you are needing gas permeable lenses, monovision, or a combination of astigmatism/multifocal lenses, Dr. Michelle will work with you to get a prescription that works for you and your needs. 

    If you love the design and décor of the office, it is all thanks to Dr. Michelle. She is such an amazing decorator! She also enjoys gardening and playing tennis in her free time. 

  • Dr.
    Kate Allen

    Dr. Kate was raised in Tennessee. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, majoring in Chemistry. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the Southern College of Optometry in May of 2016. Upon graduation, Dr. Kate served as an active duty Optometrist in the United States Navy from 2016 – 2020. During this time, she also become a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. 

    Dr. Kate most enjoys the medical and pathology aspects of optometry. She can easily diagnose and treat medical issues and infections, such as pink eye or iritis. Dr. Kate is amazing at taking care of our of work-in and emergent patients. Additionally, she is a great teacher! She has been asked to give different lectures at national optometric meetings. 

    In her free time, Dr. Kate enjoys spin classes and is always down for a good brunch. Brunch is especially exciting if her dog, Bo Carson, can join.  

Our Staff

  • Kelsey C.

    Kelsey is our resident animal lover! She has a horse named Maggie, and two fur babies. Kelsey’s favorite thing about the office is the community feeling. At Karns Vision, patients are more than just a number. We want to know who you are and what you are about. 

  • Zoë D.

    Zoë takes care of all the little details in the office that no one else would think about. She is always thinking about new ways to make our staff and our patients feel special. Zoë’s favorite thing about the office is how every day is different- you never know what new things will be happening in and around the office! 

  • Sarah P.

    This girl has the most unique handwriting in the world and is a great sport when we tease her about it. Sarah has such a sweet and caring spirit that just makes your day better. Her favorite thing about working here is the close relationships she has been able to develop with her coworkers.

  • Samantha B.

    Sam is possibly the most soft spoken of us all, but don’t let that fool you. She has such a funny personality when you get to talking to her. She is a great storyteller. Sam’s favorite part of working here is all the patients she gets to meet.  

  • Canon P.

    Canon is our resident tech guy. If anything is broken, he's our go-to guy. He is actually the youngest son of Dr. Shane & Dr. Michelle. He is currently working here part time while also attending The University of Tennessee pursuing a career in optometry! 

  • Alayna K.

    Alayna will greet you with the biggest smile each time you walk through the door. She has got such a contagious personality that keeps us laughing. Her favorite thing about working here is the fun lunches! We eat way better than just cafeteria food…there is no telling what food will be here on Friday afternoons. 

  • Sami K.

    Sami is the most outgoing of us all. We truly do not believe she has never met a stranger. Sami has the amazing ability to make everyone feel right at home. Her favorite thing about working here is how welcoming and kind the atmosphere is. 

  • Kingsley S.

    Kingsley is one of our newest employees, but she truly feels like she has been part of the family since the beginning. She primarily works as a technician. You will love her sweet personality! 

  • Keira H.

    Keira is a current student at UT pursing a career in optometry. She is already so helpful around the office working as both an optical assistant and technician. 

  • Shana M.

    Shana is our newest optical assistant. Though she may seem quiet at first, she has the sweetest personality and is so eager to help our patients. 

  • Jake M.

    Jake is our newest employee and he will be working as a technician. He is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee. He was part of the Pride of Southland Band during his time there. Be sure to be extra kind to Jake- he is a trooper for putting up with all us girls! 

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*Fri: appts till 12 pm, office open all day*


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