Dr. Kegarise is the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Center for Professional Development, LLC; a management consulting firm that assists doctors in clinical and managerial practices. He is the President of Cool Springs Eye Care and Donelson Eye Care, which has served the Middle Tennessee region for over 25 years. He earned his doctorate of optometry at The Ohio State University and followed that with a Residency in Family Practice Optometry at The University of Alabama in Birmingham.
His early career was focused on eye disease by leading optometric referral centers with Omega Health Systems in Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN. During that time his practices were recognized by The State of Tennessee with TN Quality Awards for business.
He began his consulting career when he was recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, (IHI), Boston, MA, as one of three international experts and innovators in healthcare design and leadership. He served as one of the founding members of IHI’s Idealized Design in Healthcare Project IDCOP, which created a model for ambulatory care medicine to follow in pursuit of “Ideal” care. He consulted with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to help improve methods for coordination and transition of care. He maintains faculty status with The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and affiliation with Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, as adjunct in the Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy.
Dr. Kegarise is a passionate basketball player and coach (mostly all coaching now!), and prides himself on trying to be a better father and husband than any of his business accomplishments. He bleeds Scarlet and Gray, attends as many Buckeye football games as possible and enjoys travel with his wife.