“I just love East Tennessee.”
Jeffrey Silbernagle, O.D., has always dreamed of living in Tennessee. Growing up in New Orleans, he loved everything about the Bayou. But, the seasons, the green trees in the summertime and the mountain air drew him to Tennessee. He and his wife, Diana, decided that moving here would be a dream come true. So, they did.
Becoming the Optometrist that Dr. Silbernagle is today, however, did not come so easy. His career has taken many turns that have kept him in Louisiana and made him travel as far as Ireland. Finally, he’s practicing with Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun and we’re glad to have him on board.
“My practice has always been about improving my patient’s quality of life,” says Dr. Silbernagle. “I perform truly comprehensive examinations as I want to find out everything about my patient’s vision. So, when it’s time for treatment, either glasses or contacts or if I need to manage or treat a condition, I want to be as informed as possible so I can help the patient benefit the most under my care.”
Dr. Silbernagle built his own clinic called Sight on Site in New Orleans where he visited schools and did eye exams. After ten years and over 26,000 student eye exams, LSU asked him to join the University as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, a distinguished position that he held for 10 years. His concentration was in physiological optics, contact lenses and low vision, an education that would benefit him for the rest of his career.
In 1999, he was recruited to move to Ireland to continue teaching and working in clinical optometry.
“I liked how the Medical Doctors and the Optometrists would work together in treating patients in Ireland,” recalls Dr. Silbernagle. “It’s always best when both disciplines are working together. The patient gets remarkable care. I wanted to bring that concept home.”
The ability to work with MDs and have a referral resource for just about any eye condition whether for surgery or specialized treatment was the most rewarding part of joining a comprehensive eye care practice.
“No question that the ability to work closely with MDs was the most attractive part of joining Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun,” continues Dr. Silbernagle. “Today, we have six Optometrists and five Ophthalmologists and one of those is Retina Specialist. It gives me the opportunity to work closely with and refer patients to, really, the most versatile group of eye doctors in East Tennessee. And, truthfully, my patients will benefit greatly.”
Dr. Silbernagle is now practicing in our Weisgarber and Farragut locations which is perfectly fine with him. In fact, it culminates a dream he’s had for a while.
“I’ve love it here in East Tennessee,” he says. “You can’t find better people and a more beautiful area anywhere in the world. My wife, Diana used to come here for vacation. And now, we get to be here year around. I get to work with one of the most capable practices in all of East Tennessee with incredible doctors and patients. I can’t be any happier.”
When Dr. Silbernagle is not treating patients, you might find him and his wife, Diana hiking, boating, horseback riding or just about any other activity in East Tennessee.
“I can go out my door and be in a secluded area hiking in a matter of minutes,” he explains. “East Tennessee is a wonderful, beautiful place. And I am proud to call this area my home.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Silbernagel or any one of our doctors, call (865) 584-0905.