Misti Earwood, CMA

Clinical Research Assistant

Misti currently resides in Benton, TN. She is a certified medical assistant and has 14 years of medical experience in internal medicine. She obtained her associate degree in 2003. Misti joined ClinSearch in January 2018 as a research assistant.




Gisela Heintz, LPN

Clinical Research Assistant

Gisela joined ClinSearch in January 2018 with over 15 years of medical experience in the Cleveland/Chattanooga region. Gisela is a licensed practical nurse and is certified in IATA, CITI and CPR.




LaShonda Knaff

Clinical Research Coordinator

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LaShonda moved to Chattanooga from Knoxville in 2013. She holds certifications as a CNA (2002), phlebotomist (2006), and RMA (2012). LaShonda joined ClinSearch in April 2015 as a research assistant. In June 2016, LaShonda was promoted to junior clinical research coordinator. Her research experience includes migraines, fibromyalgia and atopic dermatitis.




Vickie Leathers, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Vickie Leathers is a certified clinical research coordinator. She started with ClinSearch in the fall of 2014. She has many years of research experience and achieved her CCRC certification in 2012. Vickie has a strong clinical trial background with diabetes and cardiovascular studies. She previously worked as a medical assistant and research coordinator in a doctor’s office, specializing in diabetes/endocrinology trials for almost 9 years. She has completed IATA, CITI and CPR training.




Erica Osmundsen, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Erica joined ClinSearch in 2012 with over 15 years of prior experience in clinical research. She got her start in the field by working as a research assistant at the Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt as an undergraduate student. Afterward, she became a clinical research coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and then managed national and international patient recruitment campaigns for a specialty CRO. Erica is an ACRP certified clinical research coordinator, is CPR certified and has completed trainings in CITI, OSHA, and multiple condition-specific rating scales and assessments. Her research study experience includes IBS, gout, acne, FD, diabetes, COPD, MDD, women’s health, vaccines and schizophrenia.




Christy Schmeck, CMA, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Christy Schmeck is a certified clinical research coordinator. She started with ClinSearch in September 2009 as a laboratory technician.  She was promoted to the coordinator position in September 2011. Christy achieved her ACRP certification in September 2012. She has a strong clinical trial background in celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and diabetes.  Christy previously worked as a certified medical assistant in family medicine/gynecology for 8 years. She is a certified first responder and currently carries certifications for IATA, OSHA, and CITI. Christy has been ClinSearch’s OSHA Compliance Officer since 2009.




Catherine Schon, MS, CCRC

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Catherine joined ClinSearch in 2016 after working as a research scientist and coordinator at New York University, College of Dentistry. She has over 15 years of research experience, with more than 6 years in clinical research. Catherine obtained a Master of Science degree in microbiology at Oregon Health & Science University in 2008 and has been ACRP certified as a clinical research coordinator since 2015. Catherine has a research background in molecular microbiology and immunology, with a clinical interest in gastrointestinal health and disease. Catherine maintains CITI HSR and GCP, BLS-CPR, HIPAA, OSHA, and IATA training.





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