Bright Eye Consultants


The Bright Eye Team


Introducing Bright Eye Consultants, Knoxville's premier practice for excellence in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, founded by Dr. Christopher P. O'Brien in 2016.

Dr. Christopher P. O'Brien MD grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and is a graduate of Knoxville West High School.  After completing his training, or as he explains to his pediatric patients, completing the "26th grade," Dr. O'Brien started practice in Los Angeles, California.  He is proud to have returned home to Knoxville in 2014.


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The Team at Bright Eye Consultants knows that finding the right physician to care for you or your child  is important.  That’s why we strive for excellence in all that we do.

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Our Team



Dr. Christopher P. O'Brien   MD  MBA  MPH

Dr. Christopher P. O’Brien MD, MBA practices both pediatric and comprehensive ophthalmology in East Tennessee.  He is a graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis Economics program and is the only graduate to ever concurrently receive MD, MBA, and MPH degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dr. O’Brien served as chief resident during residency in ophthalmology at New York Medical College and pursued additional specialized training in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at both the University of California San Diego’s Shiley Eye Center and the Naval Medical Center San Diego.
In his spare time, Dr. O’Brien enjoys cooking, hiking, music, and photography.



Univ. of California San Diego
Fellowship, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, 2012

New York Medical College
Residency, Ophthalmology, 2011

Univ. of Tennessee Med. Center Knoxville
Internship, 2008

Tulane Univ. School of Medicine
M.D., 2007

Tulane Univ. A.B. Freeman School of Business
M.B.A., 2007

Tulane Univ. School of Public Health
M.P.H., 2007

Washington Univ. in St. Louis
B.A. in Economics with honors, 2002

West High School, Knoxville TN
Honors Diploma, 1998

National Affiliations

• American Board of Ophthalmology, Fellow
• American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Fellow
• American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow

Licensed In

• Tennessee, California, Maine, Delaware, New Hampshire, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Vermont, and Rhode Island

Local Affiliations

• East Tennessee Children's Hospital
• Children's West Surgery Center
• Tennessee Valley Eye Center (TVEC)

Certified Ophthalmic Scribe


Crystal shares a passion for eye care and strives to make each visit fun and productive.  Prior to moving to Tennessee, Crystal worked with the Commission for Children with Special Healthcare Needs, in Barbourville, Kentucky. She has been advancing her career in eye care since 2012 and has achieved a Certification as an Ophthalmic Scribe through the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel. Crystal is currently studying for her Ophthalmic Assistant Certification.

In her spare time, Crystal enjoys spending quality time with family, serving in her church and couponing.


Knox Central High School, Barbourville KY


Activities & Affiliations

• Active at Faith Promise Church
• Volunteers with God Behind Bars
• Super-couponer


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Lauren is a mother of four and has one grandchild.  She enjoys travel, hiking, and family game night.  


Univ. of Central Florida

Activities & Affiliations

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Activities & Affiliations

• Founder of LANNdesigns: fine leather handbags and accessories:


Univ. of California Riverside






After several years of working as a youth swim coach and as a patient care technician, Tori loves coming to work everyday and combining her passion for helping children and healthcare at Bright Eye Consultants.  She will begin physician assistant school this year to continue her education in medicine, but hopes to return to pediatrics one day.

In her free time, Tori enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video games, and being active.

Activities & Affiliations

•Remote Area Medical


University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A. in Neuroscience

Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke VA
Advanced Studies Diploma




After going through her own eye issues, Marissa has a special place in her heart for those who are having issues with their vision. Marissa is eager to start her career in eye care with the Bright Eye team.

She is very passionate about faith, family, friends and helping others. Marissa loves to spend her free time outdoors, volunteering, babysitting or attending concerts.



King University
in progress

Knoxville Catholic High School

Activities & Affiliations

•Volunteering Tennessee Right To Life