Our Team

Amanda Blackwood, BSW, Clinical Research Coordinator

Amanda Blackwood attended the University of North Florida where she obtained her Bachelor of Social Work. After graduating she worked as a medical social worker in Jacksonville, FL, creating and executing discharge plans for patients admitted to the hospital. She has knowledge and experience working on multiple units including medical/surgical, progressive care, ICU, surgical telemetry, and the emergency department. In July of 2019 she and her husband moved to Maryville, TN. After working as a community case manager for a short period, she was hired on as a clinical research coordinator with Provision-CBR. Amanda is excited to be a part of an organization that strives to develop innovative healthcare solutions and provide healing to patients.

Andrew Henes, BS, Clinical Research Coordinator

Andrew Henes joined our team in November 2021.

Erica Adkins, BS, MBA, Clinical Research Assistant

Erica Adkins is a Knoxville native who received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2015. She took a leap of faith and moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she helped open the Margaritaville Resort/Restaurant and went on to become an Ambassador for Margaritaville University. She switched career paths going into healthcare as she relocated to Delray Beach, FL and became Director of Family Support for a senior homecare organization. She earned her Masters in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in 2020 where she then, relocated back to her home roots. She has used her MBA to advance her knowledge, skills, and abilities within Provision Healthcare as she worked in various departments from Hospitality Coordinator, Medical Records, Patient Concierge, and now Clinical Research Assistant with Provision-CBR. Erica is excited to be a part of the research team that challenges her in various ways. She loves that clinical trial research advances solutions for patients. As part of our Culture of Care, respecting the value of every patient on a clinical trial makes a difference in their life.

Erick Gonzalez Vides, MS, Clinical Research Coordinator

Erick Gonzalez Vides received his Masters in Biomolecular Science at Lipscomb University. Erick completed his Capstone with Dr. Amanda Williams on the topic of induction of apoptosis in normal colonic epithelial cells caused by human defensin 5 (HD5). Erick’s training includes RNA, DNA, protein extraction, Western blotting, flow cytometer and molecular cloning. After graduation, he has gained experience in Phase 4 Lung Cancer Clinical Trials. Erick’s interest including playing the guitar, reading books, and practicing martial arts.

Kristi Simcox, BS, CCRP, Manager, Clinical Research
Kristi Simcox is a Knoxville native who earned her Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2001. She rejoins the Center for Biomedical Research with over 20 years of experience in the oncology field. A majority of her career has been dedicated to clinical research and coordinating care for complex clinical trials. She had the opportunity to help establish a Clinical Research program for a private medical oncologist in Knoxville, TN. Kristi has extensive knowledge of ICH-GCP Guidelines and FDA Regulations. During her career she has experience with Regulatory Management, Patient Recruitment/Enrollment, Protocol Coordination and Data Management. She is an active member of SoCRA since 2009. She received her Certified Clinical Research Profession (CCRP) status in 2010, and continues to maintain this certification. She completed the ONS Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Course at Vanderbilt in March 2012. She has worked closely with investigators, study sponsors, CROs, and IRBs on over 95 clinical trials. She is passionate about clinical research and is humbled to have the opportunity to help bring clinical research solutions to this region. Kristi lives in Knoxville with her husband, two sons, and a morkie named Charlie. She enjoys spending time with family, playing outdoors, and traveling.  

Whitney Henderson, CCMA, Clinical Research Coordinator

Whitney Henderson attended Roane State Community College where she received her Certificate as a Certified Medical Assistant in 2016. Whitney has extensive knowledge and experience working in the oncology medical field for over 18 years, which is where her heart is. She has worked in Oncology Clinical Research for over three years now. Whitney lives in Maryville with her husband, son, and bluetick Butch. She enjoys spending time with family and cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers!