Meet our Staff

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Mary Beard

Patient and Insurance Coordinator

Born and raised in Indiana. Mary moved to Cleveland, TN in 2006 and has loved living in Tennessee ever since then. She has worked in the medical field for more than 15 years and is committed to providing a wonderful experience for our patients. In addition to working hard at The Vein Institute, Mary also has two amazing children that keep her very busy, but she wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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Robin Long

Registered Vascular Technologist

Born in Tennessee, but lived in many different places while her father was in the Navy. Robin earned her ultrasound degree from Wallace State College in Alabama. She has worked as a registered vascular technologist since 1997. Coming full circle, Robin moved back to Tennessee and is happy to call this great state her home once again. She is pleased to be part of The Vein Institute team and committed to the overall health of each patient. When not at work, Robin enjoys spending time with her family.

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JaDon Taylor Gardner

Practice Manager

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, JaDon later moved to Memphis to attend Rhodes College where she earned her BA. She was a manufacturer’s representative for 11 years but now prefers to assist patients directly in the office. Working alongside her husband, Dr. Gardner, she has found a good balance between work life and home life with their lovely two daughters. When she’s not working hard in the office, you’ll find JaDon creating an oil painting masterpiece, on the golf course, or just enjoying downtime with family and friends. JaDon is also a dedicated member and volunteer at her local church.

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John Jordi

BS, PTA, CLT-LANA, CI, ASTYM

John received training as a Physical Therapist Assistant from St. Catherine University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1993. In 2007, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration (summa cum laude) from Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee.

John has been a therapist for 29 years. His early background includes treatment of strokes, brain injuries, and wound care.  For the past 23 years, he has specialized in lymphedema treatment and research in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Most recently he served as Clinic Director of a physical therapy clinic specializing in lymphedema, venous disease, and custom garment fittings. Currently, he is the Clinical Manager for Juzo USA, in addition to treating lymphedema and CVI at The Vein Institute in Chattanooga. Additionally, he is the owner of Compression Consultants as an expert fitter for upper and lower extremity compression and custom compression garments.  

John is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he teaches the lymphedema portion of the doctorate program. He is a senior instructor for the Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) and has been with them since 2008. John has been a speaker at Juzo Power Symposium, Klose training, NLN, and AVLS. 

John has been published 4 times and provides the clinical expertise for the research publications with Vanderbilt University and Western Carolina University. These articles have appeared in Radiology, Journal of Lymphoedema, and Lymphatic Research and Biology. John also consults with other universities and businesses in continued research related to lymphedema. John also offers no-charge seminars to therapists in his area on topics such as difficult garment fittings, billing issues, and wrapping techniques for therapists. 

While John managed the Siskin Hospital lymphedema program, the facility was noted in two journals: MD News, for its inpatient and outpatient program, and Rehab Management Journal, for providing one of only two inpatient programs for Stage 3 lymphedema patients which he initiated. He also managed a free fitting clinic twice a month for any lymphedema patients who had need, he initiated a patient endowment fund at Siskin Hospital to assist patients with the cost of compression garments and he organized a support group for those with lymphedema.

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