Meet Our Doctors
Lee D. McPherson, M.P.H., O.D., F.A.A.O.
After receiving his master’s degree in public health, Dr. McPherson graduated at the top of his class from The University of Alabama School of Optometry in Birmingham, Alabama. As part of his training, Dr. McPherson completed externships at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and at the Duke University Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina.
He completed a residency in ocular disease at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, which has been ranked the top eye hospital in the United States for multiple years by US News and World Report. He is highly trained in the clinical diagnosis, treatment, and management of ocular diseases and vision anomalies.
Dr. McPherson provides comprehensive general and urgent eye care for patients of all ages including contact lens fittings and co-management of surgery patients. He evaluates and manages patients for such conditions as dry eye, diabetes, glaucoma, cataract, and macular degeneration.
Dr. McPherson is currently a member of the American Public Health Association, North Carolina State Optometric Society, American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, Optometric Glaucoma Society and Optometric Retina Society.
He is involved in the continuing education of his peers and has presented numerous posters at various optometric conferences across the country. Dr. McPherson enjoys teaching students as well. While a resident, he played an integral role in the education of students, and currently enjoys teaching and mentoring future optometrists. He is now honored to be an externship director, supervising optometric students who choose to travel to Wake Forest as a part of their clinical education. Dr. McPherson also serves as a clinical examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Optometry.
Dr. McPherson looks forward to meeting the eye care needs of the Wake Forest and surrounding communities. He resides in Rolesville with his wife and enjoys chasing after his son, gardening, hockey, and fast cars.
Samantha K. McPherson, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Samantha McPherson (formerly Samantha Ward), O.D., F.A.A.O. grew up in Napa, California and received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology and her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed internships and was awarded clinical honors at the VA Hospital Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington, OMNI Eye Centers in Atlanta and New Jersey, and at the Dzilth Health Center on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico.
After earning her doctorate, Dr. McPherson completed advanced residency training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, and pre- and post-operative care at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has been ranked the top eye hospital in the nation year after year by US News & World Report. The optometric residency there is known as one of the most competitive and challenging available.
Following her residency, she returned to her alma mater to teach in the optometry clinics at the University of CA at Berkeley, where she was granted a teaching award. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. McPherson lived in Tokyo, Japan, where she conducted research in dry eye and contact lenses with an internationally renowned group at Keio University. Her work has been published in medical journals and has been presented at various international conferences.
Dr. McPherson is active in her profession, with memberships in the American Optometric Association, North Carolina Optometric Society, and the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is also a clinical examiner for the North Carolina State Board of Optometry. She has also participated in a volunteer eye care mission to Mexico, performing eye exams and providing eye glasses to those in need. Currently, Dr. McPherson provides comprehensive general and urgent eye care for patients of all ages; however she has a special interest in providing state of the art pediatric and contact lens care. It is Dr. McPherson’s pleasure and privilege to serve the eye care needs of the Wake Forest community.
Dr. McPherson is proud to call North Carolina her new home. She lives in Rolesville with her husband and enjoys chasing after her son, cooking, gardening, and exploring the area in her free time.
Tyler A. Stiegemeier, O.D.
Dr. Stiegemeier received his Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH in 2007. After working closely with students as an elementary music teacher for a few years, he chose the tangent career of optometry.
He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in May of 2015, where he interned at the Erdey Searcy Eye Group, The Havener Eye and Ear Institute, The Dayton Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Eyecare Professionals of Powell. Through his experiences with ophthalmologists and optometrists he has developed a keen interest in assisting those with reduced vision as a result of ocular pathology.
Dr. Stiegemeier provides comprehensive eye care and emergent eye care for all patients. His interest areas of optometry include low or reduced vision, specialty contact lens design and evaluation, and co-management of ocular disease including diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and dry eye.
In his ongoing endeavor to provide the best eye care for all of his patients, Dr. Stiegemeier is an active member of the North Carolina State Optometric Society as well as the American Optometric Association. He and his wife, Lori, and daughter, Madeline relocated to Wake Forest, NC from Columbus, OH in July, 2015.
In his free time Dr. Stiegemeier enjoys watching movies, spending time with his family and In-Laws, bowling, and watching his favorite sports team, The Ohio State Buckeyes.
Cassandria E. Warr, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Cassandria Warr grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a Medical Emphasis from the University of California, Riverside. She graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. She received clinical honors from her internships at Aker Kasten Eye Center in Boca Raton, FL, and Easton Eye Care in Oakland Park, FL. She was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, International Optometric Honor Society all four years of optometry school.
After earning her doctorate, Dr. Warr completed her residency training in the field of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitative Optometry at Appelbaum Eye Care Associates in Maryland. The residency program offered a full range of family vision care services, specializing in the treatment of children and adults with behavioral, sensorimotor and learning-related vision problems, including patients previously diagnosed with ADD-ADHD, dyslexia, and/or avoidance of reading. She also worked with many patients on the autism spectrum, both verbal and nonverbal.
Dr. Warr provides comprehensive and emergent eye care for all patients. Her interest areas of optometry include pediatrics, vision therapy, rehabilitative therapy, sports therapy, and concussion management. Dr. Warr is very excited to bring these specialized optometric services to the Wake Forest community. She is an active member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Warr relocated to Raleigh, NC in July of 2016.
In her free time Dr. Warr enjoys bike riding on the Falls of Neuse Trail, running, crocheting, reading, and spending time with her fiance and four cats.
Dr. Warr is also a candidate for fellowship for COVD; college of optometrists and vision development.
Jennifer L.H. Murphy, O.D.
Dr. Jennifer Murphy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 1998. She went on to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2003. After internships at The Koetting Associates, O'Donnell Eye Institute and Saint Louis Community Services, she began practicing in Florissant, MO and relocated to the Raleigh area in January 2005.
She started her current practice, Jennifer L.H. Murphy, O.D., P.A., adjacent to Sears Optical in Crabtree Valley Mall in January 2005 and enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships with her colleagues, patients and friends for nearly 14 years. Dr. Murphy was honored to be a member of the Sears Optical Advisory Council from 2008-2018. Upon closure of the Sears location at Crabtree in October 2018, she decided to move her practice to Wake Forest and join McPherson Family Eye Care.
Dr. Murphy provides comprehensive and urgent eye care for all patients, including families, and specializes in primary care, contact lens fittings, and co-management of surgery patients. She looks forward to providing excellent care for her current and future patients.
Dr. Murphy is an active member of the North Carolina Optometric Society as well as the American Optometric Association.
In addition to visiting her beautiful hometown of Charleston, SC, she enjoys volunteering, reading and traveling abroad with her husband, Dan. They currently reside in Youngsville with their ever-changing menagerie of animals.