Who We Are

iResearch Savannah

is a multi-specialty clinical research center, located in Savannah, Georgia. We offer a beautiful, comfortable environment for our study volunteers, patients and caregivers. We are dedicated to making a difference in our local and global community through the study of new medications for mental health and medical illnesses affecting our community.

Built by dedicated, experienced research professionals; our core team has extensive experience in pharmaceutical and medical device research. Committed to improving the quality of life for individuals in our area, we offer expertise across a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Heather Beitz

Director, Clinical Operations

Prior to co-founding iResearch Savannah in 2010, Ms. Beitz has experience in both the pharmaceutical and medical device industry and more extensively the investigator site side of clinical research. At a mid-size medical device company she served as the Senior Director of Research for the US and Asia Pacific and then at a large healthcare and consumer product company, as the Director of Global Clinical Affairs.

Prior to her industry experience, Ms. Beitz spent more than 10 years at a large Phase I-IV investigator site. There she held nearly every position, from clinical research coordinator, to rater, to site director and business development. Prior to her departure, she served as Vice President/COO. During her tenure, Ms. Beitz managed the 24/7, 40-bed, in-patient unit and out-patient clinic with over 75 employees.

Ms. Beitz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Armstrong University and her Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina. She is published in the field of micro-organisms, anti-bacterials and surgical scrubs.

Sara Castle

Director, Business Operations

Prior to co-founding iResearch Savannah, Ms. Castle spent most of her career as a clinical research consultant, living in New England and working for Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies. There she focused on implementing new electronic data capture (EDC) tools and educating users and new research personnel on ICH, GCP compliance and CFR guidelines.

In 2004, Ms. Castle earned her Certificate of Clinical Trials Management through Boston University. She then co-founded a consulting company focused on providing regulatory and training services to investigator sites and pharmaceutical companies. The training services assisted investigator sites in streamlining staff activities and moving from paper-based to computer-based processes and templates. The regulatory services enabled pharmaceutical companies to eliminate bottle-neck activities at investigator sites and expedited study start.

Core Clinical Team

iResearch Savannah has assembled a team of highly experienced practitioners. Click the image of each clinician for an abbreviated bio. Full CVs are available upon request.

Dr. Kimball A. Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Certified HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Johnson’s private practice of Internal Medicine is located in west Midtown Atlanta. She specializes in the overall treatment and management of men’s and women’s health through traditional and integrative medicine.

She serves as a Medical Director

Dr. Michael Mobley, M.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Nancy Backus, M.D.

Principal Investigator

Office Team

iResearch Savannah has assembled a team of professional and friendly people to assist you every step of the way.

Zach Mitchell

Director of Business Operations

Susan Shuman

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

John Birkheimer

Community Outreach Coordinator

Jennifer Clifton, AGPCNP-BC

Sub Investigator

Debbie Mobley,PA

Sub Investigator

Brianna Polite

Research Assistant

Ebone Rivers

Research Assistant

Alicia Shuman