Meet the Team

Our team has completed more than 600 trials with 9,400 research patients.​

Staff Credentials

  • Dr. Timothy Smith is a Certified Principal Investigator (CPI®) through ACRP

  • Mitzi Sutton is Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC®) through the Health Care Compliance Association

  • Coordinators are all Certified Clinical Research Coordinators (CCRC®) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

  • All the staff has extensive and ongoing training Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • All staff is trained on HIPAA

  • We have Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that have been developed using the FDA and ICH guidelines

  • IATA trained for laboratory shipping

StudyMetrix Staff has 111 years of combined experience in clinical trials.

Timothy R. Smith, MD, RPh

  • 37 years experience in healthcare (pharmacist, physician, researcher, medical director, corporate healthcare officer)

  • Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator for more than 590 clinical trials and original research projects over his career

  • Experienced in all aspects of research business management and regulatory compliance

  • Extensive leadership in team building, healthcare innovation development, and grant seeking

  • Recognized and awarded for healthcare and research excellence, leadership, and lifetime achievement

Jill Stoneman, MSN, FNP-BC

  • 25 years experience in nursing including:

  • 3 years general family practice

  • 3 years medical surgical nurse

  • 18 years experience as Sub-Investigator on more than 240 clinical trials- serving under Dr. Smith

  • 18 years experience in headache management

  • Board Certified in Family Practice and a specialist in headache management

Mitzi Sutton, CHRC

  • Over 28 years of healthcare experience (practice manager, research administrator, executive director)

  • Led and managed all business office functions for over 720 clinical trials in her career

  • Certified in Research Regulatory Compliance

  • Expertise in research SOP development and implementation, research contract and budget completion, research revenue cycle management, coverage analysis, and proposal development

  • Experience in audit readiness, successfully hosting FDA audits for 5 clinical trials with no adverse findings (no 483’s or warnings)

Beth McChesney


Beth has 12 years of hospital-based experience,

working with nutrition issues such as diabetes,

weight-loss, and bariatric surgery. 

Donna Straatmann, RN, BSN, CCRC

Senior Research Coordinator

Elizabeth Maryas, BA, CCRC 

Senior Research Coordinator

Sheri Rocco


Senior Research Coordinator

Brittany O'Farrell

Research Operations Coordinator

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