Steve is a highly respected optometrist with exceptional business acumen. He embodies the rare combination of medical knowledge, patient satisfaction and entrepreneurship required to build a medical practice from scratch and orchestrate a successful transition to new ownership at maturation. His personal experience in managing a multi-provider practice and the physical property while offering full scope medical and optical eye care provides Steve with in-sight that is beneficial to growing medical practices. Steve recognizes the importance of the patient experience to every healthcare encounter.
Steve was born in Valdosta, Georgia and attended school at Valdosta State College and the University of Georgia. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry with a BS in Physiological Optics and Doctor of Optometry degree as Valedictorian. After graduation, Steve served for a year as Cambodian Refugee Camps Director of Eye Clinics in Thailand. Steve’s professional affiliations include the American Optometric Association and the Georgia Optometric Association.
Steve founded a practice with one employee in 1981 and grew that practice into a 6 doctor practice with 52 employees. In 2013, the Georgia Supreme Court Opinion requiring insurance companies to allow private practice optometrists to “to prepare and supply lenses, frames, eyeglasses, and contact lenses from the provider’s own inventory and the provider’s own optical lab” was a direct result of Steve’s initiative in “Wilson v Spectera” and reflects Steve’s efforts on behalf of his medical peers and patients.
In addition, Steve found time to be actively involved in the Valdosta community serving in a multitude of board positions. He is also an awarded speaker for industry groups and was appointed by the Georgia governor as a member of the Insurance Advisory Commission on Mandated Health Benefits to advise the Georgia legislature on pending mandated health insurance legislation. Steve and his wife, Patty, are the parents of two adult children and currently live in the Jacksonville Beach, Florida community.