Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet Our Eye Doctor Serving Columbia and Spring Hill, TN
Dr. Mallard grew up in Jackson, TN and attended Freed-Hardeman University for his undergraduate training. After FHU, Dr. Mallard attended Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he received his Doctorate degree. While attending Nova, Dr. Mallard was inducted into Beta Sigma Kappa, the international optometric honor society. After graduating from optometry school, Dr. Mallard completed his residency through Southern College of Optometry at the Memphis VA Medical Center.
Dr. Mallard is a member of the AOA (American Optometric Association)and TAOP (the Tennessee Association of Optometric Physicians).
Dr. Mallard and his family moved to Spring Hill in October of 2013 to open his practice. He is married to his beautiful wife, Lauren. They have a son, Graeme, and a daughter, Lily. In his spare time, Dr. Mallard enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and watching the Tennessee Volunteers.
Dr. Kurt Jeter has practiced optometry in Middle Tennessee since 1979. He was born in Lufkin, Texas but his family moved to Franklin in 1960. He attended Battle Ground Academy, The University of Tennessee at Martin and received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.
He has been married to his wife, Mamie, for 43 years. His two sons are married and have blessed his life with 4 grandchildren. He is a member of Franklin First United Methodist church.
Dr. Jeter practices general optometry and sees patients from ages 6 to 100. He has worked with Mallard Eye Care since 2015 and practices mainly at our Columbia location.
Dr. Belinda Patrick graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1995. After receiving her degree and working in Memphis, TN for several years, she moved to Nashville and has been working in the middle Tennessee area ever since. Dr. Patrick grew up in Southaven, MS and did her undergraduate studies at Union University in Jackson, TN and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. Her undergraduate degrees are in physics and biology.
Dr. Patrick is married to her husband, Tommy, and they have three children, five grand children and two golden retrievers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, shopping and playing guitar.