(a.k.a. Dr. Mike) is a native Midtowner, having attended Vollentine Elementary, Snowden Middle, and Central High. Like father, like son, Dr. Mike started his optical career working in his dad’s practice when he was in high school.
He attended Memphis State University, but returned to Midtown to complete optometry school at the Southern College of Optometry. Upon completion of his doctorate in optometry in 1996, Dr. Mike led his dad’s practice as the primary doctor until 2002.
Dr. Mike and wife Robbie began developing the concept of Eclectic Eye in 2000, and spent two long years finalizing architectural, business, and marketing plans before opening the store in 2002. The business keeps both he and Robbie busy, but when not working, they enjoy rooting for the University of Memphis Tigers and Memphis Grizzlies, biking around town, and playing tennis. Always active in the community, Dr. Mike is a member of the 2008 Leadership Memphis Executive Class, a program aimed at connecting Memphis leaders to each other and to the community.
If you’re ever behind Dr. Mike on the road, you may notice his license plate, which reads “OPTOCOP.” That’s because for more than 23 years, he’s served as a reservist with the Memphis Police Department. So in addition to dilating your eyes in the store, if you run into him after a long night on the town, he may just check to make sure your eyes are NOT dilated outside of the store!