Our Optometrists

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Our American Board Certified Doctors are well-respected leaders in medical and surgical eye care.

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Optometrist Dr. Eric Brown Eric BrownOD

Eric W. Brown, OD

Dr. Eric W. Brown, (Optometrist) was born in central Illinois. At Indiana University (IU) in three years, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology. While in undergraduate studies, Dr. Brown conducted research at the IU School of Medicine, Pharmacology Department. He wrote and defended an honors thesis on the pharmacokinetics of diabetic liver function. Dr. Brown is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and was social chairman as an undergraduate. He participated in various intramural sports and philanthropic activities to raise money for PUSH America.

Dr. Brown attended the Indiana University School of Optometry and earned his doctorate in 1998. His externships were at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta, a busy referral center for the metro area, and also at Aran Eye Associates in Miami, FL. He trained with cataract, vitreoretinal, refractive, corneal surgeons, as well as glaucoma and diabetic specialists. Dr. Brown has been a member of the American Optometric Association since 1994 and the South Carolina Optometric Association since 1998. He is also a past president of the Piedmont Optometric Society in upstate South Carolina.

Dr. Eric W. Brown relocated to Greenville in 1998. He has practiced with corporate and private optometrists and ophthalmologists. In 2000, Dr. Brown started working with Spectrum Eye Center. He is certified to use the VISX Customvue Aberrometer to calculate high and low order refractive errors. He is a certified VISX Laser Operator and is also experienced and certified to assist with the Intralase femtosecond laser. In his ten years at Spectrum, Dr. Brown has participated in over 10,000 LASIK and refractive procedures. He continued comanaging and practicing primary eye care and joined Clemson Eye in August 2009. Dr. Brown enjoys primary and family eye care, specialty contact lenses, working with surgical patients, and ocular disease.

Dr. Brown lives in Simpsonville with his wife and sons. He enjoys the outdoors with his dog and boys, fishing, riding motorcycles, and life with family and friends. He and his family are active members of St. Mary Magdelene Catholic Church.


Optometrist Dr. Kara Jo Dodgens Kara Jo DodgensOD

Kara Jo Dodgens, OD

Dr. Kara Jo Dodgens (Optometrist) focuses on pediatric eye care, eye exams, eyewear and laser vision correction. Appointments are readily available with Dr. Dodgens in our Clemson, Easley and Anderson clinics.

Dr. Kara Jo Dodgens grew up in Easley, SC. In 2003, she graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of South Carolina, where she was awarded Outstanding Biology Major by her faculty.

She attended the Birmingham School of Optometry at the University of Alabama, where she obtained her Doctorate of Optometry in 2007. Dr. Dodgens was awarded the 2007 Award for Excellence in Low Vision and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. Working with the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists, she enjoyed several optometry mission trips to provide eye care in Nicaragua, Mexico and Honduras.

Dr. Dodgens moved back to the Upstate in 2007 and practiced in private practices in Anderson and Greenwood, SC. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the South Carolina Optometric Physicians Association, and member and past president of the Piedmont Optometric Society.

Dr. Dodgens lives in Anderson, SC, with her husband and young son. She is a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Easley, and enjoys hiking with her dog, reading and sewing.


Optometrist Dr. Sam Garrett Samuel GarrettOD

Samuel D. Garrett, OD

Dr. Sam Garrett has been an optometrist in Greenville, SC for 35 years and has practiced a full scope of Optometry including: eye exams, all types of contact lenses (including astigmatic, presbyopic, gas permeable, and all types of daily wear). Dr. Garrett has over 20 years of cataract comanagement experience and also laser vision correction pre and post op experience. He also regularly treats red eye problems and various infections. Dr. Garrett sees patients in our Anderson office, which is very close to Greenville.

Dr. Garrett was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC and in 1976 graduated from University of South Carolina, with a BS in Pharmacy. He took a position as a staff pharmacist at Greenville Memorial Hospital for 1-1/2 years before attending Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. While in Memphis, Dr. Garrett worked part-time as a pharmacist in several hospitals and virtually every Walgreens in town.

In 1982, upon graduation, returning to the upstate of South Carolina was important for Dr. Garrett. This is where he began his lifelong career with all types of wonderful and deserving patients. He is very appreciative of the people in the Upstate for their loyalty and friendship toward him and his family.

Over the years, Dr. Garrett has been a supporter and Board member for The Meyer Center for Special Children, active with St. Pauls Church, as well as an active participant and host with search ministries. When not at work, he enjoys virtually anything outdoors including hunting, fishing, yard work, and a little golf. He also is in charge of a family tree farm in Laurens county.

Dr. Garrett lives in Greenville with his wife and has one daughter who is a Spanish teacher at JL Mann. Faith, family, and friends are very important and honesty and integrity serve as a life guide.


Optometrist Dr. Nancy Mahlie Nancy MahlieOD

Nancy A. Mahlie, OD

Dr. Nancy A. Mahlie (Optometrist) was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended college on the Regent's Scholarship at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she pursued her research interest in biological neural networks. In her junior year, she received a highly competitive scholarship to the University of Texas Health Science Center to work on research involving fetal lung development. In 1988, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNT and was voted most Outstanding Female Senior in Biology by her professors.

Dr. Mahlie attended graduate school at the University of Houston (UHCO), where she obtained her Doctorate of Optometry in 1992. She trained at a large, well-respected referral facility in the New Orleans area, EyeCare Associates of Metairie. She then did a second internship at Fort Lee, Virginia, where she worked in primary eye care and contact lenses at the base hospital. After graduation from UHCO and completion of her internships she moved back to the north Texas area to work in the largest private practice network in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Dr. Mahlie relocated to Greenville, SC in 1996, where she worked for two years as a laser vision patient consultant at TLC and continued to pursue her interest in difficult contact lens fittings and general optometry. She joined Clemson Eye in 2003. She has been a member of the American Optometric Association since 1989.

Dr. Mahlie lives in Greenville where she is an active member of the Palmetto Skiing and Outing Club. She is an active contra-dancer with Harvest Moon Folk Society. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and attending various performing arts and cooking Mexican and vegetarian food.


Optometrist Dr. Justin Surratt Justin SurrattOD

Justin Surratt, OD

Dr. Surratt was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC, receiving his Bachelor of Science in genetics from Clemson University in 2009. Dr. Surratt attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and earned his doctorate in 2013. His internship was at the University of Alabama School of Optometry where he saw patients in primary care, pediatric, binocular vision, cornea, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation and ocular diseases. While there, he screened approximately 1,000 pediatric and geriatric patients for community vision services and low vision patients from the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.

Dr. Surratt was awarded the United States Air Force Health Professions Scholarship while attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his laser certification, and injections and minor surgical procedures certification during this time as well.

After graduating from UAB, Dr. Surratt relocated to Colorado in 2013 to become an optometrist for the United States Air Force, USAF Academy, spending extensive time in both the Medical Group and Cadet optometry clinics. Dr. Surratt managed cataracts, glaucoma, post-refractive surgery patients, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments and dry eye in the arid Colorado climate.

As the Element Chief of the Cadet Clinic, Dr. Surratt performed Initial Flying Class Physicals on over 1,000 cadets and managed aeromedical cases relating to defective stereo and color vision. Dr. Surratt continued on to the optometry concussion clinic where he examined injured NCAA student athletes and coordinated their vision therapy, resulting in an expedited return to playing action.

On the weekends, Dr. Surratt worked at Rocky Mountain Eye Care in Colorado Springs, gaining experience with cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetes. In 2015 Dr. Surratt was awarded Company Grade Officer of the Quarter for Squadron from the Air Force.


Optometrist Dr. Kenneth Sawyer Kenneth SawyerOD

Kenneth Sawyer, OD

Dr. Kenneth Sawyer was born in Charleston, SC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-med at the University of Cincinnati and then pursued an Optometry degree and graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

While at Nova Southeastern, he became proficient with conversational Spanish and was president of the local optometric Honor Society club, Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK), where he ran mock clinic drills for fellow class members. Externship experience was spent at Commonwealth Eye Assoc. in Lexington, KY, one of the busiest surgery/referral/comanagement centers in KY. It is here where extensive cataract preoperative, post-operative and referral optometry lessons were learned.

Dr. Sawyer has over 10 years’ experience in LASIK, having worked closely with Dr. Vince Marino at LASIKplus in Cincinnati. Dr. Sawyer says “it’s thrilling to share in the experience of new found vision that patients enjoy after undergoing this transforming procedure.” Board Certified by the National Board of Examiners of Optometry, Dr. Sawyer also enjoys difficult to fit contact lenses, (scleral, keratoconus, etc.). Ken Sawyer, OD, is especially excited, after 14 years of practicing optometry, to join a progressive eye care leader, like Clemson Eye. He will work closely with our team of doctors to deliver the very best care.

When Dr. Sawyer is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He is very interested in all things fitness, as well as being outdoors as much as possible. He and his family have a genuine love for all animals, but are specifically enamored by their horses and all things equestrian. Dr. Sawyer and his family are looking forward to relocating to the Upstate, where they are going to take a shot at farm life.

Optometrist Dr. Sara Bopp Sara BoppOD

Sara Bopp, OD

Dr. Sara Bopp was born in Bonne Terre, MO and has lived in seven different states throughout the Midwest and Southeast. After finishing high school in suburban Chicago, she attended Southeast Missouri State University. While in college, she began working part-time for an optometrist. That experience, along with her history of severe myopia, solidified her plan to attend optometry school.
Dr. Bopp graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1990. While in school, she was a member of Omega Delta Optometric Fraternity and received the Ciba Vision Contact Lens Achievement Award. Always active, she participated in intramural basketball and volleyball and played four years of Memphis city league softball.

After graduation, Dr. Bopp moved to the Upstate to be closer to her parents. She opened her private practice in Simpsonville in 1995. She enjoys the variety of seeing patients of all ages for routine and medical eyecare. Dr. Bopp remained a small business owner in solo practice for 23 years, and is now excited to be part of the progressive Clemson Eye team. She feels this new opportunity will allow her to focus on the part of optometry she really loves, patient care.

Dr. Bopp resides in Simpsonville with her husband, Ed, and their dog, Frosty. They have adapted to life as empty nesters, and enjoy visits from their three children, Furman football, and an ever-increasing obsession with golf. Dr Bopp is co-social director of Greenville Splash Masters Swim Team, and swims with the group three to four mornings a week before work.


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